Encourage your daughter to learn about science and love her natural hair!
The Natural Hair business has been estimated the size of the 2012 market at $684 million, with a projection of $761 million by 2017 by Market research firm Mintel.
This boom in the natural hair industry is nowhere close to a fad. The question is: will your daughter benefit from the boom of the natural hair industry? Will she be a innovator, chemist and engineer OR just a consumer?
Here's a list of 4 science project around the topic of natural hair. Each project can be modified and adjusted to your student's age level.
Hard Water vs. Soft Water
Objective: Discover effects of Hard water/calcium build up on hair
Research Questions: Why does my hair feel hard when I get in the shower? What is hard water? "What makes water hard?" "How does hard water affect our hair?" How does calcium enter the water supply?
Challenge: What is a solution for hard water build up?
Watch this YouTube Naturalista Video on hard water: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZGvOjwh4Mug
T-shirt or Towel Dry?
Objective: Discover which drying method is better for your hair!
Research Questions: How does hair dry? Why are girls using t-shirts to dry our hair! Compare the fibers and materials of a t-shirt vs. a towel. Research why Afro-textured hair and traditional towels may or may not work well.
Challenge: Suggest a product/material that would replace the t-shirt practice.
Watch this YouTube Naturalista Video on t-shirt drying: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZxeWPzTn2QE
Submit a picture or video your student completing any variation of these projects and we will post your media on the site! Submit media to firstname.lastname@example.org!
Objective: Learn your hair porosity and how it affects your hair care
Research Questions: What is porosity? How do you test the porosity of your hair? What are the symptoms of low or high porosity? What is a cuticle? How do you open or close your cuticles?
Challenge: Make a hypothesis about your hair porosity and test it. How does your porosity affect how you take care of your hair?
Watch this YouTube Naturalista Video on hair porosity: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UKfJufkJzj0
Ph Balance of Hair
Objective: Discover effects of imbalanced Ph Levels on natural hair
Research Questions: What is ph balance and why is it important to natural hair? How can the ph of each product change the ph balance of your hair? In your wash regimen, should you start with a lower ph products or higher?
Challenge: Get a Ph Test kit and test the Ph Levels of your shampoo and conditioner! Is it a good practice to use a full product line or mix it up? (same brand Shampoo and Conditioner in order?) Why or Why Not?
Watch this YouTube Naturalista Video on Ph Balance: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UZDOBHLDe9U
LIK Virtual Science Fair
At Lean In Keisha, we celebrate at least things two things every single day: Testimony and Innovation. If you complete any of these projects, we will celebrate you with a LIK Award and feature you on the home page! Email your name, age city, and a picture/video of you completing the project (or your poster board) We will feature you!
Everyone is welcome to participate!
Have other ideas not listed here? Leave a comment below and we will add it to the list. Parents and Kids alike will learn so much about natural hair care!