Monday, July 14, 2014

Darrius Peace Answers Natural Hair Problems with New Video Series


Summertime is in full effect and with the heat comes an entire set of problems when trying to manage natural hair. Transitioning and seasoned naturals' frequently asked questions are discussed in a bi-weekly video series starring the comedic, yet knowledgeable advice of stylist and author of the "My Hair Ain't Nappy" series Darrius Peace.
"I want women to showcase their natural hair in the most beautiful way so other women who are considering transitioning could feel comfortable making the decision" says Peace. "I also want to diminish the stereotypes and stigmas associated with natural hair looking unkept, unruly, and unpolished." he continued. In the first episode, Peace tackles the number one question by providing tips on how to avoid hair loss and retain moisture.
Throughout the series, Peace will focus on techniques that will help all naturals feel comfortable with managing and maintaining tresses throughout the season. The videos will focus on day-to-day questions that the natural hair wearer encounters including: How to protect your scalp and avoid hair loss in summer time? How to get lasting curls? What are the top hair product needed without breaking the bank? Is there a way to determine ones own hair texture? How do I make my curls curly and big?
The series launched last Thursday, July 10th on the Love Publicity Youtube channel.  See more tips by Darrius Peace by visiting him on Myhairaintnappy.comFacebookInstagram, and Twitter



Thursday, July 10, 2014

The Shrinkage Games

By Lisa Clay

When you make the decision to go natural, there are a few things you must keep in mind. One of the primary — and constant — battles is the one between curls and length. Although we all love our curls unconditionally, there is nothing wrong with wanting to get the most out of them. While there may be a million products on the market that claim to elongate your curls, the right product can help you retain length when styling. It doesn't matter if you’re a twist-out queen or a wash-n-go kind of girl, here are some great products to try next time you’re looking to show some length.


Jane Carter Solution Curl Defining Cream – 6 oz., $18.00
This great multi-purpose product can be used to give ultimate curl definition for wash-n-go styling or twist/braid outs. When used on wet hair, shingling (raking the product through small sections) can help elongate your curls while imparting shine and softness to the finished dry style.  





Shea Moisture Organic Coconut & Hibiscus Curl Enhancing Smoothie – 12 ounces, $9.99 
This highly regarded styling aid is both affordable and widely available. With the Curl Enhancing Smoothie, a little goes a long way when it comes to preparing your twists or braids. A small amount per section will help with reducing frizz and increase hold to create a more defined style. Available at local retailers.





Qhemet Biologics Aethiopika Hydrate & Twist Butter – 5 oz., $14.00
Qhemet has a cult following and this is one of those products with the most praise. The combination of amazing ingredients includes yummy butters, oils, and a bit of plant wax gives great definition to curls while helping retain their length. This product doesn't contain water, so try it on damp or dry hair for best results. 



Obia Natural Haircare Curl Moisture Cream – 4 oz., $10.00 
One of the best new products on the market, the Curl Moisture Cream is fantastic for setting styles such as twists, braids, and bantu knots. It doesn't matter whether you use it on wet or dry hair, the results will be lush curls with a soft hold.  


b.a.s.k. Palm Tapioca Deluxe Hair Cream – 8 ounces, $16.00 
The Palm Tapioca cream is thick, creamy, and excellent for those looking to stretch their curls. The ingredients are made to envelop and condition the hair during the styling process, and can be easily used on wet or dry hair.

The wonderful thing about natural hair is that it’s versatile. Whether you’re one to embrace your curls or want to stretch them out, there’s a product and styling technique out there for you. If you’re looking for more of a stretched style, try working with drier hair. When your hair is wet, it has the tendency to shrink, so you’ll have a tighter, more defined curl pattern. Working with dry hair will allow you retain more of the length, and usually makes for softer, fluffy styles. 

