By Leah Fletcher
That keeping Black hair dirty hair is seen as a good practice for getting it to grow is one of those myths that never seems to go away. While there is some merit to this believe it or not, the fact is that your hair needs to be washed regularly and failure to do so is unsanitary.
What is the truth about dirty hair and growth? And why is the myth that dirty hair promotes growth still so widespread?
One reason some believe dirty hair promotes growth is because washing hair, too frequently with hzzarsh cleansers encourages dryness, brittleness and breakage. Some black hair textures don’t require the level of cleaning naturally straight hair needs.
When your hair is not washed, natural oils, hair products, scalp buildup and air pollution accumulate on your hair. Imagine the effects of never washing your hair or only washing it once monthly. This routine is not helping your hair grow or retain length.
If you subscribe to the notion that a clean scalp is a healthy scalp, be mindful to shampoo with a gentle product on a regular basis. All hair grows on an average of ¼ to ½ inch per month, dirty or clean.
Dirty hair also is associated with growth because decreased washing means less manipulation, which means there is less breakage and greater length retention.
When your hair is dirty, it is difficult for any moisturizing products, to penetrate your hair due to buildup. If you elect to wash your hair less often, use smaller and lighter amounts of product to prevent any buildup.
Because your hair is washed less often does not mean it is dirty. While your hair routine may include less frequent shampooing, dirty hair should never be your objective.
The truth is that dirty hair doesn’t grow any faster than clean hair. Your choice should be simple. Opt for a sweet-scented scalp and fresh locks.