Afro-textured hair is unmanageable, never grows long and needs to be relaxed. These are some of the many myths which have fortunately been busted!
Black hair IS manageable, black hair DOES grow long and doesn’t need to be relaxed at all.
But there are a few peculiarities about our natural afro-textured hair that I think belong to the X-Files.
Density illusion. Despite relatively fewer hair shafts compared to straight hair, Afro-textured hair appears and feels thicker. This is due to its unique structure. This means that its density and fullness is very deceiving. What a trickster!
I always thought my afro-textured hair was stronger and hence could withstand harsher conditions. Investigation revealed the truth was otherwise. Its unique spiral shape makes it more prone to breakage when combed or brushed, making it more delicate than straight hair! What an eye-opener!
How does it feel to defy gravity? Any afro-textured girl should know. When combed up-ward, natural hair stays up (you dare not leave your hair out on a windy day). This is because the cuticles on afro-textured hair tend to be raised, and do not lay flat against the hair shaft. This gives it yet another illusion of gravity defiance. How cool is that!
Do you know the best absorbent of moisture and the worst retainment of it? Just like a sunflower, afro-textured hair grows towards the sun and easily absorbs heat and moisture. Raised cuticles act like receptors and will suck up moisture like a sponge. This advantage works as a disadvantage at the same time. Afro-textured hair doesn’t retain moisture, hence leaving it dry and matte. Hair cream and leave-in conditioner usually do the trick of locking in the moisture. Smart!
100 of styles to choose from! One Caucasian colleague made a joke about how lucky my husband was to have a “new woman” everyday! From Monday to Friday, I had a different hairstyle starting from braids into a twist out, then an up-do into a high puff and finally into an afro! Some were in disbelieve and thought I had a wig on!
Many myths have been busted, but we must admit afro-textured hair has a lot of secrets which have been revealed. The beauty of it all is the continuous exploration and discovery of our afro-textured hair. Got and more cases which belong to the X-Files?