I had a photo shoot this
weekend and wondered how to style my hair. I wanted to flat iron my hair but
with time restraint and since I have never flat iron my hair before I didn't want to rush anything and end up with regrets. What else can blend my new
growth and still look cute, say it with me Flexi-Rods lol.
I have lurked around
shoulder length all my adult life and just settled for it because black women with hair pass shoulder length, are regarded as being mixed therefore being able to gain longer lengths. With knowledge from
google, vloggers and bloggers there is no need to think that black hair growth is
stunt at shoulder. Here are some of the
reasons people think black hair can’t grow long.
CAN'T Grow Long
honesty I partially believed this because I knew a young lady whose hair was
referred to as “pickey” (very short) and remained that length for years. With knowledge I have acquired while being on my healthy hair journey, I now know that anything is possible with a good hair regimen - your hair can grow as long as you desire.Our hair can grow but we need to protect and
take care of our ends, which are the oldest part of our hair which can be prone
to breakage if not given the proper care. If our ends are breaking off at the
same rate as our hair is growing out of our scalp, our hair will appear like its
this email from a Barbadian reader who wanted to share her experience with you
I wanted to
share this story with you, and I hope you can share it on your blog. Because it
saddened me and also inspired me and gave me more purpose for my HHJ.
shopping today with two of my girlfriends. I ended up in Diamond Girl store and
bought a few minor things I realized I needed. As I was purchasing some
applicator brushes for my oils and conditioner, one of them asked "Why you
buying brushes? You relaxing your hair yourself?" I replied "No. These for my oils." She asked
why. I said "I'm trying to grow my hair long and healthy." She
replies "But why? There isn’t really nothing you can do about that"
For a split
second I was gonna go into lecture mode and show her all the blogs I check for
healthy hair habits. But I stopped myself and said, I'll show her that we
(black women) DO have control of our hair and its growth and ability to retain
length. I'll show her!!
I read on
another blog/hair site that the myth is killing us in the long hair battle! We
have been somehow led to believe that black hair can’t grow long unless your
gene's are mixed with another ethnicity that lends to more manageable and
statement made me more adamant to pursue this hair journey diligently to show
her and other women in Barbados that we, Black women with 'hard hair', can grow
long healthy hair past our shoulders.
rant but I had to share…
It warms my
heart to receive such an email and I’m sorry I took so long to share this with
you guys. The struggle is real out there
but the proof is in our daily &weekly hard work. Don’t be discouraged
because you’re not seeing results as fast as you would like. Remember every
head is different and even though it may look like you have the same hair type/texture
and you use the same products as others it doesn’t mean you will yield the same
results. Patience is key.
hair myths in another post, so stay tuned. Thank you for sharing your experience
with us Melanie.