My name is Kanisha, I decided to go natural because my hair was severely DAMAGED! At the time I was wearing partial sew-ins with the perimeter of my hair left out (leave out). I was relaxing my leave out but the middle of my hair had begun to transition since I was constantly getting sew-ins. My biggest struggle when I first went natural was learning how to best take care of MY hair. Like most newly transitioned naturals, I would go on IG and YouTube for tips, styles and comparing hair types.
I made the mistake of thinking that hair type was the biggest determining factor when it came to what would work for my hair and I was wrong. This led me to do more research on hair porosity! I wish I would have known the importance of hair porosity sooner in my natural hair journey.
Hair Porosity: High
Hair Type: I have multiple hair types but they are all in the type 4 family (4a, 4b, 4c)
Did you transition or big chop immediately?
I transitioned but the majority of the time I wore weave with closures, so my transitioning hair was not out a lot. Some tips I would give to someone transitioning:
Keep your ends trimmed to help stimulate growth and BE PATIENT! This isn’t an easy journey, we want popping curls from day one and that isn’t possible for everyone, it was not the case for me! So, learn what your hair likes/needs and enjoy every stage of the journey.
What are your go-to products right now and why do you use them?
Aloe Vera Juice- contains amino acids which strengthen hair. Also acts as a humectant (can take moisture from the air and deliver it to your hair)
Shea Moisture High Porosity Moisture Seal Masque – I have high porosity hair which means that my hair shafts have a lot of pores in them. So, when I moisturize my hair it absorbs the moisture easily but it also loses moisture easily as well. This product helps to smooth down the hair shaft of highly porous hair. This allows moisture to be retained.
Jamaican Black Castor Oil Extra Dark- Very thick oil which helps to keep moisture sealed into my hair for longer which is important for high porosity hair. JBCO also stimulates hair growth and thickens hair.
What have you learned about your hair thus far?
Sealing in moisture is KEY! You can achieve this by moisturizing with a water-based conditioner, mist or hair milk and seal with a heavy oil or butter. I’ve also learned that my hair needs are everchanging. I just moved to FL from SC and it has been an adjustment dealing with the humidity and daily rain.
What advice would you give to someone with the same hair type or porosity?
- Wash and deep condition once a week
- Avoid a lot of heat. I only straighten my hair once about every 6 months to get a professional trim.
- KEEP your hair moisturized and SEAL that moisture!
- If you are having a hard time detangling try to PRE-POO and wash your hair in sections.
My Weekly Hair Regimen
Once per week
- Spray with water & Aloe Vera Juice mixture
- Apply Conditioner
- Apply hot oil treatment & detangle
Tailored Beauty Moisturizing Coconut Crème Shampoo
*Shampoo one time through
Focus on roots*
Shea Moisture High Porosity Moisture Seal Masque
Seal with Jamaican Black Castor Oil
Naturals, we hope you enjoyed this post and learned something new from Kanisha. We hope you found this informative. You can continue to follow her natural hair journey on Instagram @mykinkyroots and subscribe to her channel on YouTube. If you don’t know what your hair texture is. I recommend taking the texture quiz over at NaturallyCurly.com. If you don’t know what your hair porosity is I recommend taking the test as well. You can do it with a glass of water at home. You can find more details about the test in my hair regimen for the high porosity hair.
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Dear Pretty Black girl, You are dripping with melanin and a force to be reckoned with. You are made of brown sugar, cocoa, honey and gold. You’ve been crowned with kinks as loose as 3A to as tight as 4C. No matter what type of strands you were crowned with, pretty girl, embrace them unapologetically. You are fearfully and wonderfully made in the image of God. -Welcome home, pretty girl!