When you want to rock a more loose or more full twist or braid out, opt for fewer twists or braids. More twists equals more definition which can make your curls appear shorter. And speaking of braid-outs, for some, this style may also help with elongating your curls. The process of the three strands crossing in a downward motion can help to stretch your natural curl pattern.  These are just a few tips and techniques that can help you achieve a more stretched style. Don’t be afraid to experiment to see what works best for your curls! Who’s ready to play the shrinkage game now?


Lisa Michelle Clay is the owner/creator of the natural hair blog, This Hair of Mine. She shares personal information about her natural hair journey and seeking to inspire, encourage and motivate those who are natural or considering going natural.
She can reached via Twitter @bighairbrwn via Facebook This Hair of Mine.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

The Power of Beauty

By Brooke Brunson



                            The Power of Beauty
                                 

Nowadays, it seems as if people rather buy looks,
Then educate themselves with books,
Or even acknowledge,
Their own self worth,
Leaving behind a shallow soul,
 Which makes inner beauty seem almost obsolete. 
And in so reinforces the message that,
Looks will take you far,
Questioning if your own beauty,
Looks even good enough to compete.

Girls not even young enough to vote,
Asking their parents for breast implants,
While others slip through the cracks,
And succumb to the deadly desire to be thin,
While withering away,
Like a brittle frame of bones and skin,
But what about those who hate the complexion of their skin,
So much that they rather buy over the counter creams,
Just to bleach their skin.

Hmm…oh what a wonderful world we live in,
That twists the sick standard of perfection,
Into an illusion that looks better face-to-face,
More like a plastic doll,
Than a human face,
So you rather me lay my life on the line
Just to look like the people I see today.
Is the price of beauty that high?
Are you insane?

Throughout time,
I have realized
That the power of beauty,
Can be an ugly thing.
It can either make you happy,
Or make you miserable for the rest of your days.
And even if you try,
To alter your face,
Or make yourself believe that looks will never fade,
Know that, as you get older,
Things will change.
And the looks you once praised,
Will never be the same.





A freelance writer and blogger Brooke Brunson is also a contributing writer for The Black View. She has also contributed some of her work to various magazines and blogs in New York and her hometown Philadelphia. For more info you can check her out on her blog at www.brookebrunson.wordpress.com. Also follow her on Twitter @Brookepoets

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Hair on Vacation

By Heather Katsonya-Woodward




Your ticket is booked and your bags are packed, but how will you care for your hair while on vacation? You'll have to do some pre-planning and Heather Katsonya-Woodward of Neno Natural has a few considerations for a pretty girl with coily curls:

      
      1. Convenience. Do you want to have a break from hair management too?
      2. Weather. What will the weather be like?
      3. Activities. Will you be swimming and therefore immersing your hair in salty or 
                chlorinated water regularly?
      4. Products. How much and what should you take?!

Convenience
Generally, when I go on vacation, I also want to have a break from managing my hair. I try to arrange a completely protective, low manipulation hairstyle before I go. I prefer braids, but if you like sewn-in weaves, they are great too. 
For my next vacation, I'm considering wearing a wig. I'm about to purchase a very authentic looking natural hair weave. This is a great money saver; I can cornrow my own hair for wearing the wig so I don't need to "waste" cash on a stylist.

Weather
It's not just the cold that hair doesn't “like," it's any extreme temperatures. If you're going somewhere very hot and dry, you will find that your hair will dry out before midday — even after a good moisturizing session.
A wash-and-go style can become very hard and crunchy in hot weather. I also find shrinkage to be worse when it’s very hot than when the temperature is mild.
If you're going on a skiing holiday, the extreme cold could lead to brittle dryness. Hats, tucked-in hair styles, updos that hide hair ends, and completely protective dos are ideal here.

Swimming
Beach and poolside vacations are my favorite! If you're only going to swim a couple of times, it's okay to go into the pool
"as is" without preparing your hair. If you plan to swim regularly in salty seawater or chlorinated pool water, you should make some preparations.

