From Coco + Creme — While there is no doubt that black women are forward-thinking trendsetters, there’s a plethora of misconceptions in our community about what it takes to maintain our beauty. We’ve gone into myth-buster mode and giving you the true information you need to maintain your pretty and your sanity.
1. Black don’t crack.
While it’s seems as though brown skin is resilient to age lines and wrinkles, this is largely in part to proper skincare. Having skin that can stand the tests of time takes more then good genes. It’s true that dark skin produces melanin which helps prevent aging due to ultraviolet light (UVL) and melanin also provides a natural SPF of about 14, but the minimum requirement for dark skin is SPF 30. There are new developments in sunscreen that contain minerals, antioxidants and plant extracts which can all enhance skin’s aesthetics.
2. The tighter the style, the better.
I shutter every time I see a woman with a head full of super-tight braids or twists. For some reason there’s this false standard set that the tighter the style, the longer it will last and the better it will look. A hairstyle that’s too tight could contribute to severe hair loss and scarring. Central Centrifugal Cicatricial Alopecia (CCCA) is a type of permanent scarring hair loss which is seen primarily in African American/ Caribbean women who may have a family history of hair loss. Most of the affected have had hair relaxers for many years or report having very tight extensions with “add-in” hair that puts additional weight on the already stretched and weighed down hair follicle and a scarring and permanent alopecia may ensue.
3. Black women’s hair grows slower than women from other races.
The rate of growth for black women’s hair is no less than their counterparts. On average every person’s hair grows at least 1/2 inch per month, which is about 6 month per year. Yes, it’s true that you can experience more or less growth depending on how you take care of your hair, but growth doesn’t discriminate based on skin color.