Growing long hair
Who can deny the show stopping attention that a full, Afro hairdo gets every time? To get it that way you must comb it out and braid when resting or sleeping overnight. Sadly, combing, straightening and general fussing every day is the fastest way to damage, destroy and break Afro hair. Even the process of getting hair braided and removing braids can cause a lot of hair stress, breakage and damage if ultimate care is not taken.
Combing or pulling and manipulating Afro hair is just about the worst thing you can do to it and the fastest way to deny it the chance to grow.
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Natural Afro hair is delicate hair.
Tight curls make it easy for Afro hair to form knots around anything it meets – and break. A branch that you walk by, a splinter in a wooden chair, a zip on a dress – Afro hair will snag on just about anything! The gaps in the cuticle make Afro hair prone to being rough on the outside and therefore more likely to get tangled up and break rather than slip open or slide over things that it comes into contact with. The dry curly nature of Afro hair therefore makes the risk of tangling, snagging, knotting, and breaking just that much worse.
A knotted hair seen un magnifying lens. Knots occur often in Afro hair – especially when it is damaged. Damage encourages knots; knots encourage more damage.
The result is that there will always be a cost to combing out Afro hair – every single time we comb and especially when hair is long. While we want our hair to look good all the time combing must be a rare rather than a regular event if you have or want long Afro hair. Our daily hairstyle MUST be a style that protects our hair and scalp and avoids pulling, stretching, and re-arranging hair strands if the goal is long healthy hair.