so, apparently, a significant portion of the BGLH community believes that length/growth is not necessarily a sign of hair health… which effectively cast me as a length/growth tyrant in our recent discussions on erykah badu’s hair. i find this intriguing. and honestly, a bit confusing. when my hair wasn’t growing, i always assumed it was because it wasn’t healthy. when it started growing, i assumed it was because i was taking better care of it. i checked wikipedia, and found this…
“Human scalp hair normally grows at a rate of 0.4 mm /day (incidentally human scalp hair grows at a rate four times that of human nails. Human nails grow at a rate of 0.1 mm/day).”
“There are differences across ethnicity in the structure, density, and growth rate of hair. With regards to structure, Caucasian hair, Black hair, and Asian hair, all have the same basic chemical composition in terms of keratin protein content. However, Franbourg et al have found that Black hair may differ in the distribution of lipids throughout the hair shaft. This, in turn, may affect the sorption levels of Afro-hair which thereby explains why Afro-textured hair absorbs 10 to 15% less moisture than does straight hair. Concerning density and rate of growth, Loussouarn found that Afro-textured hair was neither as densely concentrated nor as rapidly growing as Caucasian hair. Specifically, the average density of Afro-textured hair was found to be approximately 190 hairs per square centimeter. This was significantly lower than that of Caucasian hair, which, on average, produces approximately 227 hairs per square centimeter. Further, Loussourarn found that Afro-textured hair grows at an average rate of approximately 256 micrometers per day, while that of Caucasians grows at approximately 396 micrometers per day.”
so there you have it. white people are hairier, black people’s hair grows slower… but it does grow. since there seems to be a huge stigma associated with the words “growth” and “length”, i think i’m going to start saying “strand retention” or “ends retention”… cause that’s basically all that growth/length is… but i digress.
what i really want to know is how many of you disagree with me on this (and i appreciate those who spoke out on the erykah post… makes for good discussion), so i’m pollin’ it up again. look out for a new poll coming soon to the right-hand sidebar.
apparently kinky curly (creator of the famous kinky curly custard) had a temporary halt in production. what interested me, though, is the legal issues with anthony dickey of the ‘hair rules’ company she mentioned. seeing that i report on the legal system for a living, i immediately began digging and found that, apparently, hair rules is suing kinky curly over intellectual property — or, basically, idea joc-ery (idea theft for those unfamiliar with the term ‘joc’). i dug a little deeper to try to find out more, but as usual the
worthless mainstream media totally overlooked this. all i know is that the suit was filed in nov. 2008. at this point, no judgment has been made, and i’m not super-familiar with kinky curly or hair rules, so for the first time in my life i don’t have an opinion on this one.
i’m unveiling another series called ‘rock solid regimen’ it’s an idea i came up with
randomly one day, as i was thinking hard about ways to improve this blog. i figure that some women are best at styling, while others are *killing* it with the regimen/hair products. i haven’t made the distinction in past interviews… but from here on out, i will either profile women for their style or their regimen. and, in the rare magic moment when a woman has both, i’ll ask 2 extra questions do an extended interview special…