Just found out you have high porosity hair and don't know how to process that information? Don't worry. I did all the hard work for you. Below are the product types high porosity hair types should look into as well as a pre-made routine for you to follow as a base.
Here are some signs that you may be high porosity:
- Looks and feels dry (rarely shiny)
- Tangles easily
- Prone to breakage
- Absorbs products quickly
- You hair air dries quicker
- FRIZZ. FRIZZ. FRIZZ
Want to know your hairs porosity level? Check out our step-by-step porosity test guide.
Unlike low porosity hair types, you need a shampoo that is rich in oils and can moisturize your hair while washing. No-poo shampoos (no suds or lather) would also be a great addition to your routine.
Deep Condition 1-2 times a week
Choose conditioners that contain oils that seal gaps in your hairs cuticle. High porosity hair is prone to split ends because the outer layered cuticle is open. Use deep conditioners that contain castor oil, hempseed oil, jojoba oil, and olive oil. (Our Green Tea Smooth-E set contains organic hempseed oil which great for reducing frizz and sealing the outer layer cuticle of your hair)
High porosity hair types don't struggle with sucking up moisture but they do struggle with retaining it. The easier the moisture goes in is as easy as it gets out. Deep conditioning 1-2 times a week will ensure that your hair stays moisturized which will prevent breakage, intense shedding, and dryness.
Use Heavier Products
Butters and oils are your best friend! The heavier and thicker the better. Heavier products seal in the moisture in the cuticle which will give your hair a longer moisture period. Good butters to use are shea butter, avocado butter, and cocoa butter
Wash with Cooler Water
Because your cuticles are more open you need to make sure that you can seal and close them as much as possible. Using sealant oils and moisturizing shampoos will help but it will enhance your results if you lower the temperature of the water you wash your hair with.
High porosity hair gets better results from washing with lukewarm to cool water. Just like people do steam treatments to open up their hairs cuticles to accept more moisture, high porosity hair types should use cooler water to seal in the moisture.
Ease Up on the Heat
High porosity hair can also be a result of damage due to the environment, heat, and chemicals. Having a high porosity hair type can be temporary for most people because the only reason their hair is high porosity its because its damaged. Once they treat the damaged areas their hair may revert to low or normal porosity so just keep that in mind.
Overall, high porosity hair types should ease up on heat styling and if so they should use the lowest heat setting. You have to be gentle with the outer cuticle of your strands because too much heat one time can cause irreversible damage.
High Porosity Wash Day Routine
- Use a moisturizing shampoo to wash your hair with lukewarm water
- Deep Condition using a deep conditioner that contains sealing oils
- Rinse with cool water
- Style using conditioners and products that contain majority thick oils and butters
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