Low Porosity 101

So your hair is low porosity. Well I have some tips for you too!

Because your hair stayed at the top of the glass of water, this means your hair has a hard time absorbing water. All isn’t lost though! This also means that once it’s in there, it’s in for a while!

Sometimes low porosity hair can feel dry and brittle. This doesn’t necessarily mean that you need to slather on oils and conditioners.  Your hair might actually hate you for it. What you’re lacking mostly is hydration! Oils can help to soften hair without the buildup a lot of conditioners leave you but we’ll get to that later.

So here are your tips!

  1. MOISTURIZE WITH HYDRATION: Obvious i know but you’d be surprised at how often we neglect this. Moisturizing for low porosity hair does not entail oils and conditioners, but water. Your hair absolutely needs water.
  2. SAY BYE BYE HEAVY PRODUCTS: Heavy thick products tend to sit on top of low porosity hair and you don’t want that greasy feeling. (ew..) Instead, try to find light, water based conditioners. As I Am and Giovanni are great brands to try because they don’t leave your hair feeling heavy and weighed down. Trader Joe’s also has a Tingle Conditioner I’ve heard some great things about. So shea butter and other heavy products that high porosity hair may use is gonna suck for you.
  3. WELL HELLO HEAT: Low porosity hair has cuticles that are tightly laid, making it hard for moisture to come in. Heat raises the cuticles so you can try washing your hair in warm (not hot) water, putting on your deep conditioner with a plastic cap sitting under the dryer, and washing it out with cold water to close your cuticles, locking everything in!
  4. OIL PRE POO: YAS girl. Pre poo! Oils such as olive oil and coconut can be used to help soften the hair hours before you actually wash it.
  5. PROTEIN: For most hair textures, a well placed protein treatment is needed to help strengthened. Low porosity hair would do better with smaller proteins such as hydrolyzed silk, keratin, collagen, and amino acids (which I’m sure I’ve seen at my local Walmart)  These smaller proteins help to draw in the moisture from your hair but fill in the tiny spaces in your cuticles to keep the water from escaping, keeping your hair moisturized for longer.
  6. AVOID DEHYDRATION: Don’t think because your cuticles are tighter, water can’t escape. Protect your hair. Wear your satin bonnet, wear hats, if you’re coloring your hair use lower poeroxide hair color,  avoid heat styling. Give your hair hydration everyday with a light spritz in the morning made of water (distilled is preferred) and aloe vera juice to draw in moisture.

Those are some tips! I hope you found them helpful!

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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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