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The Magic of Kinky-Coily Hair

It’s kind of sad whenever I type in the words “hair” and “shrinkage” into Google because the results usually are”

  1. Hate Natural Hair Shrinkage?
  2. Ways to Prevent Shrinkage
  3. How to Nix Shrinkage
  4. Embracing Shrinkage (YAY)

I’m no scientist, but I super love the theories behind evolution and how certain things that we have developed as humans have assisted in…you know surviving. And shrinkage is one of those things!

Afro-textured hair is the least common type of hair on Earth. It also appears dense on a person’s head, but at the scalp it’s the least dense. The reasoning for this is that humans that resided in Africa had to evolve traits that would protect them from the damaging UV rays of the sun, and this kinky hair along with melanin for dark skin, were selected for. Essentially, your kinky coily hair was used as both shade, and somewhat of an air conditioning unit that allowed them to thrive in these conditions.

Essentially, if it weren’t for this kinky hair and dark skin, the world would be completely different. So, think about it, that shrinkage that you’re complaining about? That’s your air conditioning unit. It’s also the protection that you have from the sun completely frying your scalp. Well, you know, if technology didn’t have sunscreens and such. But I still think that’s so cool!

I’m not saying not to straighten your hair, or have the desire to. No no, I love seeing how long my hair is. But, at least you can wear your kinky hair short in the summer, and long in the winter without having to cut your hair or wait for it to grow…Hooray for evolution! You are unique, love your kinks and your quirks!

 

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