In the previous post we discussed how to care for low porous hair. Let us now discuss high porous hair. If you took the strand test you may already know your hair porosity. If not, here is a reminder how to do the hair strand test. Follow these steps to find out the porosity of your hair
- Take a strand of your hair (make sure your hair is clean of any product to ensure accurate results) and place it in a glass full of water (cold water is fine).
- Normal to low porosity strands will float, but if your hair is of high porosity it will sink to the bottom of the glass from increasing its weight and becoming too heavy to float. (Leave the strand in for about 5-8 minutes to see if it’s floating or not.)
So did the hair immediately sink to the bottom? If so, this is an indication that you have high porous hair.
High porous hair is usually hair that has been exposed to a severe amount of damage, either through environmental factors (i.e. sun damage) or the overuse of heat and chemical processes. The best way I have heard high porous hair explained is;
“Imagine that your hair is a sponge. A sponge absorbs water very quickly and become soft and flexible.” But just as fast as it absorbs the water, it loses it at the same rate.” (trulycoilyme.wordpress.com)
High porous hair performs similarly.
So what does this mean?
This means high porous hair is usually dry hair that will have a difficult time retaining moisture. This makes the hair break easily when soaking wet, it is easily damaged, prone to frizz, tangles in humid weather, and feels straw-like to the touch.
So how do you take care of high porous hair?
It is important to avoid drying detergents, such as; Ammonium laurel sulfate, Ammonium laureth sulfate, Sodium lauryl sulfate, TEA laurel sulfate, TEA laureth sulfate, Diethanolamine, Triethanolamine
Limit use of heavy silicones, this could further intensify the issue
Incorporate moisture and protein treatments; finding a balance between the both will not be easy, but not impossible.
- Protein treatments help to repair the hair and patch up the cuticle; however, following up with moisturizing conditioner will eliminate the stiff texture
- Weekly deep treatments and monthly protein treatments to fill the holes and gaps in the hair strand. Greek yogurt is an inexpensive and a great deep conditioner.
Rinsing with a slightly acidic rinse will help flatten and seal the cuticle. Try an ACV (apple cider vinegar) rinse. This is a great way to temporarily close your cuticle, and enable the hair to retain moisture
Try to avoid products with humectants in humid climates, as it’ll aid in taking water in from the atmosphere and contribute to fizziness. Consult your professional hair stylist for more information about such products.
Don’t detangle hair when soaking wet. This can lead to breakage from the weight of the water that has been absorbed.
Use anti-humectant, which are moisture blockers. These products assist in repelling moisture from your hair which prevents frizzies.
- If you have straight hair, anti-humectants stops straightened hair from reverting due to excess moisture in the air.
- There are a range of different anti-humectants and anti-frizz serums on the market. An indication of a good moisture-blocking product is that it should be light enough so as not to weigh down the hair or leave it greasy and coated.
Use leave-in conditioners, moisturizer and sealers. Layering these products will help your hair hold on to the moisture. Shop for rich creams and butters for your hair. It is suggested sealing the hair in layers. Which means, start with moisture rich leave in, follow-up with a cream, and finish with a heavy butter.
These are a few ways to remedy and restore your damaged hair to its healthy self. For more information and steps to correct your damaged hair, you should consult a professional.