High porosity hair has both its pros and challenges. If your hair is high porosity it means that the cuticle of your hair is too open, allowing moisture out too easily. So as easily as moisture can go in (which is a great thing!), it lets that moisture out quickly (which is where the challenge comes in!). The issue is going to be keeping moisture locked into the hair. It has no problem getting in, but it’s a whole different game keeping it inside. The challenge here is to strike that perfect balance of closing the cuticle just enough that moisture stays put. The reasons for high porosity hair range from everything from genetics to heat damage and chemical damage.
If you’re not sure of your hair’s porosity level, take our quiz to find out!
Our hair is mostly made up of a protein called keratin. When the hair is damaged, it loses the strength the protein gives it, leading to split ends, breakage, and brittleness. Protein strengthens hair, and helps to fill the gaps in the cuticle – which is essential for giving high porosity hair the strength it needs. Deep conditioning is a great way to get moisture into your hair, and if your hair is high porosity, we also recommend that you do protein treatments once or twice a month depending on the state of your hair.
Protein treatments help replenish weak, brittle hair and go hand in hand with deep conditioners when it comes to hair masking. However, it’s important not to do them too often (such as weekly) since too much protein can cause the hair to break as well! There is definitely such a thing as protein overload and the hair being too strong – which also leads to breakage.
We created this for high porosity hair that suffers from being weak and brittle. This strengthening treatment provides protein to help with repairing your damaged hair and adding a protective layer over each kink and coil.
The ingredients found in Fenugreek promotes hair growth, reduces shedding and also moisturizes your strands leaving behind soft, juicy curls. Yes, Kinky hair can be soft, and with proper moisture, it will stay that way. With the vitamins and minerals naturally found in Fenugreek seeds and the blend of Aloe Vera oil, this mask will act as a protective barrier around your hair, to create stronger strands and encourage hair growth.
Rice water when used carefully is a great ingredient to rehab and rebuild your hair strands. Studies show that rice water contains inositol, a carbohydrate that repairs damaged hair. This inositol stays in the hair even after the rice water is rinsed off, acting as a shield and protecting your hair from damage. Rice water also contains amino acids that strengthen the hair roots, increase hair volume, and make your hair shiny and smooth.
The LOC method stands for Liquid-Oil-Cream. It’s very popular amongst the curly-haired crowd and will probably always be the first result that pops up when you Google “how to moisturize curly hair.” This order works best for high porosity types because the oil in the second step is able to penetrate the hair deeply, while the cream seals everything into place. An example of the LOC method for high porosity hair.
Coconut milk is rich in fatty acids that penetrate the hair and strengthen the cuticle, which in turn reduces hair loss. It relieves dry and itchy scalp and eliminates dandruff without drying your hair. This is because it’s packed vitamin E which helps to reduce free radicals that break down your scalp’s follicles. To use, add half a tin into your hair mask! Because coconut milk is a great source of protein, be wary of adding it to a protein mask as this can cause protein overload. It’s definitely best to add coconut milk to a moisturizing mask, that isn’t primarily protein such as our Chebe Powder Growth Hair Mask, Restorative Hibiscus Hair Mask or Ultra Nourishing Guacamole Hair Mask. You can also add two tablespoons of olive oil to the mask to give your hair that boost of moisture and shine.
All the gals who need protein – please stand up! If you’re high porosity, adding plain yoghurt to your hair mask is a brilliant way to give your hair the strength it needs. It naturally contains vitamin D which plays an essential part in the creation of new hair follicles which is great for those who are seeking volume. It also contains lactic acid which removes dead skin cells and acts as a cleanser. Only use about a half a cup of plain, organic yoghurt and add it to any hair mask of your choice – preferably one that isn’t a protein mask as this can cause protein overload. Go for a moisturizing mask instead – although, if you do get a protein mask, be sure to toss in some uber moisturizing ingredients in there like banana, honey, pumpkin or papaya to balance it out.
Need we say more?! Avocado contains copper and folic acid which give your hair a healthy shine. Avocado is full of healthy fatty acids that help to both strengthen and nourish your scalp hair and scalp. It also contains protein. For an extra boost of protein for the high porosity girl, add half or one avocado to our Rice Water Health & Strength Mask (depending on the legnth and thickness of your hair).
Do seal your hair with oils or butters. These heavier products are going to create a protective layer around the hair’s cuticle that’ll prevent moisture from escaping. Olive oil is a good option, as is jojoba since they both penetrate the hair shaft without weighing it down too much. As far as butters, a bit of fatty shea butter goes a long way for sealing in moisture! (Source)
Do use cooler water when you wash your hair. Hot water opens the cuticle even more, so adjust the temperature to somewhere just above warm to open the cuticle enough to let moisture in and keep it there! This also helps reduce frizz as the hair dries.
Do moisturize your hair before bed and put it into a low manipulation style. This will give your hair a much needed break and the extra moisture will be better absorbed.
Do adopt a no-poo regimen — that is, stop using shampoos and conditioners with sulfates, parabens, and silicon because they’re doing more harm than good! These ingredients are all synthetic and end up stripping your hair dry (literally) of all the oils and nutrients necessary for your hair’s health.
Do opt for products that are restorative. Belle Bar makes a restorative hair mask that uses hibiscus, coconut milk, avocado, and marshmallow root to repair and moisturize even the most damaged hair.
Don’t dry your hair with a terry cloth towel! This creates frizz, sucks out all of the moisture, and can cause breakage. Instead, opt for a cotton t-shirt or even a paper towel.
Don’t be afraid of protein treatments. Because of the openness of the hair’s cuticle, it’s way more prone to breakage, which tends to happen due to a lack of moisture and protein. A good protein treatment will help rebuild weak, breaking hair!
Don’t use hot tools. Really. If you can avoid them, do it. This could be exacerbating the openness of the cuticle. Same goes for relaxers and hair dyes!