Some of the things that we have taken as hair gospel are just plain weird. They have no factual basis and some of them may even end up damaging hair! Lets examine eight of the wackiest ones for black women hair.
Myth # One
Relaxed Hair Is Easier To Manage Than Natural Hair
Fact: The process of adding chemicals to natural hair to gain a straighter look breaks the hair bonds and leaves hair weak and extremely susceptible to breaking and further damage. One must keep in mind that relaxers do not help the hair, but actually strips it. So by applying chemicals to the hair, even if it is to achieve a desired effect, is never really to the benefit of your hair health. This means that though the hair may be easier to comb through, it is actually a weaker head of hair that you are handling, which makes the process of taking care of it that much harder than your natural hair.
Myth # Two
Trimming The Hair Makes It Grow Faster
Fact: Your hair grows at the root, not at the ends. Trimming the hair might make the hair appear thicker and stop split ends which may stop shedding but hair grows a quarter to half inch per month whether you cut it or not. Trimming only makes the hair look better; it has no impact on hair growth.
Myth # Three
You can mend split ends with certain products.
Fact: Not even glue can mend your ends. The split in the hair shaft will keep on splitting despite the products used. The only way to mend split ends is to cut it off. There is no conditioner or secret ingredient from a natural source that can mend your ends. You can however, lessen the appearance of split ends by using products with silicone or beeswax that will make the hair ends appear temporarily together.
Myth # Four
You can do something to make your hair grow faster
Fact: You can do many things to retain your hair growth but every hair on your head goes through three stages: growing, resting, and shedding. The growing phase can last from 3 to 7 years and is hereditary. A person with a very long growing phase will grow longer hair than a person with a shorter growing phase. Therefore, the anagen or growing phase actually determines the maximum length your hair will grow. No product or theory can change your biological make up. Accept your hair and do the best that you can to make it healthy with whatever phase you inherit.
Myth # Five
Washing Hair Frequently Will Damage It
Fact: Washing the hair with shampoos that has added chemicals (sulfates) can cause hair dryness. So these must be avoided, however, black hair loves water; not washing the hair can cause the sebum (the scalp’s natural oils) to be blocked. This in turn will make the hair dry and brittle. Things that damage black hair include bleaching, coloring, styling and excess heat. Washing hair twice or three times per week will not damage hair.
Myth # Six
Products Advertised As Natural Are Chemical Free
Fact: Every savvy consumer should know by now, that not everything that says natural, is really so. Read the labels of these natural products and any word that you do not know the meaning look it up online. If consumers become more knowledgeable about the ingredients in natural products and refuse to buy them, then manufacturers would be forced, to put the ‘real-organic’ things in their product offerings.
Myth # Seven
Dandruff is Caused By Dry Scalp
Fact: No its not! Dandruff and dry scalp are very different hair conditions. Dry scalp is characterized by small, white flakes of the scalp, which is basically caused by dehydration on the scalp, which in turn makes the scalp shed. Something akin to chapped lips or skin. It can be caused by lack of hydration, season changes, shampoo and conditioner stripping the hair of its natural oil. On the other hand, dandruff is usually characterized by large, greasy or waxy flakes or clusters of skin cells and are usually yellowish or gray and oily. Dandruff, unlike dry scalp, is usually associated with a fungal or bacterial infection of the scalp and can be contagious. Dandruff is a serious health issue and requires medical attention and prescribed medication. Do not use dandruff shampoos or medications for dry scalp!
Myth # Eight
Hair Can Become Immune to Shampoo
Fact: Your hair does not care which shampoo you put on it or which brand or how expensive the brand. Your hair responds to the build up of residue that a shampoo might leave behind on your strands or the chemicals that are in a particular shampoo. Some shampoos contain sulfates and others harsh chemicals, which dry out hair and leave it brittle. You can use a good shampoo for years without any ill effects especially if you clarify your hair periodically.
Can you think of any more myths that we are touting as facts?