About

About

After years of being natural and learning so much about my hair, I’ve decided to create somewhat of an online journal in order to keep track of the things that keep my natural hair happy, as well as the things that don’t.

I Was (Naturally) Frustrated

After shaving my head bald in October 2011, I had no idea what I was doing. The only thing I knew at the time was that my relaxer was growing out and I had no one to “deal with” my hair anymore like I did prior to moving to the West Coast. 

I felt alone because I no longer had someone to tell me how to take care of my hair or to take care of it for me. I was frustrated because I didn’t know how to deal with both the relaxed parts of my hair AND my natural texture that was growing in.

The area I’d moved to was not only less humid than I was used to (which meant extremely dry air and extra thirsty hair), but it was also an area where there were ZERO hair salons that knew how to maintain type 4, high porosity natural hair. 

My heart sank as I realized that for the first time in years I’d have to figure out what to do with my hair on my own.

Deciding To Go Natural

For me, going natural wasn’t a hard decision, but the doubts and uncertainty came AFTER doing my big shave.

I decided it was time to stop relying on someone else to take care of my natural hair because I knew that by eliminating chemical relaxers and regular salon visits that I would not only save a lot of money, but I would really get to know and take care of my hair.

Whether you’re just starting your journey, or you’re a veteran naturalista, deciding to go natural can be a big deal that can leave you feeling exposed and like you’re out of place.

Wondering what the heck a hair journey is? Check out the following post:

“What Is A Hair Journey?”

Luckily, you don’t have to feel the way I did when I first went natural because by sharing my story, I’m hoping I can make you realize that the issues you’re facing in your journey are common with our hair texture and porosity.

Wondering where I am in my hair journey? Click here to read my latest hair updates!

The Journey Ahead

Aria Len

Little did I know, getting to know my hair would be a journey and not just another thing I’d quickly be able to mark through on my “To-Do List”.

My Hi-Po Fro is the continuation of my natural hair journey and a detailed account of my experiences and an opportunity to bring high porosity naturals together.

Let’s face it, there aren’t nearly as many bloggers out there with high porosity hair as there are low porosity hair.

Why not make finding others with our type of hair easier? Why not create a community where everyone can relate to each other?

Knowing You’re Not Alone

Although our natural hair journeys are our own, it doesn’t mean we have to go it alone. I wish I’d had someone out there to help me figure things out when I was a new natural, and I only hope that by sharing my journey with you, you’ll realize no matter what you’re going through with your high porosity natural hair, there’s someone else out there who is struggling with similar obstacles and things don’t have to be as hard as they seem.

Aria Len

I’m a strong believer in having s simple hair care routine because I believe that all textures of hair can grow long and healthy and that high porosity type 4 hair is no exception. 

The tricky part is figuring out what works for YOU and  if you’re feeling stuck or feel like you’re out of options and are destined to be an unhappy natural, I’m hoping that by sharing what has (and hasn’t) worked for me will give you a better idea of where to start than I had on that cold October day I decided to go natural.

Although I aim to inspire, it’s important to know that I’m not a guru (I wrote a post about that here) and that what works for me may not work for you, but who knows? Maybe by reading my story you’ll have that magical “AHA!” moment (which is an amazing feeling).

A Place For Hi-Po Naturals

Sure, there are some naturals on YouTube and other social media sites that have high porosity (a.k.a: Hi-Po) hair, but lets face the reality:

There really aren’t many places to find information geared strictly to those that have more porous strands.

Being high porosity myself, I get it. That’s another reason I decided to share my story because sometimes I feel like I’m the only one wondering where the hi-po naturals are.

While I may mention low porosity hair in general to compare or share some info, my journey is for those of us with strands that ingulf moisture as quickly as it is lost.

Whether you have genetically higher porosity hair, or the increase of porosity is do to bleach, heat, dyes or anything else, you’ve got a place here.

***While I have nothing against low porosity naturals (although I do envy you sometimes… just being honest here) I can’t really offer advice or ideas specifically for you for the simple fact that I’ve never been low porosity.

However, if you’re low porosity and find my journey interesting and useful, you’re always welcome here. I’ve learned quite a few useful things from low porosity naturals that I’ve been able to tweak and fit into my own routine, so never feel like you “don’t belong” here.***

As we all continue our natural hair journey, I hope you’re able to discover (or re-discover) the healthiest, most beautiful form of your natural hair, no matter your porosity.

Here’s To A Healthy Hair Journey!

Aria Len

Sharing my natural hair journey with hopes to inspire you to find what makes your hair happy in order to reach your hair goals.

18 thoughts on “About

  1. I have hair issues and it is hard to understand my hair type most days, especially during very hot and humid weather.  

    This is a great looking site and has some great information.  Although I don’t have type 4 hair, I have issues with figuring out what to do with it to add some style and volume.  I do know several people that have type 4 hair.  

    Most days I wish I had that type of hair, but I rarely ever think that they too may be trying to find ways to manage their style as well. 🙂  Thank you for sharing!  Wishing you the best!

