How to Care for Low Porosity Hair: A Guide For Men And Women
Low porosity hair is one of the most common types of hair loss among men and women. There are many reasons why this type of hair loss occurs, but there are some things that everyone can do to help prevent it from occurring in the first place.
When you have low porosity hair, water does not evaporate out very well, so it stays wetter longer than normal hairs. This means that the hair will dry out faster and become brittle over time.
When you have low porosity hair, it’s easy to get dehydrated when sweating or perspiring, which causes your scalp to feel tight and hot. Dry skin on your head can cause dandruff too.
If you don’t wash your hair often enough with conditioner, it may start falling out prematurely due to lack of moisture. You might even develop dandruff if you don’t brush regularly either!
If you’re suffering from low porosity hair, you’ll want to read this guide on how to care for it properly. If you’ve already got low porosity hair, then here’s what else you need to know about caring for it.
What Is Low Porosity Hair?
The term “low porosity” refers to the amount of oil in your hair strands. It is different from high porosity, normal porosity, and low porosity. The more oil your hair has, the lower the number of open spaces for water and air to enter into your strands. The less oil your hair has, the higher the number of open spaces for water and air to enter in.
Have you ever left conditioner in your hair for a long period of time and then washed it out?
If you have low porosity hair, then the water will not be absorbed easily. If you have normal porosity hair, then the water will absorb quickly into your strands.
How to test your hair?
You can do this at home, no need to go to a doctor. All you need is a plastic bag and some water!
1. Get a plastic bag and fill it with water.
2. Secure the bag with a rubber band and place it on your head, making sure that it’s resting on your hair.
It should stay in place without you holding it.
3. Wait 30 minutes and take the bag off your head.
Examine your hair. If your hair is wet, then congratulations!
You have normal porosity hair. If your hair is partially wet and partially dry, then you have medium porosity hair. If your hair is completely wet, then you have high porosity hair!
Why does it matter?
It matters because different types of hair require different types of care in order to look their best. Knowing what type of hair you have will help you choose the right products to use and allow you to prevent further hair damage from occurring in the future.
Should I be concerned?
If you have low porosity hair and you’re experiencing a large amount of breakage, then it’s important that you see a doctor. Low porosity hair is often a sign of alopecia, a condition in which you are experiencing a loss of hair in an area of your head, resulting in baldness. When this happens, your condition should be treated by a physician in order to prevent further hair loss from occurring.
How do I fix it?
There is no “fix” for low porosity hair. If you have it, then you’ve just got to live with it. However, there are ways that you can make the condition less damaging to your hair, so that you can enjoy proper hair health and length retention.
Use oils on your strands. Oils help to suppress the amount of frizz in your hair and keep your cuticles smooth.
Always apply products to your hair when it is soaking wet. This allows the products to absorb into your cuticles rather than sitting on top of them.
Always focus on the ends of your hair as these are the most susceptible to breakage.
When you’re combing or brushing, use a wide toothcomb. A wide tooth comb will be easier on your hair than a plastic bristled brush will.
Wear your hair in protective styles. Protective styles include braids, twists, and updos.
Trim your ends every six to eight weeks. Most stylists suggest that you get trims whenever you feel like your ends need it, but the real rule of thumb is to get a trim whenever half the length of your hair has grown out.
This keeps your ends from snapping and further breaking.
Wash your hair with mild shampoo and conditioner. When you buy shampoo and conditioner, look for the words “mild” or “sensitive.” Make sure that whatever products you use have a high amount of moisturizing agents in them.
This will help protect your hair and keep it strong.
Stay away from hot tools. This includes things like flat irons, curling irons, crimpers, etc.
Hot tools can cause serious damage to your hair. If you must use them, use heat protectant sprays and products to prevent your hair from sustaining long-term damage.
If you’re experiencing a lot of breakage, stop brushing or combing your hair altogether. Just tie it up in a bun or a braid and wait for it to grow out.
Getting the right cut can also help. Sometimes, stylists cut too much off, which results in a lot of breakage along the newly cut edges.
If this happens to you, stop going to that stylist and find someone else.
Why is it bad?
Low porosity hair can cause breakage, especially if it’s sudden and comes on quickly. It could be a sign of an underlying condition such as anemia, hypothyroidism, or dehydration.
Is it permanent?
Low porosity hair is permanent, but this does not mean it cannot be treated or “cured.” There are many steps that can be taken to make the condition more bearable and better for your hair.
How is it treated?
If you’ve been experiencing a lot of breakage lately and think that you may have low porosity hair, there are some steps you can take to “fix” it.
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