Do you know your hair’s porosity type?No? Well, hair porosity refers to how easily your hair can absorb and retain moisture.
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High porosity hair means that the hair cuticle is more open, which allows moisture to easily enter and exit the hair shaft. While this porosity hair can be a challenge to manage, there are ways to care for it and keep it healthy.
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Everything High Porosity Hair.
What is High Porosity Hair?
High porosity hair means that your hair cuticles are more open than usual, allowing moisture to easily pass through the hair shaft. This type of hair is often damaged from heat styling, chemical treatments, or just genetics. Highly porous hair may feel dry and brittle, and it may also be prone to tangling and breakage.
How to Know if Your Hair is High Porosity
There are a few signs that can indicate that your hair is high porosity. If your hair feels dry and brittle, and it doesn’t seem to hold moisture well, it could be a sign of high porosity. You may also notice that your hair dries quickly after getting wet, or that it feels rough or frizzy. Another way to test for high porosity is to do a strand test: take a strand of hair and put it in a jar of water, if it immediately sinks, then it’s high porous.
Characteristics of high porosity natural hair.
- Dryness and breakage
- Gets frizzy
- Easily tangles and knots
- Absorbs products quickly
- May be damaged by heat or chemicals
How to Care for High Porosity Hair.
Caring for this porosity type will need you to take extra care to keep it healthy and moisturized. Is it possible to keep it healthy, growing and retain length? Yes, it is and here are some tips for caring for high porosity hair.
Use sulphate free shampoo/ gentle cleansers; the hair is already dry right? Why would you want to use clarifying shampoo to cleanse already dry hair? Unlike low porosity hair that’s prone to product build up and needs clarifying to keep your scalp healthy, high porosity hair needs gentle and moisturizing shampoo to cleanse without leaving it dry. Also, be sure to pre-poo your hair before cleansing.
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Deep Condition on every wash day; Both moisturizing and protein based deep conditioning treatments are essential for this porosity type. Moisturizing deep conditioners will help with restoring moisture while protein deep conditioners will repair damage, strengthen the hair and reconstruct the broken protein bonds on your cuticle.
You should aim to deep condition your hair at on every wash day with moisturizing deep conditioner and do monthly protein treatments or use a deep conditioner that has both moisturizing and protein ingredients to help restore moisture, repair damage and prevent breakage.
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Moisturize with a Leave-in Conditioner; Be sure to moisturize your hair immediately after rinsing off the deep conditioner. Don’t wait until your hair dries then apply a moisturizer/ leave-in conditioner. Use a microfiber towel to absorb excess water, then apply leave-in conditioner on damp hair. Use moisturizers that are thicker and creamy to keep your hair moisturized for a longer period.
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Seal In the moisture; Don’t apply the leave-in conditioner and leave it at that, you want to keep the moisture in your hair, minimize the dryness, and that’s where sealants come in. Use butters or oils to seal in the moisture. Use heavy butters and oils to keep the moisture locked by giving a protective layer to prevent moisture from leaving your hair.
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Minimal to No Heat Styling: High porosity hair is more prone to damage from heat styling, so if you can avoid using hot tools like flat irons please do and if you do need to use heat, use a heat protectant.
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High porosity hair can be challenging to manage, but with the right hair care practices you can keep your hair healthy and hydrated. Remember that it may take some trial and error to find the right products and routine for your hair, so don’t give up if it takes some time to find what works best for you.