Hair Care Tips... Getting to the Root of It!
Understanding Hair at its Core
In order to know what is the best hair care routine for you you need more information.
What is your Hair Porosity Level?
Try doing a Hair Porosity Test
1. Drop a hair into a glass of water
2. Let sit for 5 minutes
3. Observe what the hair did
4. Treat your hair type from an educated standpoint
How to Care for your Hair?
That's Not All!
In order to truly understand the hair you have, you will want to understand what pH level hair care products your hair actually needs in order for it to be as beautiful as it can be!
What is the pH level of your hair care products ....and what does your hair actually need in order to be structurally balanced?
Using straight Apple Cider Vinegar or Baking Soda on your hair can be damaging!
FACTS about Hair Acidity
You Might Be needing a Product with a LOW pH Level if......
you have permanently dyed or relaxed hair. Your hair was treated with a highly alkali substance to expose & change the cuticle chemistry. It then was "neutralized" with a highly acidic substance to close the cuticle again. This is very damaging and slightly acidic hair products are needed to keep the hair from tangling.
You Might Be Using a Product with too HIGH of a pH Level if......
are you dealing with a dry flaky scalp, eczema or bacteria?
It is stripping away your natural acidic sebum that fights bacteria.
Lower pH shampoos may also cause less frizz & breakage.
If you have Straight Hair...
you should use hair products that are pH balanced. The natural sebum will move through straight hair easier but many will still need conditioning treatments weekly in order to maintain moisture.
If you have Curly Hair...
then your hair's cuticle is already partially open. It is especially important for people with curly hair to return their hair to a slightly acidic pH level, since the open cuticle prevents natural sebum to keep the entire hair at a pH level between 4.5 and 5.5. You will need low pH shampoos and hair products.
You can purchase pH Test strips online!
How do you Lock in Moisture?
Humectants, Emollients & Proteins
Have you heard of the LOC Method?
Step 1: You need to lock in the Hydration with Emollients!
This is the secret of great curls! If your hair isn't curling up like it use to...get to the ROOT of it & lock in the hydration. You will be amazed at the potential of your hair once you find true hair-care balance!
Humectants are the substance that locks moisture in hair to keep it from being dry brittle. Humectant-rich products include glycerol, honey, panthenol, Aloe, flaxseed gel, urea and hyaluronic acid. Remember that humectants are dependent on air humidity & temperature. Humectants draw moisture from the air for increased water content.
These are mostly oils and fats that enhance the ability to lock the water in. Hair Emollients include argon oil, olive oil, mineral oil, Shea butter, jojoba oil and silicones. Yes silicones are types of emollient too. Silicone emollients in hair care are found in two ways: water-soluble silicones which can be washed out with most shampoos and you will also find silicones that evaporates which can be removed from the hair with a simple conditioner.
These are for hair reconstruction. Proteins are another word for amino acids. They are responsible for hair repair and smoothing the hair structure. Protein-lacking hair is thin and difficult to style. Protein rich products are needed if you use heat on your hair. Overuse can make your hair brittle & fragile. Examples include milk, soy, collagen, egg yolk, keratin, casein, elastin. Amino acids include I-Cysteine & arginine.
Try this Leave-In Conditioner Recipe
Combine these ingredients:
2 tbsp. (30 ml) of a silicone-free conditioner
2 tbsp. (30 ml) of a whole-leaf aloe vera juice
2 tsp. (10 ml) of jojoba oil into a bowl.
Mix it well and check the pH level with a test strip to ensure the pH is not under 4.5.
Apply your Leave-In Conditioner to damp, clean hair. Allow it to dry and style it as usual.
A Few Extra Links for you to Reference
Emollients, Humectants and Proteins by en-Vogue.net