3 Natural hair porosity types: What you need to know.

There are 3 hair porosity types
⦁ Low porosity
⦁ Medium/normal porosity
⦁ High porosity

Hello mane embracers, I hope your crowns are flourishing and your skin glowing. Thank you for stopping by and welcome to my natural hair blog.

So, this post was to go up at the very start of this blog but it’s never late neither a wrong time to keep you all informed. Knowing all about your hair porosity eases your hair journey and is essential for healthy scalp and hair growth.

Figuring out your porosity also aids in choosing the right products for your porosity type, proper moisturizing, reducing breakage and growing healthy hair. Hair porosity is the hair’s ability to absorb and retain moisture and it’s affected by the nature of your cuticle.

Hair Porosity: The Definitive Guide [NHP 101]

There are 3 hair porosity types
⦁ Low porosity
⦁ Medium/normal porosity
⦁ High porosity

Low porosity.
Low porosity is characterized by a tightly bound cuticle that lays flat making it difficult for penetration of moisture and products. Low porosity hair doesn’t easily absorb and retain moisture making it prone to product build up because it takes longer to saturate with water and sealants.

Low porosity care tips.
Deep condition with moisturizing conditioners to help infuse moisturizing nutrients into your hair
⦁ Use a clarifying shampoo once in a while to get rid of the build up that makes it difficult to absorb moisture.
⦁ Evenly apply hair care products throughout your hair and avoid applying too much product to reduce build up.
⦁ Use humectants like glycerin or products with humectants since they draw moisture from the air infusing into your hair strands.
⦁ Choose liquid based products for moisturizing and light oils as sealants to reduce build up.

Still obsessing over this twist out

High porosity.
High porosity is characterized by a loose and raised cuticle that absorbs moisture quickly and loses it as fast. Due to its ability to easily absorb moisture, it’s prone to frizz and easily tangles and breakage since it loses moisture as fast as it absorbs it unless you master proper moisturizing method.

High porosity hair care tips.
⦁ Avoid sulfate shampoos/ clarifying shampoo since they strip of moisture and natural oils drying your hair which is prone to dryness cause moisture is lost as fast as it’s absorbed.
⦁ Use protein treatments regularly to strengthen the hair to reduce breakage.
⦁ Use anti-humectants especially in high humidity areas to prevent absorption of excess moisture from the hair. Absorption of excess moisture causes frizz which means ruined hairstyles.
⦁ Use moisturizers, leave-in and heavy sealants(oils and butter) to fill the cuticle gaps reducing moisture loss.

Medium porosity.
This porosity type absorbs the right moisture oil and retains it because the cuticle layers are looser allowing proper absorption and retention of moisture making it easier to moisturize and care for this porosity type. It also tends to hold hairstyles and color easily and evenly.

This is my hair during my transitioning days, embrace your journey and love every step of the way

Medium porosity care tips.
⦁ Deep condition on every wash day with a moisturizing conditioner and do protein treatments regularly.
⦁ Avoid using heat if you can and if not, use minimal heat and at the correct temperature.
⦁ Don’t over-comb/brush and use your fingers or a wide-toothed comb to detangle.

How to know your porosity type.
To know your hair porosity type, take a hair porosity test where you will need to take a strand of clean hair from your comb/brush and if you have the heart to pull a strand off your hair, do it them put the strand in a glass of water and let it sit for a few minutes & repeat the tests thrice (different wash days.)

If the hair floats, your hair is low porosity. If it sinks immediately, it’s high porosity and when it sinks slowly your hair is normal porosity. I don’t know how effective this test is cause most of the hair on your brush or combs has products and oils, I tend to think that would affect the results.

Low Porosity Hair and High Porosity Hair | Natural Hair Woman

I would encourage you to pay attention to how fast your hair absorbs water and how quick it dries to know your right porosity type or do a spray bottle test where you need to take a small hair section and spritz it and watch how your hair behaves. If water beads up on your hair it’s low porosity, quickly absorbs it’s high porosity and if it sits on your hair for a few minutes before absorption it’s medium porosity.

