Myth 1: Cutting hair makes it grow faster.
Hair is dead. Otherwise, it would hurt when you cut it. There is nothing you can do to your hair strands that will make them grow faster. Cutting the hair does however make it appear healthier since damaged ends are being removed. While getting a cut twice a year will improve the overall look of your hair, it does not make it grow faster.
Myth 2: Black hair is stronger than other hair types.
The internal structure of black hair actually makes is more susceptible to breakage than any other hair type. If hair is chemically relaxed this adds to the possibility of breakage. Protein and moisture treatments should be used to rebuild the structure of relaxed hair and minimize breakage. Organic, virgin coconut oil is very effective for moisturizing and strengthening the hair. It actually penetrates the hair shaft to moisturize inside the hair, unlike most oils, which only coat the hair.
Myth 3: Brushing your hair makes it grow faster.
Brushing your hair excessively can actually lead to breakage, especially when hair is relaxed.
Myth 4: Greasing your scalp is good for moisture.
If you have noticed that your hair is dry even though you are using a variety of moisture products on it, the reason is that grease, oils, and other moisturizing products that contain petrolatum, lanolin, and mineral oil do not moisturize your hair effectively. Instead of moisturizing, they actually seal moisture in or out of your hair. These types of products should only be used to seal the hair and add shine. Water based moisturizers (and virgin coconut oil) effectively penetrate and moisturize the hair.
Some examples are:
- Triple Moisture Silk Touch Leave-in
- Organic Root Stimulator Carrot Oil
- Profectiv Mega Growth
- Elasta QP Mango Butter
- Cantu Shea Butter Leave-in
You can also try applying your oil moisturizer after rinsing the moisture treatment to combat dryness.
Use a light oil moisturizer following the application of these water based moisturizers to seal moisture in the shaft.
Myth 5: Prenatal Vitamins make hair grow longer.
Many women experience very good hair growth during their pregnancies and attribute this growth to hair vitamins. In fact, the hormone estrogen, which is present in large amounts during pregnancy, locks the hair into the growth phase. This allows hair to grow much longer than it normally would. However, once the baby is delivered, the hairs will start to enter the shedding phase. At this point, many women experience extreme shedding and hair loss. Eventually the hairs will get back into their normal growth pattern and the hair will return to normal. Use of birth control pills can also have this effect. Learn more about Prenatal Vitamins and Hair Growth. Vitamins can help hair grow if they contain the right ingredients. A good hair vitamin should contain nutrients such as Biotin and Folic Acid that make your hair grow faster. Also, it should contain MSM, which lengthens your natural anagen, or growth phase. This allows your hair to grow much longer. Learn how Hairfinity Vitamins can help your hair grow longer.
Myth 6: Relaxing your hair makes it grow faster.
Natural hair has a curly pattern, when the hair is stretched it may seem to appear longer, but in fact it is not. This is what happens when hair is relaxed as well. The hair is stretched out to its maximum, like stretching a rubberband. However, this leads to reduced elasticity, which is the hair’s natural ability to go back to its original shape without breaking. Hair that lacks elasticity is very susceptible to breakage.
Myth 7: Black Hair grows slowly.
Hair grows at an average rate of ½ inch per month. Black hair can sometimes grow a bit slower than this, but not much. Actually, the natural curly pattern of black hair can make it seem to grow more slowly because it is not stretched. Also, use of relaxers and other products can cause breakage. If breakage is equal to growth, hair will seem as if it is not growing at all.
Myth 8: Black Hair will not grow long.
If you properly care for your hair, it will grow long. See the How to Grow Black Hair Fast.
Myth 9: Heat makes your hair grow faster.
Heat styling can actually damage your hair, especially if done too often. When you straighten your hair with heat, you are temporarily altering the protein bonds in your hair and weakening it. A good thermal protectant should be used when heat styling; try Silk Elements MegaSilk Heat Protection Spray (available at Sally’s).
Myth 10: Going to the salon every week will make your hair grow long.
Your hair will grow long if you properly care for it. This means using protein and moisture treatments, using water based moisturizers correctly, limiting the use of heat, and treating your hair like a delicate flower. If your beautician is using the appropriate treatments each week, this is only part of the equation. You still must do your part for daily care. Keep in mind, however, that all beauticians are not created equal. Finding a good one is like finding a good doctor, or a good bra.
In order to achieve the longest hair possible, you need to do the following:
Stop Hair Breakage – By following the hair care techniques in Secrets for Beautiful Hair, you can minimize your hair breakage and allow your hair to reach its maximum length.
Increase Anagen (Growth) Phase – Using Hair Vitamins with MSM will naturally lengthen your anagen phase and allow your hair to grow much longer before entering the resting and shedding phases.
Address Any Other Problems that May Limit Growth – Using specific types of products as part of a hair care regimen can help reduce breakage and increase your hair length.