Whats you hair porosity?

Whats you hair porosity?

Even more important that knowing your hair type is knowing your hair porosity.Together these two classifications can jumpstart every natural on their journey to healthy and long hair. I’m sure many of us can relate to a time when we bought a hair product based of off great advertisement or someone else’s endorsement just to be deeply disappointed with the results. Although common sense, many people sometimes forget that everyone’s hair is different. Yes people different, meaning you can follow the exact same methods as someone else and still get different results. Although it can be frustrating at times, there is a lot of try and fail that goes into being natural and figuring out what products and methods are best for you. Knowing things such as your hair type and porosity type definitely help to narrow down products that most likely will work for you but again like I said their isn’t a fool proof method to this. I discussed hair typing in my previous post but what is porosity? Porosity is your hair’s ability to absorb and hold moisture in the hair shaft. Although your hair porosity is deemed upon birth by genetics, it can also change due to damage to your hair cuticles in the form of relaxers, heat damage and coloring your hair. Porosity ranges from low to high.

High porosity hair has gaps in its cuticles which causes it to allow too much moisture into your hair and in addition it also releases a lot of moisture as well. This can cause your hair to be prone to frizziness. It is important especially during summer months or in areas with high humidity that those with high porosity hair use anti-humectants (products that don’t attract and hold moisture to your hair) in order to seal your cuticles and prevent your hair from absorbing excess moisture from the air. Because of your hair’s ability to lose moisture as well, be sure to use leave-in conditioners, moisturizers and thick butters to help hold on to moisture and help fill in the gaps in your cuticles. Products high in protein are also useful for strengthening hair cuticles and preventing breakage. Consider deep conditioning frequently and also look out for products high in acidity which will help flatten your cuticle and seal in moisture such as an apple vinegar cider rinse or aloe vera rinse.

Recommended Products: Carol’s Daughter Mimosa Hair Honey, Garnier Sleek and Shine Humidity Styling Cream/Serum, Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie, Shea Moisture Raw Shea Butter line(really good), Kinky-Curly Knot Today(slip is amazing!), Eden Body Works Jojoba Monoi All natural lineGleau All Natural Moroccan Argan Oil Blend, ApHogee Intensive Two Minute Keratin Reconstructor (I live by this).

Low Porosity hair has tightly bound cuticle layers that lay flat. This type of hair repels moisture but on the positive side also tends to hold in moisture well once its been able to be absorbed in the hair. This hair is prone to build up from excess protein so stay away from products with a lot of protein and stick to daily conditioners with humectants such as glycerin and honey. Steaming and deep conditioning hair with a protein free deep-conditioner is a perfect way to open up the hair cuticles and allow moisture in your hair. Lighter oils such as coconut oil, jojoba oil, grapeseed oil, sunflower oil, avocado oil, and shea butter and liquid based conditioners are all the best ingredients to use since these products will absorb into your hair instead of sitting on top of it. Also the use of alkali products such as baking soda can help open up cuticles before applying products this method is called the “cherry lola treatment“.

Recommended Products: Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie,Kinky-Curly Knot Today, Cantu Shea Butter line (what I use daily!), Shea Moisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil leave in conditioner/deep conditioner, ApHogee Intensive Two Minute Keratin Reconstructor (especially for colored treated or damaged hair), Curl Junkie Beauticurls Argan and Olive Oil Daily Hair Conditioner/ Assurance Smoothing Daily Hair Conditioner.

Medium porosity hair is the ultimately preferred porosity type. Your hair is able to absorb moisture but not too much and hold in moisture easily as well. Personally I have low porosity hair but my hair also tends to work well with products with protein in them since my hair is color treated and is in need of extra protein. For example I live for the Aphogee Reconstructor. Now your probably wondering how to figure what your porosity type is. There are several tests as well as common tips to help you figure it out. For one if it seems to take your hair a little longer to get completely wet when showering you may have low porosity hair and vice versa if your hair quickly absorbs water and becomes wet in the shower you probably have high porosity hair. Another popular way to figure it out is by doing the floating test. Take a clean strand of hair and place it into a clear glass of water and wait for a couple of minutes. If your hair floats then you have low porosity hair and if it sinks then you have high porosity hair.

Whats your Hair Type?

Whats your Hair Type?

