Hair is Just Dead Tissue, Right? ๐Ÿ’€

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WRONG. Well, yes it is, but it's notย helpfulย to think of it in such limited terms. Just because it's dead doesn't mean it can't be affected by the environment. Moreover, your scalp is very much alive and if you're abusing your hair, chances are you're abusing your scalp too. Due to the often steel wool-esque nature of kinky-coily hair, many people mistakenly assume it's the toughest, most durable hair type. However, all the curls and kinks actually serve to make afro-textured hair the most brittle of all. There are a couple of reasons for this: Your scalp naturally secretes an oil called sebum, which delivers nutrients from the root to the tip of your hair strands. The curlier your hair is, the longer it takes the sebum to slide down the strand.

Sometimes the oil simply can't navigate all the twists and turns, leaving the oldest parts of your hair (the ends) weak and thirsty for nourishment. Kinky strands love to get kinky! They twist and curl around each other, causing tangles and even knots sometimes. A wise naturalista will grab her scissors and start trimming to prevent further damage, but some people literally go in with a fine-tooth comb in an attempt to manually separate the strands. Please don't. Type four hair likes to be left alone, which means every pass of a comb is an invitation for breakage.

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