Spritz your hair thoroughly with water, and generously apply a good conditioner. You don't have to use an expensive brand; even a $4 commercial conditioner will do. 
Lock in the conditioner with any good quality vegetable oil such as avocado, grape seed, or even olive oil. I suggest you don't use an expensive oil such as jojoba or argan oil, because you're going to wash your hair after the swim.
You can now go swimming. 
If you want to add an additional layer of protection, twist the hair into sections and tie the twists together loosely if they are big enough — or wear a shower cap.
After every swim, wash the hair through thoroughly, condition using a daily use conditioner, and air dry in plaits or twists.

Products to take
Keep in mind that your products may not be sold where you are going, so if you'll be gone for more than a week you will need to pack your products. But only pack products you have used before and like! Don’t forget restrictions on what quantities of liquid you are allowed in carry-on. You don’t want to throw away perfectly good product if it’s not allowed!
I made the mistake of taking a brand new, never-before-used conditioner on holiday only to find it didn't work with my hair! I was in a country that doesn't have natural hair products at all, so I had to use my oil blend (Neno Natural's Hair Growth Stimulator) to condition my hair. This was OK, but I prefer creamy conditioners because they’re better for detangling.
However, my top recommendation is to have fun and not obsess over your hair. Upon your return, give it a good deep condition to make up for any neglect.

Heather Katsonya-Woodward can be reached via her website at www.NenoNatural.com.
On Twitter @NenoNatural
On Facebook  Long Healthy Hair

Thursday, July 3, 2014

New Orleans Natural Hair Expo





The 1st Annual New Orleans Natural Hair Expo and Natural Happy Hair Magazine is pleased to be the media sponsor for the event!

So what is the New Orleans Natural Hair Expo? It's two days of fun and sophistication in a social environment that celebrates and promotes the natural hair community and culture. The expo will feature workshops, product demonstrations, a blogger panel, vendor suites, vendor mall, profesional DJ, catered refreshments and a cash bar.

Saturday, July 5, ItsMeItsMo will be hosting the New Orleans Natural Hair Event from 10 am to 4 pm at the Contemporary Arts Center of New Orleans, which is located at 900 Camp Street.  On Sunday, July 6, the expo will close-out with an exclusive brunch featuring  MsVaughnTV, BlackOnyx, and StrawberriCurls.


For more general and ticket information, visit www.neworleansnaturalhairexpo.com.


Wednesday, July 2, 2014

The Scalp: The Hair of the Hair


One of the most anticipated benefits and for some, the sole purpose of “going natural,” is the potential for length retention. There are community groups, Tumblr blogs, and even T-shirts created to assist in tracking and obsessing over retaining length. The desire to eliminate breakage can be so great, that at times the scalp is neglected.

Cleansing the scalp is essential to growing and maintaining healthy tresses. But even beyond cleansing the scalp, it is important to understand that diet, exercise, stress, and genetics are all related to your scalp’s health. Hair grows out of a follicle, which is the host for the production and growth stimulation for hair. If the follicle is not receiving proper nutrients from the body, the potential for it to produce hair can be hindered.

“The scalp is like soil; if the scalp is not healthy, the hair won’t be healthy,” said Dr. Kari Williams, a trichologist (a dermatologist who deals with the health of the hair and scalp). “Hair is the barometer of health. Because the epidermis is the largest organ of the body, its cells replicate the fastest. Observing your hair, skin, and nails can give you an idea of the body’s condition as your diet, exercise, and stress levels fluctuate.” The healthier your lifestyle, the more your scalp can function at its highest efficiency. After acknowledging the overall care for the body, maintenance can be addressed.

