Kinky, Coily & Curly Hair Care Myths

Kinky, curly, coily hair is often misunderstood.  Stereotypes and myths about textured hair have been passed down for generations.  Below are 8 hair care myths.

1)      Afro textured hair doesn’t grow as long as straight hair, or hair with a looser curl pattern. Hair grows, no matter the texture.  Every hair texture needs specific things to thrive.  Learn what your hair needs.  Remember, hair grows on average ½ inch per month.  This equals to about 6 inches per year.  How we manipulate our hair determines our hair length, this includes what we put into our bodies.  Breakage, split ends, heat damage, dry, hair etc. decreases growth.  Protective styling helps to keep length.  Remember, there is no such thing as good or bad hair.  Hair serves the same purpose on everyone, no matter the race. There is just a difference in how the hair grows out of the scalp.

2)      Products make your hair grow.  There are no chemicals that increase the rate at which hair grows out of the scalp.  Products may help your hair keep moisture and therefore obtain length.  If there was a secret ingredient, then we would all have hair down our backs and the hair journey would be easy.

3)      Trimming your ends will make your hair grow faster and longer.  Hair is dead: there are no nerve endings or blood vessels.  Your hair is constantly growing.  What you do with the ends of your hair has no effect on what comes out of the scalp.  It is about retaining length.  Your hair ends are older, which means that it’s more delicate.  Trimming the hair just makes the hair appear neater and gets rid of split ends. 

4)      Greasing the scalp causes hair growth.  Your scalp produces its own oils.  Many of the products on the market for curly textured hair contain chemicals such as petroleum and mineral oil that can clog the pores, attract dirt and cause buildup.  It takes longer for oils to reach the ends of kinky, coily, curly hair.  Focus on the ends and not the scalp.  Remember the ends are the oldest part of the hair and tends to be drier.

5)      Coily hair is stronger.  It may look stronger, but the curlier or coilier the hair, the more fragile it is because the cuticle layer is thinner.  Fragile hair must be cared for in a gentle way to keep length.

6)      Brushing your hair makes it longer and shinier.  Brushes actually tug at the hair follicles and can make them weaker and cause split ends.  Use a brush only when styling.  If you must brush your hair then use a natural boa bristle brush, and not a plastic one.  Do not treat curly or textured hair like straight hair. 

7)      Washing the hair too often will make it dry.  Water is an essential moisturizer.  Washing the scalp/hair gets rid of dirt and build-up, which is necessary for hair health and hygiene.  It’s true that excessive washing with harsh chemicals will dry out the hair and rid the hair of its natural oils, but it is more important to note that it’s the harsh chemicals found in certain products that can aid in damaging and drying out the hair.  Not only should we wash our hair, but it is important to also clean the tools used to style it.

8)      There is a magic vitamin or pill that makes hair grow.  Vitamins and minerals can help in keeping the hair healthy and add nutrients, but there is no such thing as a magic growth pill.  Hair growth and health depends not only on what you put in your body, but also in the way you manipulate and take care of your hair.

Don’t believe everything you hear or read.  Do your research and learn what works for your hair. Our hair length and texture does not make us inferior.  If you learn to manage and take care of your hair and body, it will grow healthy and long.  Learn what your hair likes and dislikes.  If you buy the right tools and manipulate your hair carefully, your hair will be fine.  Be your natural, kinky, curly, coily and fabulous self!  You are unique and so is your hair, which means that it should be handled in a certain way.  Healthy hair takes time and patience.  Let’s take a proactive approach in our hair care: accept, listen, understand, look and learn!

Learn, Laugh, Grow & Live!

Peace & Blessings!

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