Natural Hair Myths

Natural Hair Myths!


Natural Hair is Dirty
Not True! In fact, many women with natural hair wash their hair more often than women who aren't natural, because we must detangle our hair, condition our hair, etc. Natural hair is very clean and healthy!















Natural hair is not Manageable
Natural hair is very manageable. It isn’t that natural hair isn’t manageable; it’s that people refuse to learn how to manage natural hair. If you keep up with your natural hair, and pay attention to your curls, it will show you love right back. Wash it, Condition it often, and keep it well moisturized, and your curls will flourish and make you proud.
WATER-WATER-WATER is key!

 

You must grease the scalp
Sorry, but this is not true! You do not have to grease your scalp often at all. Most of the time, this is the factor in our hair not growing, because the chemicals in the grease we tend to use clog our scalp. Therefore, hair does not grow in properly! I would recommend using natural oil, such as, jojoba oil/sebum. Our scalp produces this same type of oil and jojoba oil will seep into our pores. It's natural, does not smell and will moisturize your scalp and hair perfectly! Take Note: Many products you'll find in the ethnic hair care section of your local stores include ingredients that are not best for black hair.

 

You must trim your hair often
This isn't true! Trim when your hair is splitting. You want to do this so the split does not continue up your hair shaft. Trim above the split. There is a difference between hair breakage and hair shedding. If you trim too often, especially when unnecessary, you will never see actual growth!

 

Natural hair grows Slowly & Does not grow Long
Natural hair neither grows more slowly nor more quickly than relaxed hair. Hair grows on average half inch a month. What naturals must take into account is what is known as shrinkage. Yes, as we all know. Shrinkage is a huge pain. Like a telephone cord, natural hair coils up tightly, making our hair look shorter than usual. The truth is all people, no matter race, hair grows at about 1/2 an inch a month. It's how you take care of your hair, whether you see growth.

 

Natural hair is not Accepted in the Workplace
There have been many cases of discrimination around the globe for us wearing the hair God gave us, but not all bosses are downplaying us, many workplaces accept it more now than ever before. There are plenty professionals with natural hair. Dreadlocks, twists, braids, etc. Doctors, lawyers, artists, business owners, physical therapists, etc. So do not let this myth stray you away from healthy hair.

 

Natural Hair Is Strong
Natural hair looks strong, which is why so many people accidentally abuse it with rough treatment. In reality, black hair is fragile and needs to be treated with care in order for it to flourish. Wide tooth combs, natural ingredients and your own fingers are the best tools and products for natural hair.

 

Natural Hair Is not Sexy
Oh Please Quit! Of Course it is. There are millions and trillions of pics to prove that!

 

You cannot comb Natural Hair
Not True! You can comb natural hair at anytime. I would not recommend combing it when it's dry. Only when it is wet and full of a condition and/or moisturizer.

 

Anyone can go Natural
True! The only thing is that you have to cut off the damaged/permed/relaxed hair first to be fully natural. You can also transition into natural hair by many different hairstyles / wigs.

 

Men don't think Natural hair is Attractive
This myth is completely untrue. Many natural women say that they attract MORE attention since they’ve gone natural. 
 
 
THE HAIR ANATOMY
The number of hair that grows on the scalp, which grows at about ½ inch (13 mm) a month, averages at about 100,000-150,000. The hair shaft is composed of a protein called keratin, the cuticle, the medulla, and the cortex.


 
The cuticle is the thinnest layer. It is transparent and consists of overlapping scale-like cells. It protects the cortex from chemicals.

The medulla is the core of the hair shaft and contains soft keratinized cells, which is key in helping to give hair its elasticity.


The cortex is the middle layer. It contains 75% to 80% of the hair’s protein structure. It is also where moisture and melanin (natural pigment) are held.

 
Hair is formed by cell division at the base of the follicle, and is a part of a cycle of growing, resting, and shedding. The growing cycle can be as short as 2 years and as long as 10!
 

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