My hair has been natural since 2009 when I got my last chemical relaxer right before my wedding. Since then I’ve worn my hair in a teeny weeny afro (TWA), a braidout and even flat-ironed it to wear it straight. Along the way I’ve explored what worked for my hair and what didn’t. In fact, I made so many mistakes that I’ve cut my hair several times (known as the big chop) and started over.
I was recently invited to receive a complimentary hair service at the Louis Quarterman Salon in West Midtown and participate as a model for its natural hair event. The salon professionals there discussed several natural hair myths and explained why they’re not true. Based on my own experience and their presentation, here are 5 Natural Hair Myths Debunked + a video tutorial for ladies who wear their hair straight, but want to preserve the curls overnight without using heat.
1. Natural oils, like coconut oil, add moisture
When I first went natural, I couldn’t wait to save money on natural hair products by replacing my moisturizer with coconut oil.
You see it the organic section of the grocery store and I’ve even seen it for sale in beauty stores. But depending on your hair’s porosity, oil may never really penetrate the shaft and add moisture.
You can’t beat the results of true, tested and approved hair care products. For example, based on several salon professionals’ recommendations I’ve invested in is the Design Essentials Almond & Avocado Conditioner
2. Co-Washing replaces shampoo
In case you don’t know, co-washing is the practice of skipping the shampoo bottle and using conditioner only. For example, you’d wet your hair, add conditioner, leave it in and rinse it out.
Depending on your hair texture, you may feel like co-washing is adding moisture instead of washing away moisture.
I tried this and failed. You need shampoo to wash away old products, debris and oils. Whatever you do – don’t skip the shampoo.
3. Coloring your hair does not make you a “natural”
I choose to wear color in my hair to cover the grey hairs (who are so damn disrespectful) and because it’s fun.
But it doesn’t change the texture of my hair. When I visited Louis Quarterman Salon in West Midtown I allowed them to color my hair even “redder” than usual.
Whenever I’m in the sunlight, it looks bolder and brighter than usual.
4. Wearing natural hair is easier than relaxed hair
Nope. Nopity nope. All the nopes in nopeland.
A lot of this depends on the length of your natural hair. With short natural hair, I can walk out the door in a few minutes after I add water and moisturizer to my hair. But a bad hair day IS still possible. When I wore a twistout in longer hair, it could still be hit and miss.
5. Natural hair can’t be worn straight
With the proper amount of moisture and heat, you can wear natural hair straight. I would blow dry my hair first to lengthen it out, then twist it. I’ve even had it professionally flat ironed with no damage.
At the Louis Quarterman Salon natural hair event, one of the stylists showed how to preserve your flat ironed hair’s curls. Pin Curls allow you curl your straight hair, pin it up and take down the curls in the morning.
Pin Curl Tutorial Video
6. YouTube holds all the answers to natural hair
Although YouTube was my go-to source for information when I first cut my hair and wore it natural, most of the natural hair enthusiasts there are NOT professionals. Trust the professionals who are credentials on YouTube. Hey, I have beauty tutorials on the Mommy Talk Show YouTube Channel too and my degrees are in journalism and communications.
The most confusing part of watching YouTube videos on natural hair is that everyone’s texture is different. The products used by a natural with long, loose curly hair, probably won’t work on my short, tightly coiled hair.