LOW POROSITY HAIR DO'S AND DON'TS
Simply put, hair porosity is your hair's ability to absorb and retain moisture.
After you've washed your hair, grab a strand and drop it into a glass of water. If the strand immediately sinks into the bottom, your hair is of high porosity . If it floats somewhere in the middle with ease, then it's of normal/medium porosity. If it seems to stay at the top, taking forever to sink downward, then your strands, are of low porosity.
Low Porosity Hair & Regimen
When you have low porosity hair, it means your cuticles are close shot, and products or moisture cannot easily penetrate the hair strands. Steamers are great tools for aiding with cuticle lifting, and when applying products, make sure your hair is damp, preferably using warm water, as you’ll need all the moisture and cuticle lifting you can get!
Low Porosity Hair Do's:
- Do deep condition with heat. Heat is your friend, otherwise product will just seat on top of the hair and never penetrate the hair strand.
- Do warm up your deep conditioner before applying to your hair
- Do Hot oil treatments
- Do use a clarifying shampoo once or twice a week to avoid product build up. You may want to try a baking soda, apple cider vinegar mix in warm water, as a natural clarifying shampoo.
- Do deep condition after your shampoo. Leave-in for 5 to 10 minutes under a plastic bag, and rinse with lukewarm water, and aloe vera and water mixture. It will facilitate detangling. make the hair feel soft and enhance curl definition.
- Do moisturize when cuticles are still open. Apply your Youtiful Moisture Whipped Shea Butter Hair Moisturizer to seal in the moisture, and style as usual.
- Do use a heat protector if/when using a blow dryer. Moisturize AFTER you blow dry then moisturize, and use cool hair to close back the cuticles.
Low Porosity Hair Don'ts;
- Don't use heavy oils or products directly on strands. Always start with water, and preferably warm water to open up the cuticles.
- Don't use proteins treatments regularly
- Don't use products with drying ingredients