Do your coils absorb moisture and fail to retain it? Does it look dull, dry and tends to be frizzy sometimes? Maybe, it tangles easily during wash day. Chances are you have high porosity hair. Don’t panic there are a ton of products you can use to care for your hair. It’s important to know your hair porosity and develop a hair regimen to care for your hair. I have high porosity hair and I’m not sure if it’s because of the hair dye I currently have in my hair. It’s my theory LOL. But I’m in the process of growing out the color and on my next trim, I plan to chop off the remainder of the dye. Then I’ll do another test to determine if I truly have high porosity hair.
Nevertheless, I have developed a hair regimen to care for my high porosity hair (I will share in the next blog post so stay tuned). I have also found some products that work well for high porosity hair. So keep reading! When my hair is not in a protective style like braids, weave, or wigs. I try to wash my hair at least once a week (when I’m not being lazy LOL), so on a monthly basis, I do 3-4 deep conditions and one protein treatment. My favorite protective style is wigs. Because it allows me to wash my hair once a week and braid it back up.
What you need to know about high porosity hair
If you have high porosity hair, Sis, you and protein treatments need to become BFFs. Protein treatments help strengthen your cuticle by making it more elastic and allow your hair to retain moisture. I highly recommend you incorporate a monthly protein treatment into your hair regimen. I need you to understand high porous hair has holes up and down the shaft and protein fills those holes temporarily. It’s almost like a temporary fix until the next one is done. So you have to care for those shafts with protein treatments. Please do not use protein as a moisturizer to replace your deep conditioner. They both go hand in hand, so do not, I REPEAT do not skip out on deep conditioning your hair. As I stated previously, I deep condition 3-4 times a month and I do at least one protein treatment.
Deep Conditioners for high porosity hair
Shea Moisture – Raw Shea Butter Deep Treatment Masque
Shea Moisture – Mongongo & Hemp Seed Oils High Porosity Moisture-Seal Masque
Mielle Organics – Babassu Oil & Mint Deep Conditioner (Protein)
Aphogee – Aphogee 2 Step Reconstructor
I’ve tried the first three deep conditioners except for the Aphogee. But I’ve heard great reviews about it and I plan to purchase it. I will definitely do a product review once I try it out. My two favorites are the Shea Moisture Raw Shea Butter Deep Treatment Masque and Babassu Oil & Mint Deep Conditioner by Mielle Organics. I absolutely LOVE the minty smell from the Mielle Organics conditioner. It leaves my scalp feeling fresh and clean. I also like the tingling from the mint penetrating my scalp when I’m under the dryer. I like the liquid texture of it, it helps with the detangling process especially for high porosity hair. I hope this helps and stay tuned for my hair regimen for high porosity hair.
Did you read this article out of curiosity but unsure about your hair porosity? There are a few methods to determine what hair porosity you have. This is the method I used. It was simple and fast.
Try the Porosity Test
Take a strand of your hair and drop it into a glass of water or bowl. Pay attention to the movement of the strand for a minimum of two minutes. If it remains floating after two minutes you may have low porosity hair. If your hair floats midway to the glass or bowl, then you have normal porosity hair. But if it sinks to the bottom of the glass immediately, then you have high porosity hair.
What hair porosity are you? What product do you use to care for the health of your hair?
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