I have wanted to do a post like this for the longest time and a conversation on Twitter presented me with the perfect person. The feedback from the Guy’s Guide To Natural Hair Care For Men post also spurred me to post this. So if you are/know a guy struggling with growing/maintaining a beard or just generally feel like feeding your eyes, read till the end.
When I started my natural hair journey, porosity was one of the first things I stumbled upon then shelved away thinking it was not-so-important. I was re-introduced to it at NaijaHairCanGrow’s 2014 Salon Day Out and it made a big difference in the way I cared for my hair after. If you’re struggling with dry hair or wondering why your hair doesn’t retain moisture, you’ll want to stick around and get to the end of this post.
What Is Hair Porosity?
Hair porosity is the ability of your hair to absorb and retain moisture. It is affected by different factors – genetics, use of products and chemicals and heat. Knowing your hair porosity and the right products/techniques to complement it would keep your hair well-moisturized and strong. Let’s imagine that hair with ideal porosity is like a foam sponge. When you pour water on it, it retains that water except it is squeezed out or kept under heat for the water to evaporate. Unfortunately, I don’t have ideal porosity, I know a couple of ladies that don’t either but we’ve managed to keep our hair healthy and in top shape, you can too.
How Do I Know My Hair Porosity?
The easiest and quickest way to determine your Hair Porosity at home is to do the float test which I call the strand-in-water test (I totally just made that name up).
What You’ll Need
- A clear glass cup or bowl
- Strand of hair
- Fill the clear glass cup/bowl with lukewarm water
- Place a strand of clean hair in it
High Porosity – Hair sinks quickly
Normal Porosity – Hair sinks slowly
Low Porosity – Hair doesn’t sink at all
What Does This Have To Do With My Products and Regimen?
Yes your hair dries out fast and it’s probably not because you don’t moisturize properly. Simply put, your hair has “holes” that allows moisture seep out easily. You’ll want to up your protein treatments to help “fill” the holes in your hair but don’t go overboard with it. Always have your spray bottle handy, you’ll have to moisturize regularly and increase your moisturizing deep conditioning treatments.
This is the preferred type of porosity. It means your hair absorbs products and holds moisture just as well. However, with excessive use of hot styling tools and harsh chemicals, your porosity can change. It’s important to keep to a good hair care regimen and stay away from the bad guys.
Your hair needs a bit of help to keep moisture locked in, you’ll want to use products that contain humectants that help draw moisture into your hair like and use heat for your moisturizing and deep conditioning treatment to help the products penetrate your strands.
Do you know your hair porosity? Has it affected the way you care for your hair?
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It’s funny how I’ve lived in Lagos all twenty-something years of my life and there is so much I’m yet to discover about this state. A trip to Epe Mangroves with Cassie opened my eyes to the divide between living in Urban and Rural Lagos, it’s almost like you’re transported to a different state entirely. We planned this trip at different times with different groups of people but eventually ended up going on our own.
Half of my Instagram DMs are questions from men trying to figure out how to care better for their budding Afro and sometimes I feel inadequate proffering advice on issues I have zero to little knowledge on concerning hair care for men. I got my friend who has had natural hair for as long as I’ve known him, visits a salon more than I do and generally does a good job of taking care of it to answer some questions. If you have more questions, kindly send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and this post would be updated with answers to it.
Rose Water has easily become a staple in my skincare regimen alongside Rosehip oil. When I got this one by Desire Natural Luxury; a made in Nigeria brand that specializes in organic hair and skincare, I was quite excited to try it out because I barely had five pumps left from my old Rosewater. The most shocking thing about this product is it’s price, my old bottle of Rosewater cost me twice the price of this one from Desire Natural Luxury and this one works just as well.
Happy New Year !!!
If you read my 2017 Review post, you would know that I had a pretty good year and I have so many expectations for 2018, the only way from here on is up! I sat to write my regular New Year’s resolution for 2018 that featured appearances from my favorites; lose weight, save more, e.t.c. After thinking for a while, I was able to narrow my list to these unconventional goals excluding my main goals and decided to share. Continue reading “Hello 2018 | 5 Unconventional New Year Resolutions”
At the beginning of 2017, I mentioned that I would be doing little to no blogging on certain months because I had a ton of exams to write throughout the year. Sometimes it was frustrating because other aspect of my life suffered – business, relationships and friendships but it was worth it in the end because I passed all my exams and bagged my first license to practice this December. I’ll be sharing the highlights of my months this year and the not-so-good moments too. You can share a bit of yours in the comment section all the way down below, I would love to read. Continue reading “Review: 2017”
During the October Independence long weekend holiday, I dragged my friend along on a road trip from Lagos to Ekiti State. The journey was unexpectedly long and tiring, we even considered going back to Lagos halfway through the journey. At a point, I got scared and had to call fellow blogger Tosinto find out if she had the same experience on her frequent trips to the area. I’ve tried to do a brief breakdown in case you ever want to visit the area, I also listed all the places we visited and put the info of our helpful cab driver; Mr Deji who took us round the town. Continue reading “48 Hours In Ado-Ekiti, Nigeria”