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We’ve mentioned porosity earlier and its importance when it comes to finding the right products for your hair type. If you haven’t read the previous post, click here.
Knowing your hair type will affect your hair care regimen. Whether you have low, normal or high porosity hair, you will need to update your routine and find what your hair responds to.
With low porosity hair, you tend to have tight cuticles and your hair is resistant to water. It’s harder to get moisture to get into the hair shaft. In order to raise your cuticles, you will need to use heat after you apply your masks/oils/butters/deep conditionner. You can use a hot towel, hooded drier or even a shower cap. Make sure to apply products on damp hair so that any treatment penetrates the hair shaft. Product builds up can happen easily on hair with low porosity since products will just sit on your hair. In order to ensure your tresses are moisturised, use humectants as they will keep your mane hydrated. The most common ones are glycerine, honey and aloe vera gel.
Normal porosity hair are quite easy to moisture since products tend to be absorded pretty easily, but…yes there is a but, using too much heat or chemicals can quickly turn, normal porosity hair into high porosity hair.
Normal porosity hair has compact cuticles that easily let moisture enter in.
Unlike the two other types, high porosity hair absorbs moisture pretty easily but loses it quickly. High porosity hair usually lacks shine and tend to be dry. Anti-humectants (shea butter, coconut oil, avocado oil, olive oil) and protein are ideal since they will ensure the hair remains moisturised and healthy.
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Wonder what are the best products for your hair but not sure where to start? Knowing your hair porosity level is key. Don’t just rely on what others are using since these products might not be appropriate for your hair type.
What is porosity? Porosity is your hair ability to absorb and retain moisture. There are several ways to find out but my favourite one is the glass of water test. Fill in a glass of water and put a hair strand into it.
If your hair floats, you have low porosity hair.
If your hair sinks slowly,then it has normal porosity.
If it sinks immediately, you have high porosity hair.
I have done the test and definitively have low porosity hair.
Do the test and share your results below!
Enjoy making your own products? Check out this great tutorial and start making your own body and hair butters.
Enjoy creating your own beauty products? Check this flaxseed gel tutorial!
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We value you…Happy father’s day!
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“I swear it is the strongest, most empowered, most free, and most honestly beautiful that I have ever felt.” – Alicia Keys
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The Natural Hair Week is the leading natural hair event in the UK where naturals like you find tips on health, beauty, nutrition and more. A dedicated event just for natural beauties created to empower, educate and elevate women and girls.
This year Natural Hair Week will take place from the 30th April to the 7th May 2016, in Manchester, Leeds, London and Birmingham.
For more information and tickets, visit Natural Hair Week website.
Photo(s) Source(s): @naturalhairloves
By creating so many illusory images of physical perfection, whether on store aisles or store front ads, magazine covers or TV shows, we speak more to the profit margins of companies than the self-esteem of today’s girl.
By Adora Svitak
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Just when I thought that this year’s weather was pretty much ok considering the time of the year, winter decided to pop up out of nowhere. No warnings! So I guess, it’s time to update our regimen to keep these tresses looking fresh. Check out these top “winter hair” tips!
What is your winter hair care regimen?
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Just transitioning or rocking your short mane? Check this tutorial for a super cute hairstyle!
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Hey ladies …and gents,
Few months ago, I discovered the OSSAT Natural hair care line at a beauty event and was asked to review it. What does OSSAT stands for?
Tea tree oil
I have tried several products of the brand including the co-wash, leave in, hair mist and the wax.
Moisturizing Co-Wash: Since I have discovered co-washing I have always been a big fan, so when I found out that OSSAT Naturals offered one I was excited to try it. This product helps get rid of all the things that causes breakage including product build up and dirt. Although, the co-wash is light you only need a small amount. What I liked most about the co-wash was that it left my hair soft, clean and easy to detangle.
Triple Moisture Lotion: It is a leave in conditioner that can be used daily “for added moisture to keep your curls healthy looking and soft.” I have used it on clean hair, after washing my hair with the co-wash. My hair is really coarse and thick and felt really hard after using it. So no more Triple Moisture Lotion for me.
Natural Oils Moisture Mist: The mist looks like water and comes in a spray bottle. You can apply it on dry or wet hair and even on the skin. I always prefer to add products on wet hair as it works best for me. It is a very light spray and I really liked the smell (reminded me of watermelon) but I haven’t seen any difference before and after using the product.
