Skeptics and Problems with Ultra Black Hair

Question: CATHY, I’ve been following the moisture balance program to a "T" but my hair will grow to my shoulder then it starts to break off to almost bald, is it possible a perm could cause this much damage? It's not just my hair but my 16 year old daughter and my 5 yr. old daughter’s hair is growing just fine. The 5 year old doesn't have a perm. I've started using hot oil treatments and fermidol and any conditioner that has protein, do you have any suggestions?

Answer: Yes I do have a suggestion, use my products because the stuff that you are using is apparently not anything that is improving the hair. Just using the method is not enough if you don’t use good products. I never say USE HOT OIL TREATMENTS AND FERMIDOL AND ANY CONDITIONER THAT HAS PROTEIN. This is obviously where you are going wrong.

Question: I don't have the money to get your conditioner right now but I do have some royal braid spray that supposed to be good for braids and natural hair in which I have a relaxer in my hair and that spray leaves my hair sticky after a few days of use. However, I just started washing my hair every three days alone with deep conditioning for 15min. I also realize that all that breaking has left an almost bald patch from the crown-center of my head to the neck. I seems as though everyone has healthier shiny hair but me and I wonder do they moisturizer daily and wash their hair on a regular basis. Why do I have so many problems with my hair?

Answer: The conditioner you are using does not have the ingredients that will improve your hair as mine does. If you choose to use something else, perhaps this is the reason you are having the problems you are because your products are inadequate. In order to improve your hair you need to use products that benefit your hair. The reason I created the conditioner is because the products we are given to conditioner do not contain the requirements I found we need for our hair. I realize everybody cannot afford my products, which is unfortunate because you are stuck with using the products that usually provide little or no real benefit. I recommend you stay away from the braids as this could be the reason you have the bald patch on your head. Another problem could be your use of relaxers causing the bald spot in the crown of your head. So using products that do not improve your hair and the use of chemical relaxers could be your problem.

Question: My name is Gwen. I am pure African from the Southern part of Africa. I only write to you because I am desperate. Where I am staying is very hot and dry. I hate my hair. It is thin, dry and coarse. It never really grows. It breaks easily. I can't even relax it, because it is so thin. I braid my hair most of the time, but sometimes I just want to treat my hair without having to braid it. Even the braiding doesn't help to let it grow much. I am so fed up with my hair I don't know what to do. As I went through your photos I realized that your web site is definitely not for me. Your hair was a thousand times longer than mine ever grew. I don't believe that my hair can ever grow like that. I only write to you because you did research on dry hair types. Actually, the truth is I hope you can tell me something positive about my hair. Please Cathy, I am desperate.

Answer: I am a believer that your problems are caused by what you don’t know about your hair. My hair is only long because I now know what appropriate hair care is for African Americans. I always wanted my hair to be better too. Before you say that this is not for you, please do yourself 1 favor, buy the book. It will open your eyes! It tells you how to take care of a dry hair type. Dry hair is dry hair and the moisture balance in the book will eliminate dry hair if you follow the system. The book is worth the $15.00 investment. If nothing more, your eyes will be immediately opened!

Question: I was searching around for products that would moisturize my hair and I stumbled upon your website. I have read the testimonies and I have done a little research myself on the ingredients in your product and I see that you are REALLY telling the truth. However, I would like to read your book and get your products, but I am in Canada. I don't know what to do....I read somewhere where you said the book could be ordered through my local library. If your respond to this e-mail, then I know that you are not like the other people who are just trying to become a millionaire off of people like me. Please respond.

Answer: Aeryka, Let me say that I am in NO way like the "others" out there proclaiming they can help our hair when they don’t even know our hair. The others are gimmicks my method is based on facts. I spent years researching and writing before I developed a single product. I am not sure what you read that said you can get it from the local library but it was not that the library can get it for you to purchase they only supply books to check out and read (I think). You would have to get it from Amazon.com, my website or Barnes and Noble if you want your own copy. I really recommend you have your own copy because it is the most comprehensive black hair care manual available and you will need to refer to it often.

Question: Do you, have any recommendations as to what products one can use if, for whatever reason, one is not in the position to retrieve your products?