If your new to the natural world then you probably may have stumbled across a few confusing words and phrases. The natural hair world definitely has its own jargon and without at least a basic understanding of it, you won’t be able to fully grasp and absorb the knowledge shared in the natural hair community. Throughout this blog I plan on explaining many popular terms as well as their meanings starting of with hair typing. Hair typing is self explained as a way to categorize and classify hair. The pros of using a hair typing system is that it helps you figure out what kinds of products, styles and methods are useful for your hair. It has also become a popular way for many naturals to describe their hair. Hair typing has also become somewhat controversial as well because of the sometimes negative way its used to praise those in a certain hair class over another which stems back to “good hair vs bad hair” talk.  Personally I believe knowing your hair type is important and in conjunction with your porosity type is crucial in truly understanding your hair and what kind of products it needs to grow and stay healthy. There are several hair typing systems but there is one that trumps all others in popularity. The hair typing system created by Oprah Winfrey’s stylist Andre Walker is the one that I and many other naturals use. Specifically I use a modified version of his hair typing system which was created because many in the natural world believed his original system left out two important hair types.

Modified Andre Walker Hair Typing System

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Type 1 in its most basic terms is straight hair. 1a hair is described as fine and very thin, type 1b is medium textured with a little more body than 1a and type 1c is the most fullest in this category and also most coarse.

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Type 2 in its most basic terms is wavy hair. 2a is fine and very thin and also considered very versatile because it can be both straightened and curled easily. 2b has slight deeper waves with more body. 2c hair is pretty coarse and prone to frizziness.

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Type 3 hair in its most basic terms is curly hair with a very defined s curl. 3a is very shiny and has a loose curl. 3b curls are loose ringlets. 3c hair is not included in Mr.Walker’s original typing system but is defined as tight corkscrew curls.

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Type 4 hair in its most basic terms is kinky. 4a hair has tight coils and an s pattern like 3c hair when stretched. 4b has a less defined curl pattern and takes more of a z shape pattern with sharp angles and bends. 4c hair was also excluded from the original typing system. It is defined as a tight coily pattern.

Based on this system my hair falls within the 3c/4a hair range.image There are also several other hair typing systems that you may want to check out such as the LOIS and FIA hair typing system. Another way used to classify hair is based on porosity which I believe serves an even more beneficial use to natural hair. Check out my next post on hair porosity.

The Girl Behind The Laptop

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Hey guys!! Welcome to my blog! My name is Nema. I’m 19 years old and currently in college studying Chemical Engineering. I was originally born in West Africa Sierra Leone and my parents and I immigrated to the United States when I was about 3.  I’ve been natural my entire life meaning my hair has never been chemically straightened or altered in any way unless you consider coloring my hair (which some in the natural community  do). Although my mom would routinely perm her own hair she spared me and my little sister from the creamy crack because of two reasons 1.She wanted to wait until we were old enough to make that decision on our own and 2. Both my sister and I have a looser curl pattern than my mom. We both have about 3c/4a hair (we’ll get into hair typing later lol) and this allowed my mom to manage our hair easily without having to relax it. Although my mom tried her best to upkeep my hair, she didn’t know much about natural hair which pushed me to venture out onto my own and learn how to take care of my own natural hair. Luckily for me the natural hair community was beginning to blossom right around this time and my knowledge and skill set around my hair began to blossom as well. I don’t consider myself by any means a professional on natural hair but I believe what my blog brings to the table is relatableness and experience. When I first decided to truly start learning about the upkeep of natural hair, I was intimidated at first because it seems like a lot thrown you at once. The goal of my blog is to easily explain and break down many sometimes confusing concepts, procedures and styles in the natural hair world. Having and up-keeping natural hair is literally a way of life and it may not be for everyone. I say upkeep because to have your hair just sit on top of your head is not enough! And I know for many of you reading this blog it isn’t. In order to have healthy hair, hair thats shiny, hair that grows , hair that I ultimately deem “Good Hair”, its important to learn how to upkeep your hair. I made this blog because I am passionate about natural haircare and wanted to find a way to be able to share that passion with others. I plan on sharing all of the insight and experience I have gained along the way. Thank you so much for checking out my blog and make sure you follow and subscribe to get notified when new posts are up. I also heavily encourage everyone to comment and ask questions about any and everything. I really appreciate feedback and also constructive criticism on how to make my blog better.