Aug 17 , 2020
As you experiment more with your hair, you will start to learn more about caring for it. You will understand that all afro hair is different, and you will have different characteristics that will require you to change your kinky hair regimen. For instance, you might wonder why the conditioner you use is merely sitting on your hair rather than penetrating deep within and moisturising it?
You might also wonder why you continue to lose hair even though you have invested time in a moisturising routine. Know more about your hair’s porosity will help you choose the right techniques and products for your hair. Read on to discover what low porosity hair is and how you can take care of it.
What is Low Porosity Natural Afro Hair?
When Sta-Sof-Fro talks about porosity, we are referring to how open or closed your cuticle layer is. Low Porosity hair resists moisture as its cuticle layer is very tightly sealed. This feature means that any water molecules are too large to be retained by the hair shaft. As a result, the water simply rolls off your hair as it is not absorbed.
To determine your hair porosity, you could try the sink or float test with room temperature water and few strands of your hair that have already shed from your scalp. If your strands stay at the bottom of the cup once put in, you have low porosity hair. You could also try the spray bottle test. First, lightly spray a section of your hair. Then, if the water rolls off your strands rather than getting absorbed, you have low porosity hair.
3 Ways to Moisturise Low Porosity Coloured Natural Hair
Your low porosity hair will need a lot of care and attention when you first start moisturising it properly. Nothing will happen overnight, but once this moisture is in them, that’s when you can get healthier low porosity hair. Here are three ways that you can make that happen:
Pre-Poo Your Dyed Afro Hair
Use oils that penetrate your hair hours before starting your day-to-day wash routine. Our Coconut and Castor oil can be mixed together to create a hot oil or pre-poo treatment before washing your hair. Then, such olive, jojoba, avocado and sweet almond oils are great options as ‘after shower’ oils. These lighter oils are best for low porosity hair as they won’t weigh your hair down.
Using a range of heavier and lighter oils protects your hair from possible damage caused by the hair cleansing process. We’ve also written a more detailed post on pre-pooing your afro hair if you’re interested.
Combine Your Hair Steamer With a Deep Conditioning Routine
Heating your hair opens its cuticles, allowing the moisturiser to penetrate your strands. Use the steaming process to enhance the effects of your deep conditioning routine as it will bind the conditioner to your hair. You can also add water to your conditioner to make sure that the moisture does catch on.
To start this hair steaming process, you must:
- Lather deep conditioner onto your low porosity hair.
- Use a cap to cover it and apply heat using a hair steamer.
- Do this for around 30 minutes and then rinse the conditioner from your hair.
Invest In Hydrating, Not Heavy Products
When your hair doesn’t latch onto moisture quickly, it can be tempting to overload it with moisturising products. However, this is the last thing you should do as it can just cause product build-up and make your hair very stiff. So, stay away from heavy butters and leave-in conditioners. Opt for lighter oils and lightweight conditioners instead.
Getting to know more about your hair porosity will help you understand more about taking care of your low porosity hair. If you’re looking for an essential oil that you can try for your pre-poo regime, try 2 -3 drops of our coconut oil as part of your deep conditioning or pre-poo regime.