There is a science to your natural hair, even if you haven’t quite figured it out yet. The various techniques, products, and “growth serums” you use on your hair work because they play well with your hair’s unique properties.
All of the science in the world, however, can’t stop us from putting our trust in crazy ideas every now and then. Using vaginal cream for hair growth? Sure thing. Inverting our heads every day for an entire week? Why not?
As crazy as these ideas sound, they’re arguably preferable to some of the natural hair myths which are currently circulating around our community. So what are some of these myths? Here are four that need to die quick, painful deaths.
1. Products Make Your Natural Hair Grow Faster
Products don’t make natural hair grow faster, but people have somehow gotten this idea into their heads. Yes, commercial conditioners and serums can help keep our hair moisturized and healthy, but that’s really the extent of their usefulness, though some people have had some success with biotin supplements.
The truth of the matter is that your hair grows as quickly as it grows, and taking good care of it minimizes breakage. You can also fine-tune your diet to strengthen your hair and promote growth, which you should always be doing anyway since you want to be the healthiest version of yourself.
You might also try praying to the hair gods, for all the good it would do.
2. “White” Products Don’t Work For “Black” Hair
Aussie Moist and Tresemme might have been designed for straight, silky hair, but the natural hair community has it on record that they work just fine for afro-textured hair.
This is probably because your hair properties – not your curl pattern – determine how effective a product will be for your natural hair. In other words, products loaded with shea butter won’t necessarily work on your type 4 hair just because every other natural with your hair type says so.
3. Heat Damage Is Reversible
Heat damage isn’t reversible. Period. Some women claim that they’ve been able to reverse their heat damage, but the science doesn’t lie.
There really isn’t much more to say here. This myth just needs to disappear. Forever.
4. Your Hair Isn’t Defined Becuase You Just Haven’t Found The Right Products
Out of the four natural hair myths on this list, this is arguably the most damaging one. It’s this myth that keeps black women buying curl cream after curl cream to “fix” their kinks. It also propagates hair texture discrimination.
While hair products can certainly help define kinks and coils, they simply cannot create something that is not there. Your 4c kinks will not become 4a spirals if you apply copious amounts of curl activator, and that’s perfectly alright.
Because your natural hair journey isn’t about having defined, bouncy coils. It’s about coming to accept and love whatever you happen to have on top of your head.
Got Any Natural Hair Myths To Contribute?
While there are only four myths on this list, there are several others that need to be addressed. Needless to say, however, debunking every myth out there isn’t a one-woman job.
Having said that, I encourage you to add to this short list in the comment section below. Just remember to keep things civil, ladies.