Factual or Mythical Series: Protective Styles Make Your Hair Grow

This has been a myth in the natural hair community for quite awhile. Now when we speak of protective styles we’re speaking of a style that protect the ends of our hair. Protective styles include twists, braids, wigs, extensions, weaves, etc. When we protect our ends we avoid the chance of it breaking off. Ends not being broken off = more length.

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Women will often do back to back protective styles to encourage hair growth but are not aware of the downfalls of doing this. I myself have been a victim of the back-to-back protective styling trying to grow long hair. Protective styles helps us to retain length – not grow our hair.

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Factual or Mythical Series: Split Ends Can Be Fixed With the Right Product

Myth. Women with naturally curly hair cannot condition their way to split end free hair.

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Experts recommend that curlies “Deva cut” their hair every 6-8 weeks to remove split ends. Deva haircuts use a technique where dry, curly hair is shaped and then cut piece by piece, instead of straight across, to maintain your natural hair growth patterns and the natural shape of your curly hair. Along with regular, minor trims, be sure to moisturize hair well. Choose a deep conditioner that is best suited for your hair’s coarse and curly texture to achieve maximum hair growth.

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Factual or Mythical Series: Water and Washing of Hair regularly dries out the Hair

That’s a myth. Water is the ultimate moisturizer. Our hair loves water. It’s our hair’s best friend.

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Have you heard about the new trend in the natural hair community? The water-only washing (WOW) method? I’ve never done this method but I’ve watched a video of Naptural85 talking about her experience with this method. This method is quite straightforward. There are many other videos on YouTube that explain this process, as well as show their results with this method.

Regular washing of hair does not dry out the natural oils but instead is a great source of moisture for the hair. It assists with dryness as opposed to promoting it. The issue begins when a sealant, such as a leave-in conditioner or a natural oil is not applied after washing. As a result, the water in the hair evaporates leaving us with dry hair. For textured hair it is recommended that we wash our hair once a week but this WOW method is done every day (can you keep up with that?). Clean hair is healthy hair. Remember: Water is the only true form of moisture, if water is not present, neither is moisture. -Reign Elle

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Factual or Mythical Series: Natural Hair Must be Moisturized

Factual. I can vividly remember those days when I would wash my hair, dry with a towel and then oil with a petrolatum oil. Wow, I must say. I was that natural haired girl doing all the wrong things to her hair. I didn’t know better but thank God for all these platforms that have assisted me, as well as, my curiosity and love for change.

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Natural hair must be moisturized because our type 4 hair is very fragile but only you can determine the frequency of how often you moisturize your hair. Whether it be daily, every other day, weekly – whatever works for you; it varies from person to person. One thing that is general to all naturals though, is that the oldest part of our hair – the ends, need all the tender, love and care you can give to it. Therefore, when we moisturize our hair we should pay keen attention to this part of our hair.

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Factual or Mythical Series: Greasing the Scalp makes Hair grow Faster

Say what? Myth. Myth. Myth. I remember my mom doing this to my hair as a child and to make it even worse she did it on towel dried hair. All that’s spelled right there is D-I-S-A-S-T-E-R!!!!! You know this girl’s hair wasn’t getting moisturized as it should and this hair sure wasn’t growing – during those times my hair growth seemed to be at an halt. Back in the days we thought this was the correct way of caring for our hair but continuing to learn about our hair and seeing the difference it makes when we hinder from applying grease has proven that it does no justice to growing our hair.

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Now when we speak of greasing we are speaking of a product that contains petrolatum, mineral oil or lanolin that is  used on the scalp or hair. Many naturals refrain from using these products because they seem to have a bad reputation with the natural hair.

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Factual or Mythical Series: Our Hair is Always Growing

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This picture was drawn by Ariel. You can find her on Instagram @keturahariel

Yes, our hair is always growing. Actually on average our hair grows ½ inch a month. That’s 6 inches in a year. Can you imagine retaining all that length in the healthy way possible? Although many naturals will not see this growth due to excess breaking of hair. Thus, the reason for preventing hair breakage during our hair growth regimen. Bear in mind though that some hair loss is quite normal, so don’t sweat it. It is natural to lose 50-100 hairs per day. This is referred to as shedding. Knowing the difference between shedding and breakage and how to treat either will help one in their journey to healthy hair.

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