11 Natural Hair Myths
No. 1 - Natural Hair is Dirty - NOT TRUE, In fact, we women with natural hair wash our hair more often than women who aren't natural, because we must detangle our hair, condition our hair, keep our hair nice, etc. Natural hair is very clean and healthy!
No. 2 - 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 it, and pay attention to your lovely curls, it will show you love back. Wash & Condition it often, and keep it well moisturized and your curls will flourish and make you proud! WATER/WATER/WATER is key!
No. 3 - 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 pores/scalps. (Bad Ingredients posted Below)Therefore, hair does not grow! Instead, use a natural oil, such as, jojoba oil/sebum. Our scalp produces this same type of oil and this oil will seep into our pores. It's natural, does not smell and will moisturized the scalp and hair perfectly!
Important: Many products you'll find in the ethnic hair care section of your local stores are full of ingredients that aren't the best for black hair.
No. 4 - You must trim your hair Often - Nope, This isn't true! Only trim with your hair is splitting. You want to do this so the split does not reach to your scalp. You trim right about the split. There is a difference between hair breakage and slipping. <I'll discuss this in a different post. But if you trim often, you will never see actual growth! Believe it.
No. 5 - Natural hair grows Slowly & Does not grow Long - Natural hair neither grows more slowly nor more quickly than relaxed hair. Hair grows on average 1/2 an inch a month. What naturals must take into account is what is known as shrinkage. Yes, as we all know. Strinkage 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 this length.
No. 6 - Natural hair is not Accepted in the Workplace - There have been many cases on discrimination around the globe for us wearing the hair God has given us, but not all bosses are downplaying us, most workplaces accept it actually. There are plenty professionals with natural hair. Dreadlocks, twists, braids, etc. Such as doctors, lawyers, artists, business owners, physical therapists, etc. So do not let this myth stray you away from healthy hair.
No. 7 - 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 the gentlest of 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.
No. 8 - Natural Hair Is not Sexy - Oh Please Quit! Of Course it is. There are millions and trillions of pics to prove that!
No. 9 - You can not comb Natural Hair - Not True! Yes you can comb natural hair. How do you think we get parts in our hair?! You can comb natural hair at anytime. I would not recommend combing it when its dry. Only when it is full of condition and wet with water.
No. 10 - Anyone can go Natural - True! The only thing is that you have to cut off the damaged/permed/relaxed hair first, or you can transition into natural by many different hairstyles.
No. 11 - 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. I seriously have! Yes, some women have had partners who were against the hair change, but some of these men changed their minds later on and now find the natural hair irresistible and very sexy.