HAIR CARE ACCORDING TO YOUR POROSITY
We've already presented the wonderful world of hair porosity in an earlier article, but now it's gotten its sequel. Ha, how cunning and unpredictable we are. So much! Well, you probably didn't think we'd let you down without the right tips on how to control your mane. Best of all, you may already have all the tools you need at home. Before we dig deeper, note that we have omitted the medium porosity, as it is somewhere between the two extremes, or in many shades between that. This means that you can try tricks of both extremes and find out what suits your hair. Listen up and pay attention.
Such hair is super stubborn, which means that they do not like to be dragged, pushed into the water or into a position they do not like. Their personality is very closed. They won't let anyone or anything in. No water, no oil, no nothing. Despite the constant moisturizing and the use of 1001 products, they are still dry and self-contained. The eternal problem of low porosity is consequently the accumulation of the product on the hair, which leads to heavy and terrible hair.
When treating the hair with low porosity, the most important thing is to try to open the surface at least a little, as the products will penetrate easier. How can you achieve this? With using heat! Unfortunately, we don't own at those wonderful appliances under which we are seated while going trough the coloring process in the salon, but we have aluminum foil or a shower cap. So, when you have finished applying the mask, wrap your hair in foil and warm it all up with a hairdryer. DIY you know. The foil or cap will also prevent heat and moisture from escaping too quickly, leaving the cuticle open longer and, as a result, reaching deeper into the hair.
Low porous hair loves light oils such as argan, almond or grapeseed oil. Avoid coconut, castor and olive oil at all costs, as they are much too heavy and will stay on the surface, resulting in heavy and straw-like hair. Also, avoid extremely heavy styling products. Go for lighter variants containing glycerin, honey, agave... The products should be water-based.
Here we are dealing with the opposite of what was written above. Highly porous hair is wide open and accepts everything. Water, oil, products... One could think that this is a good thing right? Well, it would be if it weren't losing moisture at the same time and thus becoming dehydrated. Besides, due to the excessive amount of moisture in the hair, they "inflate", raise the surface even more and are therefore get more exposed to damage.
In the case of high porosity, heat treatment must be avoided at all costs, since we do not want to open the surface any further. The same goes for sun exposure. Wear a hat! Another simple thing you can do to help your porous hair is oil treatment. Pull out your coconut oil (you must have waited for this moment) and apply it to the entire length of your hair and leave it overnight. The oil will then penetrate the inside of the hair, where it will repel water and protect the hair from absorbing too much water and inflating. Jojoba or olive oil is also cool for doing this. A similar but smaller effect can be achieved by applying a conditioner on the length of hair before washing and then shampooing only the scalp. Doing so the shampoo will cause less damage as the surface will be protected by the balm.
You can also help yourself with leave-in products and oils that you apply to dry hair. This way they will absorb and lose less water. It also helps if you wash your hair with apple cider vinegar as the acidic PH closes the cuticle. Simply mix one teaspoon of vinegar in a cup of water. If your hair is dry, you can use two teaspoons instead of one teaspoon. Add 3-4 teaspoons for greasy hair. Apply to hair after shampooing, wait a few minutes, rinse and finish with a balm or mask. Make sure you are moderate in use. If it gets better, stop it. Don't use it more than once a week.