High porosity hair is due to the way you have treated your hair, which caused a lot of damage or it could be just the way your hair is. High porosity hair is as we discussed above, your hair allows too much moisture in, large gaps and holes is in the hair cuticle, the hair cuticle does not lay flat. In order to get sleek shiny hair we want our hair cuticle to lay flat after washing, conditioning and moisturizing. But with highly porous hair the cuticle does not lay flat causing frizz, tangles and breakage, especially in high humid conditions. If your hair feels very weak and soft, this is probably the reason.
How to remedy and products to use?
In hot and high humidity climates choose products that does not have humectants in it, i.e, vegetable glycerin, this will cause more moisture to go into your hair, which will cause it to expand. Choose the L.O.C method when moisturizing to guarantee that the moisture is sealed in (we don’t want extra moisture to get in); which entails a leave in conditioner, oil or butter and a creme moisturizer. Since your hair is weak you should perform protein treatments as often as possible. To help flatten the hair cuticle you can also perform an ACV rinse, Apple Cider Vinegar Rinse.
High porosity hair can be corrected, as said, often times than not it is the way we treat our hair which causes the high porosity. To correct this problem, maintain a good regimen that includes the above tips in products and also minimize or stop blow drying on high heat and flat ironing, do not perform chemical treatments, i.e relaxers and dyes, and ease up on heavy combing and brushing.
Now lets discuss low porosity hair.
Low porosity is the exact opposite. Your hair cuticle lays completely flat not allowing moisture to enter. We want our cuticle to lay flat, when your hair cuticle lays flat, it looks sleek, shiny and healthy, but we don’t want it to the point where it does not allow moisture to enter, because our hair will become dry and brittle. Having the cuticle lay flat binds the protein in, which will make your hair hard over time.
How to remedy and products to use?
Stay away from products with protein in them, you want protein free. And since your hair repels moisture you want products with humectants, which will attract moisture; high emollient and humectant products are a must. And since your cuticle lays flat, you don't want anything that will just sit on your hair weighing it down, so try to use products that are light; sprays, light moisturizers and maybe gel moisturizers. But this is something you will have to play around with seeing what will and won’t work.
To help with low porosity hair, other than the use of products one want to use moderate heat while deep conditioning or during hot oil treatments, this will raise the hair cuticle allowing moisture to get in. Also do not use acidic products such as Apple Cider Vinegar rinsing, for this will flatten the hair cuticle.
How to determine the porosity?
Float test. This entails getting a couple of strands from your brush or comb, and one cup of water. Put the strands of hair in the cup and let it sit for a couple of minutes, if the hair floats, it is low porosity, if it sinks it is high porosity.
Hope this helps with the over consumption of product buying.
Peace and love!
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