Ensuring that your scalp is cleansed is important to sustaining growth. Although the convenience of wearing protective styles for weeks and months on end requires less manipulation, it is important to regularly cleanse the scalp from excessive sebum, debris, and product build up. Like other areas of your skin, it has to breathe in order to function properly. There are multiple methods of cleansing the scalp outside of using shampoo. Many women identify shampoo as a product with sulfates, but not all shampoos contain harsh detergents. With the increased acceptance of kinky, coily, and curly hair, hair care companies are offering formulate sulfate-free shampoos and even co-wash conditioners that have less harsh cleansing ingredients. Apple cider vinegar rinses can indeed cleanse the scalp, and the acidity in ACV helps to keep the cuticle healthy, Williams said. “The pH of the scalp needs to be regulated and cleansing will ensure that.” 

The scalp produces its own sebum (an oily skin moisturizer secreted by the sebaceous glands), so oiling or greasing the scalp is not necessary. Having an oily or dry scalp is a dysfunction of the sebaceous glands. If your scalp is dry, you should first pinpoint why, Willams said. Sometimes it may be the result of climate change. Essential oils like jojoba oil and coconut oil are great ways to lubricate the scalp. If your scalp is oily, jojoba helps to regulate the scalp and should be applied after the washing process. Dandruff can be caused by a number of factors: reaction to ingredients in a product, eating, and also a change in climate. For some, consuming sugar and saturated fats increases the yeast production of the scalp, which attributes to itching. Incorporate a shampoo that either contains coal tar or salicylic acid for those with seborrheic dermatisis, so that the scalp is properly relieved of dry or oily flakes, Williams said. Ultimately, whether your scalp is normal, dry, or oily, having a nutritious diet and cleansing regularly will assist in proper scalp maintenance — which can then help to ensure that your follicles are a nurturing foundation for growth. Like anything in life, it is important to start at the source of a problem prior to addressing the symptoms. Get to the root.

There are vast reasons for going natural, whether it be the desire for longer hair, big hair, or to be more health conscious. The choice is yours. Nevertheless, when you begin with properly caring for your body, everything else will be more attainable.

Friday, June 27, 2014

I AM

Poem written by Poet Brooke Brunson


I Am 

I am young in spirit,
I am free with words,
I am beautiful like a diamond,
I am unique like a rose.

I am gracious with my walk
I am powerful in my stride,
I am loud like a tide,
I am flawless like the sky.

I am grateful to have life,
I am fortunate to have love,
I am blessed to see the light,
I am proud to be number one.

I am young in spirit,
I am free with words,
I am beautiful like a diamond,
I am unique like a rose.




A freelance writer and blogger Brooke Brunson is also a contributing writer for The Black View. She has also contributed some of her work to various magazines and blogs in New York and her hometown Philadelphia. For more info you can check her out on her blog at www.brookebrunson.wordpress.com. Also follow her on Twitter @Brookepoets

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Lady Emmy on Overcoming Self-Esteem Challenges

Interview with Shannette Prince Bryant

Many women have challenges with self-esteem beginning at a young age. This challenges lead to negative self-talk, bad habits and we begin to devalue ourselves.  We talked to Lady Emmy again and she has some advice for Naturally Happy Hair readers on how to work through some of the struggles and possess a confidence that will exude from our inner core.

It can be a real challenge to improve your self-esteem. It takes a serious commitment to change
the way you see yourself. There are no quick fixes. However, there are a few things that you can do to help you to begin the process.

      1. Spend some time really getting to know yourself and evaluating your life.  Ask yourself:
              • What’s your purpose?
               • Are you willing to explore and develop your gifts and talents?
               • What’s really important to you?
               • What do you love to do?
               • What do you really want?
Then you must be willing to make whatever changes may be necessary to move in the direction of all those things. When you have peace within yourself and you’re fulfilling your purpose it creates a confidence and an inner beauty that comes through in your outer beauty.

     2.    One of the most important things is to make sure the people that you have in your life are people who encourage and value you.
The people in your life and their voices have a great influence on you. Make sure the people and voices in your life are good for your overall well being. You need people in your life that can encourage you in your lowest moments and celebrate you in your highest moments.

