Girl, your hair is so POROUS!”
The first time someone described my hair as porous, I responded…like a boss … .
“What did you just say about my hair??!!” >:O
Then I learned it’s not an insult.
As the cuticle layer is raised and open, the hair absorbs water easily but loses it just as fast.
Highly porous hair becomes dry quickly, can break easily when soaking wet and is easily damaged.
|From left to right: normal, low, highly porous.
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Allow the water to still and drop the strand of hair into the glass.
If the hair sinks after after 3-5 minutes, your hair is highly porous.
If your hair takes a while to sink your hair has low porosity.
Now that I know…how do I care for Low Porosity Hair?
1. Apply product to damp hair. After a wash, your hair is thoroughly saturated with water. So allow it to air dry and release some of the water before applying product.
This way your hair shaft has room to absorb the product.
2. Using heat to open up the cuticle. When applying your deep conditioner, using heat is very important to help open up the cuticle to let the moisture get in.
4. You LOVE products that contain humectants. Humectents (i.e., glycerin) help to draw in and retain moisture to your locs.
I mix water and glycerin in a spray bottle, to dampen my hair before I seal it.
Click here, to read more on how to care for low porosity hair.
Now that I know…how do I care for High Porosity Hair?
|Highly porous hair
Photo from: naturallycurly.com
1. Layers, layers, layers! As water evaporates quickly from highly porous hair, it’s important to use oils and butters to help seal in the moisture. Check out my post on the LOC method: Are you LOCing it?!?
2. Moisture and protein treatments. Protein treatments help to repair the hair and patch up the cuticle. Moisturizing conditioning treatments are also very important as well.
3. You DON’T LOVE humectants. Try and avoid products with humectants in humid climates, as it’ll aid in taking water in from the atmosphere and contribute to frizziness.
4. Don’t detangle hair when soaking wet. This can lead to breakage from the weight of the water absorbed.
Click here, to read more on how to care for high porosity hair.
Now that I know…how do I care for Normal Porosity hair?
It will require less maintenance, as your hair is absorbing water into the hair shaft as needed. However, continue to keep a good moisture/protein balance!
Knowing the porosity of your hair is very important in terms of adapting your regime and maintaining a good moisture balance in your hair. Hope this helped!
Peace. Love. and Afro’s.
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