Porosity, BKT & Other Strange Things 

For all those curly girls, who think their hair is just dry, I have news for you. There’s a word for it. For all those curly girls, who hopelessly describe their curls as tight and curly, real tight and coily, etc. Guess what?  Your curls have names. No lie! It’s a thing. I promise.

 

Porosity. Seems like a big word. Kinda. It’s big in terms of its importance. The porosity level of your hair is something that you should always know and check for.

  1. A strand of CLEAN hair
  2. Drop strand in glass of water
  3. Levels:High= Drops to BOTTOM                                                                                                                  Normal= Sinks to MIDDLE                                                                                                                   Low= Floats at TOP 

Porosity has three levels: high, normal and low. A high porosity means that your hair happily absorbs water and oils. Normal porosity means that your hair absorbs the water and oil it needs and low porosity means that your hair rarely absorbs water and oils. For African Americans, low porosity is usually the card we draw. I complain a lot about how I constantly have to keep adding products to my hair when wearing it natural. Knowing your porosity level saves you a lot of trouble. When you know your level you know the products and ingredients to look out for and you can start a plan on maintaining happy hair.


Curl pattern. Ladies there are three curl types 2, 3 and 4, and there are three sub types for each type A,B and C. Let me explain. Type 2 hair ranges from loose waves to loose curls the types include: 2A, 2B, 2A.  Type 3 hair ranges from curly to tight curls and include: 3A, 3B, 3C. Type 4 hair ranges from tight curls to extremely coily. Most people have a mixed curl pattern. For example, I have a mixture of 3C and 4A hair. Learning your curl pattern can teach you a lot about your hair. Type 4 hair usually has a lot of shrinkage. Knowing this saves you the trouble of thinking your hair isn’t growing. You know that your hair type is prone to shrinkage.

BKT. Brazilian Keratin Treatment. A BKT is a helpful term to know. These type of treatments are great for restoring hair. They’re like those expensive shoes you bring out ever so often to quietly stunt on a couple people. BKT’s revive the hair and ensure that the right ingredients like keratin get into the hair follicles.

These are just a few or the many terms of the natural hair world. Exploring these terms and there meanings will be beneficial to you and your natural hair journey.

I Grow, I Slay 

  
#BlackGirlMagic is powerful, but we don’t always see it working. 

The most annoying thing after a big chop is waiting on the results of your drastic decision. It seems like your hair never grows, even an inch. Spending time looking at pictures of gorgeous girls with gorgeous curls doesn’t make the process any better. 

But believe it or not, hair does grow and much faster than you think. I cut my hair in September and I kept it cut at that length until November. It’s now February, and the length is visible within a couple short months.  My hair went from a pixie to a short bob! 

This is just a little piece of encouragement ladies. Patience and faith are two key items. Drinking your water and eating right weigh in as well. Remember, your hair needs water just like a plant. Lastly, and most importantly for me. protective styling plays an important role. Keeping your hair in a style where it can be left alone for at least a few days is the best thing for your hair. When you’re constantly messing with it, it can leave room for split ends, heat damage and other undesirable things. 

Keep the faith. Your melanin pops and you have the black girl magic. 

5 Things To Do While Waiting for Hair to Dry 

We’ve all had that weird lapse of time between setting your Bantu Knots and waiting for them to dry, so you can look as put together as the natural hair girls on IG. 

 Here’s some things to take your attention off your hair! 

1. Binge Watch a Show 

I know I love to find a new show to binge watch. Binge watching gives hours on top of hours of time for your hair to dry. You get so emotionally invested in the show you forget why you started watching in the first place. Before you know it you have a set of flawless curls. 

2. Sleep 

Sleeping is one of my favorite activities and I like other people take advantage of the time that sleep offers. Those eight hours of sleep seem to fly away by the time the alarm clock goes off. You wake up feeling less than refreshed but your curls tell a completely different story. One long night of sleep can give your hair the time it needs to manifest into a beautiful masterpiece. 

3. Cook a Meal 

Everyone loves to eat. Why not prepare a delicious meal while you dry. Depending on the look you’re going for drying your hair can take hours. Cooking is a way to pass the time. Plus you have to feed yourself eventually why not do it while you have the time. 

4. Makeup, Makeup, Makeup 

Girly girls love the makeup and I’m one of them. I just stopped by the MAC store today. A fresh look isn’t complete without a beat face to go with the twist out you’re waiting on. Makeup can take a long time to apply especially if you’re into contouring. Your hair will be dry in no time and you camera will be selfie ready. 

5. Clean the House 

Chores are something most people put off including me. Well there’s no time like the present and your hair drying can be the perfect opportunity to do that deep spring cleaning you’ve been thinking about. 

Does My Shrinkage Drag Me Down? 

Shrinkage is a topic of concern for most of the natural hair population, but that’s not the topic of today’s discussion.

Does natural hair and protective styling interfere with work and advancing in your career?  It’s sad to say that we live in a world that judges not on competency but appearance. For a woman, especially a woman of color, your appearance can make or break the bank account.  

Right now, we’re dealing with #OscarsSoWhite, #BlackLivesMatter and many other hashtags that express how racially profiled many people in America are. With that being said, it’s safe to assume that I, as an African American woman, am judged not only on appearance but also on my color. Now this isn’t true of everybody and it’s certainly not true of every company. But it is true of some. 

So that means when I walk into an interview with Howard Univeristy on my resume, a feat that speaks for itself, (#HowardStruggle) I’m not simply being interviewed for what I took from my education. I’m being interviewed on appearance meaning how well I dress, my manners, etiquette, how well I speak and my hair. Let’s just take a minute and break these things down.

  
First, what my interviewer doesn’t know is that since I stepped foot on Howard’s campus the School of Business has been instilling the importance of a black suit into my life every Tuesday and Thursday from 11:10-12:30. Second, the School of Business has instructed me on etiquette and manners as well as mock interviewers, resume critiques and CPD sessions with companies to ensure I’m qualified for anything. Lastly, my hair. With Howard being an HBCU you see pretty much everything by way of hair. There’s natural, transitioning, weaves, braids, wigs, relaxed and even bald. The Mecca truly teaches you to become intuned with your roots and yourself. Hair is a way that many females express that. So I can say that while Ms. Nash was strict on no piercings and covering tattoos, hair was never restricted. So here I am. I lived the last four years defining myself and my hair. Well now, I have to stop and think. Will this be exceptable? I mean it should be. It grows out of my head just like everyone else’s. What’s different about mine? 

The answer to that is in the question. Mine is DIFFERENT.  The tight coils that come out of my scalp infused with coconut oil are like magic! There’s no limit on what a naturalista can conjure up to display her curls. 

The moral of the story is you judge my hair because you can’t contain it. It doesn’t fit neatly in a bun. There’s a curl, or two, that’s a little out place. Like me and my opinions on your company. My hair shows growth by how it widens in its structure. This symbolizes that I as a person grow and morph into something more beautiful with every inch. You constantly seek volume to make your hair fuller. Mine is natural. My volume is never ending. 

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