I Reached My Hair Goals Despite My (Poor) Health

in , by FroBunni, Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Over the past month, three people implied that my hair growth was a result of my heath. This isn't the first time I've heard this; I often hear it after posting, what I think, is an inspirational piece about staying motivated and commitment to healthy hair and growth to reach hair goals. The opinions are at best, frustrating, and at worst, insulting. The fact of the matter is, I have reached my hair goals in spite of my health, not lack of.

I suffer from Crohn's Disease, a chronic inflammatory condition of the gastrointestinal tract, as well as anemia and vasodepressor syncope - fainting due to low blood pressure - both secondary conditions related to Crohn's. I periodically tweet about my experiences with the disease on twitter, but I don't expect anyone to follow me, so of course, you may not know. Regardless, the assumption about my health due to the condition of my hair is both presumptuous and inapplicable.

One of my favorite natural hair vloggers, Domineque Banks, aka LongHairDontCare2011, grew her hair to butt length despite her battle with lupus. In her old videos, she detailed how the poor condition of her hair challenged her to go on a healthy hair journey. Her regimen consisted of protective styles using her own hair, and with time and a little TLC, she grew long, healthy natural hair. Her journey inspired me when I was unsure and fearful that my own health problems would hinder the health and growth of my hair. I learned from her that, while genetics play an important role in hair health, so does hair care. Unfortunately, Domineque succumbed to the disease and her videos are no longer available.

Of course, I understand that not everyone can grow very long hair,* and due to the kinky, curliness of black hair, it is even harder for us. Add the hundreds of hair care techniques and processes, the endless line of hair products, and the varying amount of time that individuals devote to hair care, and you literally have an infinite number of possibilities when it comes to hair regimens. So, it makes sense that it can be very frustrating when you have tried hundreds of combinations with not so much as an inch of growth and breakage seems unending...but please do not apply the rhetoric of health to justify someone else's success, especially if they are taking the time to explain what has and hasn't worked for them. They are telling you that they have had trials and tribulations, that it wasn't easy, and that they've had to find the determination to push through.

So stop erasing my struggles when I offer up words of inspiration. Stop undermining my efforts when I write a tutorial for a hairstyle. And stop the assumptions on my health. I reached my hair goals despite my poor health.

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* I do want to note that Natural Haven has disputed the logic that genetics play as important of a role in hair growth as some may think, but that's a topic for another day
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  1. First of all get well soon, secondly the health or genetics are the ones which motivates us healthy hair enthusiasts to strive to grow longer and healthy hair despite the health condition or the slow grow (genetics).


  2. wow, so surprised to hear this cos of how in shape you look but i hope you do get well soon. a lot of times women (esp black women) say stuff about health or genetics or even hair texture to excuse their poor hair care practices so pls don't take it personal. it's just that you have the hair they wish they had. keep sharing & ignore the jealousy/negativity. Bless you.