4 ways to buy the right products for your dry hair, even when you think it is impossible and want to give up!
I know! am not the only one who would spend a lot of time and money purchasing products that did not work for my hair.
It got to the stage that I became so cynical that I did not think anything will work.
Have you occasionally exceeded your budget on products based on many promises, but sadly they did not fulfil the objective that you require them to.?
Girl, I know your pain!
Why does this keep happening?
This keeps occurring as we go about buying products the wrong way. We need to change the method we use to buying product for dry skin and curly hair.
Our selection should not only be based on the model, or blogger promoting the product, or even word of mouth (it works if they have the same skin or hair type as you)
If this was an efficient way of, purchasing moisturizing products, then why do you have bathroom cabinets and dressing tables overflowing with almost full and hardly used ones!
Knowledge is power.
If you have a health condition once it is diagnosed, you can take specific action to help to improve that condition. If it is undiagnosed, you are likely to spend a lot of time trying remedies or following advice that is unlikely to be successful.
Why don’t you adopt the same method when it comes to your skin and hair?
Do you really know your skin and understand your hair? The more knowledge you have about them the more likely you will get an effective product match.
2.What is your Hair type?
Knowing your hair type will help you invest in the right products that will help maintain your hair.
That is why you need to know your hair porosity
Porosity refers to the way your hair (in this instance) absorbs and retains moisture.
There are 3 levels of hair porosity high, normal, or low.
2, Hair Porosity.
- High porosity hair.
The cuticles, which look like scales on the external part of our hair, are open or have gaps in high porosity hair. With high porosity hair, it absorbs moisture quickly, but it loses it quickly too. The moisture does not stay in (So if your hair was a house, the doors and windows are always open so anyone can come in and quickly get out.).
This is a sign of a damaged cuticle (they look like scales on the external part pf our hair) and low protein levels. This can be caused by chemical processes or use of hot appliances i.e., hair straighteners or hair driers
If you leave your home with straightened hair, go to an indoor event that is packed with people, the air is hot and humid, and you end up returning home with an afro! You are likely to have high porosity hair.
If your hair is frizzy or dry, dries quickly when wet or absorbs hair colour quickly, then these are all an indication that you have High porosity hair.
- Low Porosity hair
Low porosity hair will not absorb moisture quickly and will hold what it does absorb quite well. Low porous hair is a sign that the cuticles are difficult to open.
(So, if your hair is a house, it will be difficult to get in but once you are in, it will be difficult to leave)
This may be due to our choices of product which contain silicones, overuse of conditioners and can even be because of minerals from hard water. S if your hair takes a long time to dry or you use product, and it is difficult to absorb into your hair then it is likely to be low porosity.
- Normal Porosity
Normal porosity hair is impermeable. It will not absorb moisture quickly and will hold what it does absorb quite well. Hair should absorb water t a slow pace and what it does absorb it should retain it for a long period.
So which hair type describes you?
LET’S TAKE THE POROUS TEST.
- Put a clean strand of hair (shampoo and no conditioner) in a clear glass of water and leave it for 4 minutes
- If it floats on top (after 4 mins) you have low porosity hair (difficult to absorb moisture)
- If it sinks to the bottom of the glass, you have high porosity hair (absorbs moisture quickly)
- If it floats to the middle of the glass, you have normal porosity hair
Due to hair damage because of chemicals, sun etc it is possible to have more than one hair porosity
Now you know your hair type. What next?!
When shopping rather than be influenced by the packaging, Research the ingredients stated on this packaging, try to understand them, rather than be blinded by science, that way you will get a better match/ purchase for your hair type
For your Low porosity hair, foe example if you see ingredients that contain Honey, Avocado, Glycerine or Aloe vera then you may be onto a winner. These are humectants
This means it draws water from the environment or product itself leaving your low porosity hair moist. This is what your hair needs!
For high porosity hair a Moisturizing natural oil (see chart below), in your regime will help to strengthen it, minimise the breaking and give it a luscious shine.
Composition of Natural oils
All natural oils are composed of fatty acids. Oleic fatty acid is the moisturising and absorbent component in natural oils.
The higher the percentage of Oleic oil therefore, the more moisturising & absorbing. Your selection of oil will be.
Which are the most moisturising out of these popular natural oils?
So, Olive oil, Shea oil and Avocado oil are the most moisturising in the above list.
So, for example if you purchase coconut oil, on high porosity hair it will leave your hair feeling greasy and dry. It will not provide the required moisture to low porosity hair
Alternatively, Shea oil for example (fractionated from shea butter) will leave your hair moisturised and feeling soft
Try some a free sample of Shea oil here!