Form & Hold Wax: This wax defines curls and can be used as an edge tamer at the same time. It is non-hardening, non-flaking and humidity resistant. It is one of the best waxes I have used so far; I was really impressed with it. My edges were so smooth after using it and it is long lasting. I have applied a small amount and distributed evenly with a soft brush. I loved it and would definitely recommend it to anyone looking for a great wax/edge tamer.
Have you tried any of these products? What is your favourite? Let us know.
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Marjorie Stewart Joyner born in 1896 in Virginia was the granddaughter of a slave and a slave owner. When she reached the age of 16 she decided to pursue a career in cosmetology and became the first black woman to graduate from the beauty school, A.B. Molar Beauty School.
At the age of 20, Marjorie decided to follow the entrepreneurial path by opening a beauty salon. From there, she was introduced to another beauty entrepreneur, the well-known Madam C.J. Walker who owned a large number of beauty businesses across the United States. Following Madam C.J. Walker death in 1919, Marjorie was left in charge of the entrepreneur’s companies.
One thing that Marjorie noticed with black women’s hair is that it was a struggle to straighten their curly hair as there were only limited options available. Straightening curly hair was a really long process since women had to use a stove-heated curling iron and use it one section of hair at a time. Madam Joyner decided to solve this problem by creating the “Permanent Waving Machine”, a machine which enabled women to get straight hair for days but also defined curls.
Her invention allowed to set women’s entire head at the same time. In 1926, Marjorie won a patent for her creation and became the first African-American woman to receive a patent for an invention.
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In Colombia, traditions seem to be strong, especially when it comes to Afro-Colombian women braiding their hair. Ziomara Asprilla Garcia shared her story from when she learned to braid to her experience at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival, where she showcased traditional hairstyles from Choco, Colombia.
Ziomara also explains the story behind Choco’s traditional hairstyles and the message behind them. Read more from the Washington Post >>here<<.
I am a queen, and I demand to be treated like a queen.
by Sheila Jackson Lee
Society put a lot of pressure on women to look a certain way, act a certain way and even think a certain way.
For a long time, women with curly/kinky hair have been told that having natural hair isn’t beautiful. The issue here is that young girls are growing up believing that they MUST be someone else to be accepted. How can WE change that? How can we teach them to love themselves for who they are?
Well, I think that one of the goal of the natural hair movement is to empower women and girls. The “natural hair movement” as some like to call it started with few women (Afrobella is one of them) who decided to return to their natural hair texture showing that you do not have to stick to what’s society wants you to be. I see them as role models for younger generations and other women as well telling us to believe that we are enough. Ghandi was right when he said “You must be the change you want to see in the world.” Just look at the way big brands have started to cater to our needs, including L’Oréal and Pantene. Who would have thought this few years ago.
I can’t wait to see what’s next…
What are your views on the natural hair movement? Has it changed anything for you?
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The countdown has begun only 6 days until the biggest and fiercest hair show in Europe dedicated to black beauty.
The Afro Hair & Beauty LIVE is opening its doors this bank holiday at the Business Design Centre, in Islington to showcase some of the best hair care brands and upcoming fashion brands.
Take advantage of this amazing weekend to see the latest product innovation for natural hair, including the premium natural hair care brand OSSAT. A new brand that helps softens, prevent breakage and shine. To find out more, visit them at stand 102 on the 24th and 25th of May ;).
Afro Hair & Beauty LIVE is the place to be this weekend! Miss it, miss out!
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A while ago, I have attended a beauty event in London. I am not sure which one it was but it was for curly hair, makeup, fashion, plus other related things. Anyways, one of the stand really got my attention as it was performing scalp analysis. They were assessing the health of your scalp and telling you if it was dry, oily… A lady mentioned scalp exfoliation to get rid of the dead skin.
The first things that came to my mind was “Is it not what shampoo are made for?” “Why would you exfoliating your scalp?” “Is it going to damage my scalp or/and hair?” It left me a bit confused, so of course, I had to do a little research.
What I found out is that exfoliators are excellent for itchy scalp and to get rid of flakes.
Its a must have for people who over-wash their hair, since over-washing dries the scalp which in return increases the overproduction of oil. So exfoliating can decrease the need to wash your hair so much.
Exfoliators promote hair growth as well. How? By simply massaging the scalp and removing all the dirt from your scalp.
