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Do You Really Need To Know Your Hair Type??

Hey Curlies! ❤

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As I’ve been exploring natural hair more and more and following amazing naturalista’s, I’ve come to the conclusion that MANY natural women think hair typing is unnecessary. Some swear by it, but what I’ve noticed is that a lot of women are either unaware, don’t care or totally against it.

See…growing up, I was told that I couldn’t or shouldn’t use any type of product that wasn’t intended for “Black Hair”. I remember at the time, lines like Pantene and Garnier and so forth were frowned upon by certain women because they thought that it only catered to women with straight hair. I remember products like Blue Magic (my mother never used that, lol), Luster’s and Johnson Products, Ultra Sheen Hair Grease and so forth. Many Black mother’s purchased and used these products on their children. We had the mindset that grease was what we needed to keep our hair moisturized and help it to grow.

But, come to find out…people BARELY use grease now, due to being educated on mineral oil and petroleum and understanding that water is for thirsty hair and not grease. We also found out that, hair care lines such as the ones listed above CAN work just as well as “black hair care lines”… it’s all about preference!

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I really believe that knowing your hair type can help with understanding your hair….

Hear me out…lol. No, I don’t believe that you should know your hair type to a T, but I do think you should know what category you fall in. Just with anything, categories CAN help with understanding and guiding us for future aid.

Let me explain why…

The higher the hair type, the more you’ll know how to care for your hair. The tighter the curl, the more likely your hair will be dry. The more likely you’ll know what will work for your hair and what won’t. You’ll understand, in my opinion what product will help your hair and what may hinder it. You’ll even understand how much heat you can put on your hair just by knowing your hair type!

Some 3(a-c) to 4(a-c) categories tend to need more moisture because the curl is tighter and makes it difficult to stay moisturized. Your regimen may change due to being aware of what category you fall in. Because my daughter is 4a, I know that her hair tends to suffer from dryness more so than mine. I use the LCO and LOC method on her hair to combat dryness and incorporate moisture. She suffers from shrinkage more than I do, which is expected of 4a hair. Curls are tighter and can require different hair care techniques and products than someone with a looser curl pattern….or a woman with 2c or 3a hair. However, for my hair I no longer use the LOC method because co washing and deep conditioning treatments are more effective for me. Because my curls are slightly looser than my daughters hair, some of the products I would use on her hair can weigh my hair down. For instance, Shea Butter is great on my kids hair, however not so much on mine.

When researching on natural hair, you will come across blogs, and videos that talk about hair types in their posts. Knowing and understanding a little something about hair typing can also help you understand what they’re referring too as well.

Just like with anything, things are categorized! Some fitness trainers will categorize you by blood type, or body type to determine what meal plan will be beneficial to you. Learning and understanding these categories MAY be very helpful in getting the results you want. Why should hair typing be any different??

 

In a nutshell:

The beauty with natural hair is that not every kink, coil and curl are alike. Either way, knowing your category of hair types may be helpful in narrowing down how to care for your hair. It’s NOT imperative to know your exact hair type. But, it is very HELPFUL to have some knowledge as to what category you fall in.  🙂

I have a post on how to find your hair type…if you choose, you can find it here!

Do you know your hair type? If so, what is it??

Thanks for listening.

 

Until next time! XO!

Love,

Rayna

 

 

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2c, 3b, 4a…Do You Know Your Hair Type?

Waves! ❤

Do you know your hair type? Does it matter? Read on…

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Hey beautiful curlies! So, I was asked to touch on the topic of hair types. This topic is controversial in the natural hair world and can be a tad confusing especially to newly naturals. It’s difficult to determine specific hair types because as naturals we have so many different hair types on one head! Although it’s a “general” hair typing chart in the natural hair world, there are several different charts with different information roaming around…can you say confusing?? Hair typing is good to know for treating your hair but not essential. I have a combination of 3a to 3c curls with areas of 4a in there, but mostly 3b and 3c (see what I mean?). Below is a general chart of how to find your hair type.

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>> 2c or wavy hair

 

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is susceptible to encountering frizz. Use products that will enhance your curl like mouse (watch out for the alcohol, which will dry your hair out) and/or a light gel. Scrunching and diffusing waves while wet will help to give you more defined waves. Lighter products work in your favor.


>>> 3a-3c or curly hair

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3c

needs extra moisture as this hair type can be dry and prone to damage. These curls are usually spirals and ringlets but usually can vary in size in this hair type category. As you can see in the photos provided that there’s a difference in spiral and ringlet size between 3a, 3b and 3c. Many women with these curls have mixtures or combinations of either 3 hair type. For example, I have 3a in the front (from heat damage) and a mixture of 3b and 3c in the middle and back of my hair. I scrunch my 3a curls to match my 3c curls during styling my wash and go’s. This hair type tends to work well with using water based products, styling creams, custards and gel products. My hair LOVES gels, Eco Styler to be exact.


