African-American Beauty Myths -- Busted!
'Black don't crack' isn't the only African-American beauty myth that's stood the test of time. From black hair care to makeup, we suss out fact from fiction
Dreadlocks are dirtyWhen you think of dreadlocks do you imagine matted strands of hair that haven't been combed or properly washed in years? This is a common misconception. Yes, the permanent, tightly coiled locking technique allows for low-maintenance (no combs or brushes required -- ever!). But Diane Da Costa, Carol's Daughter Brand Stylist and author of "Textured Tresses," says most women with dreadlock styles shampoo their hair once a week. Which is consistent with the weekly shampoo schedule of most black women.
"Women of color generally don't have oily hair and shouldn't shampoo their hair daily, as this will strip the natural oils from the hair and scalp and leave the hair very dry and brittle," says Da Costa. "Textured hair is dry in nature, therefore, it needs more moisture and hydration and less shampooing. Dreadlocks can be cleansed and refreshed daily with a leave-in conditioner spray."
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