If you are here from my other blog post Healthy Hair Tips or if you randomly stumbled across this blog, this post is for you! Today I will be recommending and reviewing some of the most used healthy hair products that have helped me achieve healthy hair.
If you are here and you don’t know where to begin in your hair health journey I recommend going to check out my blog Healthy Hair Tips
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What Healthy Hair Products Should You Use ?
If you don’t know what healthy hair products to use have no fear! I am going to teach you how to find the best products for your hair concerns, and your hair porosity.
If you are confused and don’t know what those 2 things I just listed above are or why they are important, today is your lucky day, I am going to explain it to you!
What is Hair Porosity?
“Hair porosity is a measurement of the hair’s ability to absorb and hold moisture. It can also be described as the indicator of how easily moisture can penetrate the hair.
Hair porosity is largely determined by genetics, but can also be altered by external factors such as heat and chemical processing.
Finding your hair porosity is just one step of selecting the best products for your hair.
What is High Porosity Hair?
High porosity hair means that your hair cuticles have too much space in between allowing products and water (moisture) to get in easily but also leaving your hair quickly.
If you have high porosity hair, your hair may absorb water (moisture) very quickly but lose it very quickly. High porosity hair has a hard time retaining moisture due to genetics or to damaged hair.
If you think you have high porosity hair, your hair may:
.absorb water very quickly
.dry very quickly
.be prone to breakage
What is Low Porosity Hair?
Low porosity hair means that your hair cuticles overlap each other tightly making it hard for anything to get in, like water (moisture) or products. Low porosity hair is most of the time due to genetics.
If you have low porosity hair, your hair may take a while to absorb water (moisture) or any products.
This can be a problem because your products and water can sit on top of your hair surface without penetrating your hair cuticle which is what you want for healthy shiny hair.
With low porosity hair, your hair may:
.take a long time to get wet
.take a long time to dry
.have product sits on the surface
How do I Find My Hair Porosity?
There is a simple test that you could do to see what type of hair porosity you have.
Fill a clear glass bowl or cup with water
Place a strand of your hair in the cup or bowl of water
Watch how fast your hair strand sinks to the bottom of the bowl or cup
If your hair sank to the bottom quickly, that means you most likely have high porosity hair. Your hair strand allowed water (moisture) in quickly so it sank fast.
If your hair sits at the top of the bowl or cup for a while before sinking, that means you most likely have low porosity hair. Your hair strand took a while to allow in water (moisture) so it sat at the top.
Now if only part of the hair strand sank fast but the rest of your hair sat on top for a while, you could have both!
For me this rang true, some parts of my hair were damaged more than others so when I did this hair strand test, one end of my hair floated for a while and the other half sank fast!
(It’s probably due to the fact that I had started my hair health journey by growing out my bleach, the bleached part sank fast since it was damaged and my roots were low porosity !)
Related : Healthy Hair Tips
It is no secret that everyone has different hair types. Based on genetics we all have our own mixture of curly/wavy/straight hair!
If you want to get fancy and know the exact type your hair is, you can look at this hair type chart listed below
The key to finding products for your hair type/concerns is really simple. Look for products that address your concerns.
For example, if you have fine and straight hair you want products that are lightweight.
If you were to put thick and heavy products on your thin hair, it could weigh it down and look unflattering.
If you have thick hair and tried using lightweight products, it might not be as moisturizing or effective for your hair type.
The best advice that I can give you is to research your hair type and concerns so that you can decipher what products work best.
Healthy Hair Products I Recommend
Now that I have taught you how to find your hair porosity and hair concerns, go ahead and check out my blog How To Create A Healthy Hair Routine 2023 where I teach you how to create your own healthy hair care routine that is personalized to you.
Now time to talk about the products that I recommend for my hair type and concerns. My hair is a mixture of wavy and straight so I had a hard time finding products that addressed both types.
At the beginning of my hair health journey, I had very damaged, frizzy, and dry straight hair.
As a child, I had some sort of thickness to my hair with waves and a couple of winglet curls underneath.
If this sounds like you at all these are the products that I use currently that have improved my hair.
If you want to learn more about how I transformed my hair, go ahead and check out my blog post Healthy Hair Tips then you can go and read my other blog where I teach you How To Create Your Healthy Hair Routine that is personalized to you. How To Create Your Healthy Hair Routine
Healthy Hair Product #1
I have tried many strengthening shampoos and the ones that I love the most are the Olaplex bond maintenance shampoo and the Pureology Strength Cure Shampoo.
I have been switching these 2 products back and forth because I love them so much!
The reason I use a strengthening shampoo is because I have bleached hair that is frizzy, thin, dry, and prone to breakage.
This is where your hair porosity is important to know.
If you have high hair porosity, you more than likely should be using some form of strengthening shampoo.
These shampoos have protein that helps build the bonds of your hair back together making your hair cuticles tighter than they were before with high hair porosity
Related: How To Create A Healthy Hair Routine
Healthy Hair Product #2
I have tried a couple of clarifying shampoos here and there but my favorite out of the ones I’ve tried is the Ouai Clarifying Shampoo.
It smells amazing and lathers up nicely with water. The Ouai Clarifying shampoo leaves my scalp feeling clean but moisturized and not stripped of my natural oils. My hair looks and feels clean and refreshed after using this product.
Healthy Hair Product #3
Hair mask / Conditioner
I wash my hair only a couple times a week so when I get my “everything” shower, I tend to use my deep conditioning hair masks. I will use regular conditioner every now and then for no rhyme or reason.
The top hair masks that I recommend are Ouai deep conditioning hair mask, Any Shea moisture conditioning mask, and Bondi boost miracle mask.
Healthy Hair Product #4
I use hair oils before my shower, after my shower, and days between my shower. This is an important step in my hair health journey and my hair routine. I have a blog that goes into detail of How you can create a healthy hair routine
Before my shower, I may do things differently every time. Sometimes I put coconut oil on the ends before I wash my hair, or sometimes I will put rosemary oil on my scalp for scalp health before my shower.
After my shower, I use jojoba oil on my ends to lock in moisture. In between showers, I use lightweight oil on the mids and ends of my hair. I use Ouai Hair Oil.
Healthy Hair Product #5
Leave in Conditioner
When my hair was on the thinner side my hair LOVED the Ouai leave in spray. Their leave-in spray is very lightweight and again all their products smell amazing!
Once my hair started getting thicker I switched the Ouai leave in spray for the Shea Moisture Intensive hydration leave in which also smells amazing!
Healthy Hair Product #6
Currently, I have been using the sun bum heat protectant. I am in love with this product! It smells amazing, like being at the beach, and leaves my hair extra shiny. It protects my hair and gets the job done!
Healthy Hair Product #7
Brushes For Healthy Hair
When I brush my hair, I use a wooden brush or wooden comb, I think I am currently using a wooden brush that I bought off Amazon. Using a wooden brush helps distribute the natural oils on your scalp throughout your hair. The wooden brush also creates less static and friction as you brush through, unlike a plastic brush. Bamboo brushes are also considered “wooden” brushes.
So there you have it, my top 7 products that I recommended from my healthy hair journey that could transform your hair as well!