5 Myths About Natural Black Hair
Years ago before chemical relaxers were available in stores, black people would use very harsh and damaging products to straighten their hair.
Many Black women, including myself still prefer to wear their hair straightened even with celebrities like Alicia Keys and Erica Badeau promoting natural black hair and beauty.
What makes me nervous is the lack of information and knowledge available for black hair care. In addition to this there is also a lot of misinformation that prevents many black people for accepting their hair as it is in its natural form.
I have done my research and tried and tested what wasn’t taught to me, and decided to share this new found knowledge. I present to you my findings on the real truths about these common natural hair myths.
1. Natural Hair Isn’t Versatile:
Afros are not the only style for natural hair. There are so many hairstyles that are beautiful and healthy for your hair and scalp. For example: Two-strand twists, Bantu Knots, Braids, Cornrows, Flat Twists, Locs and Afro Puffs
2. Natural Hair Doesn’t Grow
I fully understand this mindset and am aware that black hair in its natural state can at times ‘shrink up’ and therefore not having the opportunity to see your locks in their real length leads to many of us believing that black hair doesn’t grow long.
It is however try’s that everyone has a predetermined hair length due to genetics; however with proper care you can grow your care to as long as it is destined to be and without the chemical use of relaxers and perms.
A relaxer straightens your curls and therefore enables you to see the true length of your hair however the chemicals in relaxers do not promote hair growth.
Hair, including black hair, grows an average of about 1/2 inch per month. Meaning, Your hair is growing, but you may not be retaining the length due to chemical abuse, dryness, excessive heat styling and a general lack of proper care and routine.
3. Natural Hair Needs Grease
Many products you’ll find in the ethnic hair care section of your black hair shop are unfortunately full of ingredients that are not the best or healthiest for black hair.
Petroleum and mineral oil, which we know are potentially harmful products, make up a large percentage of black hair products. Unfortunately all they do is clog your scalp and attract dirt to your hair. You do not have to grease your scalp for it to be healthy.
Many young black businesses have capitalised in this and now healthier and suitable black hair products are becoming more and more available both in local retailers and online.
4. Natural Hair Is Strong
Because Natural Black Hair looks strong we end up accidentally abusing it with rough treatment.
But the truth is, black hair is fragile and needs to be treated gently and with care for it to be healthy and grow.
The best tools and products to use for your natural hair are wide tooth combs, natural ingredients and your own fingers.
The less you temper with your hair and the more you wear protective hairstyle the more your helping your hair to retain length because constant grooming is actually overwhelming for your locks.
5. Natural Hair Is Hard to Manage
Natural, textured hair can seem hard to manage if you attempt to treat it like straight hair.
The best way to manage natural or textures black hair is first to know that if you attempt to treat it like straight hair, which it is not, you will never get the end result your wrongly hoping for. You can’t use the same tools and expect the same results that you would with straight away your only leading yourself to disappointment.
The secret is to treat natural hair in a way that doesn’t try to change or alter it and it becomes far more easier to look after.
You’ll have to use different tools and methods of styling. Your fingers, a wide-tooth comb, natural boar bristle brushes, and natural oils are all good ways to treat black hair.
Perhaps learning new routines and techniques that work with your natural hair instead of against it will lead to the best results.
Also, a healthy scalp is essential for growing long and healthy hair. Try to avoid frequent hair washing, if possible, instead try a scalp massage with coconut oil to nourish and satisfy your scalp.