Do you know your hair porosity? I would love to know your hair porosity.

Everything Tangles and how to properly detangle Type 4 Natural Hair.

Tangles! Tangles! Tangles! Let’s talk about causes of tangles and how to properly detangle even the worst tangles. Long time no post but here we are. Hello ManEmbracers, I hope your hair is growing and skin glowing. Welcome to my blog and be sure to keep it here for hair care tips. Let’s talk about tangles for a minute but first, is your hair always tangled? Here is why. Tangles and knots can be such a pain but can be minimized. How to minimize tangles. Keep your hair moisturized. Moisturize properly and regularly. Let go of damaged and split ends. Don’t keep your two strand twists for too long and re-twist when you notice your roots are getting fluffy after cleansing. Detangle properly  Consider low manipulation styles to wearing your hair out Wear low manipulation & protective styles on stretched hair. Pat your hair with an old t-shirt/ towel to absorb the water after cleansing or use a microfiber towel. Avoid vigorously rubbing your hair with a towel. Essential detangling tools. Spray bottle Hair clip or scrunchies Wide-tooth comb Micro-fiber towel Conditioner/ Detangler Detangling brush How to properly detangle/ ultimate detangling steps. Work with sections. First, section into smaller parts. Detangling smaller sections is easier and not as time consuming. Start with damp hair. Spray water on your hair until damp. Add a conditioner/ detangler with a good slip to smoothen the tangles. Start detangling from the ends to the roots with your fingers. Don’t snap off the tangles, slowly separate the strands from the tangle. Comb with a wide tooth comb from the ends to the roots of each section then run it through your entire length. You can also use a detangling brush to detangle. Twist / braid or clip the detangled section and repeat the same for all other sections. Detanglers & conditioners to check out / purchase. TGIN Quench 3-in-1 Co-Wash Conditioner and Detangler SheaMoisture Raw Shea Butter Extra-Moisture Detangler Aunt Jackie’s Curls and Coils Knot On My Watch Instant Hair Detangling Kinky-Curly, Knot Today, Natural Leave in / Detangler Oyin Handmade Oh My Glide! Prestyling Detangler Taliah Waajid Curls, Waves & Naturals The Great Detangle Marini Naturals 3 IN 1 Leave-In Conditioner  Saru Organics Tea Tree And Peppermint Detangler SHETH NATURALS Detangling Instant Conditioner Share with the tribe your detangling tips and detangling products and tools that have worked for you.

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Natural hair Styles; 5 Easy to achieve styles.

I did a thing guys. Your girl is on a mission to try new styles and up her styling game. Hello Mane Embracers, I hope your hair is growing and skin glowing. Welcome to my blog and be sure to keep it for healthy hair care tips and tricks. Flat twist-out Afro I did another thing, installed flat twists as my low manipulation style for a week or so and the flat twist-out turned to an Afro. I love wearing my Afro or may be I love it because my styling game is 👎👎👎. Either way we all agree that afros are cute. Bun & bangs. First, I uploaded a tutorial on Facebook and Instagram, be sure to check out. It’s an easy to achieve style. Got no time to figure out how style your hair? Well, this style is for you. Bun & flat twist Same bun but flat twisted the bangs & the look gave me some ‘ hey there, praise and worship & good gal vibe.’ It’s an official look, easy to achieve style & a less than 5 minutes style. Low puff & twists. I live for high puffs but side puffs are okay too. I loved the look & the twists were, “hide my forehead thing.” Hello fellow gals with a big forehead & heart. Twists & tucked twists. Turned the low puff to chunky twists and pinned them. For a moment I thought I had locs but they don’t look like locs though. The IT style. How gorgeous is this style? I would love to know which of the styles is your favorite.

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