Month: June 2014

Porosity and Natural Hair

Porosity

Scientifically, the definition of porous is having minute spaces or holes through which liquid or air may pass. Porosity, in terms of hair, is in short, used to describe your hair’s ability or inability to absorb water. Porosity ranges from low, normal, to high porosity, with normal porosity being the ideal condition you would like your hair to be in. Porosity plays a huge role in the health of your hair. Let’s start by breaking down the different ranges of porosity.

1. Low Porosity:What does it mean to have low porosity hair? This typically means that the cuticle of your hair lies flat, making your hair’s ability to absorb moisture a challenge. Hair with low porosity is typically more difficult to process than normal porosity or high porosity. When I use the word “process” I mean the hair is more resistant to chemically straightening, texturizing, or even hair color. When the hair is exposed to water or water based products, the water or products may just sit on top of the hair. This may leave your hair feeling very dry.

How to combat low porosity hair: When you deep condition your hair make sure you are sitting under the hair dryer for about 15-20 minutes. Your cuticles will be slightly lifted causing your hair to absorb and retain moisture. Also, you can put a plastic cap on your hair for a couple of hours or sleep with a plastic cap overnight under your satin scarf. This will help create a moist, humid environment for your hair which will help you absorb moisture into your hair. Using moisturizers rich in emollients such as shea butter and coconut oil will also be beneficial to your hair.

2. Normal Porosity:Hair with this type of porosity normally gets the proper moisture with the least maintenance. The cuticle layer is looser allowing just the right amount of moisture to enter your hair and helps prevent the moisture from escaping.

How to combat normal porosity hair:Consider yourself lucky!

3. High Porosity:High porosity hair is normally the result of damage from chemical processing or environmental damage. The cuticles of your hair are raised which causes too much moisture to enter your hair leaving your hair prone to frizziness, and it also allows moisture to leave your hair easily.

How to combat high porosity hair:Using a leave-in conditioner, a moisturizer, and a sealant is very important! Sealing your hair is very important, this helps keep the moisture in your hair. Also using anti-humectants products may help your hair retain moisture by sealing your cuticle layer! Sealing in your moisturizer and leave-in conditioner is the key for combating high porosity hair!

Hope you all can benefit from this information in some way! Have a nice day!

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“DIY Whipped Coconut Oil Treatment for Dry Natural…”

I just wanted to share a bomb whipped coconut oil recipe from one of my favorite YouTube channels, My Natural Sistas! Hope you all enjoy! And please subscribe to My Natural Sistas on YouTube if you haven’t already!

DIY Whipped Coconut Oil Treatment for Dry Natural…: http://youtu.be/fFNCsgDMFe0

MY TOP 5 TIPS FOR LENGTH RETENTION

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Hello everyone! Hope you all are having a wonderful day! I just wanted to give my two cents today on my top five ways to retain length. This is strictly my opinion and what has been working for me, but I’m sure everyone can benefit from most of these tips provided.

1. MOISTURE, MOISTURE, MOISTURE: I believe the most important step you can implement in your routine is keeping your hair strands hydrated. I have already talked about hydrating from the inside out in a previous post, but let me remind you, drinking water and plenty of fluids is very important! What you put inside of your body will very well show in your outer appearance. Also, spritzing your hair with a water based conditioner or simply water every night or when it becomes dry can have a major impact on the health of your hair. Hair tends to break when it is dry and brittle, so keeping your strands from becoming this way can ultimately help you retain length.

2. DEEP CONDITIONING: Finding a deep conditioner that works for you is very important to the health of your hair. I deep condition my hair once a week.  A good deep conditioner will provide moisture for your hair. It will also help your hair take on the stress and manipulation you put your hair through in between your wash sessions.

3. SATIN SCARF OR PILLOW: Cotton pillowcases rob the moisture in your hair. Satin scarves and pillowcases enable you to retain the moisture you worked so hard to get and it also protects your ends! So make sure you invest in a satin pillowcase if you are not keen to sleeping with a scarf on your head at night.

4. GETTING TRIMS REGULARLY: I regularly (maybe too regularly) trim my ends. I tend to go overboard, but I digress. Dusting (trimming an eighth of an inch) your ends regularly will help keep split ends at bay. Your hair cannot thrive with split ends creeping slowly up your hair shaft! Get rid of them! It’s nothing worse than a girl holding on to scraggly, see through ends for the sake of some “length”. As your can probably tell this is a pet peeve of mine. Ladies, trim about every eight weeks or when you deem necessary, just please don’t walk around with scraggly ends you will have to get rid of them at some point in order for you to retain length in the future!

5. MINIMIZE YOUR USE OF HEAT: I straighten my hair maybe twice a year and probably won’t do it again for another couple of years. I say this for two reasons, first of all, it doesn’t last long enough and secondly, it only takes one time for you to acquire heat damage no matter how careful you are. Everytime I have straightened my hair I have acquired some sort of heat damage and I’m back at square one nursing my hair back to health. And to make matters worse, my hair may have remained straight for a day or two, so that’s months of work for a day of straight hair. The trade off is not worth it for me. So if possible, use heat sparingly and when you do make sure your use some sort of heat protectant!

Hope these tips are helpful!! Have a good one:)

Importance of a “Cheapie” Conditioner!

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First question you may ask is, what is a cheapie conditioner? Well, simply, a cheapie conditioner is a conditioner you use for everything, from co- washing to deep conditioning, or even a leave in when you have ran out of styling products. You may use it to gently cleanse your hair or you may mix it with your favorite oil and use your new concoction to deep condition. Whatever the use, you need a whole bunch of conditioner. That’s the beauty of a good, cheap conditioner.  You can be as heavy handed as you need to be and you will never have to worry about it breaking your pockets. My favorite “cheapie” conditioners are Suave Naturals and Herbal Essence Hello Hydration! I bought two bottles of Suave Naturals for $3. I will get plenty use out of those bottles of conditioner. I will use it to detangle, co-wash, deep condition, and a leave in! If you haven’t found a good cheapie conditioner please do so a.s.a.p! It is life changing! And if you are on the hunt to find a good one, try Suave Naturals or Herbal Essence and let me know what you think! Conditioner is the ONE thing you never want to run out of!