6 Beauty Myths to “Unlearn” to Save Time, Money and Health
Myth #1: Lots of suds mean clean hairWe’ve come to learn that suds and shampoos go together. When we massage our shampoo into our hair, we expect a rich lathering of white foam or otherwise we won’t feel like our hair is being cleaned.
In reality, suds are more for show than actual cleaning agents. They are a byproduct of a rather astringent chemical: Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS). SLS works by stripping the hair and scalp of its natural oil, sebum. While this makes the hair look clean for a while, underneath at the root level the hair is becoming more and more damaged which will eventually result in hair fall.
Be sure to check your ingredient label for SLS and its derivatives. Watch out for: Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS), Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES), Parabens, Fragrance and Polyethylene Glycol. For more ingredients to avoid, check out our complete list.
Myth #2: I need to go to expensive salons to look greatSalon stylists will often employ hair cutting techniques that thins the hair and makes is susceptible to breaking. Damaging techniques include shearing, layering and perms.
Instead, trim your own hair using the blunt snip method. Check out our video tutorial on how to do this. For added benefit, consult our Lunar Hair Chart for the recommend days to cut.
If you do decide to go to the salon , bring a 2 oz. or sample bottle of Morrocco Method shampoo. Do not be persuaded into using synthetic hair care products common at all salons. You are jeopardizing your health and sabotaging the progress that you started by using MM shampoos. You may start a detox cycle all over again by mixing chemicals with our healthy products.
Myth #3: I need to use heat to style hairThere are several safer methods of styling hair without using heat. First, if you have used the blunt snip cut method, your hair is “shaped”. Simply wash your hair, allow it to dry, then bend over and brush with our Pure or Mixed Boar Bristle Brush! The next day you will be able to get out of bed, “shake your head” and go! Apply a dab of Blood of the Dragon gel or a spritz of Diamond Crystal Mist for added control.
For additional tips on how to styling tips, read up on our 5 Easy Tips to Style Hair Without Heat.
Myth #4: Only chemical dyes will give me great colorHenna Hair Dye is a natural plant-based alternative to traditional chemical dyes. Whereas chemical dyes bleach the root of the hair using harsh ingredients, Henna Hair Dye works by coating the hair in a protective sheath of color.
Not only that, but Henna works to nourish the strand, making it double as a conditioning agent. So not only will you have great color but also healthier, shinier hair.
Myth #5: I need to use conditioner every day
Another popular misconception: we need to condition every day. Conditioner should instead be understood as an additional treatment, meant to supply moisture, soften and tangle hair. Often times, though, over conditioning can over saturated the roots and make hair look oily.
With proper brushing, it’s possible that you don’t need to condition every day. Boar bristle brushes help alleviate dry ends by spreading the scalp’s natural oil from the roots to the ends of the hair, bringing out it’s beautiful shine! So if you have normal to fine hair you can cut down on conditioners. Curly hair types may indeed need more hydration, try our fabulous Pearl Essence Creme Rinse or Floating Lotus Conditioner.
Myth #6: Once I go “No-Poo,” I will never need to shampoo my hair againThe common method of ‘no-poo’ involves mixing baking soda and apple cider vinegar or maybe just water. Often times, this doesn’t get mixed or distributed evenly. Dirt, debris and oils in your hair will eventually cause you to have a plugged up scalp. Areas of high acidity or sharp bases can come in contact with the hair, causing thinning. For more info on ‘no-poo’ versus natural shampoos, read up on our article here. A gentle natural shampoo, rotated every so often in your ‘no-poo’ routine, will give you and your scalp proper balance for pH.
Ancient civilizations had nothing but plants available to them. They used raw, wild ingredients found in nature, just as we use in MM products. They were the original Paleos!