Since starting my natural hair journey, I’ve been wanting to learn more about my hair, but with information backed by science. Myavana, created by Techturized Inc., analyzes, researches and recommends personalized hair care solutions. The Myavana team consists of computer scientists, chemical engineers, cosmetologists, content creators, business analysts, and hair enthusiasts. You can order a one-time hair analysis, or the monthly membership. The monthly membership includes personalized recommendations of products, regimens, ingredients and even local salons. I opted for the one-time analysis, which gives you a detailed understanding of your hair texture, type and condition.
How Does the Myavana Hair Analysis Work?
Myavana sends a kit with small bags for five sections of your hair (crown, bottom left/right, top left/right). With the comb provided, you can comb through your hair and collect samples from your shedding hair. I used a wide-tooth comb, the comb provided was too thin and would’ve been a pain to use. Put your samples in the prepaid envelope, fill out the card provided that asks for your email and name and send! You can see the kit in the cover photo.
How Long Does it Take to Get Your Results?
It takes about 10-15 business days. This can, however, be affected by demand at the lab. Make sure to also fill out your hair care questionnaire as Myavana can’t release your results until it’s completed. I didn’t fill out my questionnaire initially so it took some time to get my results.
How Do You Get Your Results?
You’re given a hair ID via email once the results are ready. The ID includes numbers and letters that represent your unique hair texture, type, and condition. You can decode your ID and learn your hairs key characteristics. This includes your hairs texture, porosity, type, density, elasticity and overall condition. You’re also given a full analysis on your profile, when you go to “Hair Care Plans” > “Click to View Hair Chart Data”. When scrolling down through your summary, you’ll notice products and ingredients suggested by Myavana to help in your natural hair journey.
My Myavana Hair Analysis Results
My hair ID is 2d1a1a, which translates to:
• Top Left: Good
• Top Right: Good
• Bottom Left: Good
• Bottom Right: Good
• Crown: Good
• Top Left: High
• Top Right: High
• Bottom Left: High
• Bottom Right: High
• Crown: High
Since my hair is high porosity, it absorbs a lot of moisture but doesn’t retain it. My hair often looks/feels dry and dull. It also tangles easily and can be frizzy 😩.
• Top Left: 75.66
• Top Right: 90.43
• Bottom Left: 63.07
• Bottom Right: 70.45
• Crown: 69.8
In simpler terms, my hair is thicker in the top right/left and bottom right. Whereas, my hair is thinner on the bottom left and crown area.
• Top Left: Good
• Top: Right: Good
• Bottom Left: Moderate
• Bottom Right: Challenged
• Crown: Good
• Top Right: Product Buildup
• Bottom Left: Product Buildup
• Bottom Right: Product Buildup, Damage
• Crown: N/A
What I’ve Learned From My Results
My hair type and density didn’t really surprise me. I was a bit shocked that the bottom right section of my hair is/was challenged health-wise. Based on the observations section, I’ve been dealing with product buildup, which can affect your hair’s overall health. But I’ve noticed the product buildup as my hair has been itchy and flaky. I’ll have to make sure to clarify my hair more often. I’m thinking to incorporate apple cider vinegar rinses and aloe vera into my routine to help balance my hairs pH. I’ll also be using my Vanity Planet scalp massager to get rid of product buildup on wash day.
I was shocked to see that the bottom right section of my hair has damage. I’m assuming it’s from playing in my hair and manipulating a lot, so time to ✂ that habit. I’m also going to be doing hot oil treatments and longer deep conditioning treatments each week – instead of 10 minutes, I’m upping it to 30.
My hair’s porosity was a nice surprise as I’ve tried the “float test” and didn’t feel comfortable with my results. My hair floated, meaning low porosity, but the characteristics of my hair hinted towards it being high porosity. This reaffirms what I’ve been speculating for some time. I can now confidently do research and choose products based on this science-backed information from Myavana! I may consider buying the membership later down the line, if needed. I’ll also take another hair analysis tests later in my hair journey to see if anything changes.
Note: This post was originally published in July 2017 and has been updated for accuracy.
Have you taken the Myavana hair analysis? Let me know what you thought about your results! Or, let me know what you think about my results in the comments.