Natural hair has had a couple of myths and misconceptions tied to it, that tend to build up anxieties in women especially. It becomes the top reasons why women pursue weaves and wigs. Are any of these concerns worth breaking a sweat over?
Categories/types of natural hair
This is the straight type of hair that reflects the most shine. It tends to be difficult to damage, but even harder to curl it. It has the advantage of being highly moisturized because the natural body oils get an easy flow of the sebum from the scalp to the tips of the hair.
This is the wavy hair category. This categories further breaks down into 2A, 2B and 2C, following an order of wave spectrum, where 2A has few waves while 2C has the most waves. This hair type is most prone to frizz, 2C more than 2A. This is because as the waves increase, the lesser the swiftness of the sebum to reach to the hair tips.
This is also called the curly hair. It differs from the wavy hair as the strands tend to take an ‘S’ shape, or even ‘Z’. This too has different categorization, which is 3A, 3B and 3C. This hair type has high curl definition, the curliest being 3C. This type is climate dependent and requires and requires proper care.
This is commonly called Kinky hair. This hair is a tightly coiled hair type that is quite fine and delicate. It is easily described by a zig zag pattern and tends to be the driest hair type. Like type 2 and 3, it is categorized into 4A, 4B and 4C, and should constantly be managed by adding moisture to reduce breakage from dryness.
Common myths of natural hair
Below are some of the most common natural hair myths you should know before you buy the best hair edgers to shave yours.
Natural hair doesn’t grow or grows very slowly
Every woman fancies a mane that grows every waking of the morning, and natural hair doesn’t quite seem to glorify this fantasy. While there is evidence that some type of hair grows faster than do others (type 4 hair grows at a slower rate than type 1, 2 or 3), all hair does grow.
The growth of hair is affected by many factors among which are your pills, diet, hormones or simply your styling practices. If all these factor work against you, chances are that your hair will grow way too slow. A common myth is that for hair to grow fast, there should be reinforcement like braiding, weaving, relaxing, among others.
This is however not the case. Not properly moisturized hair can have repercussions on your growth, so that, it becomes dry leading to breakage, which then disrupts your hair growth goals. If your hair breaks at the same rate as it grows, all you perceive this to be is no growth or slow growth.
Natural hair is hard to manage
Everyone is drawn to convenience in saving time and this is also vibrant in hair management matters. Especially for working women with type 3 and 4 hair types, there is a wide spread myth that natural hair is hard to manage. Quite the contrary, once you are in sync with the routine of styling your natural hair, it is much more satisfying to manage natural hair.
Figure out the hair products that work well for your hair, understand your hair type and keep it moisturize. This will give you a result so gratifying that you will always be a natural hair advocate.
Expensive hair products are the ultimate hair care solutions
Many vloggers and bloggers have gotten people’s minds wrapped around the idea of totally depending on many expensive hair products, leading them into believing that using a variety of is the only way to achieving success with your natural hair journey. This cannot be further from the truth, especially for the fact that some expensive hair products are not amusingly as effective as what they parade them to be.
As real as the fact that quality is key for any products we use on our skins, hair management is all about what works better for you. Since women have different hair types, different hair products works for different types. The end goal should be to retain as much moisturize as possible, and keep the hair that way all day long. You don’t have to go for absurdly expensive products, while you can just grab a few quality ones that give your hair the optimum results.
Washing regularly is wrong for natural hair
This is a common mistaken belief particularly among the type 4 and type 3 hair types. Most people consider washing the hair as a way that can dehydrate it, which is the explanation behind this myth.
While it is true that washing the hair does clean up the scalp from the natural oils, for the most part with the use of shampoos, it is not a reason enough to fret from frequent washing of the hair. This is because washing your hair gets rid of product buildup which is a good place to start for your hair length goals, as well as air your scalp for better growth and newer natural oils.
Water is not the reason for the dehydration you presume, but rather a good source of moisture, even though short-lived. Ensure you moisturize after washing it still, to keep the shine and the prevent breakage and too much shedding.
Greasing the scalp aids hair growth
Again with the hair growth, only this time, the use of oils. Among the factors that propel hair growth, oils have nothing to increase to your hair length journey, so that should be off your checklist by now.
Fairly, oils do have their benefits for the hair, but not so much like other hair products like conditioners or moisturizers. The scalp is capable of producing its own oils, and may only require a little reinforcement. This means that moisturizers should take care of your concerns.
Natural hair is not suited for Work Environment
Among 4C natural hair type especially, there is a misconception that natural hair is not suit for a work environment. This is very evident a myth for women with very curly hair. Even when the media has portrayed straight hair as being the ideal image for the work place, natural hair an also fit into this new space. Loose messy buns, tight polished buns, among different other styling can suitably work with all hair type for a work environment.
Shrinkage stalls growth
Unlike for type 1 hair, people with type 2, 3 and 4 hair might experience shrinkage after washing. Shrinkage has been understood by many to mean hair breakage or shedding, advising why many go for heat to straighten their manes.
Quite the contrary, shrinkage has nothing to do with stalling hair growth, but breakage does. Shrinkage should be embraced as a response to water, especially for kinky hair. Before you freak out about your shrinkage, consider moisturizing to ease management, handle gently while untangling and opt for protective styles like braiding to straighten it a bit.
Not all natural hair looks good
All hair dos, natural or not, can appear unsightly if unkempt. It is true that some people have more admirable hair than do others, but the myth about some natural hair not looking good doesn’t apply in the same way. Even when beauty is in the eyes of the beholder, natural hair can be and it is beautiful, unique for every person.
The fact about life is that grass isn’t always greener on others’ pastures, only that your own is not well managed. Work to give your hair the ultimate care, embrace your length, curls and shine, but make sure you beat the social bias against natural hair not being beautiful
7 Natural hair tips to stick to
This is the most basic hair tip that every lover of hair should have embraced by hair. Hair, like other parts of the body, is prone to damage and is affected by weather among other factors moisturizing is the best remedy to keep your hair healthy, easily manageable and glowing.
- Take care of your scalp
Your scalp is your skin too, treat it equally as the rest of your skin. Keep it clean, moisturized and free from discomforts like pulls and pressures along the edges.
Heat is pretty important when it comes to straightening or curling your hair. However, keep those temperatures to the acceptable level, because exerting too much heat will damage your shafts, and once damaged, no amount of product can cover that.
- Pick your products wisely
It is really never about the expensive products. Pick out products that are not only affordable, but more so work for your hair. Choose quality products like Shea creams that are free from toxic ingredients like Sulphur or mercury that could cause immense harm to your scalp.
- Embrace different styling
Natural hair tends to come across as boring because people are not open to trying out new things. Embrace your hair type by trying out different styling – you might stumble over your signature look.
- Eat right
Choose balanced meals that are good for your skin, as well as hydrate by increasing your water intakes. This is more than just hair remedy – your body depends on it!
- Wear it with confidence
Your natural hair is yours; it won’t fall off. Flaunt it with confidence and embrace your mane, whether long or short. Loosen up on all the anxieties and wear a smile instead.
Have you had to worry about a couple of natural hair myths? Well, not all of them are worth the sweat. Your mane is an amazing feature that should complement your beauty overall, and should keep you excited about life.
By Meredith Zacharias
Hair Clippers Club