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By Jc of The Natural Haven

The word healthy hair is used quite widely and means different things to different people. For natural hair, this term can be more treacherous because properties often associated with healthy hair do not apply to normal healthy natural hair. Here are some examples

1. Healthy hair does not break  or split easily

Fine, kinky and curly hair has a tendency to break very easily. Scientifically taking a strand of hair and stretching it out to breaking point gives you the force at which the hair should typically break. However, during combing, kinky, curly hair tends to break before that force is reached because it is not just stretching it that matters but also whether it tangles against another strand or forms a knot.

Hair of African origin also has a tendency to break in quite a traumatic fashion. It fibrillates forming a rough edge that is perfect for starting and accelerating split ends.  Therefore, even when you are being very careful, if you snap a few strands of hair, you can end up with split ends.

It is difficult or even nearly impossible to be completely damage free.  It is indeed possible to greatly reduce breakage and ensure healthy hair. Natural hair will be able to resist combing damage provided it is understood that it is necessary to be gentle

2. Healthy hair is moisturised and not dry

Natural hair has a tendency to be dry. This is not because it is damaged but just a normal property associated with it. How often you moisturise your hair (using proteins, water, humectants and oils) affects how dry it feels. Sometimes dry hair can be an advantage, for example for straighter styles and roller sets. Other times some moisture helps , for example with flexibility during styling and handling.

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6 Comments on "5 Healthy Hair Myths"

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Nana-Fatimah

I am thankful for this article!!! I have truly been blessed by stumbling across this blog!!! Thank you BGLH!!! Much love, and Happy Holidays, and Happy New Year!!!

Amy

I agree on number 5. Healthy hair depends on the texture, density and porosity of your hair. My hair is highly porous, fine, therefore prone to tangles and knots. That’s why I keep my hair stretched 100% of the time. But I still find knots and split ends.

JaneinMarch

I disagree about shine only being a function of how straight and dark a person’s hair is. I think well-moisturized hair often has more shine than straightened hair which has been blown dry AND flat ironed. I’ve seen many a natural head whose hair has been straightened and it usually looks much healthier/shinier/more moisturized pre-straightening.

The Natural Haven
Maybe it was not clear in the article but I was referring to natural shine/sheen. Usually when you moisturise you will add a shine inducing product such as oil or a leave in which contains oil. If you compare this to dry hair which has just been freshly washed and conditioned, it may not have as much shine. Some people incorrectly think that just because their hair looks dull after washing and conditioning, that it is somehow damaged or that the products they used were not good when in fact it is just the case that in order to achieve… Read more »
lpwanted

Great article. I wish I could say for surety that my hair is completely healthy….once I can be advised on how to turn my frazzy, coarse (not tangles) 4dd hair ENDS to something more managebale then maybe I may be on the road to having a healthier head of hair.

Healthy hair

Healthy hair for me, is hair that is well taken care of, little to no damage i.e split ends etc

… also hair that is adequately moisturized (not overly greasy) and has the right protein balance *shrug*

Healthy hair = Good hair, no matter the type, texture or race that goes along with it 🙂

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