So there is a thing called hair porosity that is very important when it comes to what products you should use for your hair and how to maintain your length. There are three different kinds of porosity: low, normal, and high porosity hair. I will be focusing mainly on high porosity because that is what I have.
Your hair shaft consists of tiny cuticles that are too small to see. The cuticles protect the inner layers of your hair by controlling how much moisture can be absorbed. If the cuticles are too far apart, moisture can easily get into the hair, but it doesn’t stay long enough to nourish and moisturize your hair.
It can be genetic or it can be caused by hair processing and styling treatments like straightening, blow-drying, bleaching, and more.
Here are some tips I’ve learned and picked up to help with your hair.
- Wash hair in lukewarm/cold water to close cuticles
- Most of the time, the L.O.C. method benefits high porosity the most
- Use cold aloe vera juice to help seal in and moisturize
- Do Apple Cider Vinegar rinses
- Try to slow down on using heat on your hair
- Don’t skip out on shampooing but do more pre poos and co-washes
- Deep condition every wash day and try to use a hooded dryer
- Try to do a protein treatment about once a month to every three months; varies on the state of your hair (don’t want to use too much or too little protein, have to find a middle ground)
- Use heavy oils and creams to reinforce the sealing
Here are some product recommendations to help as well:
- As I Am Coconut Co-Wash
- Shea Moisture Coconut & Hibiscus Co-Wash
- Mielle Organics Rosemary and Mint deep conditioner (personal favorite)
- Shea Moisture Jamacian Black Castor oil strengthen and restore treatment mask
- Shea Moisture Manuka Honey and Yogurt protein treatment
- Aphogee 2 step protein treatment (very strong protein treatment, use if hair is really damaged)
- Olaplex’s 3 Hair Perfector
- Jojoba oil, Avocado oil, Coconut oil, Black castor oil, Olive Oil
Hope this helps you on your hair journey.
By Alicia Wormley