Nana Ama
by on June 16, 2017
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I learned these in the 12th month of my 1 yr and 6 months (after my big chop) natural hair journey. And it wasn't until my 11th month that I got to know I had low porosity hair. What is porosity in hair? Porosity is your hair's ability to absorb moisture. Low porosity hair is usually considered healthy, and is often shiny. This type of hair repels moisture when you try to wet it. Low porosity hair is also prone to build up from protein rich deep conditioning products which can leave it feeling stiff and straw-like. This type of hair requires a lot of moisturizing and can be oiled afterwards with organic oils such as Jojoba oil and Coconut oil.
Here are signs of low porosity hair:
1. Oils seem to sit on top of your hair. You get lots of shine but your hair feels really dry.
2. Moisturizer creams seem to never truly moisturize you hair, no matter how much of them you use .
3. You find that your hair cant take serious protein treatments. They tend to make your hair feel dry or brittle.
4. It takes your hair forever to dry without the use of heat. You can easily wake up with wet hair from a wash the night before.
If any of these things fit the condition of your hair, then you may have low porosity hair. A final way to test it out is to take a strand of freshly washed hair and put into a glass of water. If the hair floats then you have low porosity hair.
Here are a few ways to cater to your particular kind of hair:
1. Deep condition with heat. Low porosity hair is hair that has a cuticle that stays closed unless heat is present. This means that in other for moisture to truly reach your strands you must heat it a little, either with a hooded dryer or by wearing a plastic cap overnight. The heat will raise your cuticle and then the moisture you need will reach into your hair strands .
2. Wash your hair with warm water. Using warm water when you wash your hair will also raise the cuticle so that you can get the needed moisture into your hair. Most Naturals stress the importance of cool water to protect the hair strands. You must do the opposite to keep your moisture level up.
3. DON'T apply leave-in conditioners on soaking wet hair. This is really important because you would basically be throwing your money down the drain. Your hair won't absorb the leave-in conditioner you just put on it because it has already absorbed the water. The leave-in will just sit on top of your hair. To avoid this, first use a "cotton" t-shirt to dry your hair and then apply your leave-in. Your hair would then be able to absorb it and you will be happy..
NB: Many girls don't like oils because they always seem to have applied too much for their hair type. But for me, oils are absolutely great when used correctly. For sealing in moisture in my hair, I use Castor oil, Jojoba oil, Grapeseed oil, and Argan oil in one big mixture. It isn't too heavy and they make my hair really soft. I mist some water on my hair to style and do twists with the oils.
Remember to experiment a little with your own hair to figure out your true do's and dont's.
Posted in: My Hair Diary
Kume Ozoro
Nana Ama it's nice to have you back :heart_eyes:
Blackcoffee Seun
I never get bored of learning about African hair from myAfroHub. Thanks for taking out the time to share B 💝
Nana Ama
Welcome honey