Hie again my lovies x
I have been promising hair posts for the longest time and well finally here is the first of many 😆❤️
If you do not have natural hair yet then what is your plan? High key feel like being a naturalist is key ya know? I had my big chop in 2015 January. Before that I had been procrastinating for the longest because I felt I was not yet ready for that life loll. Thankful to my mom for just deciding to cut off my relaxed hair despite what I wanted at that time.
I have had so many people ask about my hair and how I take care of it so, I decided to share my hair tips/struggles/advice with you guys 🙂 I feel there is so much to learn about our crowns. Basics first:
Determining your hair type is KEY to finding the right products and hairstyles for your natural hair. There are 3 hair types of which each compose of 3 specific sub-types
Type 2 Wavy Hair. 2A. 2B. 2C.
Type 3 Curly Hair. 3A. 3B. 3C.
Type 4 Coily Hair. 4A. 4B. 4C
I think most people including myself fall into the type 4 hair type because our hair is so coily and tangles naturally. The tight coils of type 4 hair can either have an “S” or a “Z” curl pattern. “S” curls are identified as type 4A whereas “Z” curls are called type 4B and 4C. If your hair is more fluffy than curly, you probably have type 4c.
I recently discovered I have a mixture of 4b/c hair lol after spending the longest time thinking I had 4c. Sigh*
Unless I’m having my mask month (Applying masks every week for the whole month), I wash my hair once every fortnight. I stopped using shampoo on my hair for a while because most brands dried and broke my hair, especially when I had dyed it. I do not comb as well. Finger detangling is key for me tbh.
Masks are what have been working for me and I decided to share my favorite with you.
Banana Hair Mask (For hydration & growth)
Depending on your hair volume, you will need:
- 3 bananas
- 2 table sp olive oil
- 2 tsp Apple Cider*
- 2 table sp so castor oil
- 2 table sp coconut oil
- 1 table sp honey
Blend for about 35-40 seconds and apply the mixture, from your scalp to your tips. I usually just tie my hair up in bun after applying the mask and wear a shower cap for 30-35 minutes.
Wash with a shampoo and a conditioner. After I wash my hair I always plait it into knots to dry & stretch it out. Heat is really bad for natural hair and if you let your hair dry w/out plaiting it out or something it shrinks. And we all know shrinkage is nooo joke 😩💔
These are the products I’ve been using of late but I’m no longer in Botswana and these are not easy/affordable to get here. I’m trying out a new range by: Velveteen You and I will definitely update you on how that goes.
My 25/8 go to Conditioner!
What is hair porosity?
Hair porosity is how well your hair is able to retain moisture or stay hydated. low porosity means your cuticles are a little tight and pretty resistant to receiving & retaining water and moisture. High porosity means your hair is amazing at retaining moisture
> POROSITY TEST
- Fill a glass or bowl with room temperature water.
- Take a couple strands of your clean hair (with no moisturizer/ leave in conditioner) and put them in the water. Clean hair is important. If you have oils or products on your hair, it will obviously alter the results .
- Watch it for 2-5 minutes. If your hair sinks immediately, it has high porosity.
My fave hair tips:
- Identyfying your hairtype is key and will help you in so many ways
- Keep your hair hydrated all the time
- Finger detangle using (1part conditioner + 2/3 water )
- Dont keep hair styles for too long
- Do hot oil treatments often x
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