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!