We understand already how crucial it is to tailor our hair routine specifically to our hair types as much as possible, because each hair types have certain needs as the weather conditions changes, be it the hot summer sun or the dry, cold winter winds.
The cold winds and harsh weather conditions of winter, have high dehydrating effects on our natural hair that causes it to lose moisture, leading to hair dryness and more breakage.
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Low Porosity Hair has the ability to retain moisture but experience difficulty in absorbing moisture into hair strands.
Individuals with these hair type will have to go the extra mile to ensure that their hair absorbs enough moisture to combat the drying winter weather conditions.
Now, WHAT IS A LOW POROSITY HAIR & DO YOU HAVE ONE
Hair porosity is the ability of hair to absorb and/or retain moisture. And it is determined by how tightly the hair cuticles are arranged in an overlap.
Low hair porosity simply means that your hair has very low absorbency/ permeability, why? Because your hair cuticles are tightly overlapping each other with very little spaces in-between making for very restricted passage in and out of the hair strands.
Therefore, Low Porosity hair does not absorb moisture easily but retains a very good amount of moisture.
WHAT DOES WINTER MEAN FOR LOW POROSITY HAIRTYPES & HAIRCARE TIPS
Low porosity hair types have certain common features, some of which includes;
- Low absorption rate and higher retention
- Prone to hair product build up
- Takes a long while for hair to dry
- Hair products sit on curls for a while before absorption.
During winter, product build up and clarifying hair routines are not as much a concern as the low moisture permeability of low porosity hair types.
Its low absorption rate can be deceptive, leading you to believe that your curls are adequately moisturized, while products are sitting on hair strands waiting to be wiped off, and there you are with dry, frizzly curls 24hrs after a full wash day routine.
HERE are some tips for your to keep your low porosity curls glowing.
HAIRCARE TIPS FOR LOW POROSITY HAIR TYPES
Steam your hair to lift hair cuticles and allow moisture and oils to penetrate hair shaft easily.
On your washdays, use shampoo that don't leave a lot of residues behind. Also, take care to confirm that your shampoo can gently cleanse build-up without stripping scalp and hair of its natural oils & moisture.
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This is perfect when using conditioners of thicker consistency, take these steps for better result.
- On your hands add a little water to your conditioner (or deep conditioners) before working them into your curls after dilution, repeat this process for each hair section.
This will allow the conditioner to be absorbed quicker and less likely to sit on your curls.
4. Weekly Deep Conditioning Treatments + Steam
For that extra boost of moisture, deep condition hair at least once a week. Don't forget to steam your curls with the deep conditioners still on. Then rinse with lukewarm water to keep your cuticles open and ready for your leave-in moisturizers & styling products.
5. Avoid Protein Treatments
Keep away from protein treatments as they increase the risk of hair breakage during winter. By pulling out moisture from hair and thus upseting the moisture-protein balance in your curls.
As you know, during winter, moisture is KEY.
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6. Avoid Silicones & Sulphates
Silicones form a hydrophobic coating over hair strands that stops moisturizing and hydrating agents from getting into hair strands, and a low porosity hair definitely need no help with that.
Using shampoos with silicones, means that all moisturizing ingredients applied after your shampoo step will have an even tougher time getting into your hair shaft.
7. Use Light-weight Styling Products and Oils
Use lightweight moisturizing leave-ins to style your curls while ensuring you layer your products in the true and tried LOC method.
L- Leave-in - use moisturizing leave-ins
O - Oil -Use lighter weight oils that can penetrate the tightly packed hair cuticles
C - Cream.
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8. Hydrate! Hydrate! Hydrate!
On your washdays, before your shampoo, spend a few minutes under the shower to allow your hair shaft to be properly saturated with water. Repeat this in your final rinse off. Then apply leave-ins to damp/wet hair because water opens up hair cuticles.
All hair types can thrive and grow, the key is to identify yours and give it the TLC specific for it. Then watch your curls flourish and bloom.