We asked three of NaturallyCurly’s favorite hair personalities—all different hair types—to help us understand some of the most common hair myths out there.
Curly hair is easier than straight hair
True and False.
Let me explain. Some people will always be high maintenance, regardless of their hair texture or curl pattern. I know ladies who spend more time on their “more manageable” relaxed hair than I spend detangling my entire afro! It’s all a matter of personality. I’m extremely simple, from my products (I only use about 4 total) to my styles (afro puff, anyone?). I was the same way with straight hair. A ponytail and I was set.
On the other hand, caring for highly textured hair is more time-consuming in one sitting, but we usually don’t touch our hair for a week solid. So yes, I spend one whole hour detangling my hair (and that’s BEFORE I shampoo and deep condition!) but once I style, I won’t have to even think about my hair until next week—afro chicks don’t shampoo frequently.
So yes: afro hair requires high levels of patience and will take longer to properly care for, but no: that doesn’t make straight hair “easier”.
My hair is not difficult. Just different.
Does weather really matter?
Weather will dictate what your hair can do and how it will feel. The more coily and textured your hair is, the more fragile it is. Each bend or spiral in your hair is a point of potential breakage—and I got A LOT of spirals.
But remember that everybody is different: my hair absolutely LOVES the humidity of Austin, Texas, in the summer. All that moisture in the air makes my fro super soft and curl up in millions of cute coils. Some types of afros hate the moisture in the air and get frizzy.
One thing I think we all have in common is battling the dry, cold winter months. The wind whipping against your ‘fro may result in brittle hair. The moisture has been sucked out of it, and there’s no moisture in the air to bring it back. Solution? A phrase we like to use called “sealing the hair.” It’s when you properly moisturize the hair inside while getting ready and lock in that moisture (water) with an oil. Since water and oil don’t mix, the oil will lay on the surface of the hair, protecting it from wind and keeping the water from escaping! You can also keep your hair in protective styles or wear hats to protect your fro.