Where do I start?
Starting out: Products
To start off your healthy hair journey, a good set of products helps.
Here are the basic things you will need:
The REGIMEN is how you use the above.
"Healthy hair is 99% technique and 1% product"- It's how you treat your hair and NOT what you use on it.
Healthy Hair Goals
When you say you want healthier hair, what do you mean? What would you see in your hair that would make you feel you are achieving this?
Here are a few suggestions:
* Fewer split ends (Blunt ends at the length you want it)
* Reduced breakage
* Shiny hair
* Soft, bouncy hair
* Thicker-looking ponytail
* Bigger bun with your own hair
Pick and choose! This is YOUR hair journey.
Hair Goal Lengths
Hair Types Explained
STRAIGHT HAIR /Type 1
There is absolutely no curl pattern in the hair. Straight hair is very sleek and shiny because there is no curl pattern, which allows the light to reflect off of the hair giving it a shiny finish. Some straight hair that appears dull is usually because it is damaged. Proper care is always necessary if you want beautiful healthy hair.
WAVY HAIR / Type 2
This hair type has a natural “S” curl pattern as it hangs.
Can be categorized as 2A/2B or 2C. Basically, 2A hair is fine, while 2B hair is medium. 2C hair is thick and coarse with a frizzier look. A versatile hair type: straighten the hair for a sleek look, or add tighter curls for a different look. This can make the hair's texture look totally different.
MEDIUM CURLY HAIR / Type 3
Very springy: pull on it and it bounces back into its original curly state. Can be subdivided into 3A/3B and 3C hair. 3A hair types have a looser curl pattern, while type 3B hair has a tighter curl, with type 3C hair having a tightly curly look (may look slightly kinky).
This type of hair has a lot of body and can be styled in many different styles.
This type of hair can sometimes be a challenge to straighten, especially 3C hair. However, if you blow-dry and use a hot comb or straightener the hair will have a smoother sleeker finish.
KINKY COILY HAIR / Type 4
Tightly coiled type 4 hair is a lot kinkier than the type 2 and 3 hair types. Although much coarser and appears thicker than other curly hair, it is actually quite fine. Type 4A hair has an “S” pattern to it, while type 4B/C hair is more wiry with a zig-zag pattern. Type 4 hair is hard to grow since it has fewer cuticle layers than the other hair types.
Once brushed or combed it’s common for hair to break, leaving it shorter and easily susceptible to damage. An easy way to rid yourself of this damage is through proper conditioning, hot oil treatments and not putting tension on the hair daily with pony tails or styles that pull on the hair and add tension.
Type 4 hair is extremely versatile and holds well on it’s own without the aid of styling products. Some common styles of this hair type are curly fro’s, afro puffs, two-strand twists, braids, straightening, cornrows and so much more.
Types 3 and 4 hair are not as shiny as straight hair because the hair cannot reflect the light as easily. They also absorb alot of water when wet and shrink up quite a bit.
(Note: Never brush dry curly hair as this creates frizz and can lead to breakage).(courtesy of BHP mbr leentora)
DISCLAIMER: This has to be said. These are techniques and products that I use, which work for me. They may not work for you. Each head of hair is different. I am not advocating one product above another or being paid for any product reviews I do. I am sharing my honest opinion. I am sharing my journey to hopefully inspire and motivate others who are waking up to the truth that " Black women CAN grow long hair!"
God bless! ♥
God bless! ♥