Black Hair Myths Busted by: Diona Humes-Jamison

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Whether your hair journey has been natural or relaxed, everyone’s heard rumors and myths about what they should and shouldn’t do in order to maintain a healthy head of hair and it’s time to set those rumors straight.

Myth #1: Relaxers Make Your Hair Grow
Plenty of black females decide to ditch their natural curls and go for a relaxer or “perm” because they are rumored to promote hair growth. Relaxers permanently straighten and stretch curls that would have otherwise been tight and shrunken, giving the appearance of substantial growth. Although it is very possible to maintain long and healthy hair while relaxed, it is not the relaxer, itself, that makes the hair grow.
Myth #2: Cutting Hair Promotes Hair Growth
Although you might get your hair done in a salon every two weeks, you don’t necessarily need to get it cut every time you go to visit your hairdresser. Trimming your ends gets rid of the damaged and split ends, yes, but it doesn’t make your hair grow since your hair grows from the root and not the end. You should get a trim every 6 to 8 weeks, if necessary, to avoid split ends that can possibly split further up the shaft and cause substantial damage.

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Myth #3: Black Women Can’t Grow Long Hair
Every person is different so everyone’s hair will grow as long as their body lets it. There are vitamins and products on the market that help to accelerate hair growth and length retention but hair length cannot be determined by your ethnicity.

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Myth #4: Black Hair Needs More Conditioning That Shampooing
Conditioners and moisturizers are necessary for healthy and hydrated hair but the amount that is needed varies by hair type and texture. Black hair tends to need more moisturizing than many other ethnicities because chemical alteration causes it to be brittle, however, there is a such thing as over-conditioning. Too much of anything can be bad for you. It’s up to you to assess your hair needs and learn how much and how often you need to condition to keep your hair bouncing and blowing in the wind.

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Myth #5: Black Hair Is Not Versatile
This has to be one of the biggest black hair myths. #TeamNatural has become the trend over the past few years but many black women are scared to rock their natural kinks because they think that an afro is the only way to go. There are plenty of natural styles and products out there that can help manipulate and maintain a gorgeous curly mane. Some styles include: bantu knots, braid-outs, twist-outs, locs, braids/twists, and many more. When it comes to styling your natural hair, YouTube will become your best friend as there are endless tutorials from naturalista vloggers.
These are only some of the many myths about black hair that have been floating around salons and schools and forums. When it comes to hair rumors, you have to use your better judgment to decide what will work for you, personally, whether your decision come from research or trial-and-error.

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Diona Humes-Jamison, native of Chicago and resident of Virginia, is a sophomore, Public Relations major and Photography minor attending Howard University. Active within her major and her community, Diona has a passion for passion. Catch her in the future working within the entertainment and nonprofit sectors of PR.

Twitter and Instagram: @_TellMeAnything

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