There are a lot of black women whom grow up believing the myth that if women in their family did not ever have long hair, they cannot grow long hair themselves. Reality is, your hair grows based on how you take care of it. It is not true that genetics have anything to do with whether your hair is long, medium length or short. One of the greatest myths is you have to be of mixed heritage to grow long hair. Read this very clear ladies, there are many bi-racial women whom struggle to grow long hair just like the rest of us, they are no better than the average black woman. Think about a few famous bi-racial women whom have worn their hair short, most of the time and the few times we have seen them, it really appears as though they are wearing a weave. This is because genetically, nothing dominates the black genes. Therefore, what some bi-racial women think of as having bad hair, is really not, they just have not loved their hair enough to learn how to manage it like many other black women. The reason all sorts of black women struggle to grow long hair is simply because they never learned how to take care of it, it has nothing to do with their blood line. Even if you have a black woman whom may come from a family of black women who may have a history of growing long hair, her hair alone, still can be very damaged and break off, if it is not taking care of, properly.
Other races of women naturally grow long hair, because their hair does not easily break off as black women. We have a different texture, which can be very fine hair, but if you do not put chemicals in your hair, it may not break off as easily. Many times, you may see white women and other races flinging their hair and glaring at you as though they are sending a silent message, 'black women can't grow long hair' or 'you will never have long hair like me', but even they are without knowledge and do not realize we can grow long hair, but we must manage it much different than the way they do. The strands of many European descent women are thicker, but it does not mean their hair cannot break off or get damaged. There are plenty of European women whom have damaged hair so much, they even wear weaves, most of the time. Therefore, not all of them know how to grow long hair and manage it.
Many of us come from a family of black women who may have long healthy hair on one side of the family and on the other side, some of the black women may wear weaves and wigs all of their lives. It is very sad, many black women are even buried wearing fake hair when they die. Let us be real with you, the cycle of wearing fake hair over your real hair needs to stop, if you ever desire to ever see your hair ever grow. Genetics is the problem if you continue the bad habits such as your mother, grandmother or aunts who may have always covered their hair and never gave it air to breathe. So you need to find out what texture your hair is, then maintain it, according what is needed to keep it healthy and eventually growing it long. You may hear a lot of sisters say, well many of the women in my family grow long hair, except for me, which maybe true, only because you have not done what they continue to do to keep their hair nice and healthy. Possibly, some of them could be selfish and not really share their tips, especially if they are your in-laws.
So just think about it, what is the real reason why you may not have ever enjoyed your very own long hair? There could be a number of reasons why you have never have been able to grow long hair. Get it out of your mind, the reason is because you are black, that has absolutely nothing to do with it. As we have said in our previous articles, you have to make a vow to change your mindset, if you want to grow long hair. Possibly, you are over-processing your hair, that is, putting too much chemicals in your hair. Often times, we may see some of our sisters with very damaged short hair in different spots, this may come from using relaxers and dyes at once. If your hair has been very damaged for a very long period of time, you need to stay away from relaxers, perms and dyes for a very long time, maybe over two or three years. Give your hair a chance to grow and be healthy without anything damaging the roots of your hair. Your best bet is to go natural, which we have been encouraging many of you to do in our previous articles Possibly, you are not eating healthy foods, many times your hair will not grow ladies, because you lack vitamins and minerals that are naturally in fruits and vegetables. Are you combing your hair too often? Whatever the bad habits, you have been doing for years, just needs to come to an end now. It is time to make a decision to eat right and stop putting chemicals and heat in your hair. Give your scalp plenty of air and stop wearing wigs and weaves. Start handling your hair with plenty of care. When you comb your hair, start at the end and gently move upward. Sometimes your hair may not grow, because you are pulling it too much.
In conclusion, you must think about why your hair will not grow, but we promise you, it is not because of genetics.
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