Understanding high porosity hair is crucial for effectively caring for and embracing your natural curls. High porosity hair is a hair type with raised cuticles, which makes it more porous, allowing moisture to enter and exit the hair shaft quickly.
As a result, high porosity hair tends to have some distinct characteristics that differentiate it from other hair types. Let's dive deeper into understanding high porosity hair:
So, how do you know if you have High Porosity Hair?
Rapid Moisture Absorption:
One of the primary characteristics of high porosity hair is its ability to absorb moisture quickly. While this can be advantageous when moisturising the hair, it also means that the hair can lose moisture just as fast, leading to issues like dryness and frizz.
Difficulty Retaining Moisture:
Due to the open cuticles, high porosity hair struggles to retain moisture. This can result in hair feeling dry and brittle, especially if proper hydration is not maintained.
Prone to Frizz:
The raised cuticles allow humidity and environmental moisture to enter the hair shaft, leading to frizz and a lack of defined curls.
Quick Drying Time:
High porosity hair tends to dry faster than other hair types since water can easily penetrate the hair shaft and evaporate.
The rough texture of high porosity hair can cause the hair strands to catch onto each other, leading to tangles and knots.
Susceptible to Damage:
The lifted cuticles make high porosity hair more susceptible to damage from external factors like heat styling, chemical treatments, and harsh hair care practices.
Caring for High Porosity Hair:
Title: The Ultimate Guide to High Porosity Curls: Embrace and Enhance Your Natural Beauty
High porosity curls are a gift from nature that showcase their unique beauty, strength, and versatility. If you're among the lucky ones blessed with high porosity hair, it's essential to understand and embrace your curls' characteristics to ensure they remain healthy and vibrant. In this comprehensive guide, we'll delve into the world of high porosity curls, exploring what they are, how to care for them, and tips to enhance their natural beauty.
Understanding High Porosity Curls
High porosity hair refers to hair with raised cuticles that allow moisture and product to enter and exit the hair shaft quickly. As a result, high porosity curls have a propensity to absorb moisture but also lose it just as fast, making them more susceptible to frizz and dryness. This hair type often occurs naturally, but it can also be the result of damage from excessive heat styling, chemical treatments, or harsh hair care practices.
Caring for High Porosity Curls
Gentle Cleansing: Start your curly hair care routine with a sulfate-free and moisturizing shampoo. Harsh sulfates can strip your curls of natural oils, leaving them even more dehydrated. Find our favourite gentle sulphate free shampoo's here.
Deep Conditioning: High porosity curls thrive on deep conditioning treatments. Try the 10 minute Mask for deep penetration. Regular deep conditioning sessions will strengthen and hydrate your curls, minimizing frizz and breakage.
Leave-In Conditioners: After washing your curls, don't skip the leave-in conditioner. It acts as a protective barrier, sealing in moisture and reducing moisture loss from the hair shaft. Here are some of our favourites.
The LOC or LCO Method: This technique involves layering liquid (L), oil (O), and cream (C) products in sequence to maximize moisture retention. Start with a water-based leave-in (liquid) try curlfriend leave in, followed by a sealing oil like SOTC oil, and finish with a rich cream like this or this.
Regular Trimming: To keep your high porosity curls looking their best, schedule regular trims to remove split ends and prevent further damage.
Enhancing High Porosity Curls
Plopping: After applying your leave-in conditioner and styling products, gently plop your curls using a microfiber towel reduce frizz and promote curl definition. Try our hair wrap which is 160cm's and has an elastic band at the back.
Diffusing: If you prefer to dry your curls with a blow dryer, use a diffuser attachment on low heat to evenly distribute airflow and prevent excessive heat damage. Try the universal Diffuser.
Brush styling: Enhance your curl pattern by brush styling individual curls while applying styling products. This technique encourages more defined and uniform curls. See more about brush styling here.
Pineappleing: Preserve your curls overnight by loosely gathering your hair at the top of your head, resembling a pineapple. This protects the curls and minimizes frizz while you sleep.
Understanding high porosity hair is vital for developing a personalized hair care routine that addresses its specific needs. We have put together an entire section of products to go to for High Porosity curls.