Hair Density Test

As a carry over from my previous post, this week (Part 2) let’s learn more about hair density and how to determine it… Going by the books, the most accurate way to measure hair density is to count all the hair follicles in a square inch of your scalp. Well who has time for that, “nobaaady” so l highly suggest you don’t consider this method. Now let’s look at more realistic ways to test hair density.

Option 1:

One way to measure density (in my opinion, the simplest way) is to try see your scalp through your hair. Let your hair hang loosely, if your scalp is difficult to see even when moving your hair, you have highly dense hair (volume sis). If you can move your hair and see your scalp then you have medium density hair. Lastly, if you stand in the mirror and can visibly see your scalp without moving your hair then you have low density hair.

Option 2:

Another way to measure density, is to tie your hair in a pony tail to stretch out your hair. Use a tape measure to measure the circumference of your ponytail. If the circumference is less than 2 inches, you have low density hair. If you measure 2-3 inches you have medium density hair, and if you measure 4 or more inches you have high density hair.

These are the effective ways to test hair density and l would recommend them as well. Bear in mind, your hair density interacts with your porosity to make your hair unique. It’s important to know your hair porosity so that you can find the right products that can work with your hair porous levels and how dense your hair is. The more you take time to learn about your hair and the more you experiment with products, that way you can develop the right hair care regime for your natural hair. 

Hope this post was helpful and do let me know in the comment section, your density type and what products are you using for your densely hair.

Love

Tarie

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What’s Your Hair Density Sis???

I recently learnt about hair density and then l was like l need to share this info with my people too *smiles* Density is a not a commonly used word in the natural hair community but to a certain extent, it’s low-key used. Ever seen your Insta hair faves with voluminous hair or ever heard someone say, ”You have thick hair or you have sparse hair”? well technically they’re alluding to density because density refers to the number of hair strands on your head *light bulb moment*. Hair density gives you more information about the strength and health of your hair and how to take care of it, so let’s dive more into what density is all about!

Hair density attributes to various factors such as hair texture, porosity and width. Knowing your hair density also helps with knowing what hairstyles to rock as well as which products to apply to your hair. There are various ways on how to test hair density, well that’s a topic for another day. Hair density is categorized between, low (sparse hair) , medium and high density hair (thick hair). With low-density hair, it is best to use lightweight products to avoid weighing down your hair which can lead to more shedding. Persistent shedding leads to a lower density which can lead to thinning or even balding.

Applying the wrong product on low-density hair will cause the hair to look dull and greasy and that’s not lekker. People with medium density are those who don’t have low density but not quite high. We could say they have “combination hair” in terms of density. The best products to use for this density type is to use leave-ins which do wonders for the hair as it helps to retain moisture. Lastly, with highly dense hair, thicker products are best to use as the hair strands truly benefit.

When you become aware of your hair density you become responsible on how to take care of your hair. Although hair density and hair thickness are not the same, they act upon each another. This then means, the thickness of hair is usually dependent on the density of your hair and vice versa. It’s important to know and to learn about this as you care for your hair, since density is a major key when it comes to hair health and overall hair styling.

For example, my hair is medium density and l have low porous hair which means that I have to find a good balance between my products and I also need to use the correct washing products that penetrate my hair. As previously mentioned, if you have low hair density, you should use lighter products because your hair can’t handle heavier products. Your hair can’t handle high heat tools either.

Remember, when you know better, you do better. Knowing about your hair density will make or break you because your hair density determines what products and tools you use for your hair. That’s a wrap on today’s post, l hope this was helpful. For my next post, l will explain the dense test..

Let me know in the comment section below on your thoughts of hair density..

With love

Tarie♡♡

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My Daily Hair Spritz and Growth oil #ProtectiveStyle

Hey Beautiful People

Sometimes we just have to keep things simple to achieve great results. Breaking the bank will not solve the solution but knowing how to take care of your crown is worthwhile. As many of you are aware, I’m rocking afro kinky twists so by all means l am being extra and taking extra care of the crown. Well l am 4 weeks in with my protective style and you know you have gained some growth when you can see the root of your hair from the twist. I am absolutely proud of this progress, well after all we protective style to gain some  growth. Plus my twists still look neat and presentable (pat on the back).

