Porosity was a topic I tried to avoid once I began my journey. It seemed too complicated and didn’t make sense, however, I soon realized how important knowing your porosity is when it comes to natural hair care. I found out I had high porosity hair and started researching the best tips and products for it. Although it’s frustrating in the beginning, caring for high porosity hair isn’t too bad!
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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 using ayurvedic herbs. She also sells natural hair products which you can check out here. We decided to collaborate on this post because she has low porosity hair and I have high porosity.
In this post, we’ll discuss how to start caring for high porosity hair. If you have low porosity hair, make sure you check out her blog post below for tips!
Read Consy’s Blog Post: Tips & Tricks for Low Porosity Natural Hair
What is High Porosity?
High porosity hair has cuticles that 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.
Here are a few characteristics of high porosity hair:
- 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 sometimes, following these tips have helped me retain moisture longer and combat frizz. Here are 6 tips on caring for high porosity hair:
Caring for High Porosity Hair
Regular Protein Treatments
When it comes to caring for high porosity hair, doing regular protein treatments are necessary. High porosity hair has gaps in the hair shaft because of the cuticles being raised. Using protein will temporarily fill in those gaps and provide strength to your hair.
Using protein 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 a protein treatment when it’s needed. Sometimes I use protein once a month and other times twice.
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.
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In the last section, I gave you some of my favorite protein deep conditioners, however, moisturizing deep conditioners are important too! Since high porosity hair is more prone to dryness, you want to maintain a good moisture-protein balance by alternating between moisture-based deep conditioners and protein every month.
Here are some of my favorite moisturizing deep conditioners:
- OBIA Naturals Babassu Deep Conditioner
- Nature’s Little Secret Rose Deep Conditioner
- Natural Beautii Babassu & Honey Deep Conditioner
Use Sealants When Styling
A sealant is applied to your hair 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 is the LOC method. Layering your products in this order can limit frizz and increase moisture retention.
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Some great sealants for high porosity hair are:
- Shea Butter
- Cocoa Butter
- Jamaican Black 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
You want to limit how often you use heat if you want to maintain the health of your curls. Using heat and chemicals can cause damage to your strands and will impact 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. I’m sure you don’t want either one of those to happen!
If you decide to use heat, you want to make sure you have healthy hair care practices in place. You need to deep condition beforehand to add strength and limit damage to your hair. Also, choose a good-quality heat protectant and use the lowest heat setting on your tool.
Avoid Harsh Shampoos
An ingredient you should avoid using in your shampoos is Sodium Lauryl Sulfate. Sulfates are harsh cleansers that can strip the natural oils from your hair and scalp. After cleansing, you may notice a “squeaky” feeling, itchy scalp, or excessive dryness.
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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. You also want to look for cleansers with all-natural, moisturizing ingredients.
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. Do not try to detangle on dry hair!
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Caring for high porosity hair won’t become a hassle if you incorporate these tips
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.