All posts tagged: hair growth

Do You Know Your Hair Porosity?

In order to figure out how products will react in your hair, you need to know these four things about your hair: 1. Its type (curl pattern); 2. Its density (how tightly packed strands are on your scalp); 3. Its width (fine or thick/coarse stands of hair); and 4. It’s porosity (how easily each strand holds and absorbs water) Knowing these four things will help you identify the unique properties of your hair and will determine the kind of products your hair needs to maintain/restore health. I’m already resigned to the fact that I may not be able to accurately tell which curl pattern I have on my head until my relaxed ends are completely cut off.  Relaxed hair tends to be heavier than natural hair, therefore pulling (and distortion) may occur.  From what I can tell about my natural growth, it’s a mix ranging from type 3c through 4c.  But that’s a determination for another day. Meanwhile, I have medium-to-high density hair with mostly coarse strands (my edges/baby hairs are fine). What I don’t know …

1 Year Anniversary Post-Relaxer

HOLY CANNOLI! I totally did not realize that it has now technically been more than 1 year since my last relaxer (May 4, 2013).  Man, I’m a little sad that I forgot…oh well! Over it! I’m just excited that I lasted this long, because let me tell you, I didn’t think I would *pats self on back*. Goal number one: Make it a year without a relaxer. Check! Okay, okay enough with the silliness!  But seriously, that is the only goal I had. I know–that’s bad.  But I honestly didn’t know what to expect and I really just wanted to see how my hair would do. I’m not going to do a length check or anything just yet because I don’t exactly have a base.  When I started this journey, I had a lot of hair (still do).  I didn’t have the same problem as a lot of naturals did with relaxers, such as thinning and/or no hair growth.  My hair was pretty thick and it reached my shoulder blades.  My problem, as I’ve mentioned …