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Despite all the information that exists on natural hair, there are still a few misconceptions, shall we say, that exist about various natural textures and styles — and we’re here to debunk all of them Here are 4 common natural hair myths you need to stop believing for the sake of your hair and mental health.

Myth: It will never grow long…

FACT:  Your natural hair is capable of reaching any desired length. Remember for anything to grow and become strong it requires work and patience. Take into consideration factors such as physical and mental health, your diet, hair and scalp regimen, and even genetics when thinking about your hair’s length. If you think your hair isn’t growing long, also consider the amount of shrinkage you have. Hair that is tightly coiled will have more shrinkage that disguises your hair’s true length. Your hair’s most likely growing but you can’t always tell in it’s coiled state.

Myth: It’s always dry and tangled…

FACT: Hair with kinkier textures produces less natural oils which results in the appearance of dry and tangled hair. But hair that maintains elasticity and is moisturized won’t dry out quickly and isn’t as susceptible to tangles. To stop true dryness, create an effective hair moisturizing routine. We suggest using a rich moisturizing conditioner like Giovanni Deep Moisture Conditioner.

Myth: It’s is difficult to manage…

FACT: Natural hair is difficult to manage without knowledge of hair health. Take the time to learn how to take care of your hair and understand the science behind overall hair health. Remember not every natural hair product will work for you, so try to recognize what your hair likes and dislikes. If you’re a new natural, don’t fuss too much about finding the best products right away. It takes time to find the perfect regimen.

Myth: It’s not “professional”

FACT: While a lot of naturals don’t inherently believe this, sometimes we become susceptible to the messages we’ve been sent about afro textures in the workplace. The truth is natural hair is very versatile and are there are tons of looks that are perfect to wear in the office, including a ‘fro. Don’t limit yourself to the same straight styles. Get creative and find styles that are sleek yet trendy. Have fun with your natural hair.

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