I’ve been talking to women about healthy hair care for over a decade.
Looking at my inbox, I have received over 2,000 emails from women telling me about their hair problems. When I add this to the people who contact me personally and the people I have consulted online, I can confidently say that I have spoken to thousands of women about their hair problems and hair care practices over the past decade.
All of these conversations have taught me so much and given me an outstanding amount of data from which I have identified the most common mistakes in hair care that we seem to be making. Some of them are classics and others are new trends that I’ve noticed in recent years.
These mistakes have taught me that although information about healthy hair (both accurate and inaccurate) has been available online for many years, the vast majority of women still don’t understand the basics of black hair care. The myths about our hair are still more popular than the truth about our hair. The most classic mistakes women have made with their hair in the past decade and that I made before my healthy hair woke up
1) Use oils as moisturizers.
2) Believing long hair growth or no hair growth is our problem when the real problem is mostly damage and breakage.
3) I think you can only have long, healthy hair if you were born with it, also known as – believe that long hair is genetically based and does not accept that your treatment of your hair has BIG effects.
4) Holy Grail Growth Product Syndrome – believe that they are products that make hair grow, and don’t understand that the main function of products is to keep hair healthy (keep the hair fiber as long as possible), and this leads to length retention (longer and thicker hair).
5) Don’t worry about our hair … and wonder why it’s not going well.
To be fair, many ladies think that they take care of their hair, but make so many mistakes and accidentally do a lot of damage.
The new kids on the block
In the past two years, I’ve definitely noticed a shift in women who are on healthy hair travel or are aware of proper hair care and then take things overboard and cause self-induced hair loss.
1) Under-manipulation or abandonment.
There are many women who know that excessive tampering must be avoided, but for some reason this is converted to zero tampering, resulting in badly knotted or matted hair. Manipulations for hair care are essential. Avoid excessive manipulation.
2) Do the most !!
Many of us on healthy hair trips are carried away by new fashions and want to try everything. So we complete the essential aspects of hair care and would like to add tea rinses, Chebe, rice water, onion juice, aloe vera gel, cayenne pepper, a variety of Ayurvedic herbs, etc.
Sister it’s too much !!! Although most of them have one or two benefits, they are not essential and we shouldn’t do them all and jump on every car. Integrating a few is fine, but doing them all is not wise.
When I started my hair care journey, most of the above was new to me, but I learned quickly and tried to educate others.
Although many women have made significant and positive changes in the care of their hair, the fact remains that the majority of us as black women still have problems with our hair and do not know how to care for them.
Unfortunately, damaged hair is still more common than healthy hair. In most cases, the breakage and damage is due to poor or improper hair care.
One of the missions I had through Hairducation and was fulfilling was to demystify black hair and normalize healthy, blooming hair for black women.
It is a new decade and the mission continues !!!!
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