The world recently celebrated HAIR!
It may sound funny, but it is 100% true, just a day, specifically for hair. As a result, we’ve decided to devote today’s article to afro-textured hair appreciation. It’s no secret that afro-textured hair is one of the most beautiful hair textures, and while it can be unruly and stressful at times, it brightly shines when treated and maintained correctly. Here are a few things we think you’ll like about your afro-textured hair:
It is coily and bouncy
Afro-textured hair is known for its helix-shaped coils and bouncy, these coils are so tightly packed, around themselves to the extent that they can easily snap or break if not handled carefully. The pattern is as follows: the tighter the curls, the more breakage there is. These coils go in waves and bounce when the hair is well taken care of and ‘fed’ with adequate moisture. The inability of afro-textured hair to retain moisture makes moisturization a vital step in the hair care routine. This hair texture also dries out quickly and loses moisture, so you must hydrate it regularly to avoid this. Always apply a hydrating oil or cream to your hair before styling it.
Variety is the spice of afro-textured hair lifestyle
Back in the day, styles for afro-textured hair was limited, but nowadays you can go on and on when it comes to different hairstyles fitting for the texture. Knowing your hair type can help you find hairstyles that work for you. If you have beautifully coiled afro-textured hair, you know how difficult it can be to find new hairstyle inspiration. Fortunately, the MyHairdo app was created particularly to provide incredible and protective hairstyles for afro-textured hair. With styles ranging from Braids, Bantu knots, and Twists, to several others, the app also ensures that you can view the fitting face shapes for each of the hairstyles.
Shrinkage is a real thing, it is normal.
Afro-textured hair is not only known for its porous property but also for shrinkage properties, every curly and coily hair tends to shrink. Aside from its genetic ability to do what nature tells it to and because the curls are tighter than the other curl patterns, nothing causes our hair to shrink, making detangling, managing, and styling difficult. Shrinkage can be pretty discouraging when attempting to achieve hairstyles such as a low bun or twist-out. The fact that your hair shrinks to its normal texture indicates that you do not have heat damage or any other damage that could compromise your hair’s original texture and coil formation.
It might seem like it’s not growing, but it does grow
It has been discovered that afro-textured hair grows ½ or 1inch every month, but it still comes with the condition of proper maintenance. Afro-textured hair is not necessarily slower in growth than other hair types; it is just more fragile. It means you’ll need to take more steps to prevent breakage if you want to see more length retention or hair growth. How quickly or how long your hair grows is often a genetic trait passed down to you from a previous generation, which can differ between siblings. Just as siblings can have different skin tones, weights, and heights, they can also have different hair growth rates.
The debate of how to rock afro-textured hair has been one of the most popular debates in hair history. Everyone has an opinion or reason(s) for any answer given. One thing that MyHairdo will always advocate for is team healthy!
It does not matter if your afro-textured hair is natural or relaxed, the crucial point that remains common is proper hair maintenance and care routine.