Growing up as a young African girl,i have heard lots and lots of Myths about our kind of hair *the kinky,bushy and dark hair* and i just wanted to share with you these myths.
#1 Black hair doesn’t grow
There is a common misconception in the black community that black African hair can’t grow long on its natural and relaxed state. Well i got news for you,black hair can grow long and healthy as long as you treat it with proper care and follow a regimen that works for you.I got proof my hair does grow….
#2 Black hair needs grease
Many people in the African community believe that black hair needs grease in order for their hair to be healthy. Grease..REALLLLY????? are you kidding me,grease will only allow flying dust to stick to your hair and when it’s too hot i bet we will see your face dripping oil instead of sweat. This common belief is false and many grease products actually have petroleum and mineral oil which are not good for black hair and FYI petroleum and mineral oil will clog up your hair scalp too which actually hinders hair growth and health.
#3 Braids make your hair grow
Many Africans have a believe that having braids in your hair will promote hair growth and this is not true. Having braids in your hair can cause more of an opposite effect. If done tightly*which we always do believing that the tighter the longer it will grow*, braids can actually break your hair off and cause damage. Instead of promoting hair growth, braids protect your hair from heat and other environmentally related damages not grow,yes your hair will grow but you cannot rely on braids to have your hair grow,if
overdosed OOPs!!1 overdone you will lose it instead oh having it.
#4 Cutting black hair makes it grow faster
Cutting black hair does not make it grow faster. Many black women believe this common myth and it’s not true. Hair that grows out of your scalp is dead therefore cutting, so it can’t possibly make it grow faster. Cutting and trimming will actually make your hair appear healthier because damaged ends are removed OK!! stop cutting your hair hoping for the Nile river long hair because you wasting your time and resources.
#5 Black hair is stronger than every other hair type
Black hair is not stronger than every other hair type. Black hair is actually closer to being the most fragile compared to every other hair type. African hair is more prone to breakage in its natural and relaxed state. Black hair can lose its moisture much easier therefore it’s very important to apply protein and moisture treatments along with natural oils like coconut oil regularly. Also be very careful when grooming the hair. Tools like wide-tooth combs and boar brushes can be your hair’s best friend.
#6 Going to the salon regularly will make your hair grow long
It’s not necessary to go to the hair salon regularly in order to have your hair grow to your desired length. All that’s required of you is to properly care for your hair. Do protein and moisture treatments on your hair, use as little heat as possible, and continuously moisturerize your hair (especially the ends) to promote hair growth.Or else you gonna be working for the salon all your salary going there….
#7 Natural hair isn’t versatile
Many people in the African community believe that black hair isn’t versatile and that is far from the truth. There is a lot you can do to natural hair. You can twist it, braid it, wear cornrows, coil it, wear as an afro, wear as an afro puff, loc it, and create knots. With these different techniques, you can create so many different styles. There is no limit to what you can do to natural hair as long as you’re willing to learn or you can have someone style it for you.
There you have it,my hair works fine against these myths because they are myths lol…
discliamer:i researched some of the information and added my opinions here and there…;)