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Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Does Black hair grow slower?



Is there a difference in how our hair grows?  Isn't hair all the same as far as growth whether race or sex?  This is my first time hearing about this but apparently a few feel that there is.  According to Livestrong.com LÓreal did a small study and found that we have lower density of hair than whites and our hair's growth cycle is shorter along with our shedding phase is more significant.  

I don't know how I feel about that information, especially from LÓreal since I only use an occasional eyeliner from them, but how accurate is this study and can I get some finding from some people that actually make hair products for me?!?!  Now, there may be some hair products that some Naturals use from LÓreal so don't jump me but I can't give this study much credit.  



Despite that, I have seen too many black women with some crazy fast growing hair.  My best friend's hair has always grown fast, (she's relaxed) and you can peruse all through YouTube and find ém.  Kimmaytube is one for sure.  I find this info faulty and what may have affected our hair growth were chemicals and poor maintenance.  Our hair is fragile and adding chemicals to the mix doesn't help but to say our hair grows slower????  I'm just not buying it.

I have heard that all hair grows the same and our hair may seem to grow slow with the curl pattern we have and of course shrinkage.  We have to do a lot to stretch our hair so true length can be seen.  Also, perming is damaging to the hair and many permed women (no, not all) do not see optimal growth due to the higher need for proper hair maintenance.

I am not  scientist but actions speak louder than words and unless you live  under a rock we all know black women (especially now) that are rocking longer and normal hair lengths than we've seen in a good while.  Don't let the so-called experts fool ya.

Don't let the BS in Naturals,
Sabrina  
a small study by L'Oreal comparing an African sample to Caucasians found that black people had significantly lower density in hair, a shorter growth period and a higher percentage of telogen hairs.

Read more: http://www.livestrong.com/article/468664-what-vitamins-are-good-for-african-american-hair-growth/#ixzz2DIP3fmgP
a small study by L'Oreal comparing an African sample to Caucasians found that black people had significantly lower density in hair, a shorter growth period and a higher percentage of telogen hairs.

Read more: http://www.livestrong.com/article/468664-what-vitamins-are-good-for-african-american-hair-growth/#ixzz2DIP3fmgP
a small study by L'Oreal comparing an African sample to Caucasians found that black people had significantly lower density in hair, a shorter growth period and a higher percentage of telogen hairs.

Read more: http://www.livestrong.com/article/468664-what-vitamins-are-good-for-african-american-hair-growth/#ixzz2DIP3fmgP
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10 comments

  1. Ehhh. I'm not one to really care about the speed of growth in my hair. Yes I notice that it does grow faster than other women even in my family, but I'm more focused on the health of my hair and not the length..

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    1. I love your response. It's just not that important to some but this news can be discouraging to others. Thanks for your comments.

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  2. ha ha on the "occasional eyeliner" response. I think that the study may ring true depending on who the test subjects are.

    IMO, black hair tends to be more coily and curly so there's a bigger chance of breakage occurang, making it "appear" that length isn't being attained.

    Also, I think black women tend to process their hair more than white women. Don't get me wrong. They like to color and such but they don't go putting curly perms in nearly as much as black women put in relaxers. It could be that black women in general just don't retain as much length as white women or women of other races. Of course, there are exceptions to the rule :) I'm claiming myself as one darn it!

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    1. Yes, shrinkage does factor in since our hair does appear shorter due to it. I agree with you and black woman (percentage wise) probably process our hair more and do more damage although with this natural hair revolution we are seeing more longer haired women. Don't get me wrong...we've been able to grow long hair but we've been damaging it as well with perms and hot combs. I think we are paying closer attention to the health of our hair and it is happy by growing and growing more.

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  3. Well I'm white and my hair grows super slow, a friend of my can cut her hair shorter than mine and in no time it is longer then mine, lol. Like Michelle said I think there are exceptions to every study, maybe generally speaking, but I know my hair doesn't grow fast at all.

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    1. It's so funny how studies can be conducted that seem to disagree with most consider their norm. I'm sure genetics have a part to play in all this as well as maintenance. Thanks for sharing!

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  4. I believe that all hair growth rate is determined by what we intake i.e. what we eat, drink & geneshe amount of exercise and environmental factors.

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    1. That with genetics and let's not forget stress.

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    2. Naturally Coily HairFebruary 20, 2013 at 8:45 AM

      Lol...geneshe should have been genetics! Smh these farm auto correct thingy.
      But yes! Stress is a major factor that we all forget about. I'm learning to relieve my stress with exercise; killing 2 birds with one stone. :-)

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    3. Oh, my bad. I should have figured out you were trying to say genetics. I hate auto spell and disable it every chance I get! Stress is what gets me and my fight with water intake. Good for you for relieving stress with exercise. I need to do the same. Thanks for sharing.

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