Discover Your Hair!

Ladies and Gentlemen, many of us have heard people proclaiming their hair type from 1As through to 4Cs or even Ds or about their hair porosity being low or high. But why does this matter? Knowing your hair type can help you with caring for your hair and knowing what it needs. I used to watch loads of different YouTubers with different hair to mine and follow their advice, but the best advice came from finding people with hair like mine. I have a mixed curl pattern with some areas, (particularly the back) of my hair being tighter than the rest. While you may not fit completely into any single category, having a rough idea will help you to find routines online that will simplify your life. From Pinterest to YouTube, Blogs and Instagram, so much information is out there, so this knowledge will help you to know what is right for you.


THE HAIR TYPE SYSTEM

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The most infamous hair typing system was formulated by Andre Walker, who broke down the different textures of hair into 4 memorable categories, each with 3 or 4 subcategories. But why does it matter if your a 2A or a 4C you might be wondering or how can you even be sure which hair type you are? 1 = Straight hair, 2 = Wavy hair, 3 = Curly Hairy and 4 = Kinky/Coily hair. The letters beside each number define the hair density a = fine/thin hair, b = medium thick, c = very dense/thick coarse hair.

So How Can This Help You

Type 1s

  • Oiliness and limpness
  • Easily weighed down ( so don’t use too much product)
  • Frizz’s easily

Recommendation

– Dry texturizing spray
– Dry shampoo
– Volumising products


Type 2s

  • Looser wavy curls
  • Easily weighed down ( so don’t use too much product)
  • Frizz’s easily

Recommendation

– Use sulfate free shampoos and silicone free conditioner
– Curl defining products
– Smoothing serums


Type 3s

  • Bouncy ringlets to tight corkscrew curls
  • Voluminous but subject to shrinkage
  • Spiral defined curls

Recommendation

– Refrain from using heat as hair needs moisture
– Moisturising leave-in conditioners and gels for definition
– Smoothing serums


Type 4s

  • Coily and kinky with slightly less curl definition
  • Tight curls increase shrinkage
  • The most fragile hair type

Recommendation

– Regular deep conditioning
– Detanglers and defining products
– Apply oil to your scalp to help retain natural oils


HAIR POROSITY

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The same way its important to know your hair type, it is necessary to know your hair porosity level, to get the most out of your curl routine. Hair porosity simply refers to your hair’s ability to absorb and retain moisture, and here are three ways to determine where your hair falls on the porosity spectrum: low, normal or high.

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THE TEST

Unlike with determining your hair type, where you judge your hair type by how it looks, there is a real way to test your hair porosity.

To test your hair, fill a bowl with water, like in the image above, and place a single hair stand in the bowl. Remember to use clean hair, as any product can alter your results. Leave it for 3 minutes and when you come back your hair will either be floating on top or sinking or at the bottom of the bowl.

-Low porosity hair
The hair cuticle is low, so its challenging to absorb moisture, but easy to retain.
-Normal Porosity hair
Moisture is easily retained and absorbed
-High porosity hair
The cuticle is raised high so moisture escapes quickly.


Low Porosity –

  • Tightly bound cuticle layer that lays flat and tends to repel water.
  • Shiny and hair can be thin.
  • Moisture tends to be locked in.

Recommendation

– Use lighter oils and try and avoid thick/heavy products as these can weigh the hair down.
– Dont overload your hair with protein from conditioner and leave-ins use hair milks instead.
– Try and use humecants that draw moisture into the hair so products that include honey etc.


Medium Porosity –

  • A  looser cuticle layer.
  • Easily moisturised.
  • Stands up well to styling, coloring, and chemicals.

Recommendation

– Use lighter oils and try and avoid thick/heavy products as these can weigh the hair down.
– Wash your hair with a sulphate-free cleanser to prevent your hair from being stripped of its natural moisture.
– Avoid alcohol-based gels and other alcohol-based products because they strip your hair of its natural moisture.


High Porosity –

  • Very loose cuticle layer that stands up.
  • Looks dull and dry and may tangle easier.
  • Tends to be frizzier.

Recommendation

– Sealant products will help to close the cuticle e.g raw shea butter, coconut oil etc.
– Leave-in conditioners and moisturizers to retain moisture and prevent dryness.
– Deep conditioning is key!

Take some time to get to know your hair now and determine your hair porosity and hair type – it is essential to know how to care for your natural hair. Remember, there are no “good” or “bad” hair types – your hair is a beautiful representation of you and it’s all about knowing how to care for the hair that you have. Two people with the same curl patterns may have different porosity, and therefore need to use very different products. Hope you find this helpful, don’t forget to subscribe and comment about your hair type and porosity test results!

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