Blended Beauty Independence Day Sale

Blended Beauty is having an Independence Day Sale from now until July 5th 2011.

Take an additional 20% off any TWO items with coupon code: CheersThe4th at checkout on http://www.blendedbeauty.com

I have not tried these products, but the company has been around for sometime.  You can find plenty threads about the products use on hair forums, message boards or on youtube. Here is a review from YTer PrettyDimples01 http://youtu.be/a0RDWOnHAEo

The company also has a guide to help you select the best products for your hair needs.  Blended Beauty products are 98-99% natural and do not contain petroleum, mineral oil, silicone or acrylics.

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Tips for Low Porosity Naturals

I talked about porosity a few posts ago but as a refresher, porosity is the measure of absorption in the cuticle layer of your hair.  The cuticle layer of your hair is arranged like shingles on a roof.  A tight, compact shingle pattern make penetration difficult yielding low porosity.

So how do you know if you have lo-po hair?  Well when you apply products, particularly heavy creams or butters, does it feel like the product is just sitting on top of your hair rather than being absorbed?  Do you have to drench and dunk your hair in water to get it wet?  Does your hair tend to resist chemical treatments like coloring?  If you answered yes then you may have lo-po hair.  Another way is to do a porosity test by placing a clean, dry, product-free strand of hair in a bowl of water.  If the hair floats at the top of the water you have low porosity.

So what is a natural with lo-po hair to do?  Well below are tips from NaturallyCurly.com member Marah Mizrahi on caring for lo-po hair:

Here are a few [product] suggestions. The Kinky Curly Line is a good one. Curl Junkie is another one that has decent products for low porosity hair. Tigi Moisture Maniac Conditioner. Oyin Honey Hemp Conditioner. Giovanni 50/50 Balanced Hair Remoisturizer.

Any line that has humectants and emollients that soften the hair. Try not to go oil or protein over board. Low porosity hair doesn’t need a lot of either one. Some low porosity folks find they are extremely oil sensitive and avoid mostly all oils, especially coconut oil.

I can’t recommend Carol’s Daughter because I don’t like the line at all. I also don’t recommend Miss Jessies or Mixed Chicks.

A lot of people with low porosity have to find ways to get things inside their hair shaft. Because the cuticle is tight what you try to do is raise the cuticle so the products can penetrate.

Ways to do this is use Very warm (not hot) water before your conditioner is apply. Another way is steam (some people invest in steamers or create their own). You can apply your conditioner to wet hair and put a plastic cap and sitting under a hooded dryer with conditioner on the hair which is basically a heated deep treatment. The most important thing is to get moisture in and the way to do that is raise the cuticle. Alkaline type solutions do this as well.

A controversial way to do it is to use baking soda treatments on the hair. Where you basically add a little bit into your conditioner and rinse it out. You have to make sure to rinse with cold water or use very diluted apple cider vinegar to close the cuticle back though. I say this is controversial because some people swear by it, others think it’s a bad idea to use baking soda in the hair.

Try to find water based products that contain humectants. A humectant would be like glycerin, pathenol, honey, aloe, fructose, glucose, hydrolyzed silk, urea, propylene glycol, etc. Ingredients that draw moisture to the hair.

You’ll have to test the glycerin because some folks feel they are glycerin sensitive. If you have very low porosity hair though as you describe..this might help you out provided you don’t’ live in an extremely dry climate and it’s probably one of the easiest humectants to spot on the ingredient list of products.

Avoid protein laden products. Look for richer conditioners with great emollients but not a bunch of unnecessary oils. You’ll probably want to avoid a lot of oily products, silicones, mineral oils, petroleum anything that can super coat the hair shaft since you already have a compact hair cuticle you don’t really need to use a lot of oily ingredients to majorly coat the hair. Because you want a decent amount of moisture drawn to your curls so if you use any oils just be picky and use the least amount you can.

Some low porosity folks actually prefer to use shampoo as opposed to conditioner washing only because of the fact that it (shampoo) ingredients helps to opens the cuticle. They look for a good moisturizing shampoo that doesn’t terribly strip the hair. Some are fine with sulfates,others are not. If you still want to avoid sulfates but use shampoo try to find a decent moisturizing one. Aubrey Organics Honey Suckle Rose is a good one, so is Giovanni 50/50 Shampoo.

Thank you Marah so much for tips for the lo-po naturals.  The Cherry Lola treatment is also popular for lo-po naturals, this treatment can be found in my previous notes.  If you do Cherry Lola or another baking soda treatment be sure to follow with something  moisturizing! https://derbycitynaturals.wordpress.com/2011/03/06/cherrylola-no-frizz-protein-treatment/

Hair Cuticle Images.

Hair Facts: Porosity

Porosity is a key component to hair moisture.  Porosity is the measure of absorption in the cuticle layer of your hair.  Hair can be described as high, average and low porosity. The cuticle layer of your hair is arranged like shingles on a roof.  A tight, compact shingle pattern makes penetration difficult yielding low porosity. A loose, raised shingle pattern makes penetration easy yielding high porosity. In between is medium porosity.

Low porosity hair is resistant to water, heat and processing.  Products tend to lay on top of the hair shaft rather than be absorbed. Good deep treatments for low porosity hair include alkaline solutions like baking soda in order to open up the hair shaft.  Those with low porous hair should avoid thick creams or butters as they will not be absorbed and leave hair feeling greasy.

High porosity hair absorbs and releases product readily. For this reason it is more prone to dryness and damage from heat and processing because the cuticle remains open. Highly porous hair requires the use of oils, butters or silicones to seal the moisture into the hair to avoid evaporation.  Those with highly porous hair should use acidic solutions like vinegar to close the hair shaft.

Average porosity hair will absorb and retain water and products.  While you have a given hair porosity, you can change the condition of your cuticle through mistreatment.  Excessive heat,over-processing or harsh detergents can cause damage to the cuticle layer resulting in high porosity hair that is dry.  It is also said that frequent prolonged henna treatments can seal the cuticle layer resulting in low porosity hair that is also dry.

There are simple tests to help determine your hair porosity.  Grab a single strand of hair with one hand then using the other hand slide two fingers up the hair strand from the end to the root with the strand between them.  If the strand feels smooth or polished like rubbing wood with the grain, you have low porosity.  If the strand feels bumpy or ruffled, like when you rub velvet against the nap, you have high porosity.  Another way to test porosity is to place a single strand of clean, dry hair in a bowl of water. If the hair sinks to the bottom you have porous hair.  If the hair floats on top of the water you have low porosity hair.  If the strand floats in the middle you have medium porosity.

 

The pink sponge with its larger holes represents high porosity. The blue sponge with small hardly noticeable holes represents low porosity. The yellow sponge represents medium porosity.

CherryLola–No Frizz Protein Treatment

*from the message boards of naturallycurly.com

2 cups plain yogurt

1/4 cup baking soda

1/4 cup Bragg Liquid Aminos

Mix ingredients and apply to damp or dry hair free of product build-up. Cover hair with plastic cap and leave on for 20-30 minutes. Thoroughly rinse hair then wash/cowash, deep condition and style as usual.

Make sure you are not using protein rich conditioner, as this would be overkill for your hair.

This recipe can be adjusted to your liking. If your hair is fairly porous you can use less soda or if you are protein sensitive use less amino acid.

Warning: the Aminos Acid has a strong smell likened to soy or teriyaki sauce so this does not smell pretty.

You can find Bragg Liquid Aminos at Vitamin Shoppe, Whole Foods, or other health food stores.