Posted in Ingredients Dictionary

Acai

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A berry from palms from Brazil that is considered by some to be the most nutritious food from the Amazon, containing proteins, amino acids, and anti-oxidants. It is also promoted as an anti-aging product, so it appears in many skin care and hair care products

 

 

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Posted in Curl Tips, DIY Hair Moisturizers

Porosity 101

Hey Chicas! Here’s another natural hair lesson. I will be posting a few blogs about porosity.I used to think that as long as the product says “MOISTURIZING”, I should buy it. Turns out that’s not the case.Knowing about porosity will help you properly moisturize your hair and make better shopping practices regarding your natural hair. This summer, the sun is beaming with a vengeance here in Jamaica, and you know what that means, moisture loss. This means you’ll have to moisturize your hair to prevent dry hair.But by knowing your hair porosity, you will be able to know what will and will not work for yo hair.><

What is hair porosity?

Porosity is your hair’s ability to absorb and hold moisture. For the most part, hair porosity is genetic, however, external factors such as heat usage, climate etc. can alter your hair’s porosity.Hair porosity can be low, medium or high.

How to know what type of porosity you have

  1. Take the quiz at Shea Moisture.com.
  2. The Slip’n’Slide Test: Take a strand of hair and slide your fingers up the shaft (toward the scalp). If you feel little bumps along the way, this means that your cuticle is lifted and that you have high porosity. If your fingers slip smoothly, then you have low porosity hair.
  3. The Float Test: Take a couple of strands of hair from your comb or brush and drop them into a bowl of water. Let them sit for 2-4 minutes. If your hair floats, you have low porosity. If it sinks, you have high porosity.

I recommend doing these tests when your hair is clean and free of any product. When doing the float test, use room temperature water. Cold water closes hair cuticles and warm water opens them. Follow these tips to avoid misleading results.

Types of Hair Porosity

Forgive me for my preschool like drawing 😀

Low

Low porosityWith low porosity hair, the cuticle layer is tightly bound with overlapping scales that lay flat. It repels moisture when you try to wet it and is hard to process since it resists penetration of well, almost everything.Low porosity hair is also prone to build-up which can leave it feeling stiff and straw-like.

This hair type is extremely picky and protective of itself. It prefers moisturizers rich in emollients such as jojoba oil humectant products, which attract and hold moisture to your hair such as collagen. Choose lighter, liquid-based products such as hair milks that won’t sit on your hair and leave it oily or greasy.

Medium

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With medium porosity hair, the cuticles are half opened and half closed. They allow just the right amount of product into the hair,requires the least maintenance and can be styled with predictable results (lucky people). However it has its needs just like any hair.

Occasional deep conditioning treatments with protein conditioners can benefit medium porosity hair, but proteins should not be included in your daily regimen.

High 

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High porosity hair has cuticles that are very open. It can be caused from genetics or heat damage.It welcomes products very easily which can result in frizzy hair.Because highly porous hair can also lose moisture easily, it’s important to use leave-ins, conditioners, moisturizers and sealers. Layering these products will help your hair hold on to the moisture you’re giving it.A hair butter can be used to fill the gaps in the hair and prevent it from losing too much moisture.

Well, that’s it for today. For my next post, I’ll go more in depth about low porosity hair and how you can care for it. Ciao now!

Posted in DIY Hair Moisturizers, Hair Growth, Reviews

Blackstrap Molasses Deep Conditioning Treatment

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Sorry I’m late guys! For the last two weeks I was doing exams and for the weeks before that I was studying for them. But now, it’s summer!

Those exam preparations really took a toll on my hair. I was stressed, I wasn’t eating right and I had irregular sleeping patterns. I tried my best however to keep hydrated and drank as much water as I could. Also I only washed my hair once during that period and did a less than five minute conditioning treatment. I promised myself and my hair that I would treat it as soon as I got on break.

Below is a list of the ingredients I used and their purposes. Remember that this recipe is not limited to these ingredients. I just used whatever I could find in the kitchen that would help my hair. Use what you have and what works for you

1.Black strap Molasses

This dark, nutrient-dense natural sweetener  is a good source of minerals like magnesium, iron and calcium as well as copper and other trace nutrients. Though there isn’t a lot of scientific research on why molasses is so beneficial for hair, there are thousands of reviews stating that it keep grays at bay, makes hair strong like Iron man  (okay, maybe not that strong), gives hair shine etc.

2. Honey

Honey’s benefits for hair is more than likely not a new topic for you.If you have dry or damaged hair, honey can help. A natural humectant, honey attracts moisture. It’s also full of antioxidants and nutrients to feed hair follicles that house the live part of hair, encouraging hair growth. Honey is also an antibacterial and antiseptic hair softer that can help prevent shedding and scalp issues like psoriasis etc.

3.Soybean Oil

Soybean oil is a natural substance that has moisturizing and hydrating properties. It can be used in weekly hot oil treatments to add moisture to damaged or dry hair. The nutrients, such as carbohydrates, protein, manganese & vitamin K, and lipids in the oil helps it absorb better into the hair for treatments. There is a high vitamin E content in soybean oil so it will fight off free radicals while also being a helpful antioxidant for the scalp. This non-greasy oil is great for sealing your hair and ends and for usage as a base oil for essential oils. Soybean oil is great as a hot oil treatment, pre-poo , and adding to conditioners. Simply warm up 1/3 cup of soybean oil and apply to hair and scalp evenly. To use as an oil rinse, cover with a plastic cap, leave in for 30 min., and then rinse out with warm water.

4. Mayonnaise 

Soften straw hair and tame wild frizzy curls with mayonnaise! It seals moisture into dry hair cells, thereby hydrating hair and making it more manageable. The egg content and oils strengthen the hair shaft and gives it a glossy look. It also protects the hair from UV rays, the harmful effects of styling products as well as adding strength, structure and shine to hair. THAT’S A LOT OF STUFF!

If you want. you can add in other ingredients such as your conditioner or some other oils.

P.S.: I’M NOT A PROFESSIONAL. I’M JUST A TEENAGE GIRL WHO DID SOME RESEARCH TO HELP YOU AND MYSELF. DON’T USE THESE OR ANY ITEMS IF YOU HAVE HEALTH PROBLEMS SUCH AS ALLERGIES!

I applied this treatment to my entire head after shampooing. I recently bought a shampoo brush to make this process more effective. I applied it to tiny sections and put my hair in mini twists at the same time. I was unable to steam my hair afterwards because my mom immediately called me and said we’re going on a beach trip. I went on that trip with my molasses scented hair. My biggest concern was that flies would come after me. EEWW!

My results after washing it out was shiny, strong and bouncy hair. Sorry I don’t have any pics.

Anyways, thanks for reading. Share if you smiled at least once or if you found this helpful.