Deeper into the Roots of Natural Hair
I'm literally writing this post as I am sitting here deep conditioning my hair.
I feel like I have finally found the perfect routine and products for my hair to style and lock in moisture based on some new information and I HAVE to share.
I am known for always switching up my hairstyles. I've had almost every hairstyle possible and on April 13th I decided to do the "big chop."
For those who aren't familiar with natural hair lingo, get your pens ready to write now a couple of new terms.
Big chop is an alternative to transitioning where a woman cuts off her relaxed ends in order to start fresh. Now I've been natural all of my life so it was a big chop for me because I cut off A LOT of hair. I had a tapered cut that grew out really quickly and I was in a bored stage with my hair so I decided to do the only thing left that I could do, which was to chop it all off a go blonde.
(Tapered cut is when the hair is cut shorter around the sides and more hair is left at the top)
Before I share new information I just want to go over a couple of things when it comes to understanding and learning your hair type.
The most important things to remember are
- what works for your friend or the curly haired girl on the commercial may not work for you.
- there is no such thing as "good hair" and "nice texture." Your hair is what you make it. If you hate your hair, your hair will hate you back.
There are a million products on the market for natural hair so it is up to you to take the time to figure out what product or combination of products work best for your hair type.
Thanks to https://www.naturallycurly.com/hair-types I learned more about how to care for my TWA.*
Hair usually falls into 3 types, "wavy," "curly" and coily or kinky. Not nappy. COILY, so stop calling your hair and other women's hair "nappy." I absolutely cannot stand that term because that insinuates that it is unmanageable. Everyone's hair is manageable when it receives a little TLC.
A TWA is a teeny weeny afro.*
Hair Type/Texture Chart:
What makes up hair types ? more information at https://www.naturallycurly.com/texture-typing
density: the volume of your hair, how the strand of hair are packed on your scalp
width: the thickness of the strands on your head
length: self explanatory but this plays an important role in determining what products you use
POROSITY: how well your hair retains moisture
POROSITY test: The Float Test: Take a couple of strands of hair from your comb or brush and drop them into a bowl of water. Let them sit for 2-4 minutes. If your hair floats, you have low porosity. If it sinks, you have high porosity.
What does it mean and what do you need ?
Courtesy of http://thenopoomethod.com/porosity/
Low Porosity hair characteristics:
- Cuticles are closed, so moisture does not enter easily / resistant to moisture
- Products sit on your hair
- Does not absorb hair color or treatments easily
- Hair takes a long time to dry
- Looks healthy but doesn’t have much elasticity or volume
- Use lighter products. Argan oil and grapeseed oil are good light oils
Medium or "normal"
- Absorbs and retains the perfect amount of moisture
- Shiny, healthy, lots of volume
- Absorbs too much moisture, but is unable to retain it.
- Looks and feels dull and dry.
- Generally damaged and over processed with torn cuticles (but not always)
- Tangles easily because the cuticles get caught on each other.
- Hair dries quickly.
- Tends to be frizzy.
- hair needs moisturizers such as shea butter, jojoba oil, coconut oil and mineral oil.
My method and products:
To wash my hair I use a combo of Shea Moisture products:
- Raw Shea Butter Moisture Retention Shampoo with Sea Kelp and Argan OIl
- Jamaican Black Castor Oil Strengthen and Restore Conditioner
- I deep condition on Sunday's with Mongongo & Hemp Seed Oils High Porosity Moisture Seal Masque with Baobab Protein, & Apple Cider Vinegar
LOC METHOD is the method to seal in moisture.
Leave in Conditioner. Oil. Cream.
- For my leave in conditioner I use Shea Moisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil Strength and Restore Leave In Conditioner that has Shea Butter, Peppermint and Apple Cider Vinegar.
- For the oil, I use Tropic Isle Living's Jamaican Black Castor Oil (no salt)
- Occasionally for my cream I'll use Cantu's Coconut Curling Cream or I'll melt Raw African Shea Butter and use that.
(Some people switch up the order of the O and C or substitute the cream for a butter)
Unlike Rae Sremmurd I do have a type; it's 4B, high porosity, TWA