WHAT IS POROSITY?: HOW TO KNOW IF YOUR HAIR IS RETAINING THE MOISTURE IT NEEDS TO THRIVE

As I’ve mentioned in a previous blog post, there are certain characteristics about your hair that are important to know and understand. Those characteristics include your hair’s texture, density, strength, and porosity levels. I’ve talked texture before here.While hair density is the number of strands packed together on your head and hair strength is based on how resistant your hair is to breakage when force is applied to it (such as pulling or combing), porosity is particularly important to consider because it is all about your hair’s ability to absorb and retain moisture. Your hair can possess low, normal or high porosity levels.

NATURAL, TEXLAXED OR RELAXED HAIR? ACHIEVING THE HEALTHIEST POSSIBLE HAIR IN ANY CASE

As a child growing up in Harlem, I remember how everyone had relaxed hair except me. I wanted relaxed hair too but my mother would not allow it. And that’s how I came to know about natural hair; I had to teach myself how to comb, manage and style my hair in its natural state. Later on, I did relax my hair but I decided to wear my hair naturally. Natural just worked better for me. My natural hair choice was never politically motivated; it was simply a styling preference.

LOCS BENEFITS, LOC EXTENSIONS & OTHER LOCS 411

Another great option for rocking a natural style is locs. Although locs have actually been around for thousands of years (ancient Egyptians wore them), many are unaware of the benefits and upkeep involved in maintaining them. Today, however, there are great deal of hair care professionals who specialize in loc care and many products available (such as my Black Earth products) to flaunt clean, healthy, long, beautiful locs. But first, why loc?

LEARN NIGHT TIME HAIR CARE AT THE CURLS, KINKS AND CULTURE FESTIVAL

On October 28, from 12 pm to 7pm, all are invited to join us in Atlanta for the Curls, Kinks and Culture Festival. This one-of-a-kind celebration of natural hair isn't just a hair show. Attendees can look forward to an array of features and attractions including musical performances, interactive exercise presentations, cooking demonstrations and trap karaoke!

STYLE SHOWCASE: GEL TWISTS, BANTU KNOTS AND TWO-STRAND TWISTS

Natural hair is not only healthier to wear, it’s also fun to flaunt. Styling possibilities are endless and the outcomes are always unique to each head of hair. Below are three styles for varying lengths of curly, coily hair with links to videos demonstrating exactly how to achieve these looks.

NATURALISTAS, HERE’S WHY MOISTURIZING AND CONDITIONING IS A MUST

The fact is that if you don’t have naturally straight hair, the oil your skin naturally secretes from the sebaceous glands in your scalp has a trickier time coating the strands of your hair from root to tip. It’s a matter of a straight path versus a curvier path. When your curvier strands don’t receive moisture from your natural oils they are in greater danger of becoming dry and suffering damage. The following reasons are why it is important to care for your hair with a moisturizing and conditioning routine.