DO YOU WANT TO UNDERSTAND YOUR NATURAL HAIR?
"I am Botlhale Tshetlo, and I am here to help you identify your natural hair profile so that you get better at understanding how to care for it."
NATURAL HAIR PROFILES
The Natural Hair Profile system was created by Botlhale Tshetlo in 2018. Botlhale developed it after noticing certain hair and scalp characteristics from just over 45,000 clients that have had their hair done at Hairtural Studio since 2016. Hairtural Studio is a Damage-Free™ salon that specializes 100% in only natural hair - it is comb-free, heat-free, braid-free, and dye-free. The profile of the natural hair is defined by; the hair's ability to retain moisture, texture, type, elasticity, and sebum production in the scalp.
What is it? Texture is determined by the diameter of each individual hair strand. There is fine, medium and coarse texture.
Why it's important? It tells us how well your hair holds hairstyles.
What is it? Porosity is how tight or loose the hair cuticles are (outer layer of the hair).
Why it's important? It tells us how well your hair absorbs and retains moisture.
What is it? Elasticity is your hair's natural stretch.
Why it's important? Elasticity leaves the hair in a more pliable state, giving more flexibility and ease when styling.
What is it? Sebum is the natural oil produced by sebaceous glands in the scalp.
Why it's important? Healthy hair grows out of a healthy scalp. Under or overproduction of sebum is an indication of an unbalanced scalp, which may require a consultation with a dermatologist.
What is it? Hair type describes the hair's curl pattern (type 1, 2, 3, and 4).
Why it's important? The tighter the curl pattern the more fragile the hair is and prone to breakage, it requires extra care when styling and handling.
These characteristics determine the 4 Natural Hair Profiles;
Dry Hair Profile
Sensitive Scalp Profile
Fragile Hair. Profile
Oily Scalp Profile
Take the hair quiz to find out what your natural hair profile is?
Type: 4b, c*
* It is quite common to have a mix of hair types, but there will be a dominant one.
Botlhale Tshetlo started Hairtural, a hair care range formulated for natural hair, in 2014. Two years later, in 2016, she opened a hair salon, Hairtural Studio, and a speciality retail store for natural hair and skin care, Autum, a couple of months later. Botlhale has given two TEDx talks; the first on random acts of kindness, and the second on the beauty of natural hair.
" I am not my hair, but my hair is me."