5 Signs Indicating You Have Low Porosity HairTuesday, January 28, 2014
Does Your Hair...
- Take forever to dry after washing it?
- Have a hard time absorbing moisture, but retains moisture really well once it's accepted?
- Have a difficult time absorbing deep conditioners?
- Feel as though products just sit on top of your strands? They don't penetrate fully?
- Tend to resist chemical services i.e. relaxers, colour etc.
Low Porosity Hair is when your cuticles are tightly closed preventing the absorption of moisture into the strands. The cuticle is quite resistant to opening and readily accepting water. Opening the cuticle may be troublesome, but once it's open, it will accept, hold on/ retain moisture for a long period of time. The main focus with low porosity hair is to get the cuticles open! Low Porosity hair is easy to take care of once you understand how!
- Steam frequently - Warm steam vapours help to raise the cuticles and allow the deep conditioner to absorb easily into the hair shaft.
- Moisturize on damp hair - This allows the cuticles to raise slightly thus giving your moisturizer the chance to penetrate the hair strands. Once the hair receives the moisture, it will hold on to it very well.
- Baggy your hair often - Baggying will help raise the cuticles drawing moisture into the hair
- Always use heat when you deep condition - Heat allows the hair cuticles to raise/open. The deep conditioner can then easily penetrate into the hair cortex giving nutrients i.e. moisture, protein etc. to the hair strands.
- Clarify often - 2-3x/month will help lift the hair cuticles allowing any deep conditioners, leave-ins, moisturizers to penetrate easily.