>>>> 4a-4c or kinky coily hair

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4a

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needs a ton of moisture as this hair type can get very dry. Some people tend to think of this hair type as being coarse, but it isn’t always the case. For example, my 6 year old daughter has 4a hair, but her hair is fine and silky. Kinky and coily hair tends to experience shrinkage the most as these curls are tightly coiled. 4a is distinct because it has a specific curl pattern and resembles an “S”. 4b’s tend to look like Z’s and instead of curling like a coil it bends like a “Z”. 4b hair tends to be dryer than 4a hair, but they both need an equal amount of moisture. This is why I emphasize moisturizing especially deep conditioning. If your hair is naturally dry and brittle it will break so keeping it moisturize helps to prevent breakage. 4c hair doesn’t have a specific curl pattern and is usually coarse, fragile and very dry. 4 hair types require moisturizing products and strive off of water based products followed with butters and oils.


Sigh…

It can be confusing, but you can make it as general as you can just to determine how to care for your hair AND if someone happens to ask..”Hey, what’s your hair type?” you can answer them! 🙂

In a nutshell…

Hair typing is just a way to help you understand your curls just a tad bit better. It allows you to understand a little bit more on styling and caring for your hair. When you are aware of your hair type or at least the category it falls in, then you can purchase products that are geared towards your hair. Many naturals don’t know their specific hair type and that’s okay, don’t make it such a big deal if you are unaware. Do what works for your hair!

Type 2 hair types: Experiences frizz. Products: Mouse and Gels.

Type 3 hair types: Needs moisture. Products: Creams, custards, gels and pomades.

Type 4 hair types: Craves moisture. Products: Butters, some thick creams, oils and some gels.


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My hair is filled with all different curl types and textures. Love your hair no matter the texture!

  

I saw this scrolling through my tumblr page www.freshlyblessed.tumblr.com and thought it was empowering:

Dear Black Girls,

Your hair is magic.

It defies gravity.

It’s the only texture that can be manipulated into every hair type known to man.

You always smell like coconuts and berries.

Embrace it.

Love it.

Don’t let anyone tell you it isn’t beautiful and worthy of ultimate praise.

POINT BLANK AND THE PERIOD!

FYI: If you would like for me to blog about something specific let me know!

Until next time Curlies! XO!

Love,

Rayna

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DIY and Review: Flaxseed Gel!

Hey Curlies! ❤

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Tired of gel that flakes and dries your hair out? Welp, you can create your very own and it’s ALL NATURAL. I love and will stand by Eco Styler Gel, but it’s nice to have a switch. Flaxseeds are rich in omega 3’s which are known to support scalp health. Flaxseed contains diseased fighting compounds that may help fight hair loss. Flaxseed Gel is so healthy for your hair it leaves your hair so moisturized. I didn’t experience a lot of definition as I would with Eco Styler, but with my results I didn’t mind. I made sure to use a heavier moisturizer (Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie) as my base and then I applied the Flaxseed Gel. For my curls, the thicker the gel consistency the better! The second go’round I skipped the heavy moisturizer and just used my leave in conditioner (Paul Mitchell’s The Conditioner). If you desire hold like myself, then you can always mix Flaxseed Gel with your favorite gel. I also tried Flaxseed gel on my 6yr old who has tighter curls, unfortunately she only got 1 day of wear. LOL! Like her mother, her hair loves that Eco Styler Gel as well. I plan to mix the 2 gels together for her next wash and go. Nonetheless, I would definitely recommend taking a few minutes to make this gel. You may never purchase any more gel ever AGAIN!

What you do:

Gather your 1/4 cup of flaxseeds

2 cups of water

Bring to a boil and stir often, wait until you get a gel like consistency

and drain into a strainer.

Add your choice of essential oils (optional)


Just in case the photos of me making Flaxseed Gel didn’t help here’s an EXCELLENT video by Naptural85 on how she made hers. Definitely subscribe if you haven’t already!

First application…FYI: Flaxseed Gel is very slimy!!!!!

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I decided to compare Flaxseed Gel results and Eco Styler Gel results below…

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Eco Styler Gel

 I get way more definition and hold with Eco Styler…HOWEVER! Flaxseed Gel leaves my hair SO moisturized, fluffy and soft. NO CRUNCH! Surprisingly, I can get about 3 days using Flaxseed Gel. ❤ I notice any areas where I get frizz I just grab some gel and apply it and it’s like an instant curl refresher! Many naturals use Flaxseed Gel for their twist outs. My  next adventure is trying a twist or braid out using a moisturizer and gel. Once I do…I’ll definitely blog my experience and results so stay tuned for that!


Other Curlies who love making and using Flaxseed Gel!

Say hello to the beautiful Jessica who has embraced her natural hair and loves making and using her Flaxseed Gel. Her beautiful mane consists of 4a curls. Jessica’s wash and go’s can last up to 3 to 4 days when using Flaxseed Gel. That’s AMAZING! She also loves the fact that Flaxseed Gel slicks her edges down to her liking! Her curls are moisturized, shiny and popping! Flaxseed Gel is awesome and I would recommend it to any natural to try it outl! It works well on all curly hair types (I checked, lol). After all, you only need Flaxseeds and water! How awesome is that! ❤

 

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Let me know how Flaxseed Gel works for you!

 

 

 

Until next time Curlies! XO!

 

 

Love,

Rayna

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