Sorry, unlike everybody seems to say, I DON’T have any black friends I can ask about this. Not out of antipathy towards having black friends, it’s just that there pretty much aren’t many black people in our area. Anyway, I figured I’d ask here, where anonymity mostly reigns.
When I was around four, my Grandmother gave me my first boar’s bristle brush and taught me to brush my hair 100 strokes every night. That doing this would spread the oil from my scalp along my hair, ‘nourishing’ the hair and cleaning my scalp, and also the rubbing against my scalp would remove dead skins cells at the same time, so they could never build up and turn into dandruff.
I don’t know if that was scientifically true, but I believed my Grandmother and was a dutiful child, and it became a habit that has lasted through the decades. (And, in fact, I’ve never been troubled by dandruff.)
Which makes me wonder how it works for people who have those closely braided hair styles. One black woman I knew slightly at work once mentioned it had taken nearly seven hours to get her hair braided the past weekend. Clearly she’s not undoing that every night and redoing it the next morning… how would she ever get anything else done? And clearly there’s no way to brush hair braided into tight little braids.
So why didn’t she end up with oils accumulating on her scalp? And dead skin cells building up? At the very least, didn’t her scalp itch all the time??