Four things you need to know to save money when purchasing products for Curly mixed heritage hair or Dry skin!
Have you been on an endless and expensive quest to discover products that will moisturize your dry skin and curly or dry hair?
On occasion you may have even exceeded your budget on products based on many promises, but sadly they did not fulfill the objective that you require them to. Why does this keep happening?
Why does this keep happening?
This keeps occurring as we go about buying products the wrong way. We need to change the way we go about 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. If this was an efficient method of, purchasing moisturizing products, then why do we have bathroom cabinets and dressing tables overflowing with almost full and hardly used ones!
Knowledge is power.(and it will save you some cash along the way)
If we have a health condition once it is diagnosed, we 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 we adopt the same method when it comes to our and hair? The more we understand about our skin and hair the more likely we will get an effective product match.
So Four things you should you know to save money when buying skin or hair products:
a. your skin type
b. your hair type (porosity)
c. product ingredients PRIOR to purchase.
d. composition of natural oils (which is present in many products in varying amounts) is also important
1. The five skin types:
1. Normal skin- is balanced (neither dry or oily).
2. Dry skin- does not produce or retain enough sebum (natural oil that the body produces). So, if your complexion is dull, or ashy or feels tight then you are likely to have this skin type.
3. Oily skin- produces too much sebum. This results in greasy skin, enlarged pores, tendency for acne and less wrinkles. In severe cases it can cause Seborrhea dermatitis
4. Combination Skin- is a mixture of dry and oily patches. Generally, the oiliest part would be your forehead and nose (T zone) but as with most things there are always exceptions to the rule!
5. Sensitive skin- If your skin reacts to environmental factors, emotional situations etc. that trigger proves that your skins’ natural barrier function is weak. The nerve endings will be irritated, and this will result in burning, skin blotches or itchiness
2. Hair type
Porosity refers to the way your hair (in this instance) absorbs and retains moisture. The porosity of our hair will
There are 3 levels of hair porosity high, normal or low.
3 levels of Hair Porosity.
1.High porosity hair.
Absorbs moisture quickly, but also loses it quickly!
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.
2.Low Porosity hair
Low porous 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. 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.
3. 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.
LET’S TAKE THE POROUS TEST.
1. Put a clean strand of hair in a clear glass of water and leave it for 4 minutes
2. If it floats on top (after 4 mins) you have low porosity hair
3. If it sinks to the bottom of the glass you have high porosity hair
4. If it floats to the middle of the glass you have normal porosity hair
Now you know your skin and hair type. In, our next article we will work out what ingredients in products will be helpful to you.
3. Product Ingredients.
When shopping do not solely base your purchase on the beauty of the image that is on the product, nor solely on the advice of store owner as at the end of the day they are business people, not unless you can trust their advice. Research the ingredients, if you hair is already dry why are you buying products with alcohol, in it for example?
4.Composition of Natural oils
If your preference is natural oil there is something you need to do in order to make a successful purchase.
A little bit of research. Yes, what is more important your time or your money?
Oleic fatty acid is the moisturising and absorbent ingredient in natural oils.
The higher the percentage of Oleic oil therefore the more moisturising & absorbing.your selection of oil will be.
Which is most moisturising out of these 9 popular natural oils?
Castor oil Oleic acid: 2 – 6%
Coconut oil Oleic oil 6.5%
Black seed oil Oleic acid (23.4%)
Jojoba oil Oleic acid 5 - 15%
Black seed oil Oleic acid (23.4%)
Argan Oil Oleic Acid 43-49.
Mango butter (from the seed) is 46% oleic acid
Shea oil Oleic acid 56%
Avocado oil Oleic acid 55.0 - 75.0 %
So Mango butter, Shea oil and Avocado oil are the most moisturising in the above list.
If you purchase a product with these ingredients then you are on the right road however,,,,,,,,,
It’s not what you do its the way that you do it!
In order to keep your hair nicely moisturized, once you have researched and bought a product in order to improve its effectiveness follow these tips.
I will use Monshea hair oil as an example,
1, Apply Monshea hair oil to your hair with conditioner, will soften your hair give it sheen and detangle it. Leave for about 10 mins and rinse.
- Let your hair air dry and if it is particularly thick or curly you may have to add a little bit more oil prior to styling.
3.Sleep on a silk or satin pillow or tie a scarf around it at night.
- Moisturise with Monshea hair oil as needed or just on your ends in between washes if you notice your hair is getting a bit dry.