so i know how hard it can be when you are first starting off trying to let out your natural texture, this article should at least help you get started.

Hair Type

there are four different things you should know when it comes to hair type that can make choosing products for your hair easier.

  • texture
  • porosity
  • density
  • thickness

texture

texture is determined by how curly your hair is, the chart below should help you figure out at least if you have type two, type three or type four hair

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porosity

next is porosity. porosity is how open the cuticles of your hair are and how easily they allow moisture to seep in. porosity is a bit harder to determine however there are ways to find out. a common and simple method is the cup test, the cup test is where you get a glass of water and a strand of your hair, place the hair in the water and see where it is after 2-4 minutes. if it floats it's low porosity, if it sinks to about the middle it's medium porosity, and it it sinks to the bottom it is high porosity. this isn't a precise determination however it will give you an idea of where you lie

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now that you found out what you have, let's find out how to take care of your hair.

low porosity hair means the cuticles are very closed and tight meaning moisture is very hard to get in, deep conditioning is very good for your hair but make sure to wear a heat cap because that will open up the cuticles letting the moisture in. lighter products are also good for your hair because they are more likely to seep in rather than thick products, lastly you should make sure to get rid of any product buildup on your hair once a month since a lot of the product will just sit on your hair instead of absorbing, an easy way to do that is just warm water mixed with some baking soda.

high porosity hair means the cuticles are very open and this normally happens through either heat or chemical damage. egg washes once a month are great for high porosity hair because the protein eggs contain helps restore any damaged cuticles. thicker products containing things such as aloe vera and coconut oil work great on high porosity hair since they are more thicker ingredients, i really suggest Maui Moisture's products if you have high porosity hair. lastly, deep conditioning treatments are really good for your hair since they help repair any damaged cuticles, doing this once a week can really help.

density and thickness

density and thickness are probably the easiest things to figure out which is why i have them put together. first lets find out thickness, all you need to do is take a single trand of your hair and roll it around between your fingers, if you can't feel it at all you have fine hair, if you can feel a thin piece of hair then you have medium hair, and if you can always feel a thick durable strand then you have thick hair.

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see, easy. now onto density, all yu have to do is grab your phone or a mirror and look to see if your scalp is visable without moving it. if you can't see it at all even with parting you have thick density, if you can see it with some slight parting you have medium density and if you can see your scalp with zero help at all you have thin density

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thanks

thank you for taking the time to read this, i hope i helped you in some way and made your curly hair journy at least a little easier. i hope to make some more articles on curly hair soon.