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Thursday, April 30, 2020

Learning My Natural Hair | What Is Your Hair Archetype?

Learning My Natural Hair | What Is Your Hair Archetype? 

You should pick up this book!

The 5 Hair Archetypes: Your Guide To Growing Long Hair, written by Sharifa Barnett, is a different approach in growing and maintaining your own natural hair. Barnett gives her own stories about trying to grow her hair, then realizes that there are many kinds of people who are on different hair journeys.

Barnett explains the 5 archetypes and compares them with hair regimens, pros and cons, and find to out how we can use our specific archetypes to grow our hair in a healthy way.

Here are the 5 archetypes she concluded on: Minimalist, Extensionist, Gadget Gal, Kitchenista, and Shopaholic:

Learning My Natural Hair | What Is Your Hair Archetype?

The Minimalist:

The "less is more" mantra is very important to the Minimalist. She has a low to no manipulation regimen for her hair and requires simple and little to no time commitment in caring for her hair. Her simple styles include: buns, ponytails, and low manipulation hair styles. 

Pros: She is very consistent with keeping her regimen simple and easy to follow. 

Cons: Her hair is not moisturized on a regular basis, could cause: dry hair, split ends, and hair breakage.
Learning My Natural Hair | What Is Your Hair Archetype?

The Extensionist:


The versatility and freedom of changing her styles is most important to the Extensionist. She rocks the different lengths, hair colors, sew-ins, quick weaves, braids, and other weave options that could range from week to week.

Pro: Since she keeps her hair covered by extensions, she is able to grow and retain the length of her natural hair. 

Cons: Change the styles from week to week, heck month to month can get pretty expensive. Since the extensionist spends much time wearing weaves, this may cause her to not know how to care for her own natural hair.
Learning My Natural Hair | What Is Your Hair Archetype?


The Gadget Gal:

Flat irons, curling irons, crimping irons, blow dryer, hot combs, and other heat tools is very exciting to the Gadgel Gal. She may have each tool (maybe 2 or 3 of each) in her closet. She tends to wear a style each day that includes using heat on her hair. 

Pro: She would be as perceived as have a great day every single day. 

Con: Great manipulation of heat can lead to thin ends, limp hair, and great damaged/breakage to the hair shaft.
Learning My Natural Hair | What Is Your Hair Archetype?

The Kitchenista:

The Kitchenista is all about the herbs, oil, food ingredients, juices, and other healthy ingredients to create her own products. She may still use commercial products here and there, but she prefers her own products to the ones in the store. 

Pro: She knows exactly what goes into her hair and able to distinguish if something is working or not in her regimen.

Cons: You can be in the kitchen for hours at a time creating your own hair products, which can also become a messy project overtime. This can get expensive by purchasing many and pricey food ingredients, which in turn have a short shelf life.

Learning My Natural Hair | What Is Your Hair Archetype?


The Shopaholic:

The Shopaholic aka 'The Product Junkie' buys and tries every product she can get her hands on based on YouTube Channels, Beauty Supplies and Website reviews. If she see the newest commercial on a specific hair product, she has a tendency to purchase in bulk without researching or even asking about it. 

Pro: Her regimen tends to be flexible in trying certain products with others. 

Cons: Where is all of your money going??? Hair products! You may have the idea that hair care is too expensive for you. There is no telling what worked, what made your hair fall out, or what made it grow and retain length.

What is my Hair Archetype 2020:

Minimalist Kitchenista

I love creating my own healthy hair products, but I keep my styles very simple throughout the week. I do have my Camille Rose Naturals products and I tend to do my hair in creative styles, but I'm all about simplicity.



What is YOUR Hair Archetype?


Check out all Learning My Natural Hair Articles:
Learning My Natural Hair | How Do I Learn My Natural Hair? 
Learning My Natural Hair | What Is My Hair Type?
Learning My Natural Hair | What Is My Hair Texture?
Learning My Natural Hair | What Is My Hair Density? 
Learning My Natural Hair | What Is My Hair Porosity?  
Learning My Natural Hair | Protein and Moisture Balance, Part 1: All About Protein 
Learning My Natural Hair | Moisture and Protein Balance, Part 2: All About Moisture 
Learning My Natural Hair | What Is Your Hair Archetype?


Natural hair says: try the 5 Archetype test for yourself. It's another avenue to learn about yourself, your hair journey, and to learn how to effectively retain the length of your hair with your archetype. 


Always Desire Your Natural,


Christina J


To read my review The 5 Hair Archetypes: Your Guide To Growing Long Hair, click [My Book Review].

*Disclaimer: I took the archetype photos in my own book with my camera. Thank you*

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