Did you know that there are seemingly countless myths about hair growth, hair loss, grey hair, red hair, black hair, facial hair, and it goes on and on?
Although, before we start myth-busting, let’s start with a quick story. It’ll all make sense shortly.
When I woke up this morning, I heard a noise in my office that sounded like someone crumbling paper.
I jumped out of bed and quickly rushed into my office to investigate the sound – only to find out that my pen was writing.
I don’t talk about this often, but my pen has a mind of its own.
I don’t always agree with what my pen writes.
The problem is it knows my password and has posted several times on this blog using my name.
I hope that you don’t see me differently now that I’ve told you about my pen.
If you disagree with the information provided below, just remember that my pen wrote this.
Hair Myths and Facts
Lately, I’ve been on a binge to bust many common natural hair myths about hair growth, hair loss, and many other topics.
Not the same hair growth myths that have already been busted so many times that they’re no longer myths, like “black women can’t grow hair.”
I’m busting natural hair myths that are rarely (if ever) discussed online.
Do you remember when I told you that “natural hair gurus don’t exist”?
What about when I said that “every product review you’ve ever read is worthless.”
Today I’m going to discuss three more myths that are rarely talked about amongst curly girls.
#1: You Must Determine Your Hair Type
We tend not to focus much on hair typing systems because they are too unreliable. Plus, some people have different “hair types” on the same head of hair.
Knowing your hair type is fun for many women. So, I get it.
Unfortunately, your hair type doesn’t tell you exactly which products will work for your hair or how often to use them.
You still must get to know the characteristics of your hair to understand what it needs.
For example, if two naturals have identical hair types, there is a small chance that the same natural hair regimen will work for both.
The reason is that you’re both exposed to different things throughout the course of your day.
For example, each of you may wear different hairstyles. You eat different diets, live in different climates, exercise differently, and much more.
Hair typing systems are fun to talk about for many women, but there are many things that you need to know to determine the best way to care for your hair.
#2: When You Go Natural You Need To Buy New Hair Care Products
When you create your natural hair regimen, you don’t have to buy new products. Throwing away products that work well for your hair probably isn’t a good idea.
If you think that another product will work better for your hair, that’s a different situation entirely.
If you believe there may be better products for you, then experimenting is appropriate. Although, you should keep your current products if they work for you, just in case the new products are duds.
#3: A Consistent Natural Hair Regimen Will Yield Consistent Results
Many people believe that if you keep your regimen consistent, that you will always receive consistent results. Your hair will tell you what it needs.
There will be times when consistency works just fine, but there will also be times where you have to react to hair issues.
The key is learning how to determine what your hair needs and then adjusting on an as needed basis.
The Most Important Natural Hair Myth and You’ll Probably Never Read It
Mythology is generally defined as the act of studying a collection of myths. These myths are often believed by the general population even though there is usually no determinable basis of fact or reasonable explanation that supports the myth.
These obviously unproven myths propagate throughout society like diseases. They poison our minds with inaccurate information and we unconsciously spread these inaccuracies throughout society like a chain letter.
Interestingly enough, if you were to ask the average person if they believe in mythology they might have immediate thoughts about Greek gods like Zeus and Poseidon. Then, they would most likely answer emphatically – “No”. Some people might go on to explain that those Greek gods are mythical characters from ancient Greece.
That’s because the average person really doesn’t believe in mythology.
However, the average person probably does believe in a few myths.
Men can’t get breast cancer. This is a myth. Don’t believe it – do your own research at American Cancer Society.
Eating at night makes you fat is a myth. It’s really easy to gain weight. You simply consume more calories than your body burns on a daily basis. It doesn’t matter very much what time of the day you consume them. If don’t believe it – check out this Obesity Research Journal article.
It’s cold outside. If you don’t bundle up you’re going to get a cold. This is another common myth. Colds are viruses and unless you come in contact with the virus strand you’re not going to get sick. If you don’t believe it – do your own research at WebMD.
There are also several myths within the natural hair community.
I’m sure you’ve heard many of the common natural hair myths and already know that they’re false – like natural hair is difficult to manage and natural hair can be fully heat protected.
I won’t bore you with more of the same. Instead let’s debunk a less talked about natural hair myth.
You’re scalp is itching and burning. There are possibly embarrassing flakes on your shoulders. You might immediately think that you have dandruff. There is a good chance that you’re wrong.
The truth is that the flakes that you see may have been caused by several different things like:
- Seborrheic dermatitis
- Dry scalp
- Product build-up
- Accumulation of oil and skin cells building up on the scalp
- Sensitivity to specific ingredients within hair care products
Check out our dandruff resource Get Rid of Dandruff Once and For All for more information about scalp conditions that appear to be dandruff.