Four ways to save money when purchasing products for Curly hair or Dry skin!
I am not the only one who would spend a a lot of time and money purchasing products that did not work for me. It got to the stage that I was so cynical about products I doubted whether there was anything that could help.
On occasion you may have even exceeded your budget on products based on many promises, but sadly they did not fulfill the objective that you require them to. Why does this keep happening?
Why does this keep happening?
This keeps occurring as we go about buying products the wrong way. We need to change the method we use to buying product for dry skin and curly hair.
Our selection should not only be based on the model, or blogger promoting the product, or even word of mouth.
If this was an efficient way of, purchasing moisturizing products, then why do you have bathroom cabinets and dressing tables overflowing with almost full and hardly used ones!
Knowledge is power.
If you have a health condition once it is diagnosed, you can take specific action to help to improve that condition. If it is undiagnosed you are likely to spend a lot of time trying remedies or following advice that is unlikely to be successful.
Why don’t you adopt the same method when it comes to your skin and hair?
Do you really know your skin and understand your hair? The more knowledge you have about them the more likely you will get an effective product match.
4 THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW TO SAVE MONEY :
a. your skin type
b. your hair type (porosity)
c. product ingredients PRIOR to purchase.
d. composition of natural oils (which is present in many products in varying amounts) is also important
1. The five skin types:
1. Normal skin- is balanced (neither dry or oily).
2. Dry skin- does not produce or retain enough sebum (natural oil that the body produces). So, if your complexion is dull, or ashy or feels tight then you are likely to have this skin type.
3. Oily skin- produces too much sebum. This results in greasy skin, enlarged pores, tendency for acne and less wrinkles. In severe cases it can cause Seborrhea dermatitis
4. Combination Skin- is a mixture of dry and oily patches. Generally, the oiliest part would be your forehead and nose (T zone) but as with most things there are always exceptions to the rule!
5. Sensitive skin- If your skin reacts to environmental factors, emotional situations etc. that trigger proves that your skins’ natural barrier function is weak. The nerve endings will be irritated, and this will result in burning, skin blotches or itchiness
2. Hair type
Porosity refers to the way your hair (in this instance) absorbs and retains moisture. The porosity of our hair will
There are 3 levels of hair porosity high, normal or low.
3 levels of Hair Porosity.
1.High porosity hair.
Absorbs moisture quickly, but also loses it quickly!
This is a sign of a damaged cuticle (they look like scales on the external part pf our hair) and low protein levels. This can be caused by chemical processes or use of hot appliances i.e hair straighteners or hair driers
If you leave your home with straightened hair, go to an indoor event that is packed with people, the air is hot and humid, and you end up returning home with an afro! You are likely to have high porosity hair.
2.Low Porosity hair
Low porous hair will not absorb moisture quickly and will hold what it does absorb quite well. Low porous hair is a sign that the cuticles are difficult to open. This may be due to our choices of product which contain silicones, overuse of conditioners and can even be because of minerals from hard water. S if your hair takes a long time to dry or you use product and it is difficult to absorb into your hair then it is likely to be low porosity.
3. Normal Porosity
Normal porosity hair is impermeable. It will not absorb moisture quickly and will hold what it does absorb quite well. Hair should absorb water t a slow pace and what it does absorb it should retain it for a long period.
LET’S TAKE THE POROUS TEST.
1. Put a clean strand of hair in a clear glass of water and leave it for 4 minutes
2. If it floats on top (after 4 mins) you have low porosity hair
3. If it sinks to the bottom of the glass you have high porosity hair
4. If it floats to the middle of the glass you have normal porosity hair
Now you know your skin and hair type. In, our next article we will work out what ingredients in products will be helpful to you.
3. Product Ingredients.
When shopping do you find you are influenced by the packaging?
We all are, but go the step further and......
Research the ingredients stated on this packaging. Stop being blinded by science?
What are the ingredients known for? Where do they come from?
How do you know whether these ingredients are what your skin needs, if you do not really understand what they are?
For example If your preference is natural oil for your dry skin, how would you decide which natural oil is more suitable for you?
A little bit of research.
4. Composition of Natural oils
All natural oils are composed of fatty acids. Oleic fatty acid is the moisturising and absorbent component in natural oils.
The higher the percentage of Oleic oil therefore, the more moisturising & absorbing.your selection of oil will be.
Which are the most moisturising out of these popular natural oils?
So Olive oil, Shea oil and Avocado oil are the most moisturising in the above list.
So for example if you purchase coconut oil , if you have normal skin it may be effective, however if your skin is dry using coconut oil will leave your skin looking oily and feeling tight and dry.
Alternatively Shea oil for example (fractionated from shea butter) will work well with normal skin but also leave dry skin looking radiant, feeling soft and completely moisturised.
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