Know Your Hair Porosity
Whether your hair is straight, wavy, curly, or coiled, knowing your hair’s porosity gives you understanding and helps you discover the best ways to retain hair moisture. Hair porosity is your hair’s ability and willingness to absorb water or moisture and keep it in. This is based on how closed or open the cuticles are. Porosity is mostly determined by genetics. However, heat, pH balance, and chemicals can affect and change your hair porosity. Hair porosity can range from low, medium, and high. Like the pores of your skin, when pores are open, it is easy for hydrated cream to pass through. When pores are blocked or have tight spaces, hydrated cream struggles to enter. Your hair behaves similarly. Low porous hair has low levels of pores or opening in the hair shaft. The cuticles are most resistant, making it difficult for water and moisture to absorb into the shaft. Once water or moisture makes it in, these tight or closed cuticles trap and block the moisture from escaping. Because low porosity hair has increased levels of protein, the focus should be geared to achieving moisture and oil penetration.
Having a good healthy scalp that produces oil helps to nourish the hair. There are several reasons why hair can become dry. One natural way is that the hair becomes dry when it does not produce much oil to coat the hair shaft. The sebaceous glands which are connected to individual hair follicles produce and excrete hair oil called sebum, which is responsible to coat the hair. The downside to this is when there is not enough oil being released to coat the individual hairs, it can cause drying, splinting ends, eventually leading to weakening hair resulting in breakage.
Curly to tight coils experience dryness quickly as the oil lack to not make it all the way down to the hair ends. Therefore, curly to tightly coiled hair require outside moisture (hydrated products) than straight hair. This explains daily to frequent washing of straight hair due to the concentration of oils making it all the way to their ends frequently.
Here are factors that can cause dryness leading to brittle hair.
- Over use of blow drying on high temperature
- Hot pressing the hair on continuous high heat
- Chemically processed frequently: Bleaching, dyes, perms can limit or deplete the natural oils
- Poor nutrition: Lacking in vitamins, minerals,water, and protein. Hair is mostly protein.
- Chlorinated water or even constant sun exposure
What I would recommend for dry ends are :
Avoid heat hair styles by curling irons, flat irons, and blow dryers. Boost up on your healthy eating: veggies, fruits, protein, and water in moderation, according to your health. Exercise regularly. Keep ends conditioned, moisturized, and seek a professional hair stylist assistance if needed.
- If ends are damaged, get them trim.
- Shampoo your hair with a rich hydrating-moisturized shampoo or shampoo low in sulfates to no sulfates Shampoo.
- After washing your hair, deep condition your hair as instructed on your product and cover with a plastic cap, such as 5 minutes to 30 minutes. Finger comb or use a wide tooth comb to work deep conditioner into your curly hair. Rinse out the deep conditioner. You can deep condition weekly.
- Use leave-in conditioner. Leave-in conditioner moisturizes the dry hair. It acts like a basic first coat for the hair. Work the entire leave-in well into the entire hair. Do Not Rinse Out.
- Style your hair using your favorite styling moisturized holding cream, setting lotion or moistured foam for your natural curly to tightly coiled hair.
- Seek a professional hair stylist help to treat and restore your hair ends back to health.
Three reasons why hair maybe dry even after moisturizing:
Lack of deep conditioning your hair. Weekly deep conditioning or deep conditioning on your wash days can help with dryness. 2.
You may have product build up on the hair strands, deposits of hard water, or chlorinated water that needs to be clarified. This will prepare the hair to receive moisture from the hair. 3.
Using products that do not provide moisture. Styling products, such as foams
, and curling custards
are not moisturizing products. They are not formulated to provide a sustainable benefit. They are formulated to provide definition and hold. Instead, use moisturizing products with water as its first ingredients and contains moisturizing ingredients. • TGIN Butter Cream Daily Moisturizer • Alikay Naturals Moisture Rich Parfait • Carol’s Daughter Hair Milk Nourishing and Conditioning Leave-In Moisturizer • Carol's Daughter Black Vanilla Hair Smoothie • As I Am Double Butter • CurlSmith Curl Conditioning Oil-in-Cream Also, your hair may not tolerate certain ingredients, such as alcohol, mineral oil, petroleum, silicones, sulfates that can promote dryness if your hair care regimen does not create balance to combat against their effects. Do not wash hair in hot water as this will dry your hair and scalp. Wash with lukewarm water or cool water. Here are some things that you could do to help your hair stay moisturized. Use The LOC Method LOC method
is a technique of product layering that you use in your hair to help to retain hairs moisture for a longer duration. 1)
“L” is for liquid. It can be water or a leave-in moisturizer 2)
“O” is for oil. Select an oil of your choice, such as olive oil. You then layer oil on top of your leave-in. 3)
“C” is for cream. This is any hair butter that is a thick consistency. Butters or hair creams that you have for your hair care regimen. You would layer lastly on your hair. By layering your hair in this order with products in the LOC method, this is helping you to keep your hair moisturized longer. Natural oils, hair butter, such as whipped mango, shea butter; and moisturized creams act as sealants to lock in the water longer in your hair. Last and not least avoid too much product build up. After all whatever products, we use even natural ingredients. It can and will build up, especially if used heavily often daily. Make sure to wash hair with low sulfate to sulfate free shampoo weekly or biweekly. If you have increased buildup, then a regular shampoo to a clarifying is needed to totally remove all dirt and oil from the hair and scalp. Be sure to use a deep conditioner afterwards to re-moisturize hair. Buildup can lead to hair dryness because moisture is not getting into the strand. About the Author Kerone Maxineau is a natural hair blogger, Author, and an Occupational Therapist. Knowing the issues, she wanted to inspire Afro-textured hair women who may have trouble on how to care for their hair. This ultimate guide will assist you to reach your goal of having beautiful and healthy growing hair. You do not need to be a pro to overcome the struggles of Afro-textured hair. But you do need to know the basics to apply and develop a regimen that works best for you.
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