In a world where weaves, wigs, extensions, clip ins, you name it, have become the norm amongst black women in the U.S. and abroad, you may ask yourself, why can’t black women just grow their own, long hair? Daily we see black women vying to fulfill their fantasy of having long, thick, healthy hair, and spending millions to acquire it.

Articles, upon articles, in the media, address the question, many providing half‐truths, and some downright myths. The truth lies in asking the right question in the first place. The question is not, “Why can’t black hair grow long?” It is a proven fact that black hair will grow and grow, and grow.

The challenge is, retaining the hair you grow. A black woman’s hair is always “starting over,” so to speak, due to dryness, breakage, and excessive shedding, therefore leaving them dependent on hair purchased from our European, and Indian counterparts, to fulfill their “long hair” fantasy.

So the real question is, “Why can’t black women “retain” the hair they grow?” Well, it’s a proven fact that their own hair will actually grow from their scalp, but the problem is, they’ve just got to keep it! And there in‐lies the problem. Science has revealed, that black hair tends to be more dry and brittle, and that can cause it to fall out and/or break off. But fortunately, there is a solution, and it’s based on a scientific fact, so many overlook…iron. Yes, iron! Iron deficiency, is one of the most prevalent of all vitamin deficiencies amongst the human population. And it is extremely prevalent, amongst women of African descent. “Ahhaaaa”, you say?

Studies show that “iron deficiency anemia (IDA) is the most common nutritional deficiency worldwide.” And according to WebMD, a review of 40 years of research shows that iron deficiency has a much closer link to hair loss than most doctors realize, and it may be the key to restoring hair growth, Cleveland Clinic dermatologists said. “We believe that treatment for hair loss is enhanced when iron deficiency, with or without anemia, is treated,” Leonid Benjamin Trost, MD; Bergfeld, MD; and Ellen Calogeras, RD, MPH, write in the May issue of the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology. Study researcher Wilma Fowler Bergfeld has been doing this for years. And she’s finding that whatever the cause of hair loss – for both women and men ‐‐ having too little iron in the blood makes it worse.

“Though they are others things you can do nutritionally and topically to stimulate, and promote your hair growth, as well as maintain overall healthier hair, adding iron, in the right balance, could make a world of difference. Iron deficiency can cause hair to be very dry, brittle and prone to breakage; couple that with styling, manipulation, poor hair care, chemical treatments, and poor nutrition, the hair is not going to be in optimal shape to maintain the right ph, moisture, and elasticity, to keep it from breaking and shedding unnecessarily, and it will be less likely new hair will even grow.

You tell us, do you think black women have an issue with hair growth? What vitamins, if any have you used to combat against breakage?

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37 thoughts on “Science Reveals Why Many Black Women Don’t Have Long Hair

  1. MALAK YAHASAPAH TZABAH on said:

    THE BLACKS IN BABYLON ( AMERICA ) ARE THE TRUE DECSENDANTS OF THE ANCIENT ISRAELITES OF JERUSALEM. THE VOOK OF DEUTORONOMY, 28TH CHAPTER SPEAKS ABOUT THE CONDITIONS WE WOULD LIVE IN ONCE WE DISOBEYED THE MOST HIGH AND ACCEPTED RELIGION INSTEAD OF THE LAW OF THE CREATOR OF ALL. ONE OF THE CURSES THAT FELL ON OUR WOMEN WAS THAT THEIR HEADS WOULD BECOME A SCAB ( BALD), AND THAT THEY WOULD EXPOSE THEIR PRIVATE PARTS-(ISAIAH 3 AND 16-17). SISTAH’S IN YOUR HUMBLE STATE THERE IS NONE WHO CAN COMPARE, YET IN YOUR HAUGHTINESS THERE IS NONE AS FOUL FOR YOU ARE NOW A QUEEN DRAPED IN A STENCH ONLY PIGS CAN DELIGHT IN. BLACK WOMAN, TURN BACK TO THE MOST HIGH AND LET LOOSE OF SELF CONCERNS FOR THESE ARE THE REA

    • I said it. on said:

      You’re running late for a prophet. Have several seats. We get our hair cut like everyone else. I’ve seen long, short, and medium lengths in our community. God is more concerned with our hearts, not our heads. All of this talk about hair is becoming nauseating. Their are bigger issues and more to life. White women fixate on their weight and our community fixates on how to wear our hair. None of it will matter when we are gone. It’s silly.

  2. Chinua on said:

    BS BS BS BS BS !!!!! Women within the African diaspora DO have long hair, it’s a matter of how they’ve been taught to take care of their hair. My mother and her sisters had long hair, and several aunts still have it. My mother chose to cut her hair, and keep it short. After military service, I cut mine off, grew locs and wore them for seven years, and now keep my hair short. My daughter has hair to the top of her ‘rear-end,’ and she chooses to flat iron her hair ( no chemicals ). The reason many of us today appear to not have hair is because we don’t educate ourselves to the affects/effects of chemicals, weaves, and glue. We have a bad habit of looking for quick fixes, and ignoring the signs of damage to our scalp. More BS propaganda!!!!!!

  3. Jen B on said:

    This article ignores one glaring fact; most black women are killing their hair and scalps trying to change their natural style and composition. My hair has already grown well-past my shoulders. The key to my success? I stopped burning it with hot combs and putting toxic chemicals in it to straighten it. I sport professionally done dreads (without any sort of extensions), and am regularly complimented on how nice they look.

