Why is porosity important in textured hair care? Porosity is…
Are you blessed with low porosity hair??
(if you’re not sure what your porosity is, read this blog post)
This past weekend we hosted our first natural hair event of the year, we brought back our ‘Let’s Talk About Texture” event and discussed winter hair care. Moisture is ALWAYS on the list of naturalista topics to discuss, so we kicked things off with the link between hair porosity and maintaining moisture.
If you have low porosity hair and need help with building a healthy, moisturizing natural hair regimen, keep reading…..
Cleansing – low porosity hair has tightly packed cuticle layers so your hair may actually have buildup that needs to be removed. Clarifying or chelating may be what you need to give your hair a fresh, clean start. If you don’t want to spend $$ on another product, swap out your sulfate-free cleanser for a “regular” shampoo that contains sulfates.
Conditioning – specifically during your deep conditioning session, heat is a MUST if you have low porosity hair. Plastic cap wrapped with a warm towel, plastic cap under your hood dryer (indirect heat) or steamer (direct heat), the heat forces your hair’s cuticles to open so the nourishing effects of the conditioner can get in.
Lighter products – since we’ve already established that low porosity hair is prone to buildup, opt for lighter products/oils in your regimen, and avoid applying ANYTHING to dry hair because your cuticle is probably closed and everything will sit on the surface of your strands.
**BONUS TIP: you may also need to adjust your LOC method if you have low porosity hair. Once you’ve deep conditioned with heat (to force your cuticles open) and rinsed (probably closing your cuticles a little, locking in the water), if you start your LOC on soaking wet hair you could be setting yourself up for drenched hands, because your products weren’t able to penetrate.
Try drying your hair to the point of being damp then start your LOC, removing some of the water may allow your products to do their magic and not end up all over your pillow or car headrest…that’s no bueno.
To Your Beauty,