Washing your hair daily
Daily washes lead to a healthier scalp and healthier hair right? Well maybe that’s true for some people but not all. When we as black women wash our hair, we also take on the monumental, sometimes frustrating challenge of styling it.
Now if your hair is naturally kinky or curly then you will know all too intimately that wash day means as much as 5 hours out of your day from start to finish. Putting aside the immense time constraints of doing that every day, it would also mean that we would be manipulating our kinky curly hair daily too and as you know the more manipulation the more chance for breakage. With that increased breakage we see increased incidents of split ends and single strand knots. Hardly the sign of healthy hair by anyone’s standards.
The simple fact is that many black women with super long hair average a wash every 2-4 weeks. It’s about finding the perfect balance of less manipulation with optimal care and making it work within your lifestyle.
Regular trims=Healthier hair
This is a myth that just won’t die down! Regular trims are definitely important in the grand scheme of things but it’s the regularity itself that I’m challenging. Wear and tear is a natural fact of any physical object including our hair BUT when you reduce the manipulation that you put on your hair drastically, you also reduce wear and tear which means less need for trims.
Think about it like this, if you buy yourself some pretty hair extensions but due to lack of time or circumstances you do not wear them straight away. So they sit in their plastic wrap in your drawer for a few months before you finally head over to the stylist for your new hairdo. The last thing on your mind will be to trim those extensions simply because a few months have gone by and a trim is due!
The same should apply to your own hair, a trimming schedule is not a one-size-fits-all situation, it should simply be a suggestion based on how often you handle your hair and your hair goals. All things being equal, in the instance that your hair is being manipulated less than average then a less than average trimming schedule would also apply.
Protein absorption rates
Science shows that the best absorption rate of protein in hair products are those with the lowest molecular size so egg protein is unlikely to help your hair unless processed to be smaller (as in hair products containing egg protein) rather than cracking a whole egg into a conditioner and slapping that your hair. But here’s the thing, women have been using plain ole eggs for eons with great results.
Where egg protein may fail to penetrate the innermost layers of your hair to correct damage, it does very well at correcting damage on the surface of your hair which could be more than enough to keep your hair healthy and happy.
You will find that it will be through the process of trial and error that you discover exactly which sources of protein will best suit your hair type.