The porosity of hair is the capacity for it to absorb and retain moisture. Hair generally comes in 3 different porosities: low, medium, or high. Low porosity hair has a tightly closed cuticle layer that makes it hard for moisture to penetrate and stay in. When medium porosity hair is wet, the cuticle layer will lift and then reseal upon drying. High porosity hair is characterized by a raised cuticle layer that remains lifted even after drying. Understanding your hair's porosity is crucial in developing a hair care routine that works for you.
No Deep Conditioning for Low Porosity Hair
If your hair is low porosity, then you may have experienced the frustration of using products that didn’t feel like they worked for you. You may have also noticed that deep conditioning, which many people consider a crucial step in hair care, doesn't actually improve the health of your hair. This is because deep conditioning is most beneficial for high porosity, and damaged hair.
The Importance of Cleansing Shampoos for Low Porosity Hair
If your has a difficult time absorbing moisture, then your focus should be on opening up your hair's cuticles to allow for moisture to penetrate. You can achieve this by incorporating a few simple steps into your hair care routine. One of the most important steps is to use a cleansing shampoo every wash day.
This type of hair tends to accumulate product buildup, which can make it even more difficult for moisture to penetrate. Using a cleansing shampoo can help remove buildup and open up your hair's cuticles. In this case, you want sulfates in your shampoo. A great option is a clarifying charcoal shampoo bar.
The Benefits of Lightweight Conditioner
It is essential to include a lightweight conditioner in your hair care routine. Heavy, emollient-rich conditioners can weigh down your hair. This makes it more difficult for moisture to penetrate in low porosity hair. Look for lightweight conditioners that contain humectants, which attract and retain moisture in the hair. Another option is our Detoxifying Clay Cleanser, which softens and conditions your hair while maintaining its hydration.
You also want to look for stylers with humectants such as glycerin in their ingredient list. Humectants are beneficial as they have the ability to attract and retain moisture in the hair. We recommend our Get Set Hair Jelly for thick, dense hair and our Curl Control Styling Lotion for fine, thin hair.
Applying Products to Soaking Wet Hair
Finally, it's important to apply products to soaking wet hair. Applying products to soaking wet hair helps to lock in moisture and ensures even distribution of the products throughout your hair. This can help prevent product buildup and ensure that your hair is properly hydrated.
Develop a hair care regimen that is tailored to your individual needs. Check out these steps; 1) Identify the type of hair by taking our hair quiz; 2) Determine the type of products needed to be based on hair type; 3) Establish a regular washing and conditioning schedule; 4) Use gentle, indirect heat to dry your hair vs air drying. Remember, the key is to focus on opening up your hair's cuticles to allow for moisture to penetrate, rather than relying on deep conditioning, which is not necessary for healthy hair. With the right approach, you can achieve healthy, hydrated, and beautiful hair.