Why Are We So Obsessed With Hair Growth Aids?

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So many products for hair growth are marketed for black women but are we neglecting good hair practices by relying on them too much?

If you are a black woman no doubt at some point you have come across a hair growth aid. They come in different forms, oils, lotions, conditioners or shampoos. They could also be home made concoctions we whip up ourselves! The products make claims ranging from stimulating your hair follicles to increase the rate of growth to re-growing hair where it is thinning like hairlines.

Now let’s start with the facts. Very few of the products for hair growth we use have ever been impartially and scientifically tested for accuracy in the flashy claims the products make. All we have to go by is either a friend who used a product and swears that it made her gain an inch every month or the new rave on the hair care forums whose results which are inconclusive at best.

Here’s the problem: since our hair grows anyway and grows really slowly, it is difficult for a consumer to be accurate in any improvement made in hair growth as the result of growth aides. How much of the growth can really be attributed to the product? To answer this question only a long term impartial study carried out by people totally unrelated to the hair growth aid industry could give conclusive proof. However, most of the study results so far have only been carried out by individual manufacturers of the products. Trusting these would be naive if nothing else.

A comment on hair growth aids based on anti fungal creams: It is possible that if your scalp is suffering from a slight fungal infection that is inhibiting growth then the cream will cure the fungal infection thereby allowing your hair to grow as it should giving the impression that growth rate has increased. Again there have been no studies to prove the efficiency of anti fungal creams as hair growth aids.

All things considered, the jury is out on whether hair growth aids make a difference in the rate of growth in the long term or not. The most important aspect of hair growth is healthy hair care practices, period. If you are neglecting moisturizing your hair, avoiding deep conditioning or even brushing or combing your hair excessively or incorrectly then no amount of growth aids will give you long hair.

Having long hair is not so much about how quickly your hair grows than how much length you retain. Think about black men and women who have gorgeous long locs past waist length. As the hair is in a ‘locked’ state and there isn’t any combing or brushing therefore there is little breakage and very close to 100% growth retention!

The lesson here is that growth aids could enhance your hair growth rate but should never be used as a substitute for a solid hair care regimen.


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About Alma Ruddock


I’m Alma Ruddock, the founder and editor-in-chief of Blackhairinformation.com. I stumbled on a hair care forum back in 2008 frustrated with my breaking relaxed hair and the information that I found there changed the fate of my hair, and quite possibly my life, forever! I immediately started to transition to natural hair and started BlackHairInformation.com as a way to help both myself and other women of color achieve their dreams of long healthy hair. I have now achieved my goal length and I continue to help others achieve their dreams too. My three passions are hair, art and entrepreneurship and I love to be able to bring my unique view on hair growth and successful hair journeys to our readers. I am an eternal optimist and workaholic. In addition to BHI I have founded quite a few other websites and businesses including Elongtress Hair Vitamins and Urban Gyal which all fall under the umbrella of my company Coils Media Ltd.

About Alma Ruddock


I’m Alma Ruddock, the founder and editor-in-chief of Blackhairinformation.com. I stumbled on a hair care forum back in 2008 frustrated with my breaking relaxed hair and the information that I found there changed the fate of my hair, and quite possibly my life, forever! I immediately started to transition to natural hair and started BlackHairInformation.com as a way to help both myself and other women of color achieve their dreams of long healthy hair. I have now achieved my goal length and I continue to help others achieve their dreams too. My three passions are hair, art and entrepreneurship and I love to be able to bring my unique view on hair growth and successful hair journeys to our readers. I am an eternal optimist and workaholic. In addition to BHI I have founded quite a few other websites and businesses including Elongtress Hair Vitamins and Urban Gyal which all fall under the umbrella of my company Coils Media Ltd.

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deb
deb

Hair growth aids don't work! Just take care of your hair. Don't use a product because it can grow hair, lashes, etc…!

BHI

Yep, topically applied products have very little success at increasing growth rate! Results from pills are also anectdotal so also cannot gurantee results. A good diet and healthy hair practices is the only tried and true method of growing hair long.

Chanda
Chanda

Ok now I need a little help/advice I’m one year natural and have learned a lot of useful tips from subscribing to this site. THANKS SOOO MUCH! My hair is el (ear length) and I’m afraid that it is not strong enough for braids or weaves can u advise me of some protective styles for this length of hair? I must admit that I am quite happy with how much my hair has grown after the bc last year. Not much breakage or shedding but braids and weaves were the culprit to the weakened state that my was in prior to the bc.

Jp Becker

Its not just black chicks, ever hear of the hair club for men?

Guest
Guest

That’s what I was just thinking but it’s women of all Races and Cultures who are obsessed with Hair Growth aid. The market is full of commercials and infomercials on hair growth aids featuring all races.

Guest
Guest

That’s what I was just thinking but it’s women of all Races and Cultures who are obsessed with Hair Growth aid. The market is full of commercials and infomercials on hair growth aids featuring all races.

Christina J Pollard

I think it has to do with this who are defying the “black hair does not growth” myth. We see women who grow their hair past their shoulders to great lengths like to their waist or even hip. Black women look for the most effective or quickest way to get to that length too. So companies and manufactures creates products and vitamins claiming growth for the consumer. But all is takes is time and patience.

Jamila Kelly

who is this. .. “we” you speak of XD.
Seriously though… got 99 problems and hair growth ain’t one =_=

Theresa Marie Bryant

Im going it alone except for vitamin waters that I like to drink and so far so good.

Vee Smith

i am so guilty, want to find to make my hair grow faster