    3.     Take the time to really take care of yourself physically.                  
How you feel about yourself often effects your eating and sleeping habits as well as whether or not you will take the time exercise. All those things affect your health and contribute to your inner and outer beauty. Eating healthier, exercising, and getting enough rest will all make you both feel and look better.

    4.     Compare yourself only to yourself                                                    
Make sure that you don’t spend more time focusing on who you’re not and what you don’t have than you spend working on who you are and what you do have. Don’t waste time comparing yourself to others. Spend your time focused on improving yourself and your own life. Each day try to be a better you than the day before. Not only will you improve your self-esteem but it will also help to keep you driven.


You can find more information about Lady Emmy on her website www.LadyEmmy.com.
Twitter: @theladyemmy
Facebook: LadyEmmy

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Beautiful You & Lady Emmy

Interview with Shannette Prince Bryant

Lady Emmy is a TV personality, professional model, beauty expert, lifestyle expert on women's issues, and board certified family and relationship counselor. She possesses an inner strength and a message that resonates with women. She has been traveling the country speaking to women on issues related to beauty which includes both inner and outer beauty as well as self-love.

Lady Emmy sat down with Naturally Happy Hair Magazine to tell us more about her new radio show on Houston’s KCOH as well as how to let our inner beauty and confidence shine.

NHH Mag: What led you into the beauty industry?
LM: I’ve always had a love for all things beauty. As a model, I’ve worked with many cosmetic and hair care companies on different print campaigns over the years. As I became a beauty expert, my love of the industry and the products has grown even more.

NHH Mag: You are launching a new radio show Beautiful You and listeners can hear it on KCOH on Saturday afternoons.  What are your goals for the radio show and why did you choose radio as a platform?
LM: Beautiful You airs live on Saturdays at 12pmCST/ 1pm EST. Listeners can currently tune in on KCOH. It is a national show that will also be available online and through app. The show is a new adventure for me. It’s an opportunity to further connect with my audience and share great information. I’ve been in TV for 9 years, but this will be my first radio project. The show is a unique, entertaining, informative, and fun show. There isn’t another radio show like it. The show is about beauty, inside and out, including skin care, hair, makeup, grooming, and men's grooming, as well as self-esteem and other inner wellness themes to help develop an overall “Beautiful You”! We’ll be talking beauty tips and information, as well as discussing the things that affect our inner beauty such as self-esteem, healthy relationships, and other lifestyle topics. We have guests and take call-in questions. We also have some great product giveaways and prizes each week for our listeners.

NHH Mag: Your list of accomplishments is pretty extensive. What’s the one thing you are most proud of and what do you want your legacy to be?
LM: I’m most proud of the fact that I haven’t compromised who I am, what I believe, or my gifts to get ahead. Through the grace of God I’ve accomplished a lot. In a world full of short cuts and compromising opportunities, I’ve remained focused and true to myself.
                                              
I hope my legacy includes my life and my work making an impact on the lives of others, especially women. I hope to build a brand and an organization that inspires people and has a lasting positive effect on their lives.

  
NHH Mag: NHH Magazine was created as a resource that provides education, inspiration, guidance and support for women with natural hair.  As a model, how do you handle your natural hair for photo shoots, television appearances and the like?
LM: I always strive to take great care of my hair. I try to work with hair stylists who focus on healthy hair. I usually deep condition my hair at home the night before a shoot or on-air appearance. I also avoid excessive heat when styling my hair. Whenever I’m styled by a new hair stylist, I always communicate any concerns I may have about their styling techniques or products.

