The length of your hair is determined by how well you take care of it.
We started a beautiful discussion 3 weeks back on how to determine if relaxed or natural hair is best for you. From point 4, we see that knowing the advantages and disadvantages of each type of hair would be a guide in making your decision. Let’s look at natural hair in depth.
Each strand of African Natural hair or Afro-textured hair grows in a tiny spring-like helix shape and are closely packed cos of the strong protein bonds in them. When this hair is relaxed through chemicals, those protein bonds are weakened and broken down permanently, which makes the hair straight. When the protein bonds are partially broken down, you have texlaxed hair which makes it thicker, stronger than completely relaxed hair.
PROS and CONS OF NATURAL HAIR
You don’t have to bother to relax your hair every now and then ; C’mon, let’s face it, relaxing the hair could be stressful, especially if you wanna do it the healthy hair way. Usually, it is a whole- day event for me. So you can skip this altogether, if your hair is natural.
TIME TO DETANGLE: Natural hair can get tangled easily especially if you are not yet a ‘pro’ at caring for it. So it takes extreme patience to detangle the hair and as it gets longer you would take more time to detangle, an average of four hours in most cases.(could be more or less) It takes forever to air-dry.
YOU GET THE VOLUME: No matter how well you care for relaxed hair, you can never beat the volume of naturals. This is so captivating. #bighairdontcare. You can’t enter a place without making heads turn…especially when you style it gracefully.
MORE HEAT, MORE DAMAGE: Afro-textured hair is not very heat friendly, so avoiding/minimizing it is one key to healthy hair. If you love sleek hair, you would have to straighten it often; soon you might be battling heat damage. You would also need heat to dry your hair on wash days when you don’t have about 2hrs or more to air-dry.
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