NATURAL HAIR PROFILES

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DRY HAIR

Your hair is black, coils significantly and appears to be shaped like the letter "O" (type 4c). It has medium texture, that is the hair strand is the same size as sewing thread. When it gets the right amount of moisture and nourishment it grows quickly. It can shrink by more than 75% of its length when wet. Your hair wets easily but dries quickly. 

 

When imbalanced your hair gets dry and brittle, you get split ends on almost every single hair strand, it tangles easily, and the hairline thins out. There is low sebum (oil) production causing the scalp to get dry and feel tight - this may result in small, dry, flaky dandruff that easily falls off the hair.

 

Recommended Hair Care Regimen

 

Your hair and scalp need HYDRATION and NOURISHMENT. Hair is hygroscopic, that is it gets its moisture from the air around it (learn more about this). So it’s important to moisturize it, and lock in that moisture with heavy oils and butters that nourish it (LOC method). Also deep condition twice a month (every week in winter) to maintain the moisture. Humidity levels drop in winter which causes your hair to be more dry. Sleep with a satin bonnet or pillowcase to protect your hair from dryness caused by friction between your hair and moisture absorbing materials like cotton. Your hair gets moisture from the air around it but your scalp gets its hydration internally, drink water daily to keep your scalp hydrated. Your scalp produces sebum to maintain the moisture. When your scalp is dry (not producing enough sebum) base it with a heavy nourishing oil like avocado oil.

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SENSITIVE SCALP

Your hair colour ranges from black to black-brown in colour, with a mixture of different curl patterns but predominantly tightly coiled ”O” shaped curls (type 4c). The texture is medium (hair strand is the same size as sewing thread). Your hair grows in a compact manner, and may even look like it’s not growing, but when you pull it and stretch it you are able to see the growth. It also doesn't wet easily, water beads up on the surface and bounces off.  

 

When imbalanced your hair gets very dry, and your scalp can get very oily or very dry. You may also experience loss of hair colour (more brownish). Your scalp gets very sensitive - it is prone to allergies with skin-based reactions (like eczema, allergic dermatitis, rashes).

 

Recommended Hair Care Regimen

 

Your hair needs HYDRATION and STRENGTHENING. Hair is hygroscopic, that is it gets its moisture from the air around it (learn more about this). So it’s important to moisturize it, and lock in that moisture with oils and butters that nourish it (LOC method). Mist your hair through out the day, very important during winter (also at the office because of the aircon) when humidity levels are low which causes your hair to be more dry. (DIY Hair Mist to keep in your handbag; 1cup water and 1 tablespoon olive oil). Your sensitive scalp needs to be PROTECTED by using gentle, fragrance-free, non-irritating, allergen-free products. Use soothing oils and butters (like jojoba oil and raw shea butter). Sleep with a satin bonnet or pillowcase to protect your hair from dryness caused by friction between your hair and moisture absorbing materials like cotton.

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FRAGILE HAIR

Your hair is soft with fine texture (hair strand is thinner than sewing thread), and the colour is black-brown. Your hair has a defined curl pattern with "S" shaped curls. 

 

When imbalanced there is loss of colour (more brownish) and premature greying that can start in your 20s, with lots of breakage. if you have allergies, they are mainly skin-based reactions (like eczema, allergic dermatitis, rashes).

 

Recommended Hair Care Regimen

 

Your hair care regimen needs to focus on STRENGTHENING the hair, your products must have protein in them. Hair is hygroscopic, that is it gets its moisture from the air around it (learn more about this). So it’s important to moisturize it, and lock in that moisture with oils and butters (LOC method). Avoid applying heavy oils on your hair (like castor oil), they will weigh your hair down because fine hair tends to have a thinner cuticle layer. A scalp oil, that doesn't irritate your scalp, is recommended for a scalp massage to stimulate blood flow to the hair follicles. Nourishment for the hair comes via the blood vessels.

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OILY SCALP

Your hair is thick, jet-black and lush. It is kinky (it bends in sharp angles like the letter "Z") and the hair texture is coarse - your hair strand is thicker than sewing thread 

 

When imbalanced the hair gets dry from lack of moisture while the scalp gets oily and becomes prone to wet dandruff (large, yellow flakes that clump together on the scalp and hair shaft).

 

Recommended Hair Care Regimen

 

Hair is hygroscopic, that is it gets its moisture from the air around it (learn more about this). So it’s important to moisturize it, and lock in that moisture with oils and butters that nourish it (LOC method). If your scalp is oily it can cause greasy hair, it is important to DETOX it on a regular basis. Avoid heavy oils (like castor oil) on your scalp, they are comedogenic and will clog up your follicles causing dandruff. Grape seed oil is a perfect match for your scalp.