This morning I did the hair porosity test and it solidified exactly what I already knew, I got some dry ass hair LOL. So how did I do the hair porosity test and what does this mean for my hair now that I know?
Performing a hair porosity test helps you to determine how much water (aka moisture) your hair takes in. By putting a strand of hair in a cup of still water your hair will either float (low porosity), chill in the middle (normal porosity) or sink (high porosity). Having low porosity hair means the cuticles of your hair is tightly bound and closed so the moisture doesn’t just absorb into the hair.
As you can see my hair is sitting right at the top of the water and stayed there for a good 5 minutes. This basically told me what I already knew, it takes a lot to keep my hair moisturized. It’s not difficult for it to be done it just takes a lot more to do so.
How to combat the dryness?
Things I’ve found that has been working for my hair so far is continuing to use regular shampoo at least every 4-6 weeks to clarify my hair of all the build up and allow my hair to take in products better. In between I’ll do my co-washing pretty frequently to maintain the moisture in my hair but using conditioners or even sulfate free shampoos to wash your hair can cause build up and your hair should be clean enough to accept the benefits of the products your place in it.
As I always stress deep conditioning is also really important; especially when it comes to having low porosity hair. During the Winter my hair was super dry but not only because of the weather but also because I wasn’t deep conditioning often enough. My hair showed the effects of me not doing so too, it was a dry brittle mess. Since I’ve incorporated deep conditioning more into my routine now I can definitely see the difference in my hair, it may still be dry but just brittle mess-less.
Deep conditioning with heat or even a steamer is even better, I don’t have one yet 🙁 but I am considering getting a Q Redew opposed to a stand up steamer that will take up alot of space. In the meantime I utilize my Hot Head Deep Conditioning cap.
Tip For those who don’t have either you can actually heat the deep conditioner itself so the cuticles of your hair can open up to allow the conditioner to melt into your hair and absorb the benefits of it.
See related post Deep Conditioning Relaxed Hair | 5 Months Post
After the Wash
Now I’m an advocate for t shirt drying my hair not only because its more gentler than using a towel but the cotton helps to absorb the moisture. Most of the time my hair is usually 80-90% dry by the time I begin to apply my products. When you have low porosity hair you don’t want to apply product to your hair when it’s wet because the products can easily just slide off or just sit on top of the hair rather than be absorbed by it.
If you’ve followed along with my hair journey (or any of your other favorite hair bloggers) you’ll always hear that your hair needs to be moisturized to grow. Since moisture is equally related to water, that is the key ingredient to look for when selecting a hair moisturizer or any haircare products you use in your hair for that matter. In fact, I prefer it be the first ingredient in the items I use in my hair along with ingredients like glycerin and other nutrient rich products but aqua should always be first.
LOC vs LCO Method
Depending on the style I am wearing in my hair, let’s say a bun for instance, I find myself needing to moisturize it daily using the LOC Method (liquid, oil, cream) but now that I’ve determined I have low porosity hair I’m going to try to switch it up and use the LCO Method and see if it works out better for my hair this way. Some will say that people with low porosity hair don’t even need to use oils to seal the moisture in but I still like the added benefits of using natural oils for my tresses.
I believe having low porosity hair is also a reason why my hair normally prefers liquid leave in conditioners but lately as you may have seen in my recent posts and videos I’ve been loving my Shea Moisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil Strengthen & Restore Leave in Conditioner instead. I’d then follow up with my natural oil mixture and lastly instead of my normal Holy Grail Hair Care Hair Moisturizer I’ve been using it’s sister, the Elasta QP Olive Oil & Mango Butter Leave in Conditioner.
See related video LOC Chunky Twistout featuring My DNA Defining Custard
In order to do so, I will now begin doing my LCO method at night then making sure to cover it up with either a plastic shower cap or even a plastic bag then my bonnet to create a greenhouse effect. I’ve done this a few times in the past and my hair was definitely more moisturized come the next morning. This is known as the baggy method and I will be incorporating into my hair routine more often now. Now that I’ve determined that my hair has low porosity hopefully these changes will benefit the health of my tresses overall and have it continue to thrive.
How do you maintain the moisture in your hair? Do you use any of the methods discussed here to keep your hair moisturized? Let’s talk about it down in the comments below and you know you can always
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