Think about your lifestyle.
Frankly speaking, this is the first thing you should do when building a personal hair care routine for yourself! The way you live your life will inform how much time you do or do not have to spend on your hair. If you are someone who works long hours or goes to the gym, you may want to look for low-maintenance hairstyles like buns or braids.
Identify your hair type.
Generally, there are four categories of hair types: straight hair, wavy hair, coily hair, and kinky hair. Routines and product recommendations will vary depending on how tightly coiled your hair is - for example, if you have looser curls, you will want to use hair milks and light oils to moisturise your hair. If you have type 4 hair, or hair that is tightly coiled, you may consider adding creamy leave-in conditioners to add extra moisture to your hair.
Research hair routines from others.
No one transitions into the natural hair life without doing some research. Visit YouTube or Instagram, and use hashtags to find product recommendations from those with similar hair types. Again, everyone’s hair is different and may respond differently to certain products, but doing this research is a great starting point. From there, experiment with some of those products and see what your hair likes.
Do the porosity test.
Porosity refers to your hair’s ability to hold and retain moisture. If your hair has low porosity, that means that your hair does not easily allow moisture in. High porosity hair easily lets moisture in, but that may be due to hair damage that leaves holes in the hair shaft. To do the porosity test, get a cup of water and drop a strand of hair into the water. If it floats, your hair has low porosity; if it sinks, your hair has high porosity.
Examine your hair’s density.
Hair density refers to how tightly packed your hair strands are. If your hair has low density, that means that your scalp is easily visible, and will benefit from lighter products that won’t weigh the hair down. High density hair means your scalp is rarely visible, and you may benefit from layering your products to moisturise your hair.
Knowing the answers to the above questions will help you to create a personalised hair routine that works solely for your hair. The more you know about natural hair, the more informed you can be when taking care of your tresses!