Whether you are a transitioning-sister, newbie Naturalista, or even a veteran of fros, wash-and-gos, and curly-q’s, there are somethings within our natural community that we let ourselves believe just because it is “known,” or “how it has always been.” And we sometimes do this and continue to do it, passing advice and tips down the line without adding full logic to the methods we live by when it comes to our hair.
However, to clear up some of the old ways some of us may have been living by, here are a few myths, fibs and fairytales proof tidbits of information just for you! Out with the old and in with the researched and proven information, with results that will show for themselves.
“A little grease on the scalp helps to moisturize.”
Although we may have grown up using grease, the primary ingredients in most grease products are petrolatum and mineral oil, which do not absorb easily into the skin. These ingredients also dry the hair out and impede hair growth by clogging the pores.
Alternate Recommendation: Instead of grease, try an all-natural pomade to moisturize your scalp, like the one shown above by Carol’s Daughter.
“The same hair products that worked then, work now.”
Sometimes true, but I would recommend checking the label because products change. There are newer products made specifically for natural hair or loc that work more effectively and can help you achieve the same results you want.
Alternate Recommendation: Look for products with all natural ingredients but don’t trust the label; read the ingredient list for yourself. Or try making your own natural products from recipes and the things you can put together from your own home.
“Kinky, coiled hair doesn’t grow!”
The truth is that all hair grows. The speed upon which your hair grows depends on a variety of factors ranging from hair type and nutrition, to hereditary and environmental variables.
Alternate Recommendation: Most of the time it is about what goes inside your body, not on your hair that counts. Try taking multivitamins or vitamin B supplement like Biotin daily! Also remember to eat your fruit and vegetables, healthy hair and healthy bodies = A Happy Natural with Beautiful Hair!
“Reading ingredient labels is too hard; there are too many different ingredients to remember.”
The more you read the labels, the more you’ll recognize the harmful ingredients. A key to remember is that ingredients that you can pronounce and are familiar to you are typically the ingredients that are safe.
Alternate Recommendation: Buying all natural ingredients can sometimes be expensive. Try making your own products as well!
“Tip top trimming keeps your tress growing and growing.”
Even though trimming will improve the overall health of your hair by getting rid of split ends, it has nothing to do with the hair that grows from atop your scalp. By trimming your hair, you are able to hold on to strands that don’t split, so you are able to see growth and because it’s not breaking and splitting.
“My Relaxed Hair Regimen will Work for My Natural Hair.”
This is something that was not even true for your hair when you used to relax it. Remember your ends are the oldest part of your hair and are what need the most care. The newer hair near the root is theoretically the strongest and healthiest.
When your hair is longer you might find that you need to use heavier products on your ends to help seal them. For the rest of your hair you may need less product or lighter weight products. When I kept my hair at half an inch I needed a little leave-in conditioner and extra virgin olive oil to keep my hair soft and tame between washings. Now that I’ve stopped cutting my hair I have to use products to protect my ends and seal them when I style. Just pay attention to how your hair responds to products as you continue to grow it out.Feel free to stick with some of the same products but realize that you will have to treat curly hair differently.