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Here are some of the questions I get asked the most, and what my answers have been. This way you can get your answers immediately, without having to wait on me. And you never know, you might find answers to a few questions you didn't even know you had yet.

*This is still a work in progress. I'm continuing to add many more questions, and we are still ironing out a few quirks. But we wanted to make this available as soon as possible.

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Question:
Don't hair care ads have to tell the truth?
Answer:
According to Paula Begoun in The Beauty Bible and Don't Go Shopping For Hair Care Products Without Me, the only place a product must tell you the truth is in the list of ingredients. And sometimes even then they arrange the ingredients in such a way that can be deceptive if you don't know their tricks. Even when a product says it's been "clinically proven" to do something, that isn't always exactly the truth. Many times a company hires a lab and then tells the lab exactly the results they want the lab to find. And then the lab designs and performs tests to get those very results the company that hired them has asked for.

They can also use vague wording that sounds promising, but is basically fairy dust. Such as the phrase "miraculous results". Since they don't specify what the "miracle" is, it's left up to the consumer to assume what that means. But that's all that is. An empty promise. The company is hoping that you will project your assumptions onto their wording, but they actually haven't promised anything concrete. It just sounds like they have.

There is so much misinformation out there that you really have to search for the truth. Advertisers are very good at stretching the truth. They often can make us think things are okay for our hair, when in fact they may have terrible ingredients in it for fragile hair like ours. But I do feel that though we often don't like hearing the truth about such things, knowing the truth can help steer us onto the right path to protect our hair and our wallets.

If you are curious about what the ingredients in your products can really do, you can check out the Ingredients Dictionary.
 

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