Don’t Believe the Hype! Five Hair Myths Exposed!

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I’m gonna start out with some of the biggest myths we were told:

– Black women can only wash their hair once a week or every two weeks otherwise it will get dried out

WRONG your hair gets dried out not because of washing but because of what you’re washing WITH. Most commercial shampoo’s contain Sodium Laurel (or Laureth Sulfate) which is a cheap harsh detergent that dries the hair out and can lead to breakage.

A great alternative to this would be to do whats known as conditioner washing or co-washing this can be done as often as you like. Some people do it as often as every day with great results, or you can purchase a shampoo that doesn’t contain harsh sulfates and use that to wash your hair. It is very good for your hair for you to co-wash it often it will help with hydration and reduce build-up which can slow-down growth.

– Black Women’s Natural hair is unmanageable

WRONG Black women’s natural hair is perfectly manageable, you simply need the right products to detangle and you need to be sure to only detangle the hair when it is soaking wet with the right conditioner for your hair type. For me, Aussie Moist has been a godsend providing incredible slip allowing the comb to simply glide thru my afro textured hair applying an oil like extra virgin olive oil also makes a huge difference.

– Black Women’s Hair Just Grows Slower then Other Races Hair

FALSE our hair grows at much the same rate as any other race, however many black women’s hair stays short because we do not retain (maintain) the length. This happens through overprocessing or overlapping relaxers, combing natural hair while its dry, heat damage etc our hair grows at very close to the same rate as any other race of women’s hair we just have been misinformed about how to care for our hair.

– You Should Get a Relaxer Every Month

Absolutely NOT. This is exactly the kind if thinking that has most Black women stuck at stringy shoulder length hair. You should stretch your relaxers as far apart as you can stand, no matter how kinky or coarse your hair is. I recommend stretching at least 3-4 months so that you can avoid overlapping relaxers and overprocessing your hair this can be done by doing styles like braid-outs and flat-twist outs bantu-knots you also need to use products that will soften your new growth and make it manageable like ElastaQP mango butter.

Ladies and Gent’s Don’t believe the Hype! I have come to find out on my healthy hair journey that to grow Afro textured hair long and strong, you have to unlearn most of the hair myths we were taught growing up. I know alot of what I said may be controversial to some. Let me know what you think!

Happy Hair Growth!

Comments 15

  1. shakira williams

    Hey!!!!! I am so happy for you, you are one of the main reasons i went natural, its funny how one comment on someones facebook page would make me rethink what I had been taught and cut all my hair off and start a path to healthy long natural hair!!!! anyway, I will definitely be supporting you and your new endeavor! Thanks again…..

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    Mona-Lisa

    Wow that just made all this hard work and exhaustion worth it. Thank you! I’m proud of you for doing your big chop and starting on your path to thick long natural hair, which you *will* achieve thanks for the support.

    If I can inspire other women to go on a healthy hair journey weather they’re relaxed or natural, then this will be a success.

  3. Sheena L

    The information on this website is extremely helpful Mona. I can only imagine how much more I will learn over time.

    Thank you and GOOD LUCK!

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    Mona-Lisa

    Thank you! My only hope is that all the ladies who follow my blog can join me on my journey to mid back length healthy thick natural hair. I’m so glad you all are learning new things we can all learn from eachother! 🙂

  5. RyeBread

    Mona! This is great!.. I actually cowashed my hair earlier today, even though I cowashed it less than a week ago. I like to keep up my curly look, so i’m glad it’s not a bad thing to do!!… And I know you want every black girl to go natural, but I’m glad that your blog pertains to gals with relaxed hair as well. This is what will definitely set your blog apart from other sites that just pertain to the naturals… Keep up the good work! I look forward to what’s in store =D

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    Mona-Lisa

    Thanks I’m really glad you feel welcome here Rye relaxed ladies are more then welcome here I think what we do with our hair and what our hair goals are is totally our personal choice.

    My goal is to help every woman that consistently follows this blog to reach their hair goals and be a walking talking example that Black Women’s Hair is the most versatile around 🙂

    I’m loving all the commentary ladies! *applauds*

  7. Ebony Griffin

    Lavonne referred your blog to me and I think it’s great. I began my natural journey 3 yrs ago and I haven’t looked back since, but I must admit had I known these things initially it wouldve been easier. When I stopped rejecting my hair and started rejecting the myths about our hair instead it became so much easier. I’m a fan of cowashing, and if I need a deep cleansing I opt for a apple cider vinegar and benzonite clay mask. I’ll stay tuned and congrats on you bog 🙂

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    Mona-Lisa

    You seem to really know your stuff Ebony! Well thanks so much for stopping my the launch has been hard work but I’m so glad I’m finally sharing my passion with the world. I know what you mean about wishing you had known certain things earlier. I hope you enjoy the content. Thanks so much for the kind words and encouragement. 🙂

  9. Marie

    I absolutley love your blog, im currently trying to grow my natural hair out after a year growing my relaxed hair out. I find the hardest part is finding products to put in my hair. I wanted to know what are the most effective products you have used on your hair, and if you know of any product that speeds up growth?

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    Mona-Lisa

    The main products I use are Trader Joe’s Nourish Spa Shampoo and Conditioner, Aussie Moist Conditioner (Only) and coconut oil.

    Some things that can potentially speed up growth with prolonged consistent use are sulpher based products, the supplement MSM, Biotin, taking multi-vitamins and increasing your protein intake.

    But the most important factor to growing long healthy hair is consistency in an effective regimen and implementing effective techniques on your hair.

    I hope that helped and I wish you all the best on your healthy hair journey.

  11. April Mabus

    Thank you for the post and for publishing a good site. I have been seeking good information on natural health and will put this information to practice. I have found it hard to locate honest information, as there are many web sites with useless information. Certainly keep it flowing!

  12. monikah4rmvegas

    All this is true and I was so done with relaxers….until I just had to have my hair cut so …I was told you have to relax it??? and I did. Turned out that I hate the cut and lost 18 months with the kinks I once hated but grew to love. Oh how, I wish i would of found this site sooner, I was told to relax in 6-8 weeks….so i did, now I would like for the relaxer to be OUT!!!! can I just let it grow out or do I need to just cut it off? Please help I cant believe anyone around me….tks

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    Mona-Lisa

    Hey monikah, you do not have to cut your hair off to go natural….you can transition to your natural hair gradually like I did.

  14. fatima.a

    hi i have locks in my hair now, and am looking for something to make it thinker as well as longer into they become longer with growth but into then,i was wondering do you think that dread lock extensions are best for me,please if so can you contact me at sparksswift423@yahoo.com, my question is,is this hair style best for me if i already have locks i just want a extension and my hair thicker.and if so in your email can you tell me the address to the shop im located in the bronx location,and i am greatly interested in this style.

  15. Shawna

    ok so I found this by googling loc extensions as I am interested in them but in going thru yur post, there might be hope for me yet. If your hair looks as great as it does and your natural….then I NEEED you in my life!!! lol I need to know if you have a salon?? I’ve been wearing hats and a wig for the past two weeks because I don’t kno what to do with my hair. I’m in between get a touch up or just go natural. I would love to know your price for temporary loc extensions, where you are located…I’m in Brooklyn, and when are you available as I would love to do a consultation before I make up my mind about my next step. Please email me back mslmcd@yahoo.com, thanks and Have a Blessed Day=]

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