Caring For Your Natural Hair
Ladies, your hair is the crown you never take off. That’s why it’s so important that you take care of your hair so it can grow as strong and healthy as possible. Follow our guide to ensure healthy hair growth.
Section 1: Get to Know Your Hair
Learning your hair’s porosity, density, and texture are very important because those three things will help you determine what type of products you need in your regimen.
Not sure what your porosity is?
Pour some room temperature water into a cup, place a CLEAN hair strand in the water, and let it sit for 15 minutes.
○If it sinks to the bottom, it is high porosity
○If the strand sinks slowly to the middle, it is medium or normal porosity
○If your hair strand floats at the top, you have low porosity.
Not sure what your density is?
The easiest ways to determine your density are to examine your scalp or measure the circumference of your ponytail.
○When examining your scalp, just let your hair hang naturally, do not part it! If you can easily see your scalp, you have low density. If you can barely see your scalp or can’t see it at all, you have high density. If you can see a little bit of your scalp, you have normal density.
○Measuring the circumference of your ponytail: If the circumference is less than two inches, you have low density. If it’s two to three inches, you have medium density. If you measure four inches or more, you have high density.
Not sure what your texture is?
Rub a single hair strand in between your fingertips.
○If you can barely feel the strand, you most likely have fine hair.
○If you can feel the strand but it’s not thin or thick, you have medium hair.
○If the strand feels very thick, almost like a string of thread, you have coarse hair.
Section 2: Keep Your Hair Clean
Clean hair and a clean scalp will always flourish! Don’t fall for the myth “dirt makes your hair grow” because it does not! If the scalp is dirty or the follicles are blocked, you will not experience healthy hair growth until you remove all the dirt and build-up. It’s a good idea to wash naturally curly hair once every week or every two weeks because that will keep your hair fresh and dirt-free.
Section 3: Maintain Protein & Moisture Balance
Having a healthy balance of protein and moisture is key! If you have low porosity hair, you don’t need to do any protein treatments because your hair already has enough protein. If you do a protein treatment on your low porosity hair, you risk breaking your hair off. Just don’t do it because you really don’t need it! Those with low porosity hair should focus on moisturizing deep conditioning treatments and hot oil treatments because those will penetrate the hair shaft, providing you with the moisture that you need.
For those with normal and high porosity hair, you will need to do protein and moisturizing treatments. Don’t go overboard with moisture or protein because you will cause an overload. Instead, just give your hair what it needs. If it feels weak, do a protein treatment. If it feels dry, do a moisturizing deep conditioning treatment or a hot oil treatment. We strongly suggest you try our I Live!™ Deep Conditioner because it offers the perfect balance of moisture and protein.
Section 4: Practice Safe Styling
Low manipulation styles like twists, braids, flexi rod sets, and buns are amazing for natural hair! Just don’t always try to go for the “sleek look” and laid edges because 1) it’s unnecessary manipulation and 2) most edge controls & gels contain alcohol, which can lead to dryness and breakage. Also, protective styles like weaves and wigs can be great too; you just have to make sure you don’t leave those styles in for too long. It doesn’t matter if the style still looks decent, you need to take them out after a month and a half, no excuses sis!
Section 5: Retain Length
In order to retain length, you must keep your ends healthy. There’s no way to repair split ends, you just have to trim them, sorry sis. You also need to moisturize and seal your ends to ensure that they don’t become brittle and break off.
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