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6 Ways to Care for High Porosity Hair

March 12, 2019
Find tips on caring for high porosity hair. | NaturallyMadisen.com

Porosity was a topic I tried to avoid once I began my journey to natural hair. It seemed too complicated to figure out and didn’t make sense, however, I soon realized how important knowing your porosity is when it comes to natural hair care.

What is porosity? Porosity refers to your hair’s ability to absorb and retain moisture. There are 3 different types:

  • Low Porosity
  • Normal Porosity
  • High Porosity

Don’t know what your porosity is? Check out this post to see what category you fall into before reading: The Guide to Learning About Porosity

You can also check out what Consy had to say about porosity at this post: WTH is Porosity?

This is my first collaboration post with another Blogger! Consy has a blog called Dominican Curly where she shares information on taking care of natural hair and Ayurvedic herbs. She also created her own natural hair products not too long ago (her Ayurvedic oil is bomb).

Check out the natural hair products she creates here.

We decided to collaborate on this post about porosity because she has low porosity hair and I have high.

This post will explain how to start caring for high porosity hair. If you have low porosity, make sure to check out her blog post below for tips on how to effectively take care of low porosity hair. Both of these posts provide what has worked best for OUR hair, however, it doesn’t hurt to incorporate these tips so you can figure out what your hair likes!

Consy’s Blog Post: Tips & Tricks for Low Porosity Natural Hair

What is High Porosity?

If you have high porosity hair, the cuticles are raised which makes it easy to absorb moisture. But unfortunately, you can lose that moisture just as quickly. For this reason, most people with high porosity hair deal with dryness.

In one of my old blog posts about porosity, I talk about some of the characteristics to look for if you think you have high porosity hair. Some of those characteristics include the following:

  • Dry, brittle hair
  • The appearance of dull hair
  • Your styles dry quickly
  • Your hair is easily saturated with water

Although caring for high porosity hair can be a pain in the butt sometimes, following the tips we’re going to discuss has helped me figure out how to retain moisture longer and combat frizz. Here are 6 tips on caring for high porosity hair:


Frequent Protein Treatments

When it comes to caring for high porosity hair, frequent protein treatments are necessary. High porosity hair has many gaps in the hair shaft because of the cuticles being raised. Using protein will help temporarily fill in those gaps and provide strength to your hair.

Using protein for high porosity hair will do the following:

  • Provide fuller, thicker hair
  • Improve elasticity
  • Reduce breakage + shedding

How often you incorporate protein treatments depends on your hair. Although you share the same porosity as me, your hair is still different from mine. It’s important to pay attention to your hair and use protein when it’s needed. Sometimes I use protein once a month and other times twice, it just depends!

Here are some of my favorite protein treatments for high porosity hair:

Deep Condition Regularly

Caring for high porosity hair can become easier when you deep condition regularly. Deep conditioners contain nourishing ingredients that help to alleviate the symptoms of high porosity hair.

When you deep condition, it provides your hair with nutrients that help replenish moisture, promote elasticity, increase strength, and smooth down the hair cuticle.

In the last section, I gave you some of my favorite protein deep conditioners, however, moisturizing deep conditioners are just as important! Since high porosity hair is more prone to dryness, you want to maintain a proper moisture-protein balance by alternating between moisture-based deep conditioners and protein.

Here are some of my favorite moisturizing deep conditioners to use when caring for high porosity hair:

Use Sealants When Styling

When caring for high porosity hair, it's important to use sealants to lock in moisture. | NaturallyMadisen.com

A sealant is applied to your hair last to help lock in moisture. Since high porosity hair has raised cuticles, using a sealant will help to smooth them down and prevent moisture from escaping quickly.

A good technique to use when applying moisturizers and sealants to your hair is the LOC Method. Layering your products can limit frizz and ensure you retain moisture longer.

Want to know more about the LOC Method? Check out this post: LOC Method: The Best Way to Moisturize Natural Hair

When it comes to caring for high porosity hair, some good sealants you can use are:

  • Shea Butter
  • Castor Oil
  • Olive Oil
  • Mango Butter

Limit the Use of Heat/Chemicals

When caring for high porosity hair, you want to limit the use of heat and chemicals. | NaturallyMadisen.com

You can be born with high porosity hair, however, there are other factors that can cause you to have this porosity, such as:

  • Dyeing your hair
  • Excessive use of heat tools
  • Using other harsh chemicals

When you’re caring for high porosity hair, you want to limit how often you use heat if you want to maintain the overall health of your curls. Using heat and/or chemicals can cause more damage to your strands and will have a negative impact on your curl pattern.

If this happens, you’ll find yourself having to transition from heat damage or you’ll have to cut your hair off. And I’m sure you don’t want either one of those to happen!

If you decide to use heat on high porosity hair, you want to ensure you have healthy hair care practices in place. You need to deep condition beforehand to add strength and limit damage to your hair.

You can also choose a good-quality heat protectant before applying any heat to your hair.

Avoid Using Harsh Shampoos

An ingredient you should avoid using in your shampoos is Sulfates. Sulfates are harsh cleansers that can strip the natural oils from your hair and scalp. After cleansing, you may notice a “squeaky” feeling, an itchy scalp, or dryness.

High porosity hair is already prone to dryness, therefore, it’s best to use sulfate-free shampoos that provide a gentle cleanse without leaving the hair stripped.

