Looking for ways to find products that actually work for your hair? Yeah, I have been there. You see everyone on YouTube, Instagram, and Facebook raving about a product but when you try it you don’t nearly get the same results. It can be frustrating but you can find the right products that work for your hair. Here are 3 ways that I have used over the years to find products that work for my natural hair.
Check the Porosity of you hair
This is probably the major key! I wish I did this sooner in my natural hair journey. Yes, I will admit that I didn’t know what my hair’s porosity was until this past year. Porosity is defined as your hair’s ability to absorb moisture. You can determine your hair’s porosity by doing the hair porosity float test. Simply take a strand of your hair and place it in a cup of water. If it floats you have low porosity, if it sinks you have high porosity and if it sinks slowly you have normal porosity.
- Low Porosity hair repels moisture and it does not enter easily. Hair is resistant to moisture. Product usually sit on top of your hair and does not get adsorbed. You should use lighter products on oils on your hair. Good oils for low porosity hair are grapeseed and almond oil. Hair milks and water based leave ins are KEY!
- High Porosity hair absorbs too much moisture, but is unable to retain it. Hair often looks dry. Heavy butters and oils like Jamaican Black Castor oil are good for those with high porosity hair.
- Normal Porosity hair absorbs and retains the perfect amount of moisture. We all wish we had this type of hair don’t we?
Trial and Error
I know you may not want to hear this but trying out products is a good way to help you determine the best products that work for your natural hair. Get a group of your curlfriends together and have a product swap. Some products that didn’t work for you may work for your curlfriend and vice versa. You can also save your coins this way!
Keep a Natural Hair Journal
In the beginning of my natural hair journey, I wrote everything down. It was my way to journal my process before i had a blog. Keeping a journal can help you in your product journey search as well. Use it to jot down how your hair felt after using specific product, what you liked about it and what you didn’t like. You can also use it to list ingredients that were found in the products. Compare the results and see how each product worked differently and what you liked.
What current methods do you use to find products that work for you hair?