You must get a touch up every 4-6 (6 is pushing it) weeks or it’s bad for your hair
I made sure to get a relaxer every four weeks religiously. It was set in my calendar and once I started seeing more than just a few beginning signs of new growth the pressure was on my mom to make it disappear.
Waiting six weeks was a cardinal sin that I was afraid would leave me without hair. In hindsight in my days of hair ignorance, my main irrational fear of just ending up bald for not following these mythical hair practices when in reality my hair was breaking anyway.
You have to cut your hair every time you get a touch-up.
In addition to monthly relaxers I also needed a monthly trim. Sometimes I had split ends and other times I probably didn’t, but I wouldn’t know because it hadn’t dawned on me that perhaps that was the reasoning behind trimming my hair.
It was just part of the relaxer ritual. Needless to say I wasn’t retaining that much length because I basically chopped off what I grew every month.
Braids and weaves make your hair grow.
This isn’t a full blown myth so much as it is a practice that many people do not understand the why behind it.
Before I understood the concept of protective styles I knew that I could gain a steady one to two inches of new growth by getting my hair braided for a couple of months.
All of my friends agreed that it “made your hair grow” and it was always exciting to see the new growth come as the braids got farther away from the scalp.
If I knew then what I know now I would have washed and moisturized my scalp as well but alas, those were the days that getting my hair braided also meant it would basically stay untouched for months until I removed the braids.
That thought now saddens me because I know how unhealthy it was for my hair.
In all actuality most of these hair myths were bad for my hair in one way or another. Looking back at them now is a fun way to get some laughs and gauge how far I’ve come though.
What are some hair myths you believed before your HHJ?
Originally posted 2013-11-25 15:00:23.