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KNOW THE DIFFERENCE : Hair Types

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dlemieux/flickr

I have to admit it.

Hair Typing didn’t seem like something I would be into. Maybe because it sounds like categorizing the look of one’s hair and texture, which has usually been a turn-off for me.

HOWEVER, I’ve actually found that  hair typing your curl pattern can be constructive if you are actually gaining some knowledge about your locks — and how to better care for them.

Andre Walker (Oprah’s renowned stylist of years) has a particularly helpful book, Andre Talks Hair, which helps women to identify their hair types and counsels them on caring for their specific textures.

Knowing what you are working with, is the first step to working with it!

Here is a compacted version of Walker’s categorization system for hair types (which I found at beautifullycaptured.blogspot.com) :

Type 1: Straight hair that won’t hold a curl. Type 1A is fine and thin, type 1B is medium textured, type 1C is coarse.

Type 2: Wavy hair. Type 2A is fine and thin, type 2B is medium textured, type 2C is coarse.

Type 3: Curly hair with soft smooth curls. Type 3A has loose curls, type 3B has a medium amount of curl.

Type 4: Kinky or very tightly curled hair. This hair is very fragile. Type 4A is tightly coiled in a S pattern (like ringlets). Type 4B is in a Z pattern, and the hair bends at angles.

**To determine your hair type look at 1 inch or more of untreated hair (hair that has not been chemically processed or straightened) and see where it falls.

Also, many women don’t carry just one hair type on their crowns! It is very common to have a mixture of two (or possibly even more) textures among your tresses.

If you’re more of a visual person, here are some links that actually show each respective hair type, along with a detailed description.

rockyournatural.blogspot.com

motowngirl.com

::Grow On::

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KNOW THE DIFFERENCE: Natural Vs. Organic Products

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photo by: Danielle Walker

Even the most savvy and ingredient-conscious buyers can run into a bit of confusion when trying to shop natural. In addition, the whole “go green” movement has made it even harder for us ladies to distinguish what is labeled natural, and what actually is natural.

The first step to becoming a natural shopper is in distinguishing the difference between natural and organic products.

Here’s an excerpt from Twirlit.com that briefly breaks down some important differences:

Natural products, be it skin care, makeup or products for the body, are usually made with ingredients derived from fruit, sugars, and vitamins. When a product says it has glycolic acid, that comes from sugar cane. Products that say they have vitamin B, C, or E, that’s usually considered natural. Also, products that say they have lemon or green apple extracts, they are also natural.

Organic products have to not just say they are organic on the label, but must be certified organic by the USDA or Ecocert (Canadian/UK organization). This certification means those products meet the organic standards of those organization. If you do not see that label, chances are those products are not organic. By having that label, it means there are no pesticides or chemicals such as paraben-free and petroleum-free.

::Note::

If  a product is labeled “natural” or “100% natural” that doesn’t mean it is so! The product just may contain some natural ingredient(s), since the regulations for labeling “natural” are pretty loose. (Although there’s definitely nothing wrong with most natural products that are correctly labeled so.) “Organic” on the other hand, if marked with the sufficient and certified label, is about as pure as it gets!

So when scouting for you’re beauty products next time, make sure to look at the ingredients or ask a sales associate if you are unsure of a product’s contents. If going natural (in every aspect) is your goal, it never hurts to do your homework!

Wanna read the full Twirlit.com article? Follow the link:

Natural vs. Organic Beauty

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KNOW THE DIFFERENCE: Protein and Moisturizing Conditioners

ElastaQP Mango Butter - A MOISTURIZING CONDITIONER

ElastaQP Mango Butter - A MOISTURIZING CONDITIONER

Motowngirl.com has a great bit on classifying your conditioning products. It’s always a great thing to know what you’re putting on your hair, because if you know this, then you can figure out what you’re doing to your hair.

Pictured above and below are two various conditioning products (which are both great, by the way). One moisturizes, while the other provides protein.

Here’s a segment from the motowngirl site explaining the difference:

Protein conditioners help to make the hair stronger…You normally need to follow up treatments with a moisturizing conditioner. If you use too much protein on your hair, it will feel hard and brittle, and could eventually break off.

Moisturizing conditioners are water-based and essential for natural hair in restoring softeness and moisture. They help to make the hair soft and retain elasticity, which aids in decreasing hair breakage…Using moisturizing conditioners too often can cause the hair to feel weak and limp.

On the whole, its usually good to do protein treatments sporadically vs. moisturizing  products which are normally used daily. A protein treatment once every 2 weeks (or once a month) should do your hair justice and give balance. However, one should always pay attention to their hair “signals.” You’ll know when enough is enough with either conditioning product. Only your hair can tell.

ORS Replenshing Conditioner - A PROTEIN CONDITIONER

ORS Replenshing Conditioner - A PROTEIN CONDITIONER

Click the link for more info:

Motowngirl

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