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It took me some time to figure this one out, but once I Mastered this part of my Hair Regimen but with trial & error, I incorporated techniques and products that work EVERYTIME to maintain moisture for my Low Porosity hair! For some Naturals, they DO moisturize but their hair still seems to be dry and/or brittle or does not retain moisture. Could it be that you possibly could have Low Porosity hair? Well let’s take some notes to what I’m about the share in this Blog Post.
WHAT IS HAIR POROSITY
Hair Porosity plays a key role in effectively moisturizing your hair. Either your hair is on the High End of the spectrum (high porosity), or the Medium End of the spectrum (medium porosity) or the Low End of the spectrum (low porosity). If you have Low Porosity hair, then it is very hard to add moisture to your hair, even Water! Why…..because Low Porosity hair is when the cuticle layer of the hair is tightly packed and flat. The cuticles of the hair are tightly nested together, making it difficult for water, products or even shampoos and conditioners to absorb in the hair.
DO I HAVE LOW POROSITY HAIR
If you know your hair porosity, you will have better success selecting products that work to benefit your hair. So how can you tell if you have Low Porosity, take a few hair strands and place them is a small cup of water, if your strands fall straight to the bottom, you have High Porosity, meaning your hair will absorb moisture. If your strands float at the top of the water or take a very long time to float to the bottom, then you have Low Porosity hair. If your hair I dry no matter how often you moisture, deep condition, etc., you may have Low Porosity hair, if water beads on top of your hair, you may have Low Porosity.
SOLUTIONS FOR LOW POROSITY HAIR
The first thing I had to learn to do at least once a month is to Clarify my hair before I proceeded with my washday regimen. If my hair is not clean from the start, deep conditioning will not be successful. Low Porosity hair is prone to product build-up and in order to give your hair a fighting chance for moisture and a fresh start, you MUST clarify as needed. I can only speak for me but I love Co-Washing because moisture is retained during my entire wash regimen but due to my Low Porosity, I have to clarify once a month and rotate Co-Washing with a Moisturizing Shampoo every other week.
When deep conditioning, heat is a MUST to OPEN your hair cuticle layers. This will ensure that the products you are using will condition your hair properly. Don’t apply your deep conditioning product to soaking wet hair, instead apply your product when you hair is damp, use a plastic cap to cover & trap in the heat with a hooded dryer or steamer for at least 30 minutes. You should deep condition at least once a week or at a minimum of every two weeks (which I tend to do).
Learning this technique was a Godsend for me! This method creates a humid environment that allows your hair cuticle layers to absorb moisture over a period. I (personally) use the Baggy Method overnight. I simply moisturize as usual, cover my hair with a plastic cap, and place my satin cap on top. When I wake up and take it off, the plastic cap as drops of water in it due to the heat from my head that was trapped. My hair is uber soft and moisturized afterwards. I’m also very careful what style my hair is in when I baggy; I do this method when my hair is in a protective style that can dry as is or can be styled when wet, like Braids, Single Strand Twists, Flat Twists, Buns, etc. The Greenhouse Effect is awesome as well, the difference is that you primarily use Oils instead of a Moisturizer and you follow the same steps.
PRODUCTS FOR LOW POROSITY HAIR
The first thing I had to learn was that everyone could not use the same products and get the same results. Everyone’s hair is not going to turn out like the YouTube Gurus. We have to use what WORKS for our hair type & porosity. Again, this was the Game Changer. I learned that my Low Porosity hair does not do well with heavy butters, heavy products and puddings, and heavy oils because they tend to just lay on top of my hair instead of absorbing which then causes my hair to feel heavy, greasy and lifeless. I use lighter products to shampoo and deep condition my hair. A big factor for me was not to moisturize my hair when soak and wet; “Damp” Hair does not have all the access water on top that will keep your hair from absorbing products. Other great products for Low Porosity hair are Humectants and Emollients like Aloe Vera Juice, Honey and Glycerin, just be sure to not over-do-it with these products to keep your hair from swelling excessively and becoming sticky. I also use lighter oils like Jojoba, Grapeseed, Sweet Almond and Argon Oil in my deep conditioner and in my Leave-In Mixture. Heavy Oils like Coconut, Castor and Olive Oil will or may sit on top of your hair because they will or may be too heavy to absorb beyond the cuticle layer. Once my hair is styled and dry, I will seal it with a small, small amount of my Honey Hydrating Butter Whip to lock/seal in moisture to retain soft, hydrated hair.
I hope this sheds some light if you have been experiencing dryness and/or have been unable to retain moisture. This process has worked for me for years now; I had to tweak here and there until I found the right products for my hair. Patience and Consistency is also key in establishing and maintaining a healthy moisturizing regimen; once you find the products and methods that work for you…stay with it. If it is not broke, (in this case dry), Don’t Fix It.
What is Your Hair Porosity?
How do You Moisturize Dry Hair?
What Products do you Use?
I would love to hear from you, please leave your comments or questions and I will be more than happy to assist you in your natural hair journey…
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