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 this post: 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:
- Nature’s Little Secret Milk Strengthening DC
- Nefertiti’s Secret Rejuvenating Treatment
- OBIA Naturals Babassu Hair Mask
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:
- Belle Criniere Deep Conditioner
- OBIA Naturals Babassu Deep Conditioner
- Key to Curls Honey I’m Tangled DC
- Nature’s Little Secret Rose DC
Use Sealants When Styling
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
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:
- Nature’s Little Secret Cucumber Nourishing Shampoo
- Nature’s Little Secret Vanilla Bean Shampoo
- Curls & Potions Growth and Restore Shampoo
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:
- Vo5 Strawberries & Cream Conditioner (I only use the ones that are silicone free)
- Nature’s Little Secret Herbal Oil
- Nature’s Little Secret Chocolate Conditioner
- Nefertiti’s Secret Moringa Oil
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.