5 Reasons why Afro-Textured Hair Won’t EVER Look like Straight Hair

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Jul. 21
If you turn on the television or look at popular media, it’s easy to see that the preferred hair texture is straight hair. In fact, we compare all other types of hair to straight hair as well, such as assuming that shiny hair automatically equals healthy hair and ignoring the fact that different types of hair have different hair cuticles and different needs.
Especially for afro-textured hair, it can be overwhelming to see the media portray a type of hair that you will never have, but the truth is for those with afro-textured hair, most of the typical healthy-hair metrics do not apply.
 Let’s talk about why you’re kinky, natural hair will never look like straight hair.
  • Shiny hair doesn’t equal healthy hair. First of all, let’s start with the myth that shiny hair automatically equals healthy hair, and that if your hair isn’t shiny, then it must not be healthy. The sheen straight-textured hair often has is because the scalp’s natural sebum reaches all the way to the end of the hair strand. Put simply, because it is harder for your scalp’s natural sebum to reach the ends of your afro-textured hair, your hair probably won’t shine.
  • The shape of the hair strand is different. Not all hair strands are created the same way, and your hair follicle’s shape and size determine a lot about how your hair will behave and respond. Straight hair tends to have a circular hair strand, making it easier for natural oils to coat the hair. On the other hand, the hair follicle from curly and afro-textured hair is different, and the hair strand is a different shape as well. This difference in shape means that the hair care process won’t be the same.
  • Afro-Textured hair needs added moisture. The major difference between straight hair and afro-textured hair is that afro-textured hair needs to be moisturized regularly. In contrast, people that have straight-textured hair spend more time trying to manage an overly oily scalp. Afro-textured hair thrives when it is properly moisturized, but this does not always mean it will be shiny. To make sure your hair is properly moisturized, run your fingers through it and see how it feels. If it feels dry and brittle, regardless of shine, then it is probably in need of some moisture.
  • The styling process is 100% different. The process of caring for natural hair is worlds different from caring for straight hair. People that have straight hair tend to have a much easier hair-care process, and they wash their hair much more often, too. Afro-textured hair does not need to be washed as frequently, and it also requires more daily maintenance to prevent breakage and split ends. Regularly blow-drying or flat ironing afro-textured hair causes more harm than good, and on top of that, it will also never be completely straight without chemical intervention.
  • It’s not SUPPOSED to look like straight hair. And finally, your hair isn’t supposed to look like straight hair! I know it’s difficult to see the beauty standard of hair being straight, slightly wavy, and blond, but at the end of the day natural afro-textured hair isn’t designed to mimic straight hair, and you have to love your hair the way it is rather than focus on changing it. Kinky, coily hair is beautiful in its uniqueness, and it should be embraced. 
  • For people with kinky textured hair, you have to look above and beyond the typical hair metrics to see if your hair is healthy. The best way to judge your hair is by checking for split ends and dryness rather than assuming that it will shine if it’s healthy. 
    At the end of the day, if you are retaining length and your hair is growing, then you are doing something right. If your hair is experiencing a lot of breakage, and seems to be stuck at the same length, then it’s probably time to evaluate the way you take care of your hair. Making sure your afro-textured hair stays moisturized and protected from the harsh elements is much more important than slathering on thick hair products to create a shiny appearance. 
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