Whether your hair is straight, wavy, curly, or coiled, knowing your hair’s porosity gives you understanding and helps you discover the best ways to retain hair moisture. Hair porosity is your hair’s ability and willingness to absorb water or moisture and keep it in. This is based on how closed or open the cuticles are. Porosity is mostly determined by genetics. However, heat, pH balance, and chemicals can affect and change your hair porosity. Hair porosity can range from low, medium, and high. Like the pores of your skin, when pores are open, it is easy for hydrated cream to pass through. When pores are blocked or have tight spaces, hydrated cream struggles to enter. Your hair behaves similarly. Low porous hair has low levels of pores or opening in the hair shaft. The cuticles are most resistant, making it difficult for water and moisture to absorb into the shaft. Once water or moisture makes it in, these tight or closed cuticles trap and block the moisture from escaping. Because low porosity hair has increased levels of protein, the focus should be geared to achieving moisture and oil penetration.
Having a good healthy scalp that produces oil helps to nourish the hair. There are several reasons why hair can become dry. One natural way is that the hair becomes dry when it does not produce much oil to coat the hair shaft. The sebaceous glands which are connected to individual hair follicles produce and excrete hair oil called sebum, which is responsible to coat the hair. The downside to this is when there is not enough oil being released to coat the individual hairs, it can cause drying, splinting ends, eventually leading to weakening hair resulting in breakage.
Curly to tightly coils experience dryness quickly as the oil lack to not make it all the way down to the hair ends. Therefore, curly to tightly coiled hair requires outside moisture (hydrated products) than straight hair. This explains daily to frequent washing of straight hair due to the concentration of oils making it all the way to their ends frequently.
⦁ Over use of blow drying on high temperature
⦁ Hot pressing the hair on continuous high heat
⦁ Chemically processed frequently: Bleaching, dyes, perms can limit or deplete the natural oils
⦁ Poor nutrition: Lacking in vitamins, minerals, water, and protein. Hair is mostly protein.
⦁ Chlorinated water or even constant sun exposure
⦁ Avoid heat hair styles by curling irons, flat irons, and blow dryers. Boost up on your healthy eating: veggies, fruits, protein, and water in moderation, according to your health. Exercise regularly. Keep ends conditioned, moisturized, and seek a professional hair stylist assistance if needed.
⦁ If ends are damaged, get them trim.
⦁ Shampoo your hair with a rich hydrating-moisturized shampoo or shampoo low in sulfates to no sulfates Shampoo .
⦁ After washing your hair, deep condition your hair as instructed on your product and cover with a plastic cap, such as 5 minutes to 30 minutes. Finger comb or use a wide tooth comb to work deep conditioner into your curly hair. Rinse out the deep conditioner. You can deep condition weekly.
⦁ Use leave-in conditioner. Leave-in conditioner moisturizes the dry hair. It acts like a basic first coat for the hair. Work the entire leave-in well into the entire hair. Do Not Rinse Out.
⦁ Style your hair using your favorite styling moisturized holding cream, setting lotion or moisturized foam for your natural curly to tightly coiled hair.
⦁ Seek a professional hair stylist help to treat and restore your hair ends back to health.
This ultimate guide will assist you to reach your goal of having beautiful and healthy growing hair. You do not need to be a pro to overcome the struggles of Afro-textured hair. But you do need to know the basics to apply and develop a regimen that works best for you.
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