Hair Myths - Get the facts Straight

By . - Wednesday, September 30, 2009

1. Greasing/Oiling the scalp is an absolute must. Your scalp needs to breathe to function properly, so it's best not to clog hair follicles with ingredients like petroleum jelly, mineral oil or lanolin. A dry or flaky scalp could be the result of using the wrong products. For example, shampoo with high alcohol content might dry out the scalp, or a too-heavy conditioner may leave a flaky residue. The last thing you want to do is put grease on top of flaky dead skin. Keep the scalp as clean as possible to optimal hair growth.

2. Cutting your hair makes it grow.
Tell your scissor-happy stylist to "drop the shears and stand back." Cutting does rid your hair of old and damaged strands, it does not make your hair grow. Your hair grows from the hair follicle on your scalp people. There is a big difference between hair growth and retaining length. I suggest getting a trim or dusting and not a chop every 6 to 8 weeks depending on your hair growth to avoid any split ends you may have, splitting further up the hairs shaft, which does cause damage.

3. Natural hair = no maintenance.
There is no such thing as zero-maintenance ethnic hair. Our hair is often dry, and porous, so it needs regular detangling, moisture and conditioning to counter breakage and grow long. Remember that maintenance does not mean over manipulation!

4. Relaxers make your hair grow.
Ethnic hair requires constant nurturing to maintain its durability and encourage growth. Although your hair may appear to have grown once you’ve gotten it relaxed, that is not the case. Relaxers straighten your natural kinks, which gives the appearance of growth. Hair growth comes from good diet and well-maintained hair.

5. Natural relaxers are safer than regular relaxers.
“Natural” relaxers are not, in fact, natural. Many contain the same chemicals as your lye or no-lye relaxer kit. The difference only lies in the name. From natural to silkener, it’s all a ploy to get you to buy, buy, buy. There is no such thing as a natural relaxer. In order for our hair to be straight we have to chemically break it down or use heat. Don't be fooled!

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  1. Uggh!! I HATE the myth about trimming/cutting your hair makes it grow. How does that make any kind of sense?

    Another myth I hate? "Washing your hair makes it dry." Really? So, water, the most moisturizing and hydrating agent found on the planet....dries your hair out. Hmmph.


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