How to save money when purchasing products for Curly hair or Dry skin!

Have you been on an endless and expensive quest to discover products that will moisturize your dry skin and curly or dry hair?

 On occasion you may have even exceeded your budget on products based on many promises, but sadly they did not fulfill the objective that you require them to. Why does this keep happening?

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Why does this keep happening?

This keeps occuring as we go about buying products the wrong way. We need to change the way we go about buying product for dry skin and curly hair. Our selection should not only be based on the model, or blogger promoting the product, or even word of mouth. If this was an efficient method of, purchasing moisturizing products, then why do we have bathroom cabinets and dressing tables overflowing with almost full and hardly used ones!

Knowledge is power.(and it will save you some cash along the way)

If we have a health condition once it is diagnosed, we can take specific action to help to improve that condition. If it is undiagnosed you are likely to spend a lot of time trying remedies or following advice that is unlikely to be successful.

Why don’t we adopt the same method when it comes to our and hair? The more we understand about our skin and hair the more likely we will get an effective product match.

So what should you know:

 

a.  your skin type(porosity).

b.   your hair type

c.   product ingredients PRIOR to purchase.

d.    composition of natural oils (which is present in many products in varying amounts) is also important

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The five skin types:

1.   Normal skin- is balanced (neither dry or oily).

2.   Dry skin- does not produce or retain enough sebum (natural oil that the body produces). So, if your complexion is dull, or ashy or feels tight then you are likely to have this skin type.

3.   Oily skin- produces too much sebum. This results in greasy skin, enlarged pores, tendency for acne and less wrinkles. In severe cases it can cause Seborrhea dermatitis

4.   Combination Skin- is a mixture of dry and oily patches. Generally, the oiliest part would be your forehead and nose (T zone) but as with most things there are always exceptions to the rule!

5.   Sensitive skin- If your skin reacts to environmental factors, emotional situations etc. that trigger proves that your skins’ natural barrier function is weak. The nerve endings will be irritated, and this will result in burning, skin blotches or itchiness.

 

 CLOSE UP OF HAIR STRAND   Hair type   Porosity refers to the way your hair (in this instance)  absorbs  and retains moisture. The porosity of our hair will  There are 3 levels of hair porosity high, normal or low.   3 levels of Hair Porosity.     1.High porosity hair.     Absorbs moisture quickly , but also loses it quickly!  This is a sign of a damaged cuticle (they look like scales on the external part pf our hair) and low protein levels. This can be caused by chemical processes or use of hot appliances i.e hair straigthers or hair driers  If you leave your home with straightened hair, go to an indoor event that is packed with people, the air is hot and humid, and you end up returning home with an afro! You are likely to have high porosity hair.    2.Low Porosity hair    Low porous hair  will not absorb moisture  quickly and will hold what it does absorb quite well. Low porous hair is a sign that the cuticles are difficult to open. This may be due to our choices of product which contain silicones, overuse of conditioners and can even be because of minerals from hard water. S if your hair takes a long time to dry or you use product and it is difficult to absorb into your hair then it is likely to be low porosity.    3. Normal Porosity    Normal porosity hair is impermeable. It  will not absorb moisture quickly and will hold what it does absorb quite well . Hair should absorb water t a slow pace and what it does absorb it should retain it for a long period.     LET’S TAKE THE POROUS TEST.     1. Put a clean strand of hair in a clear glass of water and leave it for 4 minutes  2. If it  floats on top  (after 4 mins) you have  low porosity  hair  3. If it  sinks  to the bottom of the glass you have  high porosity hair   4. If it floats to the  middle  of the glass you have  normal  porosity hair    Now you know your skin and hair type. In, our next article we will work out what ingredients in products will be helpful to you.

CLOSE UP OF HAIR STRAND

Hair type

Porosity refers to the way your hair (in this instance) absorbs and retains moisture. The porosity of our hair will

There are 3 levels of hair porosity high, normal or low.

3 levels of Hair Porosity.

1.High porosity hair.

Absorbs moisture quickly, but also loses it quickly!

This is a sign of a damaged cuticle (they look like scales on the external part pf our hair) and low protein levels. This can be caused by chemical processes or use of hot appliances i.e hair straigthers or hair driers

If you leave your home with straightened hair, go to an indoor event that is packed with people, the air is hot and humid, and you end up returning home with an afro! You are likely to have high porosity hair.

2.Low Porosity hair

Low porous hair will not absorb moisture quickly and will hold what it does absorb quite well. Low porous hair is a sign that the cuticles are difficult to open. This may be due to our choices of product which contain silicones, overuse of conditioners and can even be because of minerals from hard water. S if your hair takes a long time to dry or you use product and it is difficult to absorb into your hair then it is likely to be low porosity.

3. Normal Porosity

Normal porosity hair is impermeable. It will not absorb moisture quickly and will hold what it does absorb quite well. Hair should absorb water t a slow pace and what it does absorb it should retain it for a long period.

LET’S TAKE THE POROUS TEST.

1. Put a clean strand of hair in a clear glass of water and leave it for 4 minutes

2. If it floats on top (after 4 mins) you have low porosity hair

3. If it sinks to the bottom of the glass you have high porosity hair

4. If it floats to the middle of the glass you have normal porosity hair

Now you know your skin and hair type. In, our next article we will work out what ingredients in products will be helpful to you.