Have you ever wore your hair out and someone has either made the comment or asked you the question, is that your hair? I’m sure, I’m not the only one who’s heard this comment and most likely won’t be the last. However, how many times have you heard a comment about your hair that was so outlandish, you either had to do one or two things. Walk away or give them that stank eye because why wouldn’t our natural hair be able to grow long, thick, and full.
So What Are These Myths/ Misconceptions
- Natural Hair Can’t Be Tamed because a comb can’t get through it. This is a No, No statement. Natural hair is beautiful and of course, it can be combed and tamed. There isn’t one hair type or texture that can’t be. We all have different ways of combing and maintaining our natural hair. Whether it’s detangling it in the shower, or detangling it with hair products like conditioner, cream, or aloe vera gel. Natural hair is not only manageable but it’s beautiful because it’s versatile and comes in all shapes, sizes, and textures.
- Natural Hair is tuff and will not break off or shed easily. Lies, lies, and even more lies. Our hair can sometimes have the appearance of being full and thick but in all honesty, we can have stingy, wiry, and fine hair that can easily break off if it isn’t taken care of properly.
- Natural Hair can not grow long, especially 4c hair. The only way to have long hair is to either straighten or blow-dry your natural hair. Ehhh absolutely not. Women back in the day and even today are able to grow out their hair, using products like Chebe powder, neem oil, herbal hair food, aloe, and by just keeping their natural hair healthy.
- Natural hair is too expensive and too much to maintain. That’s definitely not true. I hear a lot of my friends who aren’t natural say this comment all the time, which really baffles me, to be honest. Since they wear weaves, wigs, relax or just straighten their hair. Let me tell you guys something, I’ve done weaves in the past and straighten my hair religiously. The process for all of those things is a lot longer than prepping and maintaining your natural hair. Plus human hair can easily cost a minimum of $150 per bundle. Granted it’s reusable. However, when it comes to your natural hair, you don’t have to go to the store to buy other companies’ natural hair products. If natural hair products are too expensive for you then you can always just make your own DIY treatments. Like an avocado mask, rice water treatment or carrot paste treatment, etc. Lastly, when it comes to styling, there are so many easy styles you can do that are not time-consuming. Some examples are twist-outs, braid-outs, afro puffs, and low ponytails.
- Natural Hair is unprofessional. This comment is simply not true because women today are now wearing their hair natural to work, school, the gym, to be on television and any other place you can think of.
- Protective hairstyles are a must if you are trying to get your hair to grow. This is false because everyone’s hair type is different. So when it comes to making your hair grow, I would personally do some research and use the methods that work for you. Since some people use protective hairstyles to reduce shedding. However, when it comes to making their hair grow, it is not something that I’ve heard can be done solely without using products that encourage hair growth.
- Coloring your hair can only be done chemically and not naturally. This may be a surprise to you but you can color your hair naturally. People have used kool-aid, henna, and products like chamomile coffee and alma powder to change their hair color.
Now What Are Some Ridiculous Comments That You Hear About Natural Hair
- Oh my gosh, is that your hair. It’s a lot softer than I was expecting for natural hair. I know that we all know one person who’s heard this comment before, and I’m sure it will continue because so long as we don’t educate people about the beauty and evolution of natural hair and natural hair care. These comments will continue to proposer even today as we move towards more of an Afrocentric/ aesthetically open society.
- What about this one. Are you leaving the house with your hair like that because your hair looks like a mess? This comment right here just makes me want to roll my eyes and I’m sure it makes you want to do the same because wearing our hair natural does not mean we look like a mess.
- You have good hair because your hair is soft, curly, and define. Every time I hear this comment, I always want to ask that person what is good hair, because if there is such thing as good hair, then that means someone’s hair falls into the category of bad hair. So what exactly do you mean by that comment?
- Natural hair makes you look like a child. You should straighten your hair because your hair looks so pretty and it’s age-appropriate. Of course, we know this statement is just ridiculous because there is no age limit to wearing our hair natural and relishing in our natural hair beauty.
Well, that’s it. Leave a comment to let me know if you agree or disagree with any of these statements. Also, I would love to hear any other natural hair comments that you’ve heard of in the past. Stay tuned for more posts about natural hair trends, tricks, and journeys. Plus, don’t forget to subscribe if you find our posts to be insightful, entertaining, or helpful. Lastly, check out our social media pages to find out what other content we have, and be on the lookout for our natural hair product line coming this April.