Updated: Jul 28, 2021
This post was updated in August 2021 with All Natural Hair Care options
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A lot has changed since I wrote this post back in 2017 and as such it's time for a bit of an update. I’ll keep all the new information in italics, as you can see. When I started this blog it was so important that I educate my readers and as I learned more and more I feel obligated to share.
Hair products that are targeted to women of color have considerably higher levels of toxins and chemicals that have been known to cause adverse effects to us. Products include DMDM which releases formaldehyde and causes cancer. As you may know, black women have the highest rate of breast cancer with a high mortality rate and I have been learning to take care of myself better due to health reasons. I have done a lot of work to eliminate toxins where I can, especially in my beauty and hair care products.
I did a lot of experimentation and curated my own toxin-free, ayurvedic hair care line. When you jump in, I’ll highlight these alternative toxin-free options below each of the sections that we will explore. Let's dive in.
Hi there, I've been thinking a lot about simplifying a lot of my regimens and creating something that I understand and also works for me. The goal of this post is for you to come away with just enough information to create a hair regimen that will work for your type of hair. We will build a regimen that considers the type of hair porosity we have.
Have you found yourself using products that everyone else swears by, you are mixing up eggs/ honey everything in your pantry and not having the results that you have heard works. Or even wondered if you should use Apple cider Vinegar Rinse Or Baking Soda since simple chemistry lets you understand that one is an acid and the other is a base, so which should you use?
You can own the most expensive or popular products or even DIY your products and not get the results you are looking for because of your hair's unique ability to absorb or not absorb products.
By the end of this series you should have a proven understanding of what you should consider adding or eliminating from your hair routine and if you just need to start from scratch, keep reading :)
The regimen you will develop will include Pre-poo, Detangling, Shampoo, Conditioners, Leave-in, and Treatment suggestions.
This post will NOT do two things.
1. It will not give you too much information that you are overwhelmed and give up
2. It will not make the process more complex than it needs to be.
Disclaimer: I have to confess that I’m not very particular about hair. I’m not in a natural hair tribe, I’m not a hair guru, I wear wigs, weaves, color my hair, and will pretty much do as I please with my hair. I’m not stuck on fitting into any particular mold. I believe we should not be restricted by our hair and it should be a complicated issue. It’s something we can bond over but should not divide us ( okay enough with my tangent lol).
So you may wonder, then “why are you talking about hair regimen/ routine?” Well,, it’s because I noticed myself getting overwhelmed by the information out there and I worked to figure out what works for me, I don’t like to do things that take too long, I don’t want a bunch of hair products that I won’t use…I’m trying to declutter my life, minimize and simplify as many things as I can and I thoroughly enjoy having healthy hair, no matter what I chose to do with it.
My goal is for you to come away with a hair regimen tailored to your understanding of your hair, specifically your HAIR POROSITY. If you are doing something that is working for you, by no means should you feel pressured to change, however,, if you would like to change things up or confirm that you are on the right track, then keep reading
I have read many articles as I’m sure you have and decided that building my hair around its porosity was the best strategy for me
I will show you how to do so quite easily by following the steps below. If you know your hair porosity already, feel free to skip along to the section that addresses your hair type.
Identify your Hair Porosity.
Hair Porosity test
There are many ways to test for your hair porosity but my favorite is the Float test.
You will need to take a couple of strands of your clean hair ( no products) and drop it in a glass of filtered (or bottled) water.
Allow hair to seat in the glass for 3-4 minutes
Observe whether the hair is floating, in the middle, or sank to the bottom at the end of your science experiment.
Congratulations, you have completed the first step to getting some next-level information on how your hair reacts to moisture. Have a question about this part? Click that yellow button below and let’s chat.
So you have completed your hair porosity test, now what? Check the chart below to see what category it falls into.
Scroll down for the Epic Guide to Building a Hair regimen for Low Porosity hair
Medium porosity hair is the ideal place to be. ( I will not dive deeply into this but give some general guidelines)
Scroll down for the Epic guide to building a hair regimen for High Porosity hair
HIGH POROSITY HAIR
The epic guide to building a hair regimen for your high porosity hair
The epic guide to building a hair regimen for your high porosity hair
If you noticed that the hair sinks to the bottom almost immediately, then you most likely have high porosity hair. High porosity hair absorbs moisture and releases moisture just as quickly.
* I have this type of hair. I quickly recognized this, when I read the characteristics. I don't own a hairdryer because my hair can dry just from towel drying and/or leaving it out for 10-15 minutes.*
Qualities of High porosity hair
Hair dries very quickly after wash
Gets wet very quickly in humid weather
Hair is frizzy
Cuticles are very open
Acts like a Sponge
Maybe more fragile and Thin*
When detangling high porosity hair, you must be very careful. You must adjust to your hair and see what works for your hair. Here are a few suggestions
Seamless wide-tooth comb detangling ( you want to detangle your hair strands from the bottom up)
Wet detangling with conditioner/ Pre-poo treatment
Pre-poo is important for High porosity hair. It will aid against shampoo’s tendency to strip hair of natural oils and it also acts as a barrier and prevents hair from absorbing too much water
Pre-poo treatments choices
All-Natural Ayurvedic Product Recommendation
-Section your hair into 4 more parts depending on the thickness of your hair and saturate your hair strands with a dropper full of the potent oil. Cover your hair with a plastic cap and let it sit on your hair for up to 30 minutes. You may also sit under a warm dryer.
– Frequency- 1 time every two weeks
High porosity hair needs sulfate-free shampoo whenever you choose to shampoo your hair.
Use Sulfate free moisturizing shampoo NOT a clarifying shampoo like TGIN Sulfate Free Moisturizing Shampoo
It's important to know that many products on the market contain DMDM which is a preservative that is known to release formaldehyde. For context, Formaldehyde is a chemical used for preserving the deceased. This chemical is known to cause cancer.
High Porosity hair also thrives when a co-wash is used. It is not advisable to use a regular conditioner for co-washing, because it does not contain any cleansers. Should a specially formulated C0 wash product that has a gentle cleanser, like the Marshmallow and Berries Sud- Free Co-wash cleanser
Consider an All Natural Ayurvedic Product Recommendation
Moisturizing conditioners like the Aphogee moisturizing conditioner
Amino acid-infused conditioners
A deep conditioner with a combination of conditioning agents, butter, and oils is essential for true moisturization. It’s important to note that you may seek alternate strengthening and conditioning herbs to add to your current favorite conditioner.