The first step to solving a problem is to identify it right? So, I did some research and found out that I have low porosity hair after doing the strand test.
It is your hairs ability to absorb moisture and is categorized by having ~ Low, Normal and High porosity. Knowing where you fall under will help you to know the needs of your hair as well as what products work best for your hair. This can explain why certain products work well in someone else's hair but not yours.
(1) Hair that is LOW POROSITY has difficulty absorbing moisture easily. This means that the cuticle is tight, making product penetration difficult, which can lead to product buildup. For low porosity hair, regular deep conditioning treatments using heat (I sometimes use a hot towel) are helpful because it helps in retaining moisture penetration.
Use lighter oils,( I use almond and grapeseed)
Ayurvedic treatments help to open the cuticle.
Low porosity hair can benefit from clay treatments.
Low Porosity Hair takes quite some time to fully air dry, sometimes a day or two. The good thing about low porosity hair is that once moisture is infused, it holds onto it due to the tight cuticles.
(2) Hair that is of NORMAL POROSITY absorbs and retains just the right amount of water.
Use cool water for your final rinse.
Moisturise and seal as needed.
Seal with light oils.
(3) Hair that is of HIGH POROSITY has cuticles that have holes or tears from chemical treatments, harsh combing or brushing or overuse of heat, that causes it to take in moisture quickly. Seems good enough right? Nope! the water will escape just as easily, leaving your hair dry all the time.
Protein treatments will help fill the gaps in hair cuticle.
Deep condition more times with a protein conditioner than a moisturising one.
Apple cider vinegar rinses will help seal the cuticle and lock in moisture.
Keep heat at a minimum- no rather don't use heat at all if you can.
I have low porosity hair and it can get tricky sometimes. My hair craves moisture but has difficulty getting it in. What works most for me is doing weekly co-washes and using heat when I deep condition.
I sometimes feel like my hair takes foreveeeeerrr to get drenched in water on wash days... I've also learned that low porosity hair don't take on color very well too.
When I use a product and it says to leave on for 20 minutes, then I leave it on for about forty to forty five minutes instead. I double the time because our hair needs a longer time to absorb products.
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Do you know the porosity of your hair? How are you taking care of it?
Until next time,
- Stay Magical