Knowing your hair

Now before I start, I want to let you all know that this post on ‘knowing your hair’ aims to be concise and succint. We are in a very technical world and all most everything you want to know is on the Web,  so if I don’t cover all the topics on this particular post best believe that any information you are searching for is on the net. So with that being said let”s begin!

So there is a lot of misconception about natural hair in particular, which makes it difficult to know how to start going natural in the first place. I have read a lot of articles and even blog posts, and watched a lot of YouTube videos about natural hair from the very curly bloggers to least curly or tightly-coiled hair bloggers and one thing is remnant –length retention or shall I say in layman, growth. That is the quest of most (if not all) on a natural hair journey.

But first you need to know your hair, here is what I mean by that. Take a look at the list below and ask yourself, do I really know my hair?

1. Do you know your hair porosity? ( your hairs ability to absorb moisture I.e water or hair products). Is it high porosity (easy come, easy go –basically) or is it low porosity (a I don’t wanna get my feet wet cat, but I’ll hold on to this fish I got left –basically difficult to get in, but difficult to leave) and medium porosity ( two words, just right!)

2. Do you know your hair strand? Is it thick, fine, medium or coarse in “width”? Basically when you touch or rub your fingers on a single strand of hair can you feel it well enough?(coarse), slightly feel it, but you know is there (medium or thick), or can barely notice it is there (fine). Saved you a little bit of Google search, you’re welcome!

3). Do you know your hair density? Meaning how full the hair on your scalp is. For instance check using a mirror, of course, if you can easily see your scalp without parting your hair (low density) or if you can slightly see your scalp just a little (medium density) or if you can barely see your scalp (high density). Well this final category is what I like to call a full house! You can barely see or touch your scalp even if you wanted to, infact you are walking around with a barbary lion’s mane (extremely high density –donate over here please!)

4. Do you know your hair type? You don’t? Well neither do I. Sorry to bring you this far for you to do a what I like to call an ‘unnecessary’ Google search, when you search for it on Google you’ll know what I mean. But before you go, do you have straight, wavy, curly, coily or tight-coily hair? ( that’s the best I can do for you)

5. Thank you for sticking this far. Lastly do you know what natural hair is. I don’t need you to visualise what it is, so erase any image you have in your head about this question and please find an actual definition of natural hair. Thank you kindly!

I hope this summarises what you really need to know about your hair, well this is the first stage, stay with me I got more, but one more question, (no, I am not done)

 

 

 

 

 

Do you know I made you read 571 words? Well plus the rest of what I am about to type below 633.

That wasn’t so bad, right? If you think so please comment below and hit the like button. Thanks for reading.

Happy New year to the rest of world who celebrate on 1st January. The clock is aware ( and no, that wasn’t sacarsm)

 

 

 

18 comments

  1. This is quite useful. I wish there was something like this back when I was starting my journey. What do you think about those who argue that the water test in terms of finding out your hair porosity is not necessarily accurate?

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    • Thank you, I wish I knew half of this aswell. Well I think it is because the water test doesn’t really show the whole picture of low porosity hair, there are other characteristics to do with low porosity hair but the water test is just one of it. Plus the water test kind of creates confusion rather than clarity . For instance the idea of the water test is to be done in a cup of water under room temperature and left for 2-4mins , and the same people who do the test get different results at different times. I think the point the water test seems to not explain is that under the right circumstance low porosity hair can absorb water it just takes a little longer, but for instance if warm or hot water was to be present, you’ll find that the less porous hair will sink to the bottom of the cup as the cuticle becomes open due to the very warm water. Hence it doesn’t give an accurate result and rather it is better to focus on other characteristics of low porosity rather than just the water test.

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    • Thank, I am glad you found it helpful. More helpful post are on the way, so do stay tuned, i’ll talk about natural hair starter kit tools that are really useful, it’s not like any generic list, it is much more. The post goes live on Wednesday. Thanks once again for checking out my post. Much appreciated.

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