Understanding your natural hair
For those of you who are new to this lifestyle know this: Natural hair is not easy. It is not usually cheap. It is an amazing, beautiful journey and a fabulous test of patience and endurance. You are rewarded through consistency, adaption, and gentleness.
Okay, so I know most people don’t read disclaimers but this one is important.
Disclaimer: Your hair is your hair and should be loved regardless of texture, pattern, etc. Do not let others tell you otherwise. THIS IS JUST ADVICE, YOU KNOW YOUR HAIR BETTER THAN ANYONE ELSE!
Curl Pattern –
You always hear people using terms like 3C, 4B, 2F, etc. This is simply how loose or tight your curl pattern is. It has nothing to do with what products you should use, or even how your hairstyles will look. It goes in order from no curl (category 1), to a wavy texture (category 2), to curly (3A,3B,3C), to coily (4A, 4B, 4C)
This is where you find out how certain hairstyles will look on you.
If you have fine textured hair, twist-outs and braid-outs may not look as full. Sometimes doing these styles on dry hair, or close to dry hair, with a curling cream may work better. Slick buns and ponytails are usually easier to obtain (not saying it’s easy, just easier). If you have thick hair, the opposite is true for you and you probably use more product than someone with finer-textured hair.
Hack: if you have trouble doing a slick low ponytail/bun, try brushing it and securing the ponytail in the shower on drenched hair! Don’t forget to tie it down!
This is the MOST IMPORTANT thing to know if you are trying to gain healthy hair. Porosity is the way that your hair retains moisture.
- Low porosity hair tends to have these traits in common. You need heat when deep conditioning (try to sit under a hairdryer or even use a shower cap during a hot shower). When moisturizing daily, the LCO method works best (Liquid, Cream, Oil). Oils should be used to seal in moisture/products; LP hair usually likes grape seed oil, olive oil, and small amounts of whipped shea butter. If moisturized properly, hair can retain moisture for up to a week!
- High porosity hair may only need a shower cap for deep conditioning (which you should do OFTEN. It is sometimes difficult to retain moisture and is usually dry even after moisturizing. Hair strands are open meaning moisture gets in easily but also leaves just as easy. Coconut oil is a heavier oil and works better for HP hair. Bleaching hair can cause HP hair. Protein treatments should be included in your weekly regimen (try ‘Aphogee’ 2 Step Line) Moisturize as often as needed, whether it’s twice a day or every other day.
Being natural has been portrayed as a millennial “trend”. Anyone that is natural knows that it is way more than that. Whether you do so for the look, health, or style you realize that being natural is indeed a lifestyle.
For hacks on how to obtain popular natural hairstyles, check out my next blog post!