3 Keys to Healthy Hair by Sophia Murphy
The 3 keys to healthy hair you need to know about!
By Sophia Murphy (Co-Founder- Roots to Curls)
As the co-owner of Roots to Curls, I have my share of experience with natural hair-care and hair-care products. But as a self-proclaimed product junkie, I know about the eternal struggle for that “holy grail” product that will make your curls pop, your hair manageable, and your life easier. But here’s a tip; no two heads of hair are the same. What works for me, might not work for you; what works for you, might not work for your daughter. We all want to find that one product that will do it all, and have a great hair-care regimen that’s a snap. While recommendations are great, you have to discover what works for you through good old trial and error.
But did you know, great hair-care is more than just the products you use? It’s about knowing your hair and understanding what it needs. Factors such as hair porosity, density, and texture are really the cornerstones of achieving healthy hair. Variations in these factors, are the real reason why products work differently on everyone. Understanding these essential factors will get you closer to that healthy, manageable hair you desire.
Porosity – is the hair’s ability to absorb and hold moisture. There are 3 porosity types; high, low or normal. Knowing your hair’s porosity will help you develop an appropriate routine and choose products to keep your hair moisturized and strong.
- With high porosity hair, the cuticles (or outer layer of the hair shaft) are open and thus extremely porous, so it is easy for the hair to absorb moisture but it is also easy for the hair to lose it. This hair type often dries very quickly. It’s best not to use heat on this hair type as it can cause further damage.
- In the case of low porosity hair, the cuticle is tightly closed. It is harder for the hair to absorb moisture, but once it’s in, it’s in. This hair type, takes a long time to dry. The best way to open the cuticles, is to use warm water rinses and a form of heat during your deep conditioning treatment (i.e., body heat, steamer, etc.)
- Finally, with normal porosity hair the cuticles are slightly raised and therefore better able to absorb and retain moisture.
Density – is the number of hairs per square inch on your head. Hair density is measured as low, high, or medium. Knowing your hair’s density will help you to choose products and styles better suited to the volume of your hair.
- Low density hair types, may want to opt for styles that give them more volume and products that don’t weigh the hair down.
- Those with high density hair, can opt for heavier creams and butters or gels to keep curls together and manage volume.
- Those with medium density can experiment with either of the options above.
Texture – is the diameter (thickness) of each individual strand. There are 3 basic hair textures; fine, coarse, and medium. Knowing your hair’s texture will help you to better maintain its health and length.
- Fine hair is fragile and prone to breakage and tangles. Handle this hair type with extreme care to avoid damage. Use shampoos and conditioners with lots of slip and make use of protective styles.
- Coarse hair on the other hand, is strong and elastic. This hair type is more resistant to breakage and chemical treatments (i.e., hair colouring). It can also tolerate heat fairly well.
- Medium hair is more resistant to breakage and heat than fragile hair. It lends itself well to a variety of hair styles.
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