By Geniece of Beautifully Made
After 7 years of being natural I’ve learned that not everything that seems like good advice will actually work for my hair. There are a number of myths, some that existed in my own mind and others that I heard from outside sources that have been debunked through my experiences. Please keep in mind that what may be a myth to me may actually work for you and vice versa. With that said here are four hair myths that I’ve encountered during my hair journey.
1. Single strand knots will kill your hair progress
Okay, so I know some of you are going to give me major side eye here. A few years ago I would have done the same. Single strand knots are a pesky nuisance but not the hair killer I’ve seen some make it out to be. When I started caring for my hair I would go through small sections of hair cutting out little knots. No sooner would I trim off single strand knots than they would reappear within a few weeks. I even tried some methods people claimed worked to eliminate single strand knots. I would moisturize and seal my ends. Still, the knots persisted. I then figured just letting my hair do what it does and trim every few months. You know what? My hair retained length, looked great even in blown out straighter styles and I didn’t have to spend every two weeks snipping off tiny knots. I recommend going through your hair and do a thorough search and destroy of knots once or twice a year. After that just follow your normal regimen. Trimming the hair often will stunt length (if that’s a goal) and will take up quite a bit of time. In my experience hair can look awesome with little knots here and there. So why fix something if it really isn’t broken?
2. Dry hair means damaged hair
Coming to terms with this particular falsehood has been quite helpful in how I think about my hair. My hair is in the 4 range, for those of you who use the hair typing. If I were to give a more detailed description of my hair, it is dry to the touch, thick and fragile. The default condition of my hair is dry, meaning if I rub a section of my hair against itself, I will hear a crunching sound.
Now, this can be a sign of things gone awry. I know that if I go an entire week without adding moisture to my hair it is dry enough that it will break at the ends when it is manipulated. That is clearly not good for length retention or overall hair care. On the other hand, when I moisturize my hair, paying special attention to the ends every other day and my hair still feels dry to the touch I know it isn’t because of my hair care practices. That’s just the texture of my hair and there’s nothing wrong with that. I used to think that my hair should always feel soft and supple. If not, my hair would break with the blowing of the wind. Not so! If you are appropriately moisturizing your hair and not witnessing breakage don’t stress if your hair feels dry to the touch. That’s like complaining that satin doesn’t feel like cashmere. You could spend money on a dozen products to make satin feel like cashmere with no luck. Get the point? I found that my hair may sometimes feel dry but I can rest assured that as long as I’m caring for it, it will thrive.