Hair Care Series (Part 1): High Porosity
By now, we know that knowing our porosity is a vital component in properly caring for our hair. If you know your porosity but are unsure of where to start, we recommend that you stick around for this 3-part blog series detailing how to take care of your hair based on your porosity. This should help you build a regimen tailored to your personal needs and schedule. High porosity hair easily allows moisture in and out of the strands, so the main goal for this type is to retain the moisture received.
Pre-pooing can be a helpful step prior to or on wash day. Pre-pooing is exactly what the name suggests, pre-shampooing. This helps diminish breakage and detangle your hair after washing. Definitely consider adding this step if you find your hair hard to manage or detangle. Not only this, but it restores moisture, which is needed for all porosities. Here’s how: divide your hair, coat your strands with a heavier oil such as coconut or jojoba oil, and leave it on for at least 30 minutes before shampooing.
Deep conditioning will also be the thing that changes your hair’s life! It helps promote elasticity, inhibits damage, revitalizes pH, and cultivates moisture. Regardless of what products you use for this step, try to include heat to better permeate your hair. Our microwavable deep conditioning caps have been said to be the best addition to your wash day routine! If you make this a habit at least every 2 weeks for 15 minutes minimum, prepare to see amazing results.
Aloe Vera is high porosity hair’s best natural friend, with its proteolytic enzymes that revive the scalp. Not only is this the case, but Aloe also encourages hair growth, minimizes dandruff, reduces inflammation, and conditions your strands and scalp. How amazing is it that one of the best things for your high porosity hair comes directly from the earth? Consider adding this to your regimen.
Protein. Protein. Protein. You knew it was vital for muscle growth in your body, but did you know that 80-90% of your hair is composed of a protein called keratin? Rice water makes a great protein treatment. I have found that when washing my hair, adding rice water and allowing it to penetrate my hair for at least 30 minutes, it provides length retention. With this vital step, I saw an decrease in breakage. You can intensify this treatment by using the deep conditioning cap or using a plastic cap underneath the dryer attachment.
Finally, the LCO Method is a good way to lock in moisture. This is the use of liquid to hydrate the hair such as water or a leave-in conditioner. Second, going in with a cream or butter to seal the liquid in. Last, sealing the cream or butter with the oil(s) of your choosing. Different oils provide various benefits for hair growth. If you would like to see a blog detailing this, leave us a comment. Please stay tuned for our blog series on hair care for your porosity.