Do your coils easily absorb moisture and fail to retain it? Does it look dull, dry, and tends to be frizzy sometimes? Maybe, it tangles easily during wash day. Chances are you have high porosity hair. Don’t panic there are a ton of products you can use to care for your hair. It’s important to know your hair porosity and develop a hair regimen to care for your hair. If you don't know your porosity level, before going any further read 3 Ways to Check Your Hair Porosity. If you already know what your hair porosity is keep going.
We need you to understand highly porous hair has holes in the hair shaft and protein fills those holes temporarily. It’s almost like a temporary fix until the next one is done. So you have to care for those strands with protein treatments. Please do not use protein as a moisturizer to replace your deep conditioner. They both go hand in hand, so do not, we REPEAT do not skip out on deep conditioning your hair.
With this being said here are some tips on how to care for your high porosity hair!
Buy conditioners with lots of slip (Because our hair cuticles are open it's very easy for your hair to get tangles. So you want products that will help to easily detangle your hair) Products with slip usually gets it done.
Apply heat to your deep conditioner – Deep conditioning is a MUST for high porosity hair. We believe it's a must for all hair porosity. A Deep conditioner is thicker in substance and contains ingredients to penetrate the hair shaft. The purpose of a deep conditioner is to TEMPORARILY repair and nourish the hair cuticles with higher viscosity. Because the deep conditioner is thicker it needs to be left on the hair longer to penetrate the hair shaft.
When you use heat with your deep conditioners it allows for the conditioner to penetrate the hair shaft easier. Deep conditioners are like a temporary fix, as well. It’s something you should do regularly.
Protein treatments are a MUST – So unlike low porosity hair. For those of us who have high porosity hair, our hair relies heavily on protein. Highly porous hair has holes in the hair shaft and protein temporarily fills those holes and strengthens the hair. It’s like a tire that has a hole and patching the tire will never take away the hole, you have to keep patching that same spot.
Protein treatments are usually advised to be used monthly - For an extra boost, you can also use conditioners with these proteins as part of the ingredients ( to name a few hydrolyzed [wheat, oat, soy, Quinoa] proteins) every few weeks in between the monthly heavy protein treatment. Remember that protein is not a moisturizer and should not be treated as such. We recommend following up with a moisturizing deep conditioner after your protein treatment.
Rinse with cold water- Unlike low porosity hair, we have to rinse our hair with cold water to close our already opened cuticles. After deep conditioning your hair the best way to seal in the moisture is to rinse with cold water.
Apply products on soaking wet hair – Your hair is going to soak up the water in a few minutes anyway, so it’s best to apply the products on soaking wet hair.
Heavy Products – Like Creams and Butters tends to keep our hair moisturized for a longer period vs. lighter weight products. Heavy butter and cream help fill the gaps in your damaged cuticles and further protects your hair from losing too much moisture. Check out our Ultra Moisturizing Styling Pudding perfect for high porosity hair.
Layered products ( try the L.O.C method [Leave in conditioner or water (liquid), Oil and Cream] or L.C.O Method [Liquid, Cream, and Oil) – Because our hair can lose moisture easily, it’s important to use leave-in conditioners, moisturizers, and sealers. Layering these products will help your hair hold on to the moisture you’re giving it.
Oils for sealing– You must use an oil to seal in moisture. Our Premium Blend Exotic Cocktail Oil is excellent sealant oil for sealing moisture, shine, and aid in preventing split ends.
Air dry your hair – People with high porosity hair drys fast so it’s best to just air dry your hair.
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