Natural hair care doesn’t have to be a complicated world to navigate. Read on as we debunk three natural hair myths that you need to stop believing(ASAP).
Protective styles such as braids, twists, and weaves have become increasingly popular in the natural hair community. While they can help to protect your hair from breakage, it’s important to understand that they aren’t a guaranteed solution for hair growth.
Hair growth is a biological process influenced by factors like genetics, sex and nutrition. Protective styles act as a shield by minimizing daily wear and tear, but they do not create new hair follicles or directly stimulate hair growth.
In fact, if your protective style is too tight or if you leave it in for too long, it can actually lead to hair damage and even hair loss. So, make sure you give your hair a break in between protective styles and make sure that your scalp is properly cared for while your hair is in a protective style.
You may have heard that if you pluck one grey hair, many more will grow in its place. It’s one of those myths that has been around forever, but it simply isn’t true. Grey hair occurs when pigment-producing cells called melanocytes reduce their activity.
For some people, some grey hairs may appear as early as their 20s. One of the most important factors that contribute to premature gray hair is genetics.
Plucking one hair will not influence the production or color of the neighboring hair strands. However, constantly plucking your greys may cause follicle damage, and in extreme cases, bald patches.
Rather than plucking, embrace your natural grey hair gracefully or opt for a more gentle method like coloring or highlighting to blend them with your natural color.
Contrary to popular belief, dandruff does not always necessarily signify a dry scalp. In reality, dandruff is caused by an excess of a fungus called Malassezia that naturally resides on our scalps. When this fungus multiplies excessively, it can lead to itchiness, inflammation, and those annoying little white flakes.
Dry scalp, on the other hand, is caused by a lack of moisture. While it is possible to have both conditions simultaneously, it is essential to understand that dandruff is not exclusively caused by dryness. While moisturizing your scalp may help, it’s important to treat the underlying issue.
Look for anti-dandruff shampoos containing ingredients like ketoconazole or zinc pyrithione to effectively combat dandruff and restore scalp health. You can also try using tea tree oil, which has natural antifungal properties.
There are many myths out there when it comes to natural hair care. The most important thing is to do your research and make sure that the advice you’re following is valid. Remember, every person’s hair is unique, so what works for one person may not work for you.
By busting these three common myths, we hope that you’ll be better equipped to take care of your natural hair. And remember, you are a GEM.