NHH Mag: Beginning next month, we will kick off the Beautification Project. We are starting the campaign in hopes of encouraging women to re-evaluate adding artificial products like weave, heavy makeup and lashes.  We want women to know that beauty is tied to who you are inside and out. Adding enhancers is one thing, but some women are becoming unrecognizable.  What are your thoughts on true beauty?
LM: True beauty is an inner confidence and self-love that radiates out. Taking care of our outer appearance is important. However, it’s not more important than inner beauty. Self–esteem and all the things that make up our inner beauty determine our perspective on our outer beauty. We must love and value ourselves first. We should allow makeup and hair to enhance the beauty that we already know that we are. Artificial products should never be used to compensate for any lacking self-love or esteem issues. True beauty should start on the inside and radiate out which should affect the way we carry ourselves and should be our motivation to take care of our outer appearance as well.

You can find more information about Lady Emmy on her website www.LadyEmmy.com.
Twitter: @theladyemmy
Facebook: LadyEmmy





Thursday, June 19, 2014

Texas Black Expo's 4th Annual Naturalista Weekend

Join Naturally Happy HairBeauty Under One Roof, Trichologist Betty Mark (also known as "Mother Nature"), Naturally GG and Georgette "SoulSister" Whaley this Saturday, June 21st, for the 4th Annual Naturalista Weekend at the Texas Black Expo! There will be a panel discussion featuring natural hair experts, hairstylists and bloggers, hairstyling demonstrations, product giveaways, a photobooth and much more! This is a FREE event with the purchase of a general admission ticket to the Texas Black Expo. 


Texas Black Expo | Naturalista Weekend
Saturday, June 21, 2014
George R. Brown Convention Center
1001 Avenida De Las Americas
Houston, TX 77010

Panel Discussion w/ Q&A
Time: 12:00 p.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Location: Presentation Stage
Speakers: Betty Mark - Trichologist, Khallida Marshall - Hairstylist, Amber and Carissa Gardner - Bloggers, Chimere Norris - Editor-in-Chief Naturally Happy Hair Magazine (Questions will be taken from the audience in addition to being pulled from our social media pages).

Hairstyling Demonstrations w/ Q&A
Time: 12:30 - 1:00 p.m.
Location: Presentation Stage
Hairstylist: Georgette "SoulSister" Whaley of Salon de la SoulSister
Demonstrating: 1 loc style, 1 loose natural style (hair models will be chosen from the audience)

Monday, June 16, 2014

Blue Something New

Post written by Crystal Knight 

There’s been much controversy surrounding the Blue Ivy Carter photos that have been circulating the internet with her hair, in some people’s opinion, appearing to be unkempt. Last week Jasmine Toliver of New York started a petition on Change.org asking Blue Ivy’s parents, Jay-Z and Beyonce, to comb her hair. Toliver later spoke out, stating that the petition was “a clever joke!” However, more than 4,700 people headed to Change.org and signed the petition.  
 
Change.org has thousands of petitions available to sign. Petitions ranging from requests for the USDA to label antibiotic feed meat accordingly, to a petition to save the life of Meriam Yehya Ibrahim who is 8 months pregnant and has been sentenced to death for converting to Christianity.

 Throughout the week I have seen the reports on various media outlets speaking about the “Comb Her Hair” petition. Here’s my opinion on the topic.

When we look around the world today it is filled with sickness, depression, poverty and disease. Our youth, the future of this world, are lost. We have taken away prayer in schools and allow our children to worship idol gods. There are people opening fire in elementary schools, high schools, movie theaters and college campuses. Where are our country’s gun control measures? 

Map of school shootings that have taken place in the 
United States since Sandy Hook Elementary in December 2012.

There are parents taking the lives of their children; children taking the lives of their parents. There are girls being abducted from schools in Africa, a plane carrying 239 passengers goes missing and still we have no answers.

This world is in utter chaos and 4,700 people chose to use their voice to urge Jay-Z and Beyonce’ to comb Blue Ivy’s hair. I can only hope that while they were on change.org, they also found a worthy petition to support and used their vote to encourage change that matters.

I would like to challenge each of us, myself included, to spend more time exploring our inner selves and getting in tune with what’s important. Do something for the greater good, find ways to help in your community, seek opportunities to mentor a child who’s lost their way. Support change that matters.

