Porosity is the hair’s ability to absorb and retain moisture; it tells a story of how quickly or slowly moisture enters and leaves the hair’s strands. Understanding porosity can be immensely helpful in choosing hair care products &/or developing a regimen for achieving your best hair results ‡
Invest in your hair, you wear it every day.
You are under the spell of your natural hair when:
This vs That of Natural Hair Care ‡
Option A » Broccoli Seed oil, a pungent-smelling natural oil, touted as nature’s silicone.
A slick and large-molecule oil, Broccoli seed oil is ideal for medium to thick strands (a little goes a long way). A natural oil which possess a noticeable and pungent smell, Broccoli seed oil has been largely ignored for at-home use on its own but can now be found in many leave-in conditioners due to its ability to add shine and fight frizz. It also performs as an effective sealant – similar to man-made silicones – but one that doesn’t require a harsh sulfate shampoo to remove from it the hair.
I have not used a ‘rinse-out’ conditioner for ages, nor have I used a dedicated product for de-tangling my curly-kinky hair. I’ve thought about why this is and have come to a few conclusions based on my own experiences. Read on.
Week ending Mar 12 ‡
product line-up for a quickie wash
L-R: Kinky Curly Come Clean, Jane Carter Condition & Sculpt, Jane Carter Incredible Curls, Broccoli Seed Oil
HERO #2: The Refrigerator ‡
Or rather, the inside of one. The inside of your refrigerator is where some of your hair care products should live. Store leave-in conditioners and apply them cold to your hair in order to add and seal moisture; some food grade, unrefined oils are best stored in the refrigerator so as to prolong life as well as bolster the sealing process . Lastly, keep your spray bottle in the trusty refrigerator and spritz cool water as part of your hair care regimen.
A TECHNIQUE RECIPE
‡ Wash & Go Lite
A pared-down version of the wash & go technique, the Wash & Go Lite is used to revive dry curls (mostly mid-week). This process usually takes place outside the shower, is considered an interim solution to regularly scheduled wash day pampering and may not prolong moisture for more than a few more days.
‡ The Halo Effect
Halo frizz is cute. So say some of us curly-haired girls. It’s well-documented that we have fought the halo, utilising everything in Curly Hair Land to fix it….but nothing has really worked, has it?
Products are temporary fixes, we know that now. We also know that genetics, hair damage and mother nature are formidable opponents. The solution? We get to say ‘halo frizz is cute’. So there.
Week ending Feb 28 ‡
2 Stylers play together:
♣ Jane Carter Incredible Curls
♣ Kinky Curly Curling Custard
L-R: Soutannicals Knot Sauce, Life-flo Pure Shea Nut Oil, Jane Carter Incredible Curls, Kinky Curly Come Clean, Kinky Curly Curling Custard
‡ Keep Calm & Buy 2 Each
Buy two of everything. Well, not everything….but definitely the faves you’re convinced make your curls rock. Do you want to be standing under the shower when you realise that your favourite wide-tooth comb is still tucked away in your travel case? God forbid you should forget your favourite leave-in condish behind in a hotel’s bathroom on your last trip away. It happens.
Inoculate yourself by buying two of those items you deem important for the survival of your naturally curly hair. Am I sounding a little extreme? If you think so, then you have yet to experience that lightning bolt of panic that runs through your body when you realise – way too late – that you are missing a product or tool needed to complete your wash day pampering.
Ah, curly hair logic.