Know the facts before spending the money

Hair Care Fact vs. Fiction

by Paula Begoun

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Before you buy another hair-care product, the best place to start is with some basic facts so you can better differentiate between truth and fiction when it comes to your hair. Understanding these facts before you go shopping for hair-care products, before you see another infomercial promising flawless results, before a friend introduces you to a new multilevel company selling hair-care products, or before you read another fashion magazine will give you a better perspective on what you are really buying, what the products can and can't do, whether what you are using is worth the money, and, most important, whether any of the products can actually be damaging to your hair.

  • Expensive hair-care products are better than inexpensive ones. (Very False)
  • Inexpensive hair-care products are watered down, while expensive hair-care products are more concentrated. (False)
  • Salon products are better than drugstore products. (False)
  • Natural ingredients are better than synthetic ones. (Completely False)
  • Silicone is bad for hair. (1,000% False)
  • You can repair damaged hair. (False - It's not possible)
  • You can protect hair from heat damage caused by blow dryers, flat irons, or curling irons. (True - Somewhat possible)
  • Dyeing hair isn't damaging. (False)
  • You can perm and color hair without causing more damage if you wait a few weeks between treatments. (False)
  • Dyeing hair is dangerous and can cause cancer. (False - Controversial, but definitely not substantiated)
  • Inexpensive hair-care products can strip hair color, but expensive products won't do this. (False)
  • Some hair-care products can protect hair from sun damage. (False)
  • Sodium lauryl sulfate and other hair-care ingredients cause cancer. (False)
  • Cosmetic hair-care products can grow hair. (Almost False - Cosmetic company products can't, but products from pharmaceutical companies containing FDA-approved drugs can)

Reprinted with permission from the new 3rd Edition of Don't Go Shopping for Hair-Care Products Without Me by Paula Begoun. Paula has been researching and reporting on the beauty industry for over 20 years. She has sold over a million copies of her best-selling beauty guides and she continues to spread the word that "Inner Beauty is Priceless but Outer Beauty Doesn't have to be!" Visit for more money-saving articles on hair care, skin care and cosmetics.

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