High Porosity 101

The first time I big chopped, dyed, and grew out my hair, i began to see an area on my crown thinning out and breaking off. It was SUCH  an awkward place for a bald spot! I did everything, literally everything, I thought would work and finally I decided to shave my hair AGAIN. Few months later, SAME PROBLEM. I thought I did everything right! No dye or anything artificial. Currently, I am having the same problem for the third time so I decided to do my research and I came upon several articles related to Hair Porosity!

So How do you check your hair porosity? I found that the easiest way was the water in a glass cup method.

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Basically, you get a strand of hair (one that you shed on your comb or brush works better than snatching one from the root. It hurts. Trust me.), put some water in a clear glass and drop the hair in. Make sure the glass is on a stable surface to ensure accurate results. Low porosity hair tends to float up at the top, high porosity sinks down to the bottom, and normal porosity floats around in the middle.

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If you have high porosity hair like me your cuticles are literally raising the roof! High porosity hair tends to easily soak up moisture and fast (Yay! right?). Unfortunately, just as easily as we soak up water, it’s easy for us to lose it too! (boooo!) Swollen, wet porous hair is weak and can easily be broken. That’s what happened to me! Manipulation of high porosity of hair can cause breakage.

So here are 10 tips for handling natural high porosity hair:

  1. No heat. Don’t do it. Heat raises the cuticles and our cuticles are raised enough!
  2. Apple Cider Vinegar! A diluted solution of 1 part apple cider vinegar and 3 parts water is great for helping to close the cuticles.
  3. If you just have a particularly porous section of your hair, make sure you section it off separately from the rest of your hair because it has to be treated different, with less tension and less manipulation.
  4. MOISTURIZE! It took me a while but i realized my hair really loves oil! So I made a hair spritz of water, sweet almond oil, vegetable glycerin, coconut oil, macadamia oil, and tea tree oil and the results are AMAZING. Spritz to dampen not to soak. I do this when I wake up and before I go to bed and the results have been amazing.
  5. Get you a good leave in. I use Renpure’s Coconut Leave In Conditioner because it’s sulfate and paraben free.
  6. Thick butters and cremes will be your best friend. I have yet to find a creme I like for my LOC method but I’ve found a good alternative between Shea Butter and Softee’s Mango Butter. 🙂
  7. Cowash. Shampoos tend to dry out your tresses so a good cowash is definitely in order. I use Aunt Jackie’s conditioner/cowash and not only does it smell amazing, it leaves my hair feeling nice and soft! But sometimes I feel like I need a really good wash so SOMETIMES I’ll use Creme of Nature’s sulfate free shampoo!
  8. DEEP CONDITION! High porosity hair tends to get dry easily so a good deep condition treatment should be done once a week.
  9. Protein treatments 🙂 I know, I know. You’ve probably been told to steer clear of them but hear me out. Protein treatments once a month are actually good for our hair. Protein almost plugs up the holes in porous hair, strengthening each strand and helping to lock in moisture longer.
  10. FINGER DETANGLE. Learned this the hard way. Combing highly porous hair, especially when wet, breaks the hair. It’ll look like shedding at first until you’re like me and have a giant spot of broken hair.

Those are my tips 🙂

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