There are different strokes for different folks! While that catch phrase can be applied to anything, I’m only referring to the stroking we do to our hair. With so many products on the market for natural hair, it’s easy to spend hundreds of dollars trying to find out which product works best for your type of hair. Some products work better than others and some products, while they work well, don’t have a lasting effect on the outcome of your style.
If you don’t know already, allow me to be the first to tell you that the tighter your curl, the more moisture you’ll need but how will you know what products have more nourishment than chemicals and which one works for you AND you know I am happy to break it all down for you, right? Right!
Let’s start with IDENTIFYING YOUR CURL PATTERN by taking a look at this chart:
To figure out where you fit in on this chart, part your hair at the crown and wet about a half inch of strands with your fingers to see your curl pattern clearly. All hair types need moisture in order to prevent breakage but the curliest texture needs the most moisture. It’s not necessarily a matter of culture but moreso the ability for moisture to soak into the strand. Straight and wavy hair or curly hair that isn’t tightly wound are easily and readily accessible for moisture where as moisture for curlier hair types have to work their way round and round from bottom to top to fully nourish each strand.
Now, when looking for products that work, I suggest all hair types to stay away from products that contain salt (sulfate) and large amounts of alcohol (-ethyl’s, etc) as they strip the scalp of the natural oils needed for the hair strands. At the same time, those who have no curls or are less curlier than 4A-4C, you don’t need products that contain heavy moisture or it may simply weigh the curls down with excess oils. So how do we know what to use and what to look for? Read the ingredients! Ingredients are listed most to least so whatever you see as the first 5 ingredients in any product is what the product is primarily made of.
For hair types 1-2C: Stay away from products that list nourishing oil within the first 5 ingredients.
Your moisture should fall within the 6th to remaining ingredients.
For hair types 3A-3C: Try to use products that list nourishing oil as the 4th ingredient to give you a balance on moisture.
For hair types 4A-4C: Make sure to use products that list nourishing oil as the 2nd -3rd ingredient in the ingredient list.
There you have it! A quick and easy reference to what to look for when trying new products or even deciding to keep using the ones you already have. Now that you know what “stroke” should work for you, head over to www.fashionremix2.com to find something fabulous to wear with your gorgeous hair!