3 Natural Hair Myths You Need to Stop Believing In
Let's get into the curl-hard truth.
There are a lot of hair trends going around...and you’re believing them too quickly.
Hair influencers, as nice as their content can be, don’t always know best. Unless it’s a licensed stylist or hair professional, it’s safe to assume that their tips and advice could be incorrect.
We’re just going to call it what it is: false information are lies. Lies will only hurt your hair health.
For the sake of your curls, let’s dive into the truth about a few recent hair trends:
Myth #1: Rice Water Will Grow Your Curls
It’s likely that you’ve heard of this DIY concoction, made popular by natural hair gurus and influencers on YouTube.
By mixing together uncooked rice and water, naturalistas everywhere did the #RiceWaterChallenge in hopes of experiencing miraculous hair growth.
We have some news, Curlfriend: rice water will not grow your hair!
To be fair, there are some notable benefits to using rice water:
- Strengthens your hair strands
- Seals split ends
- Helps to improve scalp health
These factors do give your curls a good foundation to potentially achieve growth. However, rice water alone is not a promise of extraordinary growth.
Myth #2: Overnight Conditioning is Good for Your Curls
Deep conditioning has proven to give beneficial results, such as:
- Ultimate moisture
- Strengthens your strands
- Prevents hair damage
Here’s a huge deep conditioning fact: once your hair is conditioned, it can’t get any more conditioned with time.
Leaving your deep conditioner in for only 15-20 minutes is essential; this way, the nutrients are able to penetrate your hair shafts properly.
If you leave it in any longer (especially overnight), the product will instead sit ontop of your curls, rather than getting in there and working its magic. This can result in:
- Mold in your hair
- Itchy scalp
- More build-up
Next time you deep condition, stick to the recommended time of 15-20 minutes. It only takes a little to leave a big impact!
Myth #3: Finger-Detangling is The Best Option
Finger-detangling definitely has its pros:
- Less pressure and tension on your strands
- Ability to focus more on particular knots and tangles
- Can help prevent breakage and less shedding
While finger-detangling can be ideal in a lot of curly circumstances, that doesn’t necessarily make it the best choice.
The space between your fingers is smaller than hair tools. This means it’s likely you’ll end up missing a good share of fairy knots, single strands, and other tangles.
Your fingers are also prone to missing shed hair, which will only lead to more knots in the future.
Finger-detangling requires a certain amount of patience, and even then, it can still have its cons. However, safe hair tools, such as our Flex Brush, are ideal to use while detangling.
Moving Away From These Myths
We don’t mean to crush your curls, but hair knowledge plays a huge role in how you can maintain good hair health.
Before you try out any popular hair trend, be sure to do a little digging first to determine if it’s right for your curls and hair routine.
Which of these myths shocked you the most? Which trend have you been interested in learning more about? Let us know down below in the comments!
Thank you for the researched truth. I’ve been natural for almost 15yrs and in 2019 I allowed a beautician to put a Brazilian blowout in my hair. Big mistake and now in May of 2021 I have a whole new head of hair because, that process broke and damaged my hair so bad I had no choice but, to nurse it back to health.
My hair needs all three! I need strengthening, hair growth, and moisturizing! what should I do? I have cut all my hair completely off! I am still not getting the desired results! Please help!!
Just add an essential oil of your choice to take the smell away. I prefer peppermint oil but you can use orange or lemon essential oil to mask the smell. I have also heard that using orange peels also does the trick. In addition, the rice water also had a healing effect on my eczema.
It’s also a myth that any one person knows how every hair type reacts to different products and methods. While there are myths and things that don’t work for everyone, if you know something works for you, and you have results to prove it, (and bad results to disprove the so-called wisdom on your hair), go with your hair, not with what someone said on the internet. " Once your hair is conditioned" for wxample, is quite the loaded statement. as that point is not the same for everybody. especially on low porosity hair if no heat is involved.
I was a little surprised about the rice water. I do that maybe once a month. I simmer the rice water with Aloe leaf then I let it sit for about a week, then wash my hair. I put a plastic cap on for about two hours then rinse and use your deep conditioner. I feel it helps.
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