Black Hair Myths

Healthy Scalp, Healthy Locs

Nyesha Samuel, Publisher/Master Loctician for


There are a lot of black hair care myths in the community that prevent people of color from having the true knowledge and facts.  Here is a list of 10 common myths many black women and men have learned growing up from family members and each other.

Myth #1 Black hair doesn’t grow

There is a common misconception in the black community that African American hair can’t grow long in its natural and relaxed state.   This common belief is absolutely false. Black hair can grow long and healthy as long as you treat it with proper care and follow a regimen that works for you.

Myth #2 Black hair needs grease

Many people in the African American community believe that black hair needs grease in order for their hair to be healthy.  Many people actually grow up on this belief based on what they’ve been told and have seen by parents or family members.   This common belief is false and many grease products actually have petroleum and mineral oil which are not good for black hair.   Ingredients such as petroleum and mineral oil will clog up your hair scalp and attract dirt which actually hinders hair growth and health.   A better and more recommended alternative is to moisturize black hair with natural oils and butters.

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