Natural beauty can be a mystery; after all, there are oh-so-many myths about natural hair.
All of the different textures, the products, the routines. It can be intimidating, but I promise you, it’s not as complicated as it may seem. Common misconceptions about natural hair are in fact huge myths. I had a conversation with some of my friends about natural hair, and these were my 3 favorite myths.
3 Myths About Natural Hair Debunked
1. Natural Hair Doesn’t Grow.
I almost fell out of my chair when I heard this! Natural hair doesn’t grow?! Whether your hair is relaxed, dreaded, on in an afro, hair grows, period. What may vary from person to person is how much and the way it grows.
For example, I have type 4 hair and my hair won’t grow down. Sounds weird right? Instead of growing down like other textures my hair grows out, so my fro gets bigger and bigger but not necessarily longer, in the common sense of the word.
Also, natural hair is also prone to shrinkage. This mostly happens when the hair is wet. It sucks up all of that moisture and shrinks. The strands may appear shorter, but remember they can always be stretched with elongating styles such as braid outs and flat twists.
Don’t let the shrinkage fool you, honey! Naturals can have inches too!
2. It’s Too Much Work To Be Natural!
From the outside looking in it may look that, but honestly everything that I’m doing to my hair now is everything I should have been doing when I had a relaxer.
Deep conditioning, applying moisturizers to my hair regularly, sealing in that moisture, these are all things that promote healthy hair regardless of how you wear it.
3. Natural Hair Is Expensive
Wearing your hair in its natural state doesn’t have to be expensive. You can buy the most expensive product on the shelf, and it might not work for your hair.
Starting off, natural hair may be a little expensive because you are experimenting with products and you’re not sure which products will work for your hair. What I can suggest to help keep cost down is to buy products when they go on sale, and buy products in their product family so you get more use from that line of products. A lot of stores will put product families on sale at one time.
It’s easy to be intimidated by things that may seem foreign to us, but I assure you natural hair is not something to be intimidated by. With patience and TLC you can master your natural hair and awaken your inner Naturalista.
Until next time I wish you peace, love, and good hair days!
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