All hair, whether straight or curly is made up of of the same components. However, the shape of hair follicle, which is largely a result of genetics, determines whether hair is straight, wavy or curly. The straighter the hair, the rounder the shape of the follicle. Curly hair has elliptical shaped follicles that bend and turn. The more elliptical the shape of the hair shaft, the curlier the hair. Most follicles contain sebaceous glands, which are responsible for releasing an oily substance called sebum that lubricates the hair.
In a previous post , I discussed hair porosity. This post will go into detail about what you can do if your hair is low porosity. To recap, it can be defined as hair with compact and overlapping cuticle layers. The physical characteristics of this type of hair causes it to repel water, making it difficult to hydrate and even permanently color/dye.
What is porosity?
Your hair’s ability to absorb and retain moisture (i.e. water). Knowing this is a key factor in caring for your hair and keeping it healthy and hydrated.
Curly and afro hair is often a topic of conversation. I get a lot of questions and comments about my hair. Although most comments are positive, sometimes comments are negative or are based on a lack of understanding or misconceptions.
There is no product more important to curly hair than water.
I say this because I am an advocate for health both internally and externally. I have only positive things to say about mother nature’s gift to curly hair. Water promotes growth, length retention, moisture, pliability and definition. We water our plants and watch them turn into beautiful creations, why not our hair? Of course, it goes without saying that conditioners, oils and leave-ins are great to achieve healthy hair. However, water is the only “product” that let’s us hit reset and give our hair a fresh start.