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Product Free Hair

Hey Maicurlies,

In my last post “What I looked at to identify the structure of my hair” I wrote about what I used to help better understand what my hair likes/dislikes and how I got a request to show what my hair looks like product free after washing it. 

I made a video starting off with wet freshly washed hair (my “wet cat” look), let it air dry for 2.5 hours (product free) and then at the end re-wet my hair, moisturized with my leave-in and sealed with my mixed sealing oil and a tiny dab of butter. I have attached the video below:

I have a few photos below showing the difference of my hair when it is (1) wet, (2) dry without products and (3) then dry and moisturized with products. Look at how different my hair looks when it is wet and dry. The volume difference in my opinion is like day and night! 

Wet product free, dry  product free, dry  moisturized

                                                       Wet product free, dry product free, dry moisturized

Wet product free, dry  product free, dry  moisturized

                                                       Wet product free, dry product free, dry moisturized

Wet product free, dry  product free, dry  moisturized

                                                Wet product free, dry product free, dry moisturized

Does your hair look/feel different when wet versus dry? I would love to hear from you!

Thanks

Maicurls

Maicurls

What I looked at to identify the structure of my hair

Hey Maicurlies,

One thing us naturals can agree on is (our hair needs moisture scratch that) OUR HAIR THRIVES ON MOISTURE. If you are able to get moisture to penetrate the cuticle of your hair, reach the core and (fingers crossed) retain the moisture then chances are your hair will be a happy camper.

I was recently asked to make a video showing what my hair looks like when it is product free after being freshly washed. The lovely lady who requested the video stated she was having issues with her hair and wanted to see what my hair looked like. I will have that video up soon.

Product Free Hair

                      Product Free Hair

First I want to point out I am not a hair expert nor am I professional I am however aware of what my hair likes/doesn’t like and can pretty much tell by the ingredients in a product if my hair will respond positively or negatively to it (most of the time not always).

Our ability to grow healthy hair has to do with knowing how our hair is structured such its porosity & width but also the ingredients in the products we use. Some of you might already be aware of this however, if you are newly natural or unsure then I hope this post will be helpful 🙂

I’ve previously mentioned that I wrote about porosity and hair width for Global Couture and have linked the two articles below: 

How to Find the RIGHT Products for Your hair (Part 1: Porosity)

How to determine the right products for your hair (Part 2: Hair Width)

I was able to identify that I have medium/high porosity with it leaning more towards high porosity and fine hair strands. If you are unsure of how to do the tests to determine your porosity and width there are simple testes you can do at home which you can read about here

Porosity – How your cuticle is laid. There are 3 main categorizes:

Hair porosity by Maicurls

  • Low Porosity – difficult to absorb moisture due to closed cuticle but once moisture is in the core it is well retained.
  • Medium Porosity – easy to absorb and retain moisture due to optimum laid cuticles (lucky people!)
  • High Porosity – easy to absorb moisture but also to lose it due to highly raised cuticles.

My Hair Porosity

I could not only tell from the results of the porosity test but also because of how quickly my hair absorbs anything I apply and how quickly it can become dry if I do not seal my hair properly. Moisturizing and sealing my hair during the week is necessary if I want it to remain moisturized and avoid breakage. After doing a deep condition I will dilute ACV & water run that over my hair and then do a final rinse with cool water (not always pleasant) but necessary.

In the past I have only ever used oils after moisturizing because I did not have access to butters however all that has changed now. 🙂 With that said, I also have to be careful of how I use my products and how much I use. If I am not careful I can weigh down my curls due to the fact that I have fine hair strands (will be covered below). 

It is all about layering products for me so I moisturize (water + leave-in) and the seal (oil and/or butter). 

Hair width – Identifying you hair’s width allows you to not only determine which products to use but can also help you with length retention and healthy hair growth. Hair width means finding out how thick or thin your individual hair strand is.  There are 3 main categories of hair width:

Hair Width Examples by Maicurls

  • Fine – The hair strands are thin and can be weighed down if a lot of heavy or thick products/ingredients are overly used. The hair is fragile and extremely susceptible to breakage if it is not handled with a gentle hand and care.
  • Medium – The hair is neither thick nor thin and is able to handle both heavier and lighter products/ingredients but should still be used in moderation.
  • Coarse -The hair strands are thick and might require you to “work in” products/ingredients in order for them to be dissipate in the hair. It is said to be “strong” but still requires a gentle hand when manipulating it in order to retain and grow your hair

My hair Width

As mentioned I have fine hair and yes a little too much of ANYTHING can weigh down my hair. I like to refer to it as “mousy” (when my hair is damp/wet). I literally look like a wet cat  and detest going out like that! So even “good ingredients” such as creams or butters can really make my hair look lifeless, flat and greasy. 

While I need to follow the steps of moisturize and seal, in the back of my mind I always have to remember too much of a good thing can be bad. This also applies for styling products.

When it comes to handling my hair I have to be extremely careful. Rushing through detangling is just screaming for breakage which, I have done more than I’d like to admit. So I also look to strengthen and thicken my hair with the help of my Henna treatments

How do you take care of your hair based on your porosity and hair width? I would love to hear from you.

Thanks

Maicurls

Maicurls

 

Porosity & Hair Width Tests

The tests below are not an exact science but can help give you an idea of your porosity and hair width in order to better understand how to care for your hair.

Porosity Test

photo credit: by claire via photopin cc

photo credit: by claire via photopin cc

Drop a strand of freshly washed (product free) shed hair in a glass of lukewarm water. After 2 minutes check to see if it is still floating towards the top of the water, hovering in the middle or sank to the bottom of the glass. If it:

  • Floats = Low Porosity
  • Hovers = Medium Porosity
  • Sinks = High Porosity 

Hair Width Test

photo credit: funadium via photopin cc

              photo credit: funadium via photopin cc

Take a piece of shed hair and compare it to a piece of tread for a thickness comparison. If your hair is:

  • Thinner = Fine 
  • Equal = Medium
  • Thicker = Coarse

For more details on what your results can indicate please read here.

Maicurls

Maicurls