ORS Stimulator Scalp Scrub
KIEHL’S Deep Micro-Exfoliating Scalp Treatment
Would you consider using an exfoliator as part of your hair regimen? Have you tried one and would you recommend them? Tell us more below!
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Step up your braid game with this simple and gorgeous hairstyle!
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Strong and healthy hair is the dream of every woman. Natural or relaxed, we all want good hair.
Ayurvedic herbs have long been used for hair care, especially in India, to get stronger and healthier hair. They can be found in different forms such as oil or powder. Henna is a well-known ayurvedic herb but it is not the only one.
Check out these other great herbs that can be added to your hair regimen.
Amla: It is an excellent conditioner to put some bounce back in your curls. Amla can also help for hair thickening and growth. You can also use it against dandruff, hair loss and irritated scalp. When used with henna, Amla helps town down the henna color.
Hibiscus: This plant is known as a hair growth booster which helps prevent split ends. It moisturises and conditions the hair.
Brahmi: It stimulates hair growth and treats scalp issues, including dandruff. It also gives a nice shine to your tresses. Its antioxidant properties enable the growth of healthy hair roots.
Neem: This herb is great, especially for the scalp, as it cleanses and acts as an anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial and protein treatment. No more itchy and dry scalp.
Cassia: It is similar to henna, the difference is that it does not color dark hair. However, it will leave your mane healthier and stronger.
Shikakai: Great to cleanse the scalp and eliminate dandruff. This herb smoothes the hair strand and leaves the hair silky and shiny. Shikakai strengthens the hair from the roots.
Aritha: It is widely used in shampoos and is known to cleanse hair. It prevents alopecia and possesses anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties which reduce scalp issues and thickens hair.
Bhringraj: This ayurvedic herb helps restore the balance of the hair and prevents early graying. Used as a treatment it prevents hair loss and shedding. Thanks to its anti-inflammatory properties, Bhringraj improve the scalp’s health. For those who want to color their hair naturally, it is a great alternative.
Henna: click the link for more info.
How do you use them? Alone? In a mix? Share your experience.
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In African cultures and traditions, your hair says a lot about you. The variety of hairstyles among tribes and regions is so rich and versatile that we had to put them in the spotlight.
A lot of styles that we are rocking today come from Africa, but there they are not only decorative but also symbolic. In some communities, the top of the head represents an entrance for spirits to access the soul. Hairstyling is so sacred that it is only done by trusted people, such as friends or relatives, as it could be used for witchcraft spells.
According to your social status or gender the style will be different. Also, many styles symbolise a stage in
someone’s life, such as birth, puberty, marriage or death. For instance, girls and women of the Mumuhuila tribe in
Angola wear 4 or 6 plaits. Each style is structured and has a specific meaning.
Hairstyling is a form of art realised mainly by women, who is passed from one generation to another. They spend many hours decorating and creating these hairstyles.
Among the most popular hairstyles we can name braiding, threading and weaving which are still used today, all over the world. They are often embellished and protected with jewelleries, beads, clay or oil.
Check out these handsome hairstyles that the African continent has to offer!
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Quick and chic updo for anyone looking for a new hairstyle.
Any naturals who read ingredients on hair products must have come across this ingredient: shea butter.
But do you really know what shea butter is? Do you know what its benefits are?
The shea nut comes from the shea tree which is mainly found in West Africa. The yellow natural butter, also known as Vitellaria paradoxa or Butyrospermum parkii, is traditionally handcrafted by the local population. The process to extraction is long and requires a lot of labour, indeed nuts are picked, boiled and crushed to obtain the oil.
It is often used for cosmetics products such as skin creams and soaps, for its hydrating, revitalising and protective qualities. Shea butter is also comestible and is used as a cooking oil in some African countries, such as Benin and Togo.
Apart from being a natural softening product for the hair, shea butter is high in vitamins, antioxidants and fatty acids which keep hair strong, smooth and healthy. Moreover, it is an excellent sealant to retain moisture in your tresses, so it must be used only after moisturising your tresses.
Is shea butter part of your regimen? Share your experience.
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Pretty long huh?
Measuring at a full 10 inches it seems as if weave protective styling is working wonders for Kenya.
Does this method work for you?
More scoop on Kenyas mane over at Wetpaint
Oh, you don’t like my hair? So what?
My hair, my rules!