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Common Afro Hair Myths

Afro hair is very misunderstood. In this video, Rachael and Joycelyn, co-founders of Afrocenchix dispel some of the most common myths surrounding afro hair.  Myth #1 — Afro hair is very weak or very strong. Believe it or not, Afro hair is the strongest hair type in terms of tensile strength and the amount of water it can hold. At the same time, afro hair is also the most vulnerable to breakage and damage as every kink and curl is a point where breakage can occur. In order to minimise breakage, it is important to keep your hair moisturised.  Myth #2 — Afro hair is high maintenance and unmanageable. This is one we hear a lot! Afro hair is not as high maintenance as people tend to think it is. Finding out what makes your hair thrive before you apply any product is essential to seeing the progress of your hair. If you use good quality products in your routine, your afro hair will not only be manageable but it will look great too. Myth #3 — Trimming your hair makes it grow faster. Hair is dead so what happens to the ends has little effect on how the hair grows from the scalp. Hair grows on average six inches a year, whether you trim it or not. Trimming the hair does not influence hair growth but is helpful when you’re removing knots and split ends in order to help maintain healthy strands. Myth #4 — You don't need to wash afro hair. You definitely need to wash afro hair! Washing with a sulphate free shampoo every 7-10 days is best practice. Wash more often if you exercise regularly. Using a shampoo will help remove buildup. Your hair will dry more quickly if you use a microfibre towel, so wash day needn't take all day! Related Articles One Week to Stronger, Longer, Healthier Hair Do I really need shampoo to wash my afro hair? Is Afro hair hard to manage?

New Year, New Hair

Decided that January is the time to switch up your look? The New Year is a great time (of course, not the only time) to embrace healthy hair choices and invest in quality ingredients for your hair. If you've decided to stop relaxing or straightening your hair with heat, we...

How to Recover from that Nightmare Hair Salon Experience...

Having an awful salon trip is like watching someone iron a hole in your favourite silk dress. When you go to a salon you want to leave with your hair looking great. You pay good money for an experienced professional and hope that it will be a therapeutic experience. You...

Afro Hair Products and Silicones: Why to Avoid Them

With so much much conflicting information around on the internet, we've put together a simple guide to understanding how silicones can affect your afro hair. Read on to learn how silicones in your Afro Hair products impact your Afro Hair routine.

6 common homemade hair treatments that don’t work

With homemade 'natural' Afro hair products gaining traction, we wanted to clear up if they are more effective for hair use. Will these simple recipes full of avocado and egg save you money in the long run? It may be better to eat the ingredients rather than waste them on...

Why do natural ingredients work wonders on afro hair?

Many people wonder whether swapping over from "mainstream" or synthetic-based hair products to natural hair care really makes a difference to their afro hair. In this blog, we'll explain why your natural hair loves products with natural ingredients.

Do I really need to use a scalp oil for my afro hair?

What can a scalp oil afro hair product do for your hair? Do you need to use one? What are the benefits? Check out our blog for all the answers!

Natural Bridal Wedding Hairstyles

We love seeing brides glow with their natural crowns! Many women tell us that they've been talked out of wearing their natural hair for fear it won't look good on the big day. Unfortunately, afro hair has long been labelled as unattractive, unprofessional and unmanageable. Despite the natural hair movement,...

Will switching to natural afro hair products save you money?

Can you save money by switching to natural afro hair products and what are the benefits of them? Find out by reading our blog.

Do I really need shampoo to wash my afro hair?

Are you a fan of the #CurlyGirlMethod? Do you try to avoid shampooing your afro hair? If so - you could be doing more harm than good. We'll explain why...  

How to help your child embrace their afro hair

This blog is a guest piece by author Hannah Lee.Black hair is so beautiful. Learning how to love its intricate nature and appreciate how extraordinary it is can be made easier for children and young people with guidance from those around them. The following are some tips on how you...

Black-Owned British Gifts that Support Our Community

It's that time of year again! Christmas is all about spending time with loved ones but who doesn't love to give a good gift?! Community is important to us and so we've compiled this gift list of goods by amazing black women and black-owned businesses.

Do you believe these myths about afro hair?

Natural hair is becoming more and more common, yet many afro myths are still floating around. Most of these have been passed down from generation to generation...

How to not give up on your hair during the awkward phase

It's a few months after your big chop. Your hair's now too long and too short at the same time. You want to grow it out but you're finding the upkeep challenging and you're at a loss when it comes to knowing what to do with it — you've hit the awkward phase. ...

New study: vast majority of black hair products linked to disease

Last week a news article brought attention to a huge problem facing women: our beauty products can be hazardous to our health. A huge number of cosmetic products still contain parabens which have been linked in scientific studies to cancer, reduced muscle mass, weight gain and hormone disruption. Whilst all women...

Celebrating 10 Inspiring British Women this International Women's Day

We love International Women's Day. Seeing our feeds full of intelligent, beautiful, talented women building each other up is always a joy. This year we are celebrating some inspiring black women from our home shores. 1. Vinna - Curly Treats Fest View this post on Instagram A post shared by...