Answer: Trina, there are no products like mine on the market. Choosing other products is up to the individual to find. I know what works so I don’t scour the market looking for substitutes. Sorry

Question: I am writing you this note because I have been doing the right thing with my hair for several months now (4 months to be exact) and I am seeing more breakage than normal lately. I feel that my hair has reached its capacity and it is now regressing. What I mean is that my hair has reached its full length and now it is starting to break unduly. I am doing the same things I did to get it to this length, which is approx. 9 inches. But no matter what I do, it continues to break. I need a solution. What am I doing wrong? I am washing 2 times a week, I do hot oil treatments once a week, I use your conditioner each time I wash, I am not blow-drying it, I am only washing once, and I condition for 1/2 hour each time. I am not brushing it, I am not perming but every 3 months.

Answer: I would recommend you pick up a reconstructor (Sally's Beauty Supply carries Aphogee) wash your hair and instead of using the conditioner, put this on, let it dry hard then wash it out and moisturize. I would do this for the next few times you wash your hair or until you notice the breakage has stopped. (You will need to soften your hair with oils so I recommend doing this on the weekend.) My conditioner is for regular maintenance. Often it may not have enough protein in it to strengthen the hair if for some reason it is damaged (perhaps you do not think it is but it can be). Occasionally I too have to use a protein reconstructor if I am getting more than normal breakage.

Question: I haven't read your book but I'm becoming interested in getting it. I am very skeptical about all this. My mother tells me that all of this stuff they put out there to make your hair grow longer is all a scam. But my mother doesn't understand how it feels to have short hair like mine. She has this beautiful thick long hair and I don't. I always wanted long hair kind of like yours. But I can't seem to find anything that works. My prom is next year and I was planning on having shoulder length or longer hair but it doesn't seem to be in my favor. I would like to know if your book addresses hair that breaks off and is damaged. I seriously need a prayer and a miracle here. I would just like to know will it take me long to grow from neck length to shoulder length hair (or more) and if your book can really help me?

Answer: The problems you describe are exactly the ones I address in my book. I understand your skepticism because most of the stuff out there on hair growth is built on myths. I am living proof this works as well as the real testimonials you see on my website. Do yourself a favor, invest in the book. I can bet you will not be less informed. My book tells you why you have the problems you have and how to correct them. It is not another gimmick but facts about our hair and how to grow it longer if you have dry hair that breaks I too was in your position when I was a young girl. I wanted hair so bad I would have done anything to get it. I even resorted to wigs and hair pieces although I hated fake hair.

After you read my book I believe your eyes will be opened. I started researching our hair because I truly believed that God did not say that only Whites, Asians, Indian and Mexican women can have long hair but not Black women. When I realized this, I said there has to be a common reason why we (Black women) have short hair. I identify my findings in my book. Spend the money and get yourself a copy of the book or go to your library - they might have a copy. If you have questions after reading the book, email me and I will try to help you achieve your goal!

Question: I was telling a co-worker about your site and he was skeptical and was wondering why your hair looked so straight. He even said that you may have a softer hair type than mine. However, today I told him about the treatment I gave my hair and he asked me to send your page to him because he has a daughter with breaking hair. He was convinced when he saw my hair today looking shiny and soft and I ran my hand over my head and show him that my fingers weren’t greasy. All this and I don't even have your spray moisturizer yet. He's very interested now in knowing what you have to say and asked me to email the link to him. I told my mother and a few others as well and now I have to sit here and email the link because they all want it now.

Answer: Marva, thanks for testimonial about my products. It is your belief and testimony that is selling others. It is understandable that people are skeptical about this because there is so much ignorance about our hair as well as so many hair growth gimmicks. Thank you for sharing this information with others and thank you for taking a chance and believing!

Question: My name is Chevonne and I’m 17 years old. Since I was 5 my hair has been way past my shoulders. Then one day something happened. I must have used the wrong products or something. But now it is just to my shoulders. I was reviewing your web site and I was wondering, what is the percentage of black women that have their hair grow back from your book? I really want to see if this will work for me!

Answer: Anyone who follows my system for at least a year will see increased length (actually in a couple of months) if your problems are dry hair that breaks, which is the problem that over 80% of the black population has. The dryness is determined by the curl pattern in the hair. The tighter the curl pattern, the drier the hair is. If this is your problem, yes, this will work for you. My book teaches you how to create a moisture-balance in your hair to eliminate dry hair that seemingly is not growing but breaking constantly because of things we do to our hair. If you can’t afford anything but the book, it is worth the $15.00 investment!

