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UNDERSTANDING YOUR HAIR TYPE, POSOSITY AND DENSITY

Before going ahead with anything, let’s learn about our hair type. The real beauty of identifying your hair type is that you’re better at understanding how to care for your texture so you can have more versatility.

A simple breakdown: Type 1s are straight, Type 2s are wavy, Type 3s are curly, and Type 4s are coily. Easy, right?

I have type 4c on the centre of my hair, type 4a on the sides and back, closest to my neck and I have 4b everywhere else. So it’s always harder for me to find the correct products for my hair.

What I find works best for me and my hair is the LOC (Liquid, Oil, Cream)method and I can never go wrong with it.

Let’s talk hair density.

Do you know what your hair density is? Your hair density is the number of strands growing out of each square inch of your scalp. The other way to measure your hair density is to examine the scalp. If you pull your hair to the side and the scalp is very visible, chances are you have low-density hair and if your scalp shows a thin line then you have high-density hair and if it’s somewhere in between then you have medium-density hair.

I think the best way to describe hair density is that you either have thin hair, thick hair or medium hair.

HAIR POSOSITY

Do you know what your hair porosity is? Essentially, hair porosity is about your hair’s ability to absorb and retain moisture.

How do you know the porosity of natural hair? Take some strands of hair from your brush or comb (be sure to use clean hair as products can alter the results) and drop them into a glass of water. Let them sit for a few minutes, and if the strands float after the time is up, you likely have low-porosity hair. If it sinks, the hair is likely to be high porosity and if it floats in the centre, you may have medium or normal porosity.

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