How to care for low porosity hair?
Low porosity hair is a type of hair which contains less than 0.2% water content. Most types of hair contain between 1%-5%. These are usually dryer and frizzier varieties of normal or curly hair. They are not only prone to breakage but they may also have other problems such as split ends, dandruff, and even itching from the scalp area.
The main reason why these types of hair are prone to breakage is due to the fact that their surface areas are smaller. A small surface area means a larger contact area with the environment. When one part of your hair gets wet, it will absorb moisture into its surroundings and make them wetter too. If there is no water on top of the skin around your head, then your hair will get damp and dry out very quickly.
In addition, when your hair dries out, it loses elasticity and becomes brittle. This is because the natural structure of the hair is designed to resist breaking down over time. However, if you do not properly maintain your hair, it will eventually become damaged and fall out.
So how can you prevent this from happening?
You need to keep your hair hydrated!
What are some ways to moisturize low porosity hair?
As mentioned above, low porosity hair is less hydrated than other types of hair. The best way to moisturize it is to use oils that are heavy enough to sink down to the base of your hair strands.
A popular way to do this is by using a hot oil treatment. All you have to do is get an oil such as Olive Oil, Coconut Oil, or Jojoba Oil and apply a small amount to your hair and scalp. Massage the oil in for at least 2-3 minutes. Make sure that all the strands of your hair are covered by the oil.
After massaging for a while, cover your head with a shower cap and wrap a warm towel around it. This will help the oil sink down to the base of your hair strands. Let this sit overnight. In the morning, wash your hair as usual.
Another way to moisturize low porosity hair is by using a creamy conditioner. These types of conditioners are thicker than the average and can coat the hair strands quite easily. Apply a quarter-sized amount of conditioner to your hair and let it sit for at least 5 minutes. This will allow the conditioner to seep deep into your hair strands and hydrate them from within.
After the recommended time, rinse out the conditioner and shampoo your hair as usual.
What are some things to avoid when moisturizing low porosity hair?
There are also some things you should try to avoid do to the nature of your hair. Avoid using products which contain alcohol such as shampoos and liquid cleaners. Also try to stay away from salt water and other chlorine-based products as well. These types of chemicals will inevitably dry out your hair.
In addition, try to stay away from heating tools such as flat irons and curling tongs. These types of tools will dehydrate your hair and break it, making it more prone to damage. If you absolutely have to use them, make sure that you use heat protectant sprays and conditioners in your hair before using these types of tools.
Wrapping It Up
Hopefully after reading this article you have a better understanding about low porosity hair. If you have low porosity hair, then make sure to find the right products for it. If not, then you can always try out some of these tips and tricks and see if they don’t improve the quality and look of your hair. Whatever you do, make sure to have fun and stay beautiful!
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