Natural hair with high porosity can be frustrating, but don’t let it get you down. Check out the article below from BlissfulCurls.com and fight that high porosity!
By Nyasha Gowara of BlissfulCurls.com
If you have figured out that you have natural hair which has high porosity then, it loses water aka moisture very quickly. And if you are like me you are wondering if you can fix this, so that you can low hair porosity. If not, then how you can help your natural to not be so porous.
And today, we are going to go over this in detail but, it will be fun and easy to understand my beauties I promise.
So Can High Porosity Hair Be Mended…
Ummm… unfortunately no this can be not fixed sorry to say my beauties. I am sure you are wondering why, well, because porosity is a form a hair damage. And hair damage can not be permanently fixed, like mending a fence. But, what we can do is, use products that will temporarily replace the parts of our hair that have been damaged. Like gluing together a chipped or broken tea cup.
In fact, hair that has been damaged tends, to thin down as it becomes longer. This is why it is recommended to use protein treatments, as the proteins in these treatments will replace, the parts of our hair that are broken or chipped.
If, you are already using protein treatments on your hair and you are wondering “okay I am doing that but, my hair still is not retaining moisture”. Then it may be time to kick things up a notch.
High porosity natural hair solutions
And below we are going to go over some things that you could do:
The Coconut Oil Porosity Pre-Poo
You could start using coconut oil as a pre-poo treatment. Now coconut oil is amazing and what it does in relation to porosity is that, it stops our natural hair from swelling and this in turn can stop our hair cuticle from raising. Which is what contributes to having high porosity.
Mind you, the whole opening and closing of our natural hair is a discussion for another day, ladies and gents.
Porosity Meet Silicones and Conditioning Shampoos
When I first went natural the, one thing I learnt very quickly was to stay far away from hair products that had silicones in them. Not just for health reasons, but also due to the fact that these ingredients tend to be a little pesky to remove from our hair.
But, the funny thing is that, these same silicones are actually good for minimizing protein loss from our natural hair. Which is what causes our hair to thin out and also porosity.
However if this information, still does not persuade you to go and buy a silicone laced product, I can completely understand. You can still buy a conditioning shampoo, as that will have the proteins in it to help your hair.
Lastly Conditioners and Hair Porosity
I have always been a fan of conditioning my own natural hair, because it is super soft afterwards. But, this is not the only the reason for you to condition your own natural hair. It also balances the moisture and protein balance that our hair needs, in order to be healthy and to grow.
Conditioning has also been shown, to help to smooth down the hair cuticle, which minimizes the whole porosity thing. So be sure to condition your natural hair, especially after having shampooed it.
And that is it beauties…
Having high porosity natural hair can be frustrating, but what we went over above, shows that it is manageable.
Hope this helps….
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