Hair Porosity

Do you know your hair porosity?

If you don’t, go ahead and google it right quick. I’ll wait for you to COME BACK, or you can just continue to read. I’ll give you some details, okay?

When I began my hair journey, I didn’t know anything about hair porosity. Matter of fact, I didn’t know my hair porosity until about 4 months ago. I know, I know shame on me! Any-who, let me tell you why it is so important to ME, and maybe it will help you with your hair regimen. But before we get started, let me get this off my chest real quick, knowing my hair type didn’t do anything for me. In the past, I tried to determine if my hair was 3c or 4a, b or c. I couldn’t figure it out. I have so many different curl patterns that I’m really not trying to keep up with al-lat.

Plus, knowing my curl type didn’t grow my hair, nor did it help with the HEALTH of my hair. So I’ll leave that at that and move on. And no, we are not about to go back and forth on this subject because I don’t have time. Lol

Back to the REAL topic at hand that will actually benefit you.

I’ll give you a little back information.

Hair porosity is how well your hair absorb the products you put in your hair, how well it absorbs water,and how it retains moisture.

There are 3 levels of hair porosity High, low and normal.

High: High porosity allows too much moisture into your hair which can cause frizz. You may even experience more tangling during wash days.

Low: It is hard for moisture to get into your hair. When you wash your hair, you probably will find out it is hard to get your hair soaking wet. You will see small water droplets just sitting on your strands. Also, it is prone to product build up as well.

Normal:This is the balance between high and low porosity. Medium or normal porosity is easier to maintain because just the right amount of moisture stays in the strands. This results in hairstyles holding up well and the hair can even take color easily. Just take it easy with the coloring and protein because you don’t want the porosity to increase.

How I found out my hair porosity was by doing one of the many hair tests. I took two strands of CLEAN hair, and  placed them in water. My strands floated to the top of the cup. This was the simplest test to me. You can try it as well.

Since knowing my hair is low porosity, my entire wash day has changed! You know those memes that say rinse your hair in cold or cool water to close those hair follicles? Well with low porosity you don’t want to close them, you want to open those follicles for moisture to come in. So, rinsing with warm water is more beneficial.

Using lighter oils such as jojoba, olive oil, tea tree oil, and peppermint oil are good as well.

Now I’m sorry, but my hair doesn’t agree with coconut oil so guess what? It AINT make the list! (I’ll save that story for another day)

Moving on to applying products to my hair.

My hair has to be SOAKING wet when I apply my moisturizers and gels. I spray my sections with warm water and then go in with the products. I can’t style my hair on dry hair or barely damp hair. I tried and my hair turned out trash.

But do what works for you. I’m just telling you what worked for me and my hair. Again, I’m not a professional, so if you feel like you are then by all means… do you boo!

That’s it for now. If I figure out some more tips and tricks, I will definitely write another post. So until then, I’ll chat with y’all later. Peace!

5 Surprising Benefits of Using Shea Butter on Natural Hair

Welcome back, welcome back. Welcome backkkk!

So, a few weeks ago I was on my Instagram story (@julietuncapped, shameless plug), and I asked my curlfriends have they ever used Shea Butter on their natural hair. Majority of everyone said NO!

Hunny, I was so shocked, like sis, why not?

For over a month, I have been using Shea butter as a leave in before I styled my hair. It has my hair feeling so soft. My styles seemed to last longer without feeling dry and brittle by day THREE!

Even when it’s time to re-twist or wash my hair, it’s not as dry as it normally is before I started using Shea Butter. So before you stop reading and say you’re not using it, give me a second to provide these good benefits!

I know the first question you have is does it grow my hair. YES, it does!

