Many “experts,” yet few results
Have you noticed how there seem to be hundreds of hair bloggers and YouTube hair personalities, each with dozens of products and routines that they swear by? Have you also noticed that you have spent hours reading all of their articles and trying various products, yet not getting good results? Well, this may be because you’re being misled by well-meaning yet nonsensical information. But why is that?
In the current age, anybody can and do start a hair blog
This trend itself is not necessarily a bad thing; the more brains working together the better. However, the way this trend can cause trouble is if most of those brains are not checking the sources of their advice.
This creates terabytes of redundant and incorrect information…frankly speaking, a vast sea of bull shit. And many readers who set out for the truth about hair care end up drowning in this sea before they can catch a glimpse of an accurate fact.
I mean to sound dramatic here because I strongly believe it’s time for a change. You, the reader, deserve a better online experience than what is currently being provided. However, you are also the only one who can make this change happen by keeping us vloggers and bloggers accountable for our content. Here is the best way to test whether your favorite blogger is being responsible:
Mental checklist you should complete when consuming hair care information
- Does the v/blogger cite relevant, up-to-date and reputable (aka peer-reviewed research) sources for every hair care statement?
Boom. Done. A one-item checklist; wasn’t that so easy?!
Now comes the difficult part: finding v/blogs that ACTUALLY cite anything. Once you start to look for it, you will be shocked (like I was) to realize that the majority of the scientific-sounding articles you read online have absolutely no references backing them up.
So join me in the effort to make the hair care v/blogosphere into a more responsible and accountable place. Whenever you see articles without sources, comment on them and ask the authors to provide references to scientific studies. Hopefully, this will start to make the authors look for evidence and realize that they may need to re-write some (or all) of their content.
As for my blog, you can be assured that I will not claim anything that hasn’t been shown by properly controlled studies from peer-reviewed journals. Additionally, whenever I interject my own personal theories or opinions, I will CLEARLY mark them as such.
And just to be clear, I am in no way calling myself a hair expert
I’m just a girl with a science degree who is learning about hair by spending all her time reading scientific articles and working on translating them into an understandable language on her blog.
Till next time…
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