► Black hair only reaches extraordinary lengths in the loc’d state – I was of the view that the only way black women could have some long hair is if they maintained a loc style.
Needless to say, that has been dispelled since I came across the right information, consistent healthy practices and experimentation has proven otherwise.
► Dirty hair is easier to style – I don’t know about you but my hair actually goes on strike when it is dirty: absolutely uncooperative. Yet to this day some women swear by the myth that dirty hair is easier to style.
It is believed that dirty hair provides the ideal texture for some styles mostly because many of the shampoos we used had harsh chemicals that would strip the hair of its natural oils*.
Having been ignorant of the hair care needs of black hair (or flouncing them in some cases), we would end up with dry and sometimes rough hair after the sulfates were through with our strands.
Thanks to the availability of this information, we can eliminate the dryness that may surface after a wash and as such maintain clean hair.
► Black hair only thrives on “black people products” – I could address this with one word, Giovanni. Nuff said! This myth might have surfaced because of the mistrust of other races who seemed to be out to “get us”.
It was widely thought that no other race could understand our diversity and ethnicity enough to formulate products that had the right balance to benefit our hair. Through personal experimentation with products as well as reviewing information pertinent to the issue, many of us have come to see that this is not so.
What we have found out is that manufacturers of hair products usually make products for the majority. In the United States, African-Americans are among the minority. It would then stand to reason that if a majority of the products made are at a neutral pH of 7.0 while our hair’s pH balance is 4.5 t0 5.5 then those products are not geared towards black hair.
Other than that, we cannot substantiate this claim especially since the natural hair/healthy hair community has grown and companies now see the need to do the proper research and cater to our needs if they are to protect their bottom-line.
► Petroleum is great for natural hair – Maybe like me, many of you thought that nothing could be done with your hair without some petroleum. I accepted the thought that my hair was difficult and unmanageable and was grateful for the good stuff; petroleum.
Little did I know that though it’s good as a sealant, it also locks moisture out of the strands, effectively hindering daily moisturizing. It clogs the pores when slathered onto the scalp, thereby preventing natural oils* from getting to the follicles where real nourishment occurs.
Absence of moisture plus clogged pores equals drier strands, tons of breakage, ssk’s, split ends and PLENTY of dandruff; translation? Length plateau!
Originally posted 2013-12-13 15:00:14.