    1. I’m glad you enjoyed this post!

      And although I’m not experienced with looser curl patterns, it sounds like you need a good styling product that fights humidity and you may just need to try different styling techniques until you find a method that gives you the volume you’d like. 

      Thank you for the well wishes and I hope you find the solution to your hair concerns!

  2. Hello Aria,

    Thank you for guiding me through the hair scene. Type 4 hair seems to be very thick and curly, something I could never boast about.

    I enjoy following your hair travels and natural sounds good to me. It sounds as if you have more problems than I thought with your hair type.

    Derek

    1. Hi Derek!

      Thanks for taking the time to indulge in the natural journey of type 4 hair!

      That’s just the thing, not all type 4 hair is dense (most people call it thick, but they’re referring to how much hair one has as opposed to how thick the individual strand is), some type 4 naturals don’t have a lot of density, which can be a different concern for them when it comes to styling options.

      I’m glad you’re enjoying my site! 

      I definitely have my struggles when it comes to my hair, but that’s all part of the journey! Once you figure out the basics, like product choices that work for you and making sure to balance moisture and protein, the rest is just personal preference and it gets easier from there.

  3. Thank you for sharing your story.  I always visit hair salons regularly because I don’t know how to take care of my own hair. If there aren’t any hair salons in my neighbourhood, I would also feel the same as you.  I don’t even know my type of hair. Sometimes I buy natural shampoo (made of Chinese herbs) as this is really good for my hair.  I have quite a lot of white hair, do you share with us some methods to have our hair dyed?

    1. Hi Fiona!

      From the looks of your photo (I’m not sure if you heat styled here) your hair appears to be type 1 hair, which is straight. 

      That’s not really my area of expertise, but I would try using Henna mixed with Indigo powder as a natural hair dye if you’re going for a darker color because Henna will stain your gray hairs an orange-reddish color.

      It’s okay that you haven’t learned your hair yet, this is something that takes years to figure out in most cases.

  4. This is a great article – great idea.  I believe once you accept your type 4 hair, you learn more about it and love it.  As you said it can grow, and there’s lots of styles to explore.   Coconut is very good to prevent it from falling.   You  need to be catious about the products you apply on your hair, type 4 is very sensitive.  I  like it clean and natural. 

    All the best. 

    Sandikazi 

    1. You’re so right! There are so many variables with type 4 hair that it can be tricky finding the right products and everyone’s head of hair is different.

      I prefer clean and all natural products. I avoid silicones and things like that at all costs even though I’ve used some  products with less than desirable ingredients before.

  5. fantastic post about how to care your hair and hair journey toward type 4 hair. Most of the people did not know how to care for the hair. They go to a salon for hair treatment and waste lots of money on hair. Here you are given a simple and natural formula for growing type 4 hair. I will suggest your post to all my friend on Facebook.

    1. Billsha,

      Sharing my journey on your Facebook would be much appreciated because you’re right, a lot of type 4 naturals have no idea how to care for their hair and this seems to be especially true with high porosity hair. 

      Not knowing what your hair needs to be healthy and grow always seems to be the hardest part of a journey because it takes a while (usually) to figure all this out. However, I believe once that is solved, healthy hair becomes easier.

  6. I love to learn about my hair and this post had really opened my eyes to so many things and I’m happy you can give this information too about this whole idea about how to keep our hair and I’m also happy you can start this journey too because it will help me too. Thanks for sharing this.

  7. Well, the first step is in actually identifying and actually coming to terms with the fact that your hair is type 4 and there’s nitiing you can do to it other than to just accept and actually move on and embrace it and treat it the best way accordingly. This is a very good post to see here and I fancy it a lot. Thumbs up to you

    1. I agree! I think too many type 4 naturals (naturals in general actually) try to make their hair like someone else’s instead of loving their own life. When we don’t like something we tend not to care for it for some reason.

      I’m glad you enjoyed reading this! Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

  8. Oh, I like the look of your hair very much! I also like the topic-it would have never crossed my mind to make a website about porous hair.
    Perhaps because mine is normal, at least, regarding it’s porosity.
    I do have other problems with it, though.
    I can imagine your posts will be of great help for the fellow members of the “club”.
    It was a great read, I enjoyed it despite not having the problem you elaborated here. Well done!

    1. Hi, Kerryanne!

      Thanks so much for taking the time to share your thoughts and I really appreciate the compliment. I’m hoping I can help the group of naturals that are feeling neglected, but time will tell!

      Wishing you all the best!

  9. Hi there,

    What an inspirational post, it’s great that you give us insight into the challenges that you have faced with your hair. We all experience issues at some stage with hair, so it’s comforting to know that we’re not alone in that.

    I never heard of a relaxer before, do you think they are something that should be used or avoided?

    Thanks,
    Sharon

    1. Hi Sharon!

      Thanks for the kind words!

      Relaxers are do the opposite of perms. Perms chemically make hair curly and relaxers chemically make hair straight.

      In the natural hair community, these terms are used interchangeably, although it isn’t actually the same thing.

      Since “going natural” means to go chemical-free, I don’t personally think chemical hair treatments are good for the hair, however, there are a lot of people that have maintained healthy hair using these treatments.

      It’s really just personal preference.

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