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What "is" hair anyway?
Hair grows out of little pockets in your skin, called follicles. Here's how the magic happens:
Your hair begins growing from a root in the bottom of the follicle. The root is made up of cells of protein.
Blood from the blood vessels in your scalp feeds the root, which creates more cells and makes the hair grow.
The hair gets pushed up through the skin as it grows, passing an oil gland along the way. The oil gland adds oil to the hair and keeps it shiny and soft.
The hair dies by the time it is long enough to poke out through the skin. Yes, hair is dead.
That's why it doesn't hurt to get a haircut
The cuticle is the outermost layer of your hair. It comprises individual cuticles that overlap each other, like the tiles on a roof.
The cortex is the middle and thickest layer. It contains fibrous proteins and pigments that give your hair its color.
The medulla is the central, innermost layer of the hair shaft
However, the scalp from which hair grows out of contains tiny follicles, each growing up to eight stands of hair, and each reaching into the deeper layer of the skin for blood flow and nourishment. This part of the hair is indeed alive and needs plenty of good nutrients, gentleness and care, to grow healthy and strong.
Each follicle is also connected to nerves and muscles that give the hair its tactile properties, and allowing wind and touch to be felt. Stress or tension of any kind can contract the scalp cutting blood flow and resulting in potential hair loss or alopecia.
Through a process called keratinisation cells located at the bottom of the hair follicle (root) continuously divide to produce new cells; it is therefore also important to use gentle products when washing and styling because anything that clogs the follicles can result in an accumulation of dead skin cells not allowing the scalp to breathe and have a balanced sebum production.
"p" is for porosity
Naturally less absorbent. May take a little more effort to absorb moisture and dry depending porosity levels. Can be straight or curly Daily Use • Aloe & Fenugreek Moisture Mist • Hibiscus & Honey Leave In • Irish Moss & Okra Curl Pudin • Mango & Apricot Whipped Butter Weekly Use • Fennel & Burdock Scalp Oil • Coconut Milk & Honey Poo Banana & Pea Hair Mask (Bi weekly)
Curly hair can range from loosely formed curls to ringlets. curly hair may have increased volume and fuller body. Coily hair has more defined ringlets, Daily Use • Aloe & Fenugreek Moisture Mist • Baobob & Macadamia Leave In • Irish Moss & Okra Curl Pudin • Shea & Mango Whipped Butter Weekly Use • Coconut Milk & Honey Poo
The coil is the actual curl, and the "kink" has more to do with how tight that coil actually is. The tighter the coil the greater challenge to get moisture from root to tip Coily crowns can be prone to frizziness and breakage. Be extra kind to your coils! Minimize use of heat for styling. Daily Use • Aloe & Fenugreek Moisture Mist • Bamboo & Pumpkin Leave In • Irish Moss & Okra Curl Pudin • Shea & Mango Whipped Butter Weekly Use • Coconut Milk & Honey Poo • Banana & Pea Mask
Cuticles that are close together.
With low porosity hair, the cuticles are tightly packed and very close together.
This makes it harder for moisture to penetrate the hair shaft.
Characteristics of low porosity hair:
Hair products tend to sit on your hair and don’t absorb easily
Hard for water to saturate your hair when washing
It takes a long time for your hair to air dry
Pro Care Tip
Apply heat when you condition your hair. Use a steamer, heat cap, or hooded dryer. Or, if you don’t have those, put a shower cap over your hair once you’ve added a conditioner
The cuticles that are less tightly bound. The cuticles aren’t too close together, but aren’t too open either.
Characteristics of medium porosity hair
Hair takes color well
Hair tends to look healthy, shiny, or glossy
It doesn’t take too long for your hair to air dry
Pro Care Tip
Be mindful-heat damage and other chemical processes can cause normal porosity hair to change over time.
High porosity hair allows moisture to be absorbed into the hair shaft easily, yet it isn’t able to retain moisture for long. This is because the cuticles tend to have gaps or spaces between them
Characteristics of high porosity hair:
Water and other moisturizing products are quickly absorbed into your hair
Your hair tends to break easily
your hair tends to be frizzy and dry
It doesn’t take much time for your hair to air dry
Pro Care Tip
Look for ingredients like butters and oils in shampoos and conditioners. These ingredients will help moisturize your hair