  4. Most black women want straight hair because they dislike their nappy born hair, if they were proud of their nappy hair they would sport it.THE TRUTH HURT.

    • Jiggy5 on said:

      Rj, the truth is a non- factor here. If the facts embarrass, shame, or otherwise expose undesirable behavior, you will be called a host of names and labelled a troll. However if you buy into the collective group think mentality that has taken blacks completely backward from the direction that Dr. King set us on in the 1960’s, then you alright bro-bro.
      They refuse to see their hypocrisy and thus spiral further into mediocrity. It’s really sad to watch.

  5. Guest1 on said:

    Jiggy, women and men have been wearing weaves and wigs for centuries. Now it’s “our women, but at every turn, you don’t hesitate to degrade and disrespect.

  6. Jiggy5 on said:

    I’m not starting a mess, simply stating facts. Facts that you don’t want to acknowledge. We are not talking about other races. We are speaking about American black women and the foolishness that they perpetuate with their self hate. We’ll just agree to disagree.

    • Guest1 on said:

      You’re problem is that you think you can speak for everyone because YOU feel a certain way about something. That’s sad that you think because black woman wear weaves and wigs, that they are self loathing and desperate, and perpetuating self hate. How sad indeed. I don’t know where you get your facts. Maybe from the women in YOUR family. Again, you can’t speak on anyone else. You know absolutely nothing about how a black woman feels.

      • Guest1 on said:

        **Your** problem, not you’re (contraction meaning you are). Had to correct myself otherwise Jiggy might call me uneducated.

      • Jiggy5 on said:

        I simply state the facts, I don’t resort to childish name calling like yourself.

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  8. Guest1 on said:

    There is nothing desperate about it, or any self hatred involved. It’s always something negative coming from you, and you couldn’t be more wrong each and everytime you post one of your asinine comments. Everyone has the right to like what they like and if women, any woman, wants to have long hair whether it’s theirs or purchased, it’s their choice. Having long hair isn’t a “whites only” thing. And, since you’re on the subject of self hatred, hater…what about your phoney @ss caucasion persuasion counterparts, injecting their lips with helium looking like big fools, what about those butt implants, what about laying in that tanning bed at 350 degrees just to try and get that golden brown color? So the next time you want to talk about self-hatred, and acceptance, look no further than your own mirror.

      • Guest1 on said:

        It’s their right to have what ever color they want. Again, white people don’t hold a patent on long hair, or blond hair. So what, a black woman wants to sport blond hair. You’re saying she doesn’t have that right, and just because she does, she wants to be like a white woman? Really? I’m a black woman and I cringe at the thought. Nothing attractive about wanting to be white, at least not for me. I see colors of the rainbow in a variety of young women on a daily basis, whether it’s blond, blue or red. You need to start thinking outside the box.

  9. Jiggy5 on said:

    So desperate to look and be accepted as white. Come correct now black women and stop the self,hatred.
    Holla’

      • I said it. on said:

        Thank you. He can’t hear you though and you completely lost him with asinine. I thought he died. He has been missing in the comment section on the articles pertaining to whites. I was getting ready for the second line march. (SHUCKS!)

      • Guest1 on said:

        Jiggy, again, you show you mental capacity of comprehending isn’t that great. The women you call hood rats are just like those hood rats housewives from Miami, NY, Orange County, & Beverly Hills, and your neighborhood, yes trailer parks count as neighborhoods, too. You can’t believe that all those white women are natural and have not had anything done to them. Get a grip, no one wants to look white.

    • Debbie on said:

      Who the hell wants to be white??? white people don’t want to be white. That is why your asses are laying in light up coffins in February, hoping you will be my color by May.

      • Jiggy5 on said:

        White people tan yes, some augment that process, but it is nonetheless, a natural process. Wearing hair hats to cover your natural hair is not. Look at Ne-ne and the rest of the hood rats from Atlanta HW, all doing their damnest to look white with those silly azz weeds.
        Holla’ at the Scholar

      • I said it. on said:

        This fool thinks that baking in a human oven is natural process. We urge you to go to where you are wanted which isn’t on this site.

      • Jiggy5 on said:

        No, I didn’t say using a tanning bed is a natural process. UV rays from the sun stimulate skin cells resulting in a melanin pigment. That is a natural process. The only thing natural about wigs and weaves is that it is naturally someone else’s hair, a European. European = white. Our women are strutting around with white people’s DNA on their head. That is the epitome of self loathing and desperation for society to accept them as white.

      • I said it. on said:

        Our people? Whatever. Read the comment at 2:17. Then get back with me.

      • Jiggy5 on said:

        I can present the facts, but at the end of the day, the I Said It, and Debbie’s of the world will choose only the facts that support their case and decry that Trayvon Martin was an innocent little boy and Sabrina Fulton was a good mother. Sighhhh, and life continues.

      • I said it. on said:

        Your a grown boy. so you may not get this yet, but I will try to explain. T.M., or his mom have nothing to do with this article, or these post. It is important to stay on topic. You can Google how to do that.

      • I said it. on said:

        Dark complexioned people can be born blonde. Ever heard of the people of the Solomon Islands, the Melanesians or Oceania? Go use the net for something besides trolling to start a mess. Pick up the National Geographic. Go to a museum. Do something to enlighten yourself. The Klan, your parents, and yourself have failed you.

      • Danica Banks on said:

        You are so right Debbie. They do want to be colored. And let them go one day without washing their hair and they smell like a wet cat.

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