So you took the porosity test and watched your hair sink to the bottom of your glass. You start panicking because you realize this is the reason your hair dries up a tad bit too fast and never seems to retain moisture no matter how much you moisturize your hair. Have no fear – WHOLLY HAIR is here! We are going to give you a few tips on how to care for high porosity hair.
What is High Porosity Hair?
High porosity hair is hair that loses moisture just as quickly and easily as it absorbs moisture because hair cuticles remain raised. Some characteristics of high porosity hair include, but are not limited to:
- Excessive breakage and/or shedding
- Excessive tangling
- Dullness (i.e. lack of shine)
What Causes High Porosity?
Often times high porosity hair results from:
- Excessive chemical processing (relaxing, texlaxing, and color treatments)
- Over-manipulation (harsh combing and brushing)
- Using harsh shampoos
- Excessive use of direct heat (i.e. flat irons, wands, curling irons, and even blow dryers)
How to Care for High Porosity Hair?
Here are 5 simple steps that will help you care for your high porosity hair
1. Spritz Aloe Vera juice on your hair after moisturizing your hair and smooth your hair out in a downward motion.
a. Using acidic products (i.e. products with a low pH level) like Aloe Vera juice and smoothing your hair out in a downward motion, helps to seal in moisture by manually shutting you hair cuticles
2. Incorporate protein treatments (light and/or heavy) into your hair routine
a. Not only are protein treatments notorious for strengthening damaged hair strands, but they also combat moisture retention problems by temporarily filling in holes in your hair shaft – minimizing the amount of moisture that would normally evaporate or seep out of your hair.
b. This solution is a double treat because it helps with both moisture and length retention.
c. Click here for more info about protein treatments – when to use them, what type to use, and how often to use them.
3. Deep condition your hair with heat and rinse with cold water
a. We already know the benefits of deep conditioning, and cold water helps close your hair cuticles.
4. Use thicker oils and butters like Shea Butter and Extra Virgin Olive Oil
a. Thicker oils and butters form a protective layer over the hair strand forcing the moisture to stay within the strands.
5. Incorporate Apple Cider Vinegar rinses to your hair regimen
a. Like Aloe Vera Juice, Apple Cider Vinegar is highly acidic and will help close your cuticles and keep moisture in your strands.
6. Bonus: If you can, say away from harsh shampoos and direct heat especially if you are a sucker for chemical processes.
5 Product Suggestions
1. ApHogee Intensive 2 Minute Keratin Reconstructor
2. Kinky Curly Knot Today Leave In / Detangler
3. Organics Root Stimulator Olive Oil Replenishing Conditioner
4. SheaMoisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie (not just for naturals, relaxed and texlaxed beauties can and should use this too)
5. Roux Porosity Control Corrector and Conditioner
New Product Alert: SheaMoisture Mongongo & Hemp Seed Oils High Porosity Line
Shea Moisture just released a line dedicated to porosity. If you tried it, let us know what you think!