There are tons of African American hair care myths that deter women of color from amazing hair. We've done the research for you and put together a list of common myths many black women have learned over the years. What's the real deal? Let Jada Beauty fill you in...
1. Washing your hair too often will dry it out -- Washing is actually one of the best ways to moisturize your hair and scalp. Washing your hair restores moisture and it cleanses a dirty scalp allowing for more hair growth. Hard water and the wrong shampoo and conditioner are what is likely drying your hair out.
2. African American hair needs grease -- Many in the African American community believe that their hair needs grease in order for it to be healthy. This common belief is false! Most grease products contain petroleum and mineral oils -- neither of which are good for black hair and will clog up your hair scalp, attracting dirt that hinders hair growth and health. Try natural oils and butters to achieve your desired level of moisture.
3. Black hair doesn’t grow -- There is a common misconception that African American hair can’t grow long in its natural and relaxed state. Untrue! As with all hair types, African American hair can grow long and healthy as long as it is cared for properly. Frequent trims and keeping your ends moisturized are a great place to start.
4. African-American hair grows slower than other races’ hair -- On average, African-American hair grows half an inch every month. The natural curl can make the hair look much shorter than it really is. Having trouble growing out a short cut? Try these tips to make the growing process less stressful. Look to celebs for inspiration, too. Halle Berry is the ultimate short hair role model!
5. African American hair is stronger than every other hair type -- Unfortunately, this is not the case. Black hair is actually the most fragile of hair types because it is so prone to breakage while in natural and relaxed states. African American hair loses moisture easier than other hair types, so using an oil moisturizing treatment is important. Using the right grooming tools is vital in preventing breakage. Try a boar bristle brush and wide tooth comb to minimize damage. We have tons of great brush suggestions to get you on the right track.
6. Prenatal vitamins will make hair grow longer -- This myth is common with all types of hair. Many women experience healthier, fuller, longer hair throughout their pregnancy, but it isn't because of prenatal vitamins. The estrogen boost deserves all the credit for added growth. Once pregnancy is over, the hair will go back to its normal growth rate. Many women will even experience shedding and hair loss after pregnancy. However, there are vitamins that promote hair growth. Look for a supplement that contains Biotin, Folic Acid, and MSM. As with all vitamins, be sure to talk with your doctor or pharmacist before you get started.
7. You can wash your relaxer out -- Perhaps the most common myth of all is that the state of your relaxed hair can revert back to its natural state if washed too much. No way! Once hair has been chemically relaxed, it will remain that way until it has been cut off. The only part of your hair that will be natural is the new growth at the root.
8. Relaxers make African-American hair grow -- The chemicals in relaxers do not boost hair growth. African-American hair has a tendency to shrink or draw up when it's in its natural, curly state. A relaxer breaks down the hair, eliminating the curl and stretching the hair to its full length, making it appear much longer.
9. Natural hair is healthier than relaxed hair -- Using the right products and moisturizing treatments can make relaxed hair just as (and even MORE in some cases) healthy as natural hair. Whether or you go with a natural or relaxed look, choose your products carefully. It’s all about products and knowing what works for your hair specifically. Looking for the right product for you? Try our new Product Matchmaker feature.
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