Myth #1. “Natural hair cannot grow long and fast like other races”.
Okay, I know the feeling but understand this; on the average, our hair grows at a rate of half an inch a month which sums up to 6 inches a year. Your hair can grow below or above average depending on your genes. When you are able retain that length is when you see growth. (See Post on : Protective Styling and Length Retention).
Myth#2. “My hair would not grow fast if it is not held tight.”
Ladiesss, ladiesss! This particular notion is very rampant among us. I must confess at the beginning of my journey i shared in this view. I’d thread my hair so tight because i was trying to meet a hair goal of shoulder length in 5 months. Whether it is braids, twists or conrows, when it is done extremely tight, it leads to excessive shedding, headaches and worst of all, receding hairline.
Myth #3. “Natural hair is unmanageable.”
Often times I wonder how people took care of their hair when the ‘need to fit in’ hadn’t emerged. Were our forefathers bald? I guess not. What they did was that they devised a method that worked for them. The same applies to us all. Find an easy way out and stick to it. Probably you work in a corporate environment five days a week, or you are a lazy natural, or you’re just not cut out for variety of hairstyles, there is always an easy way out. You can have wash days once or twice a month, or make protective styling a larger part of your regimen. Define manageability for yourself!
Myth #4. “Trimming my natural hair makes it grow faster.”
NO NO NO! Not true and never will be. Hair does not have life. The moment it grows out of your scalp it is dead material. The moment it splits, that’s it. You will have to trim it off. Yes trimming is required to keep split ends at bay and maintaining healthy hair, but increasing growth speed…? Sorry!
Myth #5. “THE RAIN MUSTN’T TOUCH MY HAIR!”
I understand when you just got yourself a banging new sew-in, then it starts to rain and you go scurry into a shade or bury your head in your bag. Trust me, I understand. Natural hair is vegetation. Its thrives when it is watered. Water is your hair’s best friend! By this I don not mean you should drench yourself in the rain. Don’t be afraid of water touching your hair. Note: You should be a little scared however when you’re flipping that jaw dropping blow-out. SHRINKAGE!
Myth #6. “Natural hair is stronger than all other hair types”.
On the contrary, Natural hair is the weakest of all hair types. Surprise Surprise!!! The fact that it feels coarse doesn’t mean the strands are immune. Our hair strands are helix-shaped. They have so many bends and curves. Each point of curvature is a potential breaking point. This is why it is necessary when detangling, to use a product that has enough slip so your fingers/comb can easily glide through.
Myth #7. ” I can damage my hair if i wash it often.”
Most naturals believe washing hair often can damage it. Not true. What causes the damage are drying ingredients in your shampoo (Sulphates). This why some naturals opt for DIY shampoos, or Co-Wash instead. I’m not saying you should forbid shampoos but if you’re purchasing one, be sure to check the ingredients and confirm it is sulphate-free.
Myth #8. “Braids, Twists and Weaves causes hair loss”.
I come across naturals who complain of massive hair loss after taking down their braids. Please understand that because your hair is in a protective style does not mean you should neglect it. Spritz with your water and oil mist regularly. Cleanse your scalp. Sleep with a satin bonnet or scarf to preserve the hairstyle. When you care for the hair this way you won’t lament during take down. The size of the braids also matter. The section of hair you are braiding must be the same size with or bigger than the extension. When the hair section is smaller than the extension, it is weighed down. Not cool yo!
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