Okay sisters, by now you know I have high porosity hair, I wrote about it in my last post “How to care for high porosity hair. Today I’m sharing my hair care regimen for highly porous hair and some of the products I use in my regimen. So if you are one of the many who has high porosity hair, stick around because this post is for you.
People with high porosity hair struggle to retain moisture so it’s important to use products that help to seal in moisture. There are two important steps in my hair care regimen that’s crucial to lock in moisture. I try not to miss either step. Here is my monthly Hair regimen. I shampoo my hair once a month and deep condition four times a month with two pre-poo treatments in between those four weeks. At the end of this article, I will post it in more details. For now, I’m going to explain the two important steps in my regimen.
What is Pre-Poo?
One is called pre-pooing and the other is called LOC. Many naturals don’t understand the importance of pre-poo and why it should be incorporated into their hair regimen. So what is Pre-Poo? It is a treatment you can apply to your hair prior to adding shampoo or conditioner. Pre-pooing your hair before a wash helps to detangle your hair and avoid losing excess hair during the washing of your hair. You can apply it before the shampoo stage. It’s an extra step in one’s natural hair care regimen to protect your hair against the harsh stripping of the hair in the shampoo stage. It decreases the risk of dryness after shampooing your hair.
How to apply Pre-Poo?
There are many oils you can use as a pre-poo: olive oil, coconut oil, Avocado oil, shea butter, castor oil etc. You can apply the oil to your hair for 30 mins to an hour before shampooing. Some naturals pre-poo the night before wash day and leave the oil overnight. I’ve done both but I’ve found leaving the oil overnight helps with detangling. When you have high porosity hair, your hair is easily tangled. So pre-pooing prior to wash-day helps with the detangling process.
The next method, I use is called the LOC method, which stands for Leave in conditioner, Oil, and Cream. You may already use this method but not in the exact order. However, I recommend applying the products in this order to your hair. This system is used to moisturize natural hair in three simple steps. Using cream after you have applied the oil to your hair helps to seal as much moisture to your hair as possible.
Now I understand everyone’s hair is different and what may work for me might not work for the next person, or it may, right? But here is what I’m going to do. I’m going to break down the LOC method using the products I use on my hair. You can tweak it with the products that work BEST for your hair!
Here is an example of how to include the LOC method in your hair regimen:
Step 1: L – As my leave-in, I use the Shea Moisture 100% Extra Virgin Coconut Oil Leave-in conditioner. What is your favorite leave-in conditioner? You want to use a liquid base leave-in conditioner in this step.
Step 2: O – My go-to oils right now is coconut oil, castor oil (JBCO) or Jojoba oil. Shea moisture has a 100% Extra Virgin Coconut Oil that I use. Since I have high porosity hair it’s important I use oils that will seal in moisture for my hair. So the oil you choose depends on the porosity of your hair.
Step 3: C – I use the Shea moisture coconut & Hibiscus enhancing smoothie. My hair loves this smoothie! I’ve been using it for the past two years and it gives my hair so much definition. I also use the Mielle Pomegranate & Honey Twisting Souffle. I love this souffle, though it gives my hair good definition as well, I don’t like the white residue it leaves behind on my hair.
Monthly Hair Regimen
Week 1: I shampoo my hair the first Saturday of every month. Therefore, I pre-poo with either Jojoba oil or Coconut oil the Friday night and leave it in overnight.
Saturday I rinse it out and shampoo my hair.
Then, I deep condition my hair with Shea Moisture JBCO Strengthen & Restore treatment masque. I seat under the dryer for 30 minutes to an hour. After I wash my hair out. I apply the LOC method with the products I mentioned earlier.
Week 2: I usually do an ACV rinse (Apple Cider Vinegar) and co-wash my hair with Mielle, detangling co-wash. Then I use the same Shea Moisture JBCO masque deep conditioner and LOC method.
Week 3: I co-wash with Mielle, detangling co-wash. Then I repeat using the same Shea Moisture JBCO masque deep conditioner and LOC method.
Week 4: I pre-poo with either Jojoba oil or Coconut oil the Friday night and leave it in overnight. I co-wash with Mielle detangling and deep condition using a protein treatment. I use Mielle organics Babassu Oil: Mint Deep Conditioner. Remember I stated in my previous post it’s important to do protein treatments on high porosity hair. High porous hair has holes up and down the shaft and protein fills those holes temporarily. Once a month protein treatment helps to repair hair cuticles. After my protein treatment I finish up with the LOC method.
Did you find this article helpful? Do you use any of these products? Let’s chat below sister.
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