Originally Posted by daisyheadmaisy
I have a sincere question about race and different hair types. I am Caucasian and a girl from Jamaica was my best friend when I was little. We use to swim together a lot but I remember quite a few times her Mom wouldn't let her go swimming because she just washed her hair the day before. I have known other African Americans who didn't want to go swimming because they didn't want to get their hair wet and say they don't wash it every day. What is the reason for this? Does the hair tend to be drier? Does it have to do with the texture? What are the main differences in African American and Caucasian hair? Do the different hair types grow at different rates? I know there are many different hair types within a race, but I am talking about the general differences between the races.
The reason why many African Americans do not like getting their hair wet may be because the majority use relaxers in their hair ( a chemical perm used to straighten the hair)
When their hair gets wet it makes their hair frizzy, which is something women who relax do not like as they would need to go back to the salon to get it straightened again...
It has nothing to do with African americans not liking water (something which i tend to hear alot
lol )..But only to do with African Americans who "relax their hair" not liking water altering the texture of their relaxed hair .
Women who relax their hair usually only wash their hair when they take a next trip to the salon to get their roots done or when they get a styling at the salon.
But african americans who have natural afro hair can wash their hair as often as caucasions do
But on the whole it is not advised for anyone to really wash their hair everyday
because constant washing can strip the hairs of its natural oils
Hair should be washed about 3 times a week ( european or afro) unless there is a reason for extra washing (like after swimming or at the gym). Do the different types of hair grow at different rates?
Afro hair in its "natural state" grows at the same rate as european hair , the only difference is that we have curly/kinky hair so it curls around itself rather than it growing straight down so it may be hard to tell.
but if u pull on a strand of afro hair u can see its length or also by how big an afro becomes.
Relaxed hair is more prone to breakage because it is "chemically treated" ...and the overlaping of treatments from the new growth to the already relaxed hair causes a breaking point.
This would mean that it can not grow at the same rate as it would if it were natural The difference betweens afro hair "in its natural state" and european hair are:
Mainly the texture which causes Afro hair to grow outwards and upwards due to it being very curly whilst european hair grows down.
Afro hair is generally thicker in texture than european hair which makes it able to hold curls
Afro hair can be prone to dryness so it needs a lot of moisturising.
Hope that helps