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Old 03-11-2014, 12:27 PM   #1
 
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Default Bogus hair health claims and ridiculous products.

A thread for hair tools and products that make you scratch your head, I don't remember seeing a thread like this but feel free to correct me if there is one already

I was walking through the mall the other day and saw one of those straightening iron hair kiosks, but this one wasn't just obnoxious- it was straight out lying and the girl working at the booth was either very ignorant or a great liar.

She claimed that even if you don't wear your hair straight flat-ironing your hair once a week with their magical mineral irons made your hair healthier, less frizzy and STRONGER. They were also selling them with some kind of 'miracle mist' that is supposedly activated by the crystals/mineral of the flat iron to add vitamins and health to your hair via hear.

They had 'normal' straighteners at their booth for half the price, and the miracle mist was like $40 for a tiny bottle. No ingredients listed, of course.
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Old 04-14-2014, 07:49 PM   #2
 
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I had not even heard there were hair straightening kiosks at malls... but then I don't go to malls very much anymore...

Yeah, those claims are bogus, there's no way that treating your hair with heat regularly is going to make anyone's hair healthy, no matter what you put on the hair (especially some unknown mist...). If it were a living structure... maybe, but all the health hair is ever going to have is after it grows out of the follicle, after that if damaged the best we can hope for is temporary "repair" and the appearance of health.
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Old 04-14-2014, 08:15 PM   #3
 
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Wow. I never heard offs hair straightening kiosk either.
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Old 04-15-2014, 12:03 AM   #4
 
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Personally, my hair looks fried when it is dried naturally curly and healthy when it is dried in a straight configuration provided I use no heat for both effects. So I guess everyone is different. But I agree that heat does not make the hair healthy. I always use no heat smoothing techniques.
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Perhaps you just haven't found the right technique and/or products to manage your curly hair...

And, may I ask what is your no-heat straightening technique? Two that I know would qualify are roller-setting and wrapping, although for speed's sake some heat from sitting under a bonnet hair dryer is better and not necessarily damaging. But, regardless of what it is, just as one learns something like that, one can learn an entirely different routine for healthy-looking curly hair, I am sure the thousands of people that have come and gone through this site over the years would agree with that...
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Old 04-15-2014, 12:20 AM   #6
 
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Oh yeah, I've come across these kiosks selling straighteners all the time. Just as bad as their ridiculous health claims are their other sales tactics. If your hair has even a hint of a wave to it, they'll come rushing up to you offering to work their scary magic on your hair right there and then. I've even had a couple of them actually put their hands on my hair before I managed to get rid of them.
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Perhaps you just haven't found the right technique and/or products to manage your curly hair...

And, may I ask what is your no-heat straightening technique? Two that I know would qualify are roller-setting and wrapping, although for speed's sake some heat from sitting under a bonnet hair dryer is better and not necessarily damaging. But, regardless of what it is, just as one learns something like that, one can learn an entirely different routine for healthy-looking curly hair, I am sure the thousands of people that have come and gone through this site over the years would agree with that...
I usually dry in a top knot bun to smooth my 3bs to a loose wave, not bone straight. I LIKE that a lot and it works for me.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?featur...&v=GRzAcnhS53c
Sometimes, I may wrap overnight. I never do a roller wrap b/c I think the roller step is unnecessary unless you're type 4 or have really unruly, thick hair.
It actually found a good product to manage my curls. It's just that I don't like them on me bc my face looks too big with curly hair this length in my opinion. I like how my face looks better with hair this length if the hair is smoother. I think I would have ventured to try curly hair if the hair around my face was longer or if my face was narrower. So when my hair gets longer and will cover half of my mug even curly then maybe I will wear it curly sometimes lol. Just a personal style preference
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Ok... but you did say first that drying it naturally it looked dry...

I've done the top knot too for a wavy look, I get bored with the same look all the time.
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