Today l am sharing with you briefly the products l am using to keep my twists fresh and aid growth. So l have my daily spirtz and my growth oil, it’s rather difficult to use a hair butter with my installation.

Product 1: Fenugreek Spritz (Daily)

I use this DIY Fenugreek spritz to moisturise my hair and twists every morning and some nights. Now that we are in summer keeping the hair moisturised is super important to prevent hair and scalp dryness.

So why Fenugreek? Fenugreek seeds have numerous hair benefits. Well the one benefit that stood out for me was how it helps to minimise hair shredding. One of my hair goals is to reduce hair shredding as this will assist me in retaining more length, you feel me!!!

Product 2: DIY Hair Growth Oil

This hair growth oil is what l have been using to lock in moisture or as well as massaging my scalp.. l just added rosemary and lavender essential oils to the native child castor (a natural hair brand) to give the castor oil an extra boost. I normally apply the oil twice or three times a week..

 

As a sidenote, at night-time l use a satin scarf to wrap up my twists to avoid tension… Please don’t use old stockings or cotton fabric as they cause friction especial on the hairline…

So that’s wrap for today’s post, fingers crossed my products won’t let me down lols…Remember sometimes it’s best to keep things simple!

**Let me know in the comment section below of any other DIY spritz l could try and any other budget friendly products you’re using **

Love♡♡

Tarie

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Have You Heard About the Rice Water Rinse??

Hey Beautiful people

So you have a protective style like yours truly and you absolutely love how they are looking. You want to wash  and condition your style but you still don’t want to ruin your look. In order to achieve this, you also have to take care of your braids and your hair underneath it.  Well l am one person who is definitely all about the DIY on my hair. So  l came across this exciting hair treatment known as the Rice Water rinse which is mostly used by the Asian women. l learnt of this treatment earlier this year but never took it to heart. After hearing good reviews and how it’s a game changer in a natural hair care regime l figured, how about l give it a try. So lets explore more about this rinse:

Rice Water is the starchy water that remains after cooking rice or soaking. In recent years, most hair blogs have caught on to this tradition. It is one of Asian’s ancient secret to long healthy hair growth. Now that rice water is on a rise, lets discuss the amazing benefits it has for the hair:

It is believed to

  • Improve hair growth
  • Reduce split ends
  • Protect hair from damage
  • Strengthen hair roots & smooth hair
  • Cure dandruff

Benefits: It contains many vitamins and minerals. These include:

  • amino acids
  • B vitamins
  • vitamin E
  • minerals
  • antioxidants

HOW TO MAKE RICE WATER: There are various ways of making rice water and l will discuss two ways:

Fermenting:  firstly wash the rice to remove any impurities , add water and cover the rice for about 24-48 hrs.  Fermented rice water produces a potent  substance called Pitera which is said to have higher amount of antioxidants, minerals and vitamins. Fermented rice water can be in used as a protein treatment.

Take 2 tablespoons of rice add  1 1/2 cups of water to the rice and let it soak

N.B You can use any rice of your choice…(white, parboiled, organic)

Boiling the Rice: you just have to boil the rice for a few minutes until the water turns cloudy. The excess water left after boiling rice is what you need for the rice water rinse.

How to Wash the Braids/Twists

It is vitally important, to wash your braids or twists after about two or three weeks depending on how dirty your hair feels. Washing your hair in braids is similar to washing your hair without braids. You can pick a cleansing shampoo of your choice if you have too much product build-up on your head.

 

Apply your preferred shampoo and work through your braids and scalp. Be gentle so as to avoid causing tension on the braids. Once you have lathered the shampoo and gently massaged your scalp, rinse off the shampoo with lukewarm water. Squeeze the excess water out of your braids.

