Do People Still Think That Genes Are The Deciding Factor In Hair Length?


Do you remember back in the day in school where there was always one black girl with long hair? We looked on at her mane in awe wondering how she managed to grow it that long even though her answers to our questions were vague and unsatisfactory.

We tried using the same products that she did with no positive results so we came to the conclusion that it must be her genes.

If you are a regular reader of BHI you are probably thinking 'Seriously are people still thinking like that?' Well the answer is a resounding YES!

On our facebook page we hear the most ludicrous of comments such as 'black hair cannot grow long', and 'she must have won the genetic hair lottery'. Oh and please do not dare come from a 'fully African heritage because then you are pretty much limited to one inch of hair for the rest of your life'.

The internet has changed our lives in that it allows us to share information pretty much instantly and effortlessly through websites like this one, youtube and hair boards. For the black community this has meant a way of sharing hair and beauty 'secrets' that were once held by the few but now known to many.

I'm sure my tone already tells you what I think about this 'genetics idea' and if this was Mythbusters I would be just about done busting this myth! Honestly though there is a lot of confusion with certain terms such as genetics, race, and culture.


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Hi I'm Petra Lomax , a staff writer and editor for BlackHairInformation.com . I am Jamaican born and raised and moved to the United States in my early 20's. I have a BA in Political Science and International relations as well as an MBA and a Masters In Project Management. I love travel, culture and anything that has to do with creative media and business.

About Petra


Hi I'm Petra Lomax , a staff writer and editor for BlackHairInformation.com . I am Jamaican born and raised and moved to the United States in my early 20's. I have a BA in Political Science and International relations as well as an MBA and a Masters In Project Management. I love travel, culture and anything that has to do with creative media and business.

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Some type 4s can grow long hair. I had a Kenyan( born in Africa) student 2 yrs ago that had very long & thick bushy natural type 4b hair that was longer than mid back but not waist length. All the African American girls were fascinated by her hair & thought she was mixed with something even tho she was a nice dark brown. She’d never had a perm & I rubbed some of her hair between my fingers & she had what we used to call “horse hair”: Very thick coarse heavy strands; almost wiry feeling. Combine super coarse strong hair like that with a possible 3 year anagen phase, no perms or chemicals EVER, & you have long hair. You can find super coarse hair like that in different textures. I had Asian students with long straight “horse hair” & last summer i met a black girl in the hair section of a BSS who was mixed ( Jada Pickett colring) & trying to grow out her perm & go natural. Her hair was BSL & permed straight but she said her hair was very curly..(.probably a type 3c) but extremely hard to perm because it was so coarse. Horse hair again. That hair texture is very strong but unless it has a long anagen or is well taken care of ,it won’t necessarily grow long. I know a black woman with super coarse very kinky type 4 hair that has never ever grown longer than about top neck length even when she was a teen & before getting it permed even tho she cared for it very well & tried to get it to grow longer. It was very perm resistant & stylists always had to use the strongest perms on her hair.

Ashley Joi

Maybe texture but Def not length!!!!!

Rosalind Pete Wright

Hormones. As women get older their hair thins out.

Mo Cox

I’ve read articles that everyone can reach BSL, but only those with longer anagen cycles can reach great lengths (tailbone and longer). So, yes. Genetics play a small role hair growth/length.