Question: Hi Cathy, I received your hair products this past Friday. I always go to the Salon on Saturdays and was so anxious to get started with the deep conditioner that I did not read the back of the bottle until after I had the beautician apply it to my hair. Of course I am concerned because clearly it states on the first sentence not to use this product if you have not read the book. It does not appear at this point that it created any problem for my hair but I'm sure the book would explain the tangling I felt under the dryer. I stopped off at the Book store and ordered your book this morning; however, I would like to verify with you that using this product without reading the book first won't create a problem for me.

Answer: Gerry, there is no problem with using the product without the book. The product contains ingredients (protein) that can make the hair hard (purposely). The book tells you why the ingredients are in the products. As far as the tangling, when the hair shaft swells open by the heat, if the cuticle is damaged, the open cuticle catch’s on other hair causing it to tangle. My Silky Spray moisturizer is an excellent detangler that I swear by for my chemical free hair.

Question: My name is LaVetta and I was checking out Cathy Howse's web site about black hair growth. I am really skeptical that is why I am writing to see if this really works! I am ready to give it a try but I am wondering why the book is necessary in addition to the product? Well, if you would be so kind as to respond ASAP I would greatly appreciate it. I just thought I'd send my congratulations to you for printing all sorts of questions whether good or bad. I am yet to be convinced that I need to buy your book but I do think that you are right in saying that Wanakee's method is ......in a polite way..... dodgy. I really am not convinced by any photos in her site or yours. I would love to see photos of people who have achieved long hair. It would go a long way to proving your credibility.

Answer: Everybody wants a quick fix by just buying the products but the truth is what if you get these products and dump them on your head and have changed nothing about the way you took care of your hair yesterday? Guess what - you can expect the same result tomorrow. You must break tradition first, because if tradition worked, we would already have long hair!! If you don’t want to purchase it get it from your local library. Most libraries have a copy, even if it is reference material that cannot be checked out. Reading the book, your eyes will be opened. Check out Cathy's Cyber successes Photo Gallery as we now have "others" picture success stories!!

Question: For the past 4 or 5 years I've been having a problem with my hair growing. It will grow to a certain length and then stop but the most confusing part is that I have very coarse thick hair and when it gets longer than the "Limit" it grows very thin and stringy looking. Almost as if my hair looks like long fingers spread out in the back of my head. I was told all kinds of things from my, "hair just won't grow" to "I must have a nerve in the back of my head" all the way to it being, "my diet". I am currently wear braids now and have been for about a month because I figured if I were to get braids I could gain the original strength back in my hair. I have been taking care of it to my knowledge, keeping it moisturized and condition with an Infusium leave-in moisturizing conditioner. If you can give some tips on what might be wrong or what I'm doing wrong that would be great.

Answer: It is apparent you need to read my book. Protein may alleviate your thin hair that needs strength and I talk about that in the book. The comments others are making about your hair are out of ignorance. Get a copy of my book and you should be able to identify you own hair problems and be able to correct them. Infusium is not one of the moisturizers I recommend because protein should not be used in the moisturizing stage.

Question: I have stored your website as one of my favorites. I keep looking at it trying to find some type of discrepancy. It seems legit. I have ordered a book that I will read as a precursor to your product. I really want my hair to grow. At one time it was, and I do not know what happened. I am currently wearing braids while pregnant. Is it safe to use these products while I am pregnant or wait until after to see more results.

Answer: Glenda, we have been lied to so much about our hair. I knew that had to change because God did not say that only white women, Indian woman and Asian women can have long hair and not black women. I actually researched hair care for us like it has never been researched before because I wanted to know the truth. The top of the hair care industry is not concerned about growing your hair when they can make more money selling you thousands of dollars in "FAKE" hair. They make more money off selling you weave. Plus because they don’t have our hair they really didn’t care to experiment with it and just gave us the same products they use for themselves which do not work. My products because I know the requirements for our hair actually improve our hair.

