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Understanding Your Hair: 10 tips on Caring for High Porosity Hair


Caring for High Porosity Hair


This is the fifth part in a series that aims to help you understand your hair more deeply and completely in order to aid you when shopping for and seeking out products, tools and process to take care of your hair. This part will address how to take care of hair that has high porosity. As previously mentioned in this series, type 4 hair is often high in porosity and as a result of this, has certain needs to meet in order for it to be managed properly.

If you have type 4 hair there is a high chance that your hair is highly porous. Highly porous hair is hair that has a loose cuticle layer. Having a loose cuticle layer means that your hair absorbs water easily and loses water easily. Hair that is very porous is often dry and tends to break easily during shampooing or co-washing. Below are ten tips that can help you manage hair that is high in porosity.

  1. Use the LOC or LCO method on your hair in order to ensure that it gets adequately moisturised.
  2. Cleanse your hair in twists and condition it in sections in order to limit breakage that could happen during washing
  3. Limit the use of heat on your hair but if you do use heat, use heat protectants to limit heat damage.
  4. Use a spray bottle to mist your hair and cover with a plastic cap to help keep your hair moisturized in between co-washes.
  5. Use a t-shirt to dry your hair instead of a terry cloth towel, after washing or co-washing in order to reduce frizz.
  6. Use creamy humectants to improve the moisture retention on your hair.
  7. Use heavy “butters” like shea butter to seal in moisture after conditioning your hair.
  8. Drink lots of water. I know, I know, but seriously if your hair is dry often there is a high chance it may be a sign that you are not getting enough water.
  9. Don’t detangle your hair when it’s dry, it will only lead to breakage. Make sure to moisturize before attempting to detangle your hair.
  10. Sleep on a silk pillow and/or use a silk scarf or bonnet even if your hair is in a protective style. Cotton strips hair of moisture.

So let me know what you think? Is your hair highly porous? How do you minimize breakage? How do you keep it moisturized? Let me know what you think in the comments below.

Frances Uhomoibhi
I am a 20-something Naturalista with a love for all things Black. I love writing, spoken word, and doing social justice work. Living in London, I hope to help young black girls to love their beauty inside and out.

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