Updated: Apr 20, 2020
Black Hair Grows Slow:
The average rate of hair growth is ½ inch per month. The un-stretched spring or spiral-like texture of Black hair makes it appear to grow slower than hair that is naturally straight or chemically altered to become straight.
Chemical Processed Hair Grows Quicker:
Un-altered Black hair has a spring or spiral-like shape, which when stretched may appear longer. This is what occurs when the hair is chemically altered. However, the elasticity or bounce back capability that exists in unprocessed hair has been decreased, making it more prone to breakage.
Black Hair Does Not Grow Long:
Myth! If you care for it, it will grow
Cutting Your Hair Increases Growth:
You cannot do anything to the strands of your hair to increase growth, because hair is dead. While cutting your hair to eliminate damaged ends will result in a healthier appearance, it does not increase growth.
Black Hair is Resilient:
Black hair that has not been altered by chemicals or heat (hot combs etc.) grows in tiny spring or spiral-like shape, which allows the hair to appear and feel thicker. However, the internal structure of Black hair and its shape makes it more prone to breakage, than other hair textures, when it’s brushed or combed.
Using Grease to Moisturize Your Scalp:
Grease or oil products that contain petrolatum, lanolin, and mineral oil, are not as effective in moisturizing hair; as they coat the shaft of the hair and either seals moisture in or out of your hair (therefore, they should only be used for sealing purposes). Using water-based moisturizers will allow moisture to effectively penetrate hair shafts.