It is no scam. It has been around since 1989 (the internet made it popular) and others are even trying to copy my success. They know I have done something to make us have hair but they don’t quite know everything I have done, because to make it real, so many hidden components make it where it can’t be copied. It is truly the only proven black hair growth system in the world! My research is being noted by professors around the world. The hair care industry doesn’t care much for me because they say I am taking money out of their pockets teaching you how to care for your hair. You know what, if they had been able to help me grow my hair I would not have embarked on finding something that really works. Tradition obviously has not worked for use and that is all they offered. No thanks, I knew I had to choose a different path than theirs.

Having traveled the country this past year (my hair is always down at shows because I want sisters to be able to run their fingers in if they choose to, to see there are no strings or glue, just my real hair. Other scam artist at these shows, say they have our hair care answers but wear extensions and long braids that can deceive. They continue to scam us because we spend 3-4X more on our hair than any race of people because we are always looking for that one thing that is going to make it grow. But many sisters are not falling for it now. We are smarter and do more investigating.

Braids are not a recommend style but sisters continue to wear them only to have their hair pulled out clear back to their ears, because of them. Many sisters use my products with braids and notice the hair closest to the scalp gets thicker because the products can get to the exposed hair but the hair covered in fake hair is thin as it has not been treated. The products must get to the hair to really help make it stronger and keep it from breaking.

These products will have no effect on your unborn child and the prenatal vitamins you are taking will increase your success. This is not a scam; it is the truth about our hair. You've tried everything else; why not give this a try? My book, it will open your eyes.

Question: Yes, everyone is out to make money on "Black Women" because all "Black Women" want nice "Healthy" hair. Your picture on the home page of your website looks very much like a wig or a weave, that is not your hair!! Perhaps your book does give some advise worth putting in the pockets of those who "Want Long Hair", we need to be honest with people and honest with ourselves. It is also a shame it took 14 years for you to grow your hair that long!

I ordered your products sometime ago, I'm not trying to acquire "Long Hair" because I've always had it. However, I believe in having and maintaining healthy hair, so I will try new things. Your conditioner was the worst I'd ever used, it made my hair tangled and hard, I had to re-wash and apply another conditioner from another manufacturer just to get my hair back to it's original texture. I understand about "Protein" and what it is suppose to do for the hair, I've studied and researched hair extensively. What I do know is that "Protein" is not suppose to make the hair "Hard",.... stronger, but not hard!

Also, yes I agree that trimming does not make the hair grow faster, who ever said it does?? However, trimming aids in healthy ends which results in healthier hair and the growth will eventually become evident by this! I am not a "Hairdresser" but a "Scientist". As I have mentioned I have studied and study the hair extensively.

Answer: You are obviously mislead in your thoughts. However, thanks for your OPINION. It is obvious your research was not the same research I did. I have articles from leading hair care magazine that say to trim the hair to make it grow.

You are also wrong about my hair not being my own. My hair is NOT a weave. Also the conditioner was supposed to make the hair hard on purpose it is up to you to soften it. Perhaps you need to do more research because apparently you missed that point.

One final comment. It is obvious you are a hairdresser. On hair research - my research has afforded me placement in Who's Who in the WORLD 2003 for my hair care growth method where only 1 in 155,000 people on the globe are even asked to participate. I DID NOT see your name included so obviously your research was not as extensive nor valid as mine. In fact there are NO hairdressers included. Get my point? You are certainly welcome to comment that you don’t like the product but your opinion should be kept to yourself on things you are not certain of.

You are welcome to return the conditioner for a refund. The book however cannot be returned as you said you read it. I just get so tired of people challenging me and my work. Although the majority of people I deal with are satisfied with my products and what I have to offer considering what we have been offered all our lives. I realize I cannot please everybody as there is never a true one-size fits all. I must interject here to say that somewhere along the way your research of hair should have taught you about the natural life cycle of hair so your comment about taking my hair 14 years to grow is also a problem with YOUR understanding about hair. I will refund the purchase price of the conditioner product if you choose to return it. I have some women who like the conditioner and others who only like the dew. I have to ask one more thing. When you wash your hair is it in the shower or in the basin? This is where I find that most tangling occurs with the use of the product when used on hair that is pulled over the head to wash and when the hair is extremely porous the cuticle raises up more causing the hair to tangle. I would like to offer the suggestion to use hair polish which is a cuticle smoother in the event this should happen in the future.

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