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Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Learning My Natural Hair | How Do I Learn My Natural Hair?

Learning My Natural Hair | How Do I Learn My Natural Hair?

Learning and knowing your hair is a big part of being on a healthy hair journey. There are many ways you can learn what kind of hair you have. 

Below are the tests to find out your hair type, texture, density, porosity, moisture and protein balance, breaking and shedding, elasticity, length, and archetype. Check out it out for yourself:



Type
Refers to the amount of wave or curl in hair


Learning My Natural Hair | How Do I Learn My Natural Hair?
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Learning My Natural Hair | What Is My Hair Type?

Here is how to test your hair:
Cleanse your hair - Make sure to rinse your hair of your shampoo/conditioner. Let your hair air dry  don't blow dry, which could change your hair texture.


Andre Walker Hair Classification System

A chart using a combination of letters and numbers, from 1 as straight hair to 4c as extremely kinky hair, without manipulation to determine the wave or curl pattern.

1 - Straight - 2a - Wavy Swavy - 2b - Wavy Curvy - 2c - Wavy Whirly - 3a - Curly Twirly - 3b - Curly Spirally - 3c - Curly Coily - 4a - Coily Springy - 4b - Coily Crimpy - 4c - Coily Ziggly



Texture
Refers to the thickness/width of individual strands

Learning My Natural Hair | How Do I Learn My Natural Hair?
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Learning My Natural Hair | What Is My Hair Texture?


Find a shed hair in your hair tool or while detangling your hair. Get some sewing thread - This is used to measure the thickness of your hair strands


Compare your hair strand to the thread - If your hair is really curly, stretch it out to measure (it is easier to tape down the hair and thread to measure for width)

Thick/coarse - wider than the piece of thread
Medium - about the same width as the pieces of thread
Thin/fine - thinner than the piece of thread

Density

Refers to the number of individual strands close together on your scalp
Learning My Natural Hair | How Do I Learn My Natural Hair?
Learning My Natural Hair | What Is My Hair Density?


Part hair in the middle - You can use a comb or your finger to separate the two sides

Hold one side of the part - Move the section around to see the roots of your hair

Check the strands on your scalp - Look at your roots and see how many strands cover a square inch

Thick/High: don't see scalp at all
Medium - see some scalp
Thin/Low - see a lot of scalp

Test different parts - you may have different spots with different densities


Porosity
Refers to how your hair strands retain moisture

Learning My Natural Hair | How Do I Learn My Natural Hair?


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Learning My Natural Hair | What Is My Hair Porosity?  

Get shedding hair strands - Get from brush or shower wall (after washing)
Get a cup of water - Use a clear cup/glass to see your hair strands from all sides
Float your hair in the water - Place (not push) your hair on top of the water
Observe what happens

Low - strand floats and does not sink at all
Medium - strand sinks slowly to the bottom
High/Porous - strand sinks quickly to the bottom

  

Moisture and Protein Balance


Refers to the balance of the strength and the retained moisture in the hair

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Product Review: Indian Hemp Masque
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 

Take 5 strands from your head (top, middle, left, right, and bottom)
Wet each strand of hair
Hold each end of the hair and stretch it

Balance - Hair stretches slightly and returns to normal length
Heavy Protein - Hair stretches and continues to stretch a little more then breaks
Light Protein - Hair stretches and stretches and stretches with no breakage

Needs Protein - looks limp and feels mushy to the touch 
Needs Moisture - sounds crunchy when touched and see broken hairs 



Hair Archetype

Refers to building a hair care regimen based off current routine.

Learning My Natural Hair | How Do I Learn My Natural Hair?
Learning My Natural Hair | What Is Your Hair Archetype?

Based on The 5 Hair Archetypes: Your Guide To Growing Long Hair , written by Sharifa Barnett, this book explains 5 different archetypes by the current hair regimens, pros and cons of each, and how to continue on a healthy hair journey. The archetypes are:

Minimalist - the 'less is more' low manipulation and simple regimen
Shopaholic - the 'product junkie' who can never have too many products
Extentionist - changing up her styles from wigs, weave, braids, and sew-ins
Kitchenista - herbs, oils, and food ingredients are all she needs for her hair
Gadget Gal - hot tools (hair dryer, flat iron, curling iron) are used or any style



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 out these test to learn more about your hair, your current hair regimen, and how to effectively care for your hair to continue on your healthy hair journey.


Always Desire Your Natural,


Christina J

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