Is it hard to moisturize your hair? If yes, then you may have low porosity hair. Healthy hair is based on a variety of elements, one being its ability to retain moisturized. When hair is moisturized properly, the hair strands are stronger and are less prone to breakage. Moisturizing is not as simple as applying product. The moisturizing method to use is determined by your hair’s porosity. We're going to discuss some tips on how to care for low porosity hair.
Porosity is the term used to describe how well the shafts absorb moisture. Starting with the cuticle, or outer layer, followed by the middle layer called the vortex and the inner layer the medulla, these cells join together in a pattern that either absorb or repel moisture. For people with low porosity hair, for example, their pattern is tightly packed, making it hard for moisture to penetrate the hair shaft.
When products are applied to low porosity hair, they tend to act as a film over the strand. Even wetting low porosity hair with water can be a challenge when washing because of its minimal absorption abilities. Since washing hair takes longer with low porosity hair, air or blow drying also takes longer, even in comparison to someone with the same hair thickness and length with a different hair porosity.
Tips on How to Care for Low Porosity Hair
Before creating a hair care regimen, it is important to figure out if you have low porosity hair. A method that determines this starts with washing your hair to get rid of excess product buildup. After your hair dries, pull out one strand and drop into a cup of water. If your hair floats at the top of the glass, you have low porosity hair. If, in fact, you have low porosity hair, applying more product, while seemingly logical, will not improve absorption. Instead, finding products specifically for low porosity hair is the solution.
A shampoo containing honey will absorb into the hair shaft easily. Shampoos containing glycerin are also great for low porosity hair types. When using conditioner, which typically has a thicker consistency and can leave residue, dilute it with water for easier absorption.
Another moisturizing method is deep conditioning. You can apply a deep conditioner and cover your hair with a shower cap. Sitting under a dryer or using a blow dryer on warm heat will also help the conditioner penetrate the shafts.
Be sure to avoid protein treatment products. Protein treatments typically absorb moisture from the hair, creating more dryness that results in breakage.
When it comes to styling low porosity hair, it is beneficial to use protective styling to seal moisture. A great technique is to twist hair while still damp and allow them to dry. If hair is dry or soaking wet when styling, it becomes prone to more breakage.
Another way to maintain low porosity hair is clarifying. Clarifying involves removing product buildup on the scalp and strands. Natural products like bentonite and Rhassoul clay mask are good for adding nutrients to the scalp and removing excess oil. This process can be done monthly.
Having low porosity hair does not automatically mean unhealthy hair. If you follow these steps on how to care for low porosity hair, you can not only properly moisturize hair but retain length. Drinking water, in addition to proper rest and managing stress, will help your low porosity hair flourish.