Rinsing

Instead of using conditioner, let’s welcome the new world of a rinse. Yass hunnay, you read that right, rinse is the new word buzzing. The problem with conditioning your hair while in braids is the mess it can be afterwards. Conditioner has to be applied to the strands and this means squeezing it into the synthetic hair. Unlike natural hair, synthetic hair in braids does not rinse off easily. You will end up with particles of this conditioner stuck to your braids. It’s rather pointless since you cannot reach all your strands under all the braids.

A rice water rinse can condition and double up as a protein rinse. Rice rinses also promote healthy hair growth and therefore should be considered when you have braids.This past weekend l had my first rice water rinse with my protective style.  l used the fermenting option to use the rinse. To my rice water  mixture l had to add a few drops of lavender oil to the rice water to remove the strong scent. Fermenting helps to release Inisitol, which is the substance that we want for our hair. Put it in a dark and warm area for a day or two so that it can ferment.  After rinsing off shampoo, pour the rice water all over your scalp and hair. You can also gently massage the scalp to stimulate absorption. Let the rice water sit on your head for about 1 hour and cover with a plastic cap then rinse it off with cold water to seal your hair cuticles. Save the water for the second wash and place it in an airtight container.

After the rinse, my hair felt extra clean and my braids were dry after 3 hours.  For an alternative protein treatment,  l suggest trying the rice water rinse. Hope you enjoyed this post.

**Let me know below if you have done the rice water rinse before and what’s been your experience?

With Love

Tarie

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In My Feelings about My Protective Style

Hey beautiful people

So it’s been a week since l joined team protective styling with extensions after 8 months dealing with my coily hair. Just a mini definition, protective styling with extensions is when you are protecting your natural hair with hair fibre… At first l never thought I would live with my hair for that long but your girl made it happen. Deciding on which protective style to rock was a challenge because initially l had my eyes fixed on Faux locs but l then later settled for medium twists with a bob like kinda feel. I wanted a style where l would allow my scalp to breathe as well.

The medium twists were installed at a local salon in town through a referral. Honestly, l was just so sceptical about visiting a salon since it had been a while, roughly over 5 years so l was not too sure what to expect. Hair salons are never my thing; hairdressers are not yet quite knowledgeable about natural hair care, they just handle the hair however and salons are just so congested especially on weekends. Anyone who has the same sentiments?

Prior to the hairdo l did a light protein (not too sure what a light protein is, please read my previous post) deep condition and strectched out my hair with chunky twists. As with most hairdressers, l showed her a picture of what l wanted but yah neh style took another turn altogether lols. To achieve this look l used 2 packs of Afro Kinky braid in the color number 1 – black. Each packet cost $11.50. My salon experience was quite interesting l had countless encounters where people would ask me when l will relax my hair and at the back of my mind l was like “never”. Apa the pain l had watching the ladies chemicalising their hair.. Spending time in the salon made me realise how most hairdressers are not aware of how to handle natural hair. The entire process took about 5 hours and l was plaited by two ladies. l was thrilled about this because l was not planning on spending my entire Saturday in a hair salon.

After having the style for a week, twists still feel light weight and l am starting to feel the look. Since l had been out of the game with  protective styling with extension l must say it’s somewhat  pricey so l applaud my ladies who rock these styles month after month because l won’t keep up lols. Nonetheless I must admit, I’m enjoying staying out of my hair and how low maintenance the style is. However, I’m making sure to maintain my scalp and my hair underneath by spritzing and massaging with my hair oil as I am trying to retain more length and have less breakage. I’m hoping to achieve more thickness after my takedown as well..

My plan is to keep in the twists for about 4-6 weeks and during that duration will wash my hair twice to prevent any scalp dryness or product build-up. Well will l set foot in a hair salon again well not too sure haha..

**Please leave a comment below on how you feel about getting your hair done at the salon and what protective style with extension are you rocking**

With Love

Tarie♡♡

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