4 THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT YOUR HAIR: NATURAL HAIR POROSITY

Welcome back to my blog Loves, it’s been a while I had a natural hair post up here. So, I decide to do this post which I hope will answer most questions I get about natural hair. Natural hair is easier to manage/maintain when you know and understand YOUR hair; not using another person’s hair as a mirror to care for your hair. This will let you know how to properly moisturise, detangle, manipulate, choose products and styles that suits your hair best.

These four(4) things are Natural hair

  1. Porosity
  2. Texture/Width
  3. Density &
  4. Curl pattern/Hair type

 

The first thing which is the most important is

NATURAL HAIR POROSITY simply means how well your hair can absorb moisture and retain it. It is affected by the outermost layer of hair called the cuticle, which determines how easily moisture and oils pass in and out of your hair. Hair porosity is genetic, for the most part but it can also be affected by environmental exposure, heat, bleaching, colouring and chemical processing. Knowing your hair’s porosity helps you to know how to properly moisturise your hair, what method of moisturisation to use and what products/oil works best for your hair. Knowing your hair porosity is important because what is most important in natural hair care is MOISTURE. SO, knowing how to properly moisturise your hair will make your hair thrive, soft and more manageable. It’ll also let you know how to balance your hair moisture & protein.

To know your hair porosity, you can do this simple test,

  • drop a strand of your hair in a cup of water
  • let it sit in the water for about 2 minutes or more
  • if the hair goes to the bottom of the cup, it means your hair has high porosity
  • if it stays on top/float, it means your hair has low porosity
  • if It doesn’t float or sink, it stays in the middle, your hair has medium porosity

You can have different porosity on different section of hair on your head. So, do the test on every side of your head to know

 

 

 

  • Low Porosity Hair: has cuticles that are so close together making moisture penetration more difficult. Low porosity hair repels moisture.This type of hair is usually considered healthy because it doesn’t loose moisture easily. It is also prone to product build-up.

 

Tips:

  1. Use light weight moisturising products so they don’t just sit on your hair
  2. Look for humectants (products that attract and hold moisture) such as glycerin and honey in products ingredients as they are very moisturising and penetrate hair follicles better.
  3. Do less  protein treatment as it can leave it feeling stiff.
  4. Use light weight oils that have better penetrating power such as olive oil, almond oil, jojoba oil.
  5. Incorporate steam/heat when moisturising your hair by using steam, warming your hair mask before applying or spray your hair with warm water before applying moisturiser. This will open the hair cuticles and aid moisture absorption.

 

 

  • Medium Porosity Hair: often requires the least amount of maintenance. The cuticle layer is looser, allowing just the right amount of moisture to enter while preventing too much from escaping.

 

 

 

  • High Porosity Hair: has cuticles that are loose, has gaps and holes in them. Highly porous hair easily absorb moisture and they easily loose the moisture absorbed making them proned to frizz/dryness. It can be either an inherent property of hair or the result of damage from chemical processing, rough treatment or environmental damage.

 

Tips:

  1. Use heavy moisturisers and sealants
  2. Use heavy oils and butters such as JBCO oil, coconut oil, shea butter to further seal in the moisture so it doesn’t escape easily.
  3. Layering these products will help your hair hold on to the moisture you’re giving it.
  4. Cold aloe vera juice and cold water are good sealants too.
  5. It needs more protein treatment to tighten the cuticles.

 

 

Click here to read about texture/width, hair density and hair type/curl pattern.

 

I hope you enjoy this post. Do you know your hair porosity? What are your tips for moisturising low & high porosity hair? Let us know in the COMMENT SECTION below. Don’t forget to LIKE, SHARE & SUBSCRIBE via E-MAIL. Follow my blog via BLOGLOVIN or subscribe via E-MAIL and check out my Youtube Channel.

 

 

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