Crystal Knight is the founder of Naturally Happy Hair and co-founder of Naturally Happy Hair Magazine. Check us out on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Friday, May 23, 2014

International Natural Hair Meetup Day #INHMD 2014 Unites Curly Girls Across the Globe!




Once again International Natural Hair Meetup Day, sponsored by Koils by Nature, was a huge success across the globe.  This international celebration of natural hair took place on Saturday, May 17, 2014 in various regions around the world.



Naturally Happy Hair Magazine, which served as the 2014 Media Sponsor for International Natural Hair Meetup Day, had the privilege of attending Natural Hair Affair which was the official #INHMD event for Houston, TX.   Tendrils & Curls, Houston’s premier retailer for a wide range of products and accoutrements for wavy, curly and kinky hair, hosted the event.




Pictured (Left to Right): Crystal Knight, Publisher of Naturally Happy Hair Magazine, Dr. Paula Chrishon, owner of Tendrils and Curls and Chimere Norris, Editor-in-Chief of Naturally Happy Hair Magazine

Natural Hair Affair took place at Houston’s swank Hughes Hanger in the Heights.  Naturalistas drove from all across Houston, parts of Dallas, San Antonio and Austin to take part in the festivities and learn about caring for their natural tresses.




Guest speakers included Tamika Fletcher, co-founder of Natural Resources Salon, Youtube vlogger iknowlee and was MC’d by Georgette Whaley of Salon De LaSoulsister.  DJ Superstar kept the crowd moving as she filled the air with the latest in hip hop, R&B and neo-soul.


Tamika Fletcher also provided live styling demonstrations to show attendees how easy it is to create chic, yet simple natural hair styles in a matter of minutes.





A beautiful fashion show took place on the outdoor patio. The show featured the designs of A Leap of Style, which specializes in bold ethnic-inspired prints with a twist.








Check back soon for photos from other #INHMD events that took place around the world on May 17th!  #INHMD also received coverage in the Hair Street Style section of Essence.com.


For more details about International Natural Hair Meetup Day or for information on how you can host or attend an event in your city, please visit www.nnhmd.com

Friday, March 28, 2014

Retaining your hair's moisture

Guest post by Kim Isaacs

You’ve already learned that porosity is your hair’s ability to absorb and retain moisture. Now you are probably wondering how to determine your hair’s porosity. There are a few tests you can perform to find out.
                             
How does your hair respond to water when you are washing your hair? Does it get thoroughly wet the minute you step in the shower? Or does it take a while and you find yourself manipulating your hair in order to make certain it’s wet? How long does it take your hair to dry?

If your hair gets wet easily and dries very fast, then chances are your hair is highly porous. If your hair gets wet easily, and doesn’t dry fast, chances are your hair has normal porosity. If your hair takes a minute to get wet in the shower, and takes forever to dry, your hair probably has low porosity.

Each level of porosity has different hair care methods.

I have found that many of us with low porosity hair including me can keep our hair moisturized by using the liquid, cream, and oil method. Wash your hair and while it’s still wet (liquid) apply your leave in conditioner of choice (cream). Next, apply a butter or (oil) to seal in the moisture. You can then apply a styler of choice. This is an excellent way to moisturize low porosity hair. 

If your hair is highly porous, your hair tends to be the driest hair type, as moisture leaves your hair very quickly. People with highly porous hair can use the liquid, oil, and cream method (LOC). When your hair is wet (liquid), apply oil or butter (oil), and then apply your leave in (cream). This works extremely well.

If you have normal porosity, try either method to determine which one works best. However, I would imagine that the LOC method may be too heavy for your hair, as you don’t have a problem keeping your hair moisturized.

Keeping your hair moisturized is the No. 1 thing you can to do have gorgeous, healthy curly hair. Our hair has so many twists and turns, any natural oils that our scalp produces can’t make it down to our twisty hair strands. This is why most curlies tend to have dry hair.