Thursday, April 5, 2012

Hair Analysis

A few weeks ago I decided to bite the bullet and try the Live Curly Live Free Hair Analysis. The test is a way to find out the porosity, elasticity and overall texture of your hair. I did the test because I was worried that maybe I was using the wrong products or something since my hair was growing so slowly, so I figured the test would tell me that maybe my hair was damaged or so something. Turns out I was completely wrong. In fact my hair is basically…normal. Nothing fancy about it! While the test didn’t necessarily wield the secret to fast growing hair, it did put my mind at ease so now I know how to better take care of my “normal” hair.
Here are my results:
Hair Type Information
Your hair texture is: MEDIUM-COARSE (medium with slightly coarse characteristics)
Your hair texture is determined by the diameter of the hair strand itself. Fine hair has the
smallest diameter, coarse hair has the largest, and medium texture is somewhere in
between. Not everyone has the same uniform texture over their entire head, however;
for example, you can be fine at the nape and coarse at the hairline (especially if those
pesky grays are starting to pop up).

Your hair texture plays one of the most important roles in how you should care for your
curls, not only through daily maintenance, but also when considering any chemical
services such as haircolor or texturizing. Even how your hair is cut needs to be adapted
to the texture of your hair.

Medium hair is what is considered “normal” hair, meaning it has a mid-range texture. It
does not require any special considerations for chemical services and usually
processes normally. Undamaged hair with a medium texture usually has a “normal”
amount of protein structure as well.

Your hair does have some coarse characteristics as your hair strands have a slightly
more substantial texture than those classified within the true medium texture range.
They are not as thick or as strong as those with “classic” coarse hair texture, however.
Different hair texture types also respond differently to the kind of cutting they receive.
Medium-coarse hair can usually support a wide range of styles; however, extremely
short cuts can be problematic because hair with a medium-coarse texture can often
expand naturally in an east-west direction.

Your hair porosity is: NORMAL
Porosity is the hair's ability to absorb and retain moisture. Porosity is a critically
important factor in determining one's curly hair care. Since moisture is what defines and
shapes curls, the inability to keep moisture within the hair shaft will defeat the most
valiant efforts to maximize curl potential.

Your degree of porosity is directly related to the condition of your cuticle layer. Healthy
hair with a compact cuticle layer is naturally resistant to penetration. Porous hair has a
raised cuticle layer that easily absorbs water, but is quick to lose moisture as well.
Please note that the texture of your hair is not an indication of its porosity. Different
degrees of porosity can be found in all hair textures.

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Hair with average porosity is considered "normal" hair. With normal porosity, the cuticle
is compact and inhibits moisture from leaving or entering the hair shaft; however, it
allows for normal processing when a chemical service is performed (according to the
texture) and will readily absorb and retain product properly formulated for this hair type.

Your hair elasticity is: NORMAL
Elasticity is the ability of your hair to stretch and then return to its original length without
breaking. It is an indication of how strong the side bonds are in your hair, which are the
bonds that hold the individual protein chains of the hair strand into place. More than any
other property, elasticity is what dictates your hair's ability to hold its curl, whether
natural, or created by a wet set or perm.

Hair with normal elasticity can be stretched when wet to up to 50% of its original
length and will easily return back without breaking.

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