Posted on 11 March 2021
It is sometimes easier to go out and purchase a product that either our loved ones or someone on the internet has raved about, but it is more beneficial to understand our hair and what our individual needs are before we dole out our hard-earned cash on products that may or may not work for us. Understanding the factors that I’ve listed below, and how they affect your hair will hopefully help you make the right product choices for your hair.
Texture – this is how fine or coarse each hair strand on your hair is. Each individual strand of hair can be fine in texture, but you can have loads of it. This may mean sticking to products that are lightweight so as not to weigh down your hair.
Density – this is how many strands of hair you have per square inch of your head. You can have low, medium, or high-density hair. With low-density hair, the strands of hair are not closely located to each other so you can see a lot of the scalp showing through, but with high density hair, the strands are closely located so the scalp tends to be fully covered. It is possible for the strands of hair to be coarse in texture but fine in density. Knowing where you fall on the density scale will help you gauge how much product to apply and what styles work best for you.
Porosity – this is the ability of the hair to receive and hold on to moisture. When the porosity is low, it means that the cuticle layers of the hair are laying tightly against one another and this makes absorption of water or moisture a bit difficult. It also means that when moisture is absorbed it stays longer in the hair shaft. High porosity implies that cuticle layers of the hair are raised so moisture is more easily absorbed and lost from the hair shaft. Hair that is on the higher end of the porosity scale (sometimes due to chemical processing or over-manipulation) needs more ‘strengthening’ or ‘repair’ products than hair that is lower in porosity.
Curl pattern – the tightness or looseness of your curls will determine what products works best when you style your hair and what techniques to use to achieve your styling goals. Someone with a tighter curl pattern may need to use gels to achieve a particular hairstyle, while someone with looser curls may be able to make do with a styling foam.
Climate – if you live in a humid climate, this will mean the possibility of your hair being more prone to fizziness due to the level of moisture in the atmosphere. The use of products with anti- humectants will help create a barrier against humidity and prolong the life of your hairstyles (blowouts, twist-out, curl sets etc..). But if you live in a colder climate, your hair may lose moisture more easily because of the dryness in the atmosphere, so you may need to reach for products that contain humectants which will help your hair hold on to moisture for longer.
Hope this helps you understand your hair better and helps you make more informed decisions regarding your haircare.
Yours in beauty