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Hair myths

16 Sep

I’ve decided to do a post on some hair myths that I have come across in my hair journey.  Most of these things I actually believed until they were proven wrong.  Here they are:

1.              African hair does not grow

African hair does grow!  Just go onto the internet and see.  Our hair grows an average of about 2cm – 3cm a month.  The reason we do not see this growth is because of hair breakage and damage.  You need to retain your hair to see the changes in length.  If you relax your hair and complain about the growth being difficult to manage after 8 weeks – that shows your hair is growing!  There are many black women with hair that reaches their waists.  Their hair got there with proper care, good diet and maintenance.  Our hair does grow!

 2.              African hair is strong

Our hair is actually very fragile.  We need to handle it with care.  If handled roughly it will just become damaged and break.    Tests have shown that our hair is actually the most fragile with Asian hair being strongest.

 3.              Miracle products exist to grow our hair

There are no products that will miraculously grow your hair.  There are ingredients though that our hair may respond favourably too.  If you find good products that your hair responds favourably to then stick with them.  Don’t jump from product to product each time a claim is made that it will grow your hair.     

 4.              Cutting hair will make it grow

Cutting your hair will not make it grow.  Cutting your hair will remove damaged ends and definitely make your hair look healthier.  It will not make your hair grow any faster though.  Trim your hair occasionally to remove damage and split ends but do not trim it in the hope that it will grow faster.  You will just be sacrificing length.

 5.              Washing hair often will dry it out

The culprit is not the water, it is often the shampoo.   African hair tends towards dryness and needs moisture.  Our hair thrives with water.  The problem comes with the shampoos we use because they are often harsh.  Wash your hair at least one a week.  Just take care when choosing a shampoo.  Look for gentle shampoos, preferably sulphate free.  Some even prefer to wash their hair with conditioner (co-wash) for an even gentler alternative.

 6.              Relaxers make hair grow

Relaxers straighten the hair by breaking the protein bonds.  They do not make the hair grow.  Hair will only appear longer because it has been straightened.  It is not any longer than when it was natural.  With a relaxer your hair will not grow any faster either.

 7.              Natural hair is not versatile

There are many hairstyles that can be done on natural hair.  With imagination you can go from casual to professional to glamorous with natural hairstyles.  There are many styles to choose from.  The internet has thousands of natural hair sites with even more hair styles to copy from.  If your hair is natural do not feel compelled to relax / straighten due to a lack of styling options.  Just use the internet (and youtube!) to get ideas.

The above list is by no means exhaustive! Use the comment box to add any that you can think of!

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3 Responses to “Hair myths”

  1. Jo 19 September, 2011 at 9:12 am #

    I have heard these too. thank God that we now know better and thanks for sharing because this is info everyone needs to have.

    • Tendayi 19 September, 2011 at 10:24 am #

      You’re welcome Jo!

  2. Ms Z. 16 August, 2012 at 1:19 pm #

    Reblogged this on Soul Hair and commented:
    African Hair blog breaks some hair myths about black hair…

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