Curly Questions?

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What kind of curls do I have?

Curly 
Classic curls - Spiral curls - Corkscrew curls 

Coily/Kinky Curl

Slightly coiled - C Shape - Z- Shape

Wavy 
Slight waves - Soft waves - Defined waves
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What is hair density?

What is hair porosity?

Porosity is your hair's ability to absorb and retain moisture. There are 3 levels of porosity: low, medium (or normal), and high.
 

  • Low porosity hair has a compact cuticle (the outermost layer of the hair - the protective layer), which means it forms a bit of a barrier against moisture, but once the moisture is in there that barrier helps to retains it.

  • Medium porosity hair has a slightly raised (open) cuticle, therefore allowing more moisture to be absorbed and has a more balanced rate of moisture retention.

  • High porosity hair has a raised cuticle which lets a lot of moisture in, but it also loses moisture easily. This type of porosity is usually considered to be dry. 

To put it simply, hair density is the number of strands per square inch on your scalp. Fun fact: The average person has 2,200 strands of hair per square inch on their head. The average person also sheds between 50 and 100 hairs per day. However, curly hair may not shed until it is washed and detangled, which may look like you are losing more than the average.person, but you are not.

While hair thinness or thickness refers to the circumference of each strand, hair density refers to how thin or thick a collective group of hair is. Someone could have very fine hair that is also very dense, which means they have a lot of hair per square inch, or they could have thick, but low-density hair, meaning they have thick strands but not so many of them per square inch.

Knowing your hair density is helpful in figuring out what products to use

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Why is my curly hair always dry and frizzy?

One of the primary reasons curly hair looks frizzy and feels dry is because it lacks the proper amount of hydration. Many of the things we put in our hair that claims to tame frizz are full of silicones and silicones blocks the hairs ability to absorb the moisture it needs. Our curls deserve to be loved and nourished by the products we use! At Untangled our products do not contain silicone, parabens, sulfates, or other harmful ingredients. 

How often do my curls need to be cut?

This may vary from client to client, but our recommended time frame for our curly clients is anywhere from 2-5 months. The factors that will increase or decrease the time between visits depends on you, the type of curls you've been blessed with and the style you are maintaining. Great products and effective routines are essential. Proper-at-home care goes a long way toward stretching salon visits. 

Please keep in mind that a good curly cut should last you about 2-4 months. After that time your hair will begin to lose its shape and will probably start getting frizzy, unmanageable or tangled. We highly recommend booking your next appointment before you leave. Our curly specialist typically books out at least a month.

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Why do my curls look different everyday?

 

Curly hair has a mind of its own! Although we may be using the same techniques and cocktail of products everyday, it does not mean we will always get the same result. It is truly all trial and error. Weather, product and how saturated your hair is during product application are the biggest factors as to why our hair behaves differently everyday. 

 

Can I still wear my hair straight if I get a curly cut?

The short answer is yes. Untangled has a unique way of tweaking the Custom Curly Cut for those 'curlheads' who occasionally wear their hair straight. We find that here in New Jersey, some of our curly crew will customize their cuts for the straight style especially in the colder months.

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My curls have been different lately. What could be causing them to change shape and/or texture?

There are multiple reasons why our hair can change. Your diet can affect your

hair health. Protein is a very important part of having healthy hair. Collagen protein is specifically recommended for those who have a diet that include animals products. As a vegan alternative, sea moss is an option due to its high mineral content, but its protein content is minimal. Also, making sure your diet includes enough B Vitamins. B-Vitamins are important for hair production, but any well balanced diet should provide you with the proper amount nutrition for healthy hair growth. 

Medications can also contribute to the health of your hair. Always be mindful of the side effects of any medications you may be taking, especially if hair loss is one. 

Life stages can also be a reason why our hair changes. Just like changes within our bodies are inevitable, so are changes to our hair. Women go through many hormonal changes throughout their lifetime. One change that can cause an uncomfortable amount of hair shedding is post child birth. It is common to see an increase of retention in your hair (less shedding) during your pregnancy, but after child birth your body experiences extreme hormonal changes, which in return can cause your hair to shed at a faster rate. This can happen for up to 2 years, but do not be alarmed it does grow back. Not everyone will have the blessing of being able to experience child birth and not everyone will experience all of these hair issues in life.