4 Hair Care Tips for People with High-Porosity (Sensitive) Hair

We discussed everything you need to know about caring for low porosity hair last week, but this week we'll focus on high porosity hair.

Let's begin with an explanation of what high-porosity means. High-porosity hair is described as hair that allows moisture to enter quickly while also allowing that moisture and nutrients to exit quickly.

Knowing your hair porosity is crucial to taking care of your hair properly. The elevated cuticles of high-porosity hair fibers are the polar opposite of their low-porosity counterparts.

Consider the kinks and curls to be a drain with a heavy porosity. Water enters and exits at the same rate. With that in mind, here are our top four recommendations for naturals with a high porosity:


Treatments of protein are your best friend.

Make sure you don't go overboard with this move, but protein is your buddy. Your kinks and coils need a little extra support, and developing a routine can help to stabilize each strand, preventing breakage and the dry effect.

You'll need to search for protein therapies designed for high-porosity hair and limit yourself to one a month.

Deep Condition

Any natural, but particularly you high porosity ladies, requires a good deep condition. When your hair is dry and brittle, make sure your curls are getting enough moisture.

Remember that the hair prefers to let moisture (and nutrients) out as quickly as it lets them in. Deep conditioning will help you keep the moisture in your hair for as long as possible.

Instead of using a blow dryer or a heating cap to seal in your deep conditioner, wrap it in a scarf or cap before washing it out. You should use cold water to try to close the hair cuticles as far as possible.

This brings us to the next point.

Please reduce the heat!

Of course, too much heat is bad for any hair form, but it's especially bad for high-porosity, or super sensitive hair.

If you like a nice blow out, flat iron, or something, those curls and kinks are practically begging you to take it easy on the sun.

Allow her (your natural hair) to grow and breathe without being damaged by heat. Heat even dries out your hair, hastening the process of your high-porosity hair losing all of its moisture and nutrients.

Thicker Oils, Creams and Butters

Aren't we concerned about the polar opposite of low porosity hair? As a result, high-porosity women need the use of hard creams and oils.

Light oils, such as olive oil, will not suffice. Remember how your mother or grandmother (or other family members) insisted on using the dark, greasy coconut oil?

For high-porosity women, they were on to something.

These hard twisted creams and butters are also beneficial to you because the nutrients in these ingredients are difficult to avoid.

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