Here are my favorite shampoos for high porosity hair:

Detangle Carefully

Felicia Leatherwood Detangler Brush | NaturallyMadisen.com

Since high porosity hair has cuticles that remain open, it’s more prone to tangles. Therefore, it’s important to use the right tools and techniques to gently detangle your hair.

One of my favorite hair tools is the Felicia Leatherwood Detangling Brush. This brush has widely spaced flexi-bristles that allow you to glide through your hair without causing breakage or damage to your hair strands.

Another good way to detangle is by using your fingers. However, before you start detangling your hair, it’s best to have oils or a conditioner with a lot of SLIP applied to your hair. Do not try to detangle dry hair!

Here are some of my favorite conditioners and oils to detangle my hair with:


Caring for high porosity hair won’t become a hassle if you incorporate these tips in your regimen. The above tips will ensure you maintain healthy, moisturized natural hair.

As you continue on your journey, you’ll realize taking care of high porosity hair isn’t difficult at all! It’s all about healthy hair care practices, having good techniques, and choosing good-quality, natural products to use on your hair.

Don’t forget to check out Dominican Curly for tips on caring for low porosity hair! She also has other blog posts with great information on natural hair care in general.

What are some ways you care for your high porosity hair?


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20 Comments

  • Reply Derecka March 12, 2019 at 12:14 pm

    Great tips! I have low porosity. I do most of these tips as well. I also heard that you can have more than one porosity.

    • Reply Madisen March 12, 2019 at 2:00 pm

      Yes some people told me they have more than one porosity! Our hair is so unique. Thank you for reading!

  • Reply Queen | The Blessed Queens March 12, 2019 at 12:15 pm

    Hey Madisen !

    Nice write up! Natural hair ladies with high porosity will find this super helpful dear!! Keep it up

    xo, Queen 🙂

    • Reply Madisen March 12, 2019 at 2:00 pm

      Hey Queen! Thank you for reading!

  • Reply Consy March 12, 2019 at 12:19 pm

    I love that protein moisture balance is key for both 🙂
    It was a pleasure to collab sis! xo

    Consy

    • Reply Madisen March 12, 2019 at 2:01 pm

      I enjoyed collaborating with you as well sis! You know I’ve always loved your blog! And yes protein-moisture balance + deep conditioning is key for everyone no matter what hair type/porosity they are!

  • Reply Brittney March 12, 2019 at 1:18 pm

    Great tips boo! I have low porosity but I think my mom has high porosity so I’ll deff be sharing these tips with her ! Also pretty cool that you guys collab’d on this blog ! I’ll deff be referencing back here often !

    • Reply Madisen March 12, 2019 at 2:02 pm

      Thank you for reading boo! Yes, and I hope these tips help your mom on her journey!

      • Reply Renea September 6, 2019 at 9:19 pm

        I’m so glad I found your blog! I just found out I have high porosity hair. I wish I would’ve known years ago to save time and money. Thank you for all your help!

        • Reply Madisen September 6, 2019 at 10:10 pm

          Awe thank you! I’m glad this post was helpful for you. I wish I would’ve had this information when I found out about porosity!

  • Reply Aisha March 12, 2019 at 1:43 pm

    I had no idea about all of this. I read the guide you provided for how to know what porosity hair type you have and my daughter has high porosity according to the guide. I definitely will be getting her some hair protein. All these products ?. I’m grateful for the you and Consy provided.

    • Reply Madisen March 12, 2019 at 2:03 pm

      I’m glad we were able to teach you something new! Thank you for reading and I hope this helps your daughter!

  • Reply JoAnna March 12, 2019 at 7:06 pm

    Awesome tips hun, I have low porosity hair but my kids have high porosity hair! I’ll definitely use these methods on them. This was a great colab! I enjoyed learning more about both high and low porosity hair. ??

    • Reply Madisen March 12, 2019 at 9:04 pm

      Thank you for reading! I hope these tips help them, please keep me updated if you can! I’m glad you were able to learn from both of our posts!

  • Reply seniya March 21, 2019 at 3:04 pm

    Nice post Madisen! I really love how clear you were in this write up. I am definitely subscribing to get more updates from you, I am a fellow natural hair blogger showing some support!

    • Reply Madisen March 21, 2019 at 3:25 pm

      Thank you for reading! I appreciate the support! ♥️ That means a lot!

  • Reply Brittany C June 6, 2019 at 3:03 pm

    I recently learned the definition of porosity. However, I always knew that my hair dried super fast — often before it is done being styled. Knowing this has definitely helped me to make sure I have what I need to do it properly. I purchased a continuous spray bottle, and I have lots of shea/mango/coconut butters. I also get regular deep conditioning treatments and hydration (steam) treatments at the salon. It has definitely been nice to be able to put a name to the concept though!

    • Reply Madisen June 6, 2019 at 5:39 pm

      I feel like knowing your porosity is more important than anything! I’m glad you figured out your porosity because it’ll definitely help your journey and choosing the right products. I’ll have more posts on what I use for my high porosity hair soon! Thank you for reading and commenting sis. ♥️

  • Reply Juanita September 12, 2019 at 8:35 pm

    Thanks Madison,
    Finally answers.
    Your insight is sooo valuable❤

    • Reply Madisen September 13, 2019 at 12:16 am

      Thank you so much sis! I appreciate that.

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