Caring for hair with a high porosity level
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If after taking the porosity test, you discovered that you have hair with a high porosity level, then you’re in luck! This article is for those with high porosity levels and how best to care for their hair!
In order for you to care best for your hair, you must get to know it first. Here are some key things to know about high porosity hair:
- Hair dries quickly.
- Hair absorbs too much moisture at a time.
- Hair is unable to retain the moisture absorbed.
- Presence of holes and gaps in the cuticle.
- Hair feels dull and dry.
- High Porosity hair is more prone to frizz and tangling, especially in humid weathers.
Due to its special features, this porosity level requires ‘special care’ lol. As usual, here are some guidelines to caring for hair with a high porosity level!
1. Try Dry Detangling:
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High porosity strands equal weak hair, so wet detangling may not be a good option for you. Wet hair, regardless of hair type, is at its weakest state because of some loss of elasticity due to water weight. Be gentle with your hair by detangling when your hair is dry. Gently detangling is crucial with highly porous hair because you don’t want to cause any more damage or breakage. I suggest using a thick conditioner with great slip and adding in olive or coconut oil to help you with the process. Use as much oil as needed to give your strands plenty of slip. Since your fingers are a part of you they literally can feel more tangles within your hair than a comb which might simply break those strands.
2. Stay away from heat:
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With a chipped or raised cuticle, direct heat (e.g. flat irons, blow-dryers, etc.) can only worsen already dry or damaged strands. In most instances high porosity hair has experienced some form of trauma that has caused the cuticle to drastically open and remain opened. Applying heated tools to your hair absorbs moisture from your strands and for high porosity hair this is ground that shouldn’t even be treaded upon. Remember, improper use of heat on your hair on just one occasion can cause irreparable damage to your strands.
3. Say Yes to Deep Conditioning:
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Deep conditioning helps to strengthen the hair after the stress of cleansing. When you have a damaged cuticle, deep conditioning ensures the cuticle is strong and hydrated with reduced frizz and tangles. Deep conditioning should be done following every wash. Make sure to rinse the hair with cold water to help “close” the cortex of the hair. Weekly deep conditioning with a moisturizing deep conditioner can increase your hair’s ability to absorb and retain moisture.
4. Moisturize and Seal:
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Sealing in moisture is key to keeping hair hydrated, moisturized, and elastic. The LOC (Apply Liquid, Oil then Cream to your hair) or LCO (Apply Liquid, Cream then Oil to your hair) methods are excellent ways to ensure your strands are maintaining the moisture, oils, and emollients they need to stay protected. Butters like Shea butter and oils like olive oil, avocado oil, and coconut oils can help seal in the moisture that your hair soaks up without releasing it back to the air. Shea butter and olive oil are both heavy and great for sealing. Since olive oil is one of the few oils that penetrate the hair shaft, this would be a great option to use as a sealant
5. Pay More Attention to Protein Treatments:
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Proteins temporarily fill in the gaps along the chipped cuticle, making hair stronger, more elastic, and allow the moisture to stay in. Light protein conditions may also be helpful monthly just to keep those strands as strong as possible. Incorporating protein treatments in your regimen is important for high porosity hair to gain strength and not break as frequently. Oftentimes, hair that is highly porous is a result of damage so if you haven’t incorporated protein, it’s time to start.
6. Use Heavy Products and Creams:
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With highly porous hair lighter products will not be as effective in retaining moisture in your hair. Heavy products will reinforce your sealing from the butter or oil and help compensate for the protective layer that’s missing. When shopping for products for high porosity hair go for the products labeled butters, cremes, and puddings. Also make sure to check the ingredients label of your products to see if heavy oils like olive, castor, or avocado oil are listed in the top five ingredients.
7. Get to Know Aloe Vera and Apple Cider Vinegar:
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Both apple cider vinegar (ACV) and aloe vera are amazing for hair of high porosity. Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) is a great treatment for natural hair in general terms. Some of those benefits for hair are: balancing hair and scalp pH, removing product buildup, treating dandruff and hair loss. Aloe Vera is also one of the products that naturally balance hair’s pH. You can add a little to your leave-in conditioner before applying to your hair or add Aloe Vera gel to your hair butters before protective styling. You will definitely notice a difference.
If you actually take your time and follow these guidelines, your hair would yield results in no time.