Left side: Shea Butter DIY Conditioner
Right side: no product
  1. Prevents hair loss and promotes growth—->Let me tell you how… Shea butter has great nutrients including fatty acids, vitamin A, vitamin E and vitamin K. These vitamins work together to reduce scalp irritation. Shea butter steps in to juice up those hair follicles, which creates a better environment to grow healthy hair.
  2. Remember on my last natural hair post we were talking about those raggedy split ends? Okay well, Shea butter helps with split ends!
  3. Dandruff? Sis, take that melted Shea butter and massage it onto your scalp. Do this 2 or more times a week, and you’ll notice a difference when it comes to those flakes, girl.
  4. Omgosh, this benefit is my favorite. I use it in my deep conditioner because my hair is EXTREMELY dry! I have low porosity hair, and it seems like I need that added moisture. But, hair porosity, girl, that’s another post for another day! Let me just say this, shea butter made my hair so soft. My hair was popping! I mixed it with my favorite oils and regular conditioner. So BOMB!

If you don’t try any other step, pretty please try benefit number FOUR!
Last step, okay?

I haven’t tried this step, BUT I will when I straighten my hair.

5. Shea butter can be used as a heat protectant. *pause* I know, I know.. you’re like girl bye, we know you’re lying. But, I’m not!

Mix the melted butter with avocado oil or another moisturizing product, and you have a heat protectant. It helps protect the hair shaft from heat damage.

Whew, after al-lat, I hope I convinced you to start using Shea butter in your wash day regimen. I am seeing benefits, and I want all of us beauties to have luxurious hair!
Any who, I’ll catch you on my next post! We’ll chat soon!

3 Simple Steps Towards Healthier Natural Hair

First things first, I am not a professional. The tips I am leaving below are what helped me during my journey. Of course there are more, but we are only discussing THREE right now. Okay? Cool!

1. Cut/ trim your hair:

I know you’re like “girl, bye. I’m not cutting my hair”. Well, let me break it down to you. Split ends are real and cause real damage. They will have your hair feeling and looking lifeless. Your styles will not turn out the way you want them too. LET ME TELL YOU, you will have so many failed attempts at hairstyles.  Trust, I been there numerous of times. Plus, you’ll begin to wonder why moisture does not stay in your hair for long periods of time or even at all. I will advise you now, sis, deep conditioning over split ends is not curing them. You can’t cure split ends by deep conditioning every week. The hair shafts are not going to link back together again. The only way to fix the problem is to cut it. I tried this, and it did not work out.

Okay, so once you have cut off those raggedy ends, let’s get into a hair regimen.

2. Hair Regimen:  

For my pre-poo, I love hot oil treatments! Not just any ole’ hot oil treatment either. I let that bad boy stay in overnight. I wake up in the morning, and my hair is SUPER soft. (do not knock it, til you have tried it) The reason I do this step is because my scalp can become extremely flaky from weekly protective styles. The hot oil treatment protects my dry scalp. In addition, it brings life back into my dull hair, and have it POPPING again. After pre-poo, I follow up with my favorite sulfate free shampoo, and a conditioner with nice slip.

DO NOT SKIP THIS NEXT STEP, just like you wouldn’t skip brushing your teeth in the morning!

Deep conditioning weekly helped me a ton! It helps restore the moisture to your hair, and prevents those split ends we were discussing earlier. Girl, it also adds shine to your mane and have it looking luxurious.

With the oils from the hot oil treatment and weekly deep conditioning, these two steps combine will strengthen your hair, which will cause it to grow.

List of my favorite oils:

Olive Oil

Jamaican Black Castor Oil

Tea Tree Oil

Jojoba Oil

Sorry, coconut oil did not make the list.

Okay, we are almost finished.

Listen, as my mom would tell me as a child, KEEP YOUR HANDS OUT OF YOUR HEAD! With that being said, style your hair in a way that requires little to no maintenance.

3. Protective Styles:

Using a protective style prevents manipulation, such as too much combing, picking, tugging at your hair. With some protective styling, you’re protecting the ends of your hair causing less single strand knots, which I know we all hate. Protective styles will also help you avoid HEAT!


Here are a few ways I protective style my hair:

My fav, the infamous puff

Simple and Easy Updo

Two Strand Twist ( You can jazz it up with hair jewelry like I did.)

Slick Pony with added hair

There you have it, 3 simple steps towards healthier natural hair. Let me know how your journey is coming along in the comments. I love to chat!

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