This is the last in this series and it goes back to the same story that we keep on repeating because it is probably one of the most important hair lessons I have learned. There are scientific facts about hair and hair products. There is conventional wisdom and best practice about hair care and hair products. But sometimes, despite everything you read and see, you may find that your hair behaves differently and that is just fine.
Now, there are some things that I think we really do know for sure and that we can learn about our own hair by looking at others. Two examples pop into my head:
1. If you don’t comb your hair, it will eventually from dreadlocks. Depending on your hair, this process will take longer for some people than for others.
2. If you braid your hair too tightly, for a very long time and very frequently, your hair is going to fall out and you will lose your edges.
So, should you be surprised if the person who keeps braiding and weaving to a minimum has healthier hair? I don’t think so.
Is it any wonder that your hair doesn’t grow if you are constantly bleaching it today, frying it tomorrow, always forgetting to moisturise it and then it doesn’t grow? I seriously doubt it.
But, other stuff like should you use shampoo or conditioner or both or neither really depends. Just like, how often you wash your hair in a week or a month. Or whether you use petroleum based products or not really may work for some people, but not for others.
The bottom line is that everyone’s hair is different and therefore, you cannot and should not expect your hair to behave exactly like someone else’s.