Defining Curls using the Curly Girl method!

I am learning to work with my 4C, corkscrew curly, hair. I’ve gotten quite frustrated at times. It’s thin, fragile and has a very tight curl pattern. A friend introduced me to a book called:

Curly Girl: The Handbook                           by Lorraine Massey

I was really happy to read a book about curly girls and their curly hair problems and solutions. There were so many great stories and solutions. What I learned was that girls with curls, no matter what nationality, have struggled with taming, styling and understanding how to maintain their curls. It was actually very comforting!

The author, Lorraine Massey, is a hair stylist who has worked with many different curly hair types – including her own – and has so much great advice! The contents range from hair type and curl pattern to styling and homemade recipes for maintenance.

At this point, I have only tried one remedy for maintaining moisture and defining my curls – conditioner! Styling with conditioner is something I would have never thought possible. I know what you’re saying “you are supposed to rinse the conditioner out, then style.” NOPE, not curly girls! See, the thing about curly hair is that it is more fragile than straight hair. So, the conditioner helps to strengthen and fill in the holes in the hair shaft. It also works like a setting lotion. BUT, you can’t just use any conditioner. It has to be alcohol free and botanical. Botanical conditioner is combined with fruit oils, plant oils, and other emollients that are good for moisturizing your hair.

So here is the result of my testing this method:

I found my curl! I am so excited and have received so many compliments. Shrinkage is my only dilemma, and I’ve decided to no longer worry about that. My hair shrinks about 75-80% of it’s true length. It just is what it is!

High Porosity Hair?

I read a few articles recently about porosity,

Finding the Right Identity for Your Hair Type

How to Deal with High-porosity Hair

and have concluded that my hair is very porous (or high porosity). This is a condition that most curlies have to deal with because the hair is not able to maintain moisture due to all of the twists and bends of the hair shaft. Natural hair oils are not able to travel down the hair shaft to the ends. If you are not sure, one indication that you may have high porosity is if your hair dries very quickly, after washing (or co-washing) and it becomes puffy, frizzy, brittle and crunchy. So after reading a series of other articles and watching youtube videos, like the one below,

I decided I needed to try and do something about it.

Very porous hair can be treated, but what I have learned is that the hair is damaged down to the cuticle. A damaged cuticle doesn’t close. When it doesn’t close, then the moisture received from washing is not retained and is released just as fast, if not faster, from the hair. This can actually dry your hair out even more!

The appearance of the hair depends largely on the health of the cuticle, the protective sheath of the whole hair-Dr. Neil Persadsingh-


So, I went out and bought some Roux Porosity Control Corrector and Conditioner

A product thumbnail of Roux Porosity Control Corrector & Conditioner

and decided to give it a try.  It is suppose to help restore the ph levels in the hair, as well as help the cuticles in the hair shaft to close. I can’t tell yet since I’ve only used it once, but I will use it a few more times before I report the results. So, stay tuned. . .

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