From Oprah To Serena: Common Myths About Black Hair

A frazzled woman touching her hairBlack hair can be very different from other textures, and because of this, there are a lot of very common myths about it. Whether you wear your hair straight, braided, loose, or curly, you deserve a great hair day, every day!

Myth 1: All black hair is the same.

Despite the myth that all black hair is very kinky and coarse in texture, the reality is that black hair textures vary…greatly. This said, however, there are three consistent similarities, regardless of the texture: Black hair tends to contain less water, grows more slowly, and breaks more easily than Caucasian or Asian hair.

Myth 2: It’s more difficult to style black hair.

Every hair type has it’s own unique styling challenges. According to stylists, the secret to having more great hair days is using products that are ideal for your specific hair texture, not for the color of your skin.

Myth 3: Black hair doesn’t really need to be washed that often.

Many people think you can go an extended length of time without washing black hair, or that simply conditioning your hair is enough. Bacteria can grow on the scalp without regular cleansing. Experts insist that you should shampoo at least every seven to 10 days with a moisturizing formula – and preferably sulfate-free – and follow with a conditioner designed for your hair. 

Myth 4: Coarse black hair is very strong and durable.

Black hair needs supplemental moisture because it’s actually naturally dry. Curly textures tend to be the most vulnerable to drying out and breaking because the bends in kinky hair make it difficult for natural oils to work their way down the hair shaft.

In addition, chemical and heat styling saps even more internal moisture from hair, making it brittle and fragile. To avoid breakage, look for heat-shielding and hydrating products that contain silicone.

Also, experts say it’s best to avoid products designed for limp hair, since ingredients that add body can actually strip oils and remove even more moisture. Lastly, experts suggest wrapping your hair in a satin scarf or bonnet before bed to help your hair retain moisture. Cotton fibers in your pillowcase will wick away hydration.