How to Care for and Protect High Porosity Hair
In our second installment of our hair porosity series, we’re giving you all you need to know about high porosity hair and how to take care of it.
The degree to which your hair can absorb and retain moisture is how the term hair porosity is defined. When moisturizing products, oils, and water absorb easily into your hair, your hair has high porosity. But that doesn’t mean your hair necessarily retains moisture as well as medium porosity hair.
And to recap, when your hair is described as low porosity hair, it means moisture is not easily absorbed into your hair’s shaft because of its structure. Thus, water and other moisturizing products may not be hydrating your hair as needed.
Here's all you need to know about why you have high porosity hair, how you can identify it, and what you can do to care for and protect it.
Why do I have high porosity hair?
Like low porosity hair, genetics can also be the source of why your hair is high porosity or not. But more times than not, excessive heat styling and drastic chemical processes like bleaching can make your hair high porosity. Your cuticles can incur damage during these processes, which causes them to separate and lift. This leads to gaps in your cuticles, making your hair more porous than usual.
The outermost layers of your hair—the cuticles—are very far apart when your hair is high porosity. This makes it incredibly easy for hydrating products and water to distribute moisture to your hair shaft because your cuticles have so much space between them. Though, this also means that moisture doesn’t remain in your hair shaft for long enough to hydrate your strands.
How do I know if I have high porosity hair?
Visible signs your hair might be high porosity include: constant frizz no matter the technique or product used; thirsty strands in both look and feel; breakage; knots and tangles no matter how much detangling is done; your hair air dries very quickly; and you have issues with shine.
The porosity hair test
On properly cleansed, dried hair, place a strand of your hair into a glass of water.
- If your hair floats to the top of the glass = your hair likely has low porosity.
- If your hair floats around the middle of the glass = your hair likely has medium porosity.
- If your falls to bottom of the glass = your hair likely has high porosity.
How do I take care of high porosity hair?
Opt for oil-infused conditioners that will coat your hair with a layer of protection and help to seal the cuticle.
True nourishment is needed for highly porous strands and oils are one of the ingredients that can do that. Each of our conditioners is infused with grape seed oil that deeply penetrates the strand and fortifies it from the inside out.
Lock hydration in with a moisturizer that’s lightweight enough to use often.
Your in-shower routine is just one part of the moisture equation, as you need to lock in all the moisture you’ve obtained during it, as well as amplifying the hydration if you can. Nourishing avocado oil rich in unsaturated fatty acids and organic jojoba oil that mimics our hair and scalp’s natural sebum are present in all our moisturizers for your softest, most supple hair ever.
Invest in clean styling products.
Controversial ingredients do no favors to porous hair, thus eschewing them from your routine is the best way to go to take care of our curls and coils. Our flaxseed gels are free of silicones, sulfates, parabens, and phthalates and are instead full of natural and organic ingredients to give you definition and shape the clean and effective way.
Deep condition your curls and coils once or twice a week.
Highly porous hair already has open cuticles, but the nourishment that deeply penetrates instead of slipping away before doing its job is of the utmost importance. Weekly deep conditioning treatments will help deliver that hydration to your hair and we recommend twice a week if you can swing it.
Written by: Faith Cummings
My scalp is naturally oily, high porosity, it tends to get stiff with too much moisturizer, or the incorrect moisturizer, and the gels make it hard. I need a lightweight moisturizer. My hair is naturally curly, type C, however my curls are not elongated.
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