When it comes to textured hair, it's easy to get tangled up in misconceptions—especially from those who don't have textured hair themselves. Fear not, American Salon caught up with Miko Branch, CEO of Miss Jessie’s —an award-winning, Black-owned, curly hair care brand—to debunk five of the most common textured hair myths.
#1 MYTH: Textured hair is considered “bad hair.”
FACT: Naturally textured hair is naturally beautiful! It is versatile, vibrant, and unique.
#2 MYTH: Only women of color have textured hair.
FACT: No matter the ethnicity, women of all backgrounds can have wavy, curly, coily and kinky hair genetic traits—whether they are Black, Latina, White, Jewish, Italian, etc.
#3 MYTH: You don’t need to wash textured hair often.
FACT: Naturally textured hair should be washed once or twice a week using hydrating cleansers at the root and rich conditioners mid-shaft to the ends. A nourishing deep treatment once a week also works wonders to restore, renew and replenish hair.
#4 MYTH: Textured hair is easy to manage.
FACT: Naturally textured hair tends to be dry, fragile and takes special care in locking in much-needed moisture.
#5 MYTH: Textured hair grows slow.
FACT: Naturally textured hair grows at the same rate as straight hair, about half an inch each month. The hair pattern experiences shrinkage, so it may look as though there hasn’t been growth. Gently stretch the strand with your fingers to see the length.