Low Porosity Hairs
Cuticles in low porosity hair are closely packed together, with no gaps. Water and other compounds like conditioners & oils have a hard time penetrating the hair shaft due to the shortage of space. Hair porosity refers to the ability of the hair to accept and hold moisture. Your hair’s porosity is determined by how closed or open its cuticle is. The cuticles are the hair strand’s outer coat. It is made up of separate cuticles that overlap one another.
If you already have low porosity hair, you may notice that the dew drops will bead up and roll off after a few minutes rather than being absorbed immediately. Water has difficulty soaking into the hair during such a wash. Low porosity hair is more difficult to process and style since it is moisture resistant.
While heredity determines hair porosity, whenever low porosity hair is subjected to mechanical, chemical, or thermal trauma, the porosity can be modified. The cuticles get thicker and more spaced apart. Your hair shaft will be unable to retain moisture due to this. To avoid damaging your strands, limit your hair’s extreme heat, chemicals, and treatments.
Causes of low porosity hair
- There is a genetic component to low porosity hair.
- In contrast to high-porosity hair, which can be damaged by heat, bleaching, or dyeing, low-porosity hair is simply a natural characteristic.
- It’s essential to shampoo your low-porosity hair when it has chronic buildup, as it can cause water beading and dryness.
- However, if you have low porosity hair, don’t worry because this porosity type is relatively healthy and can be managed easily with a natural hair routine.
Hairs with low porosity have the following characteristics.
- The cuticles of low porosity hair are close together, making it difficult for products to infiltrate. Applying it to your hair absorbs a small quantity, and the rest builds up.
- Instead of being absorbed, shampoo and conditioner usually sit on your hair.
- Since there are smaller spaces between cuticles, low porosity hair takes a long time to wet and dry.
Hair treatment for those with low porosity
Low porosity hair needs to be cared for to improve the hair’s ability to absorb & retain water and mineral nutrients from products. The best tips include cleansing the hair to eliminate product buildup and deep conditioning with heat.
How to grow low porosity hairs?
Make sure you’re correctly hydrated.
The importance of moisture in your hair cannot be overstated. Water is used to offer strength to hair’s interior structure. It also makes the hair softer, more manageable, and less prone to breaking. Natural moisture retained within the strand is insufficient to keep your strands moisturized. Your hair grows brittle and dry, and it is prone to breaking. It is for this purpose that you must regularly hydrate your hair.
Moisturizing Low porosity hair can be done in a variety of ways. One of the most excellent treatments for hydrating low porosity hair is the LOC Technique (Liquid Oil Cream). This approach requires moisturizing your hair with fresh water (liquid), sealing the hydration with oil, and applying a cream product to shut your hair cuticle to avoid moisture loss. A leave-in condition, styling cream, or butter can be used.
Straighten the hair
Clarifying hair is the means of extracting buildup from the hair and scalp with defining products or several DIY home remedies like Apple Cider Vinegar or Clay treatments. Hair with low porosity is more prone to substance buildup. This is because products have a hard time penetrating soft porosity hair. Only a small portion is absorbed, leaving the remainder to build up. Hair follicles become clogged with the product, inhibiting hair development and causing hair loss. As a result, it is critical to clarify hair.
Use steam to get the most hydration.
Steaming is an excellent approach to hydrate even the most water-resistant low-porosity hair. This is why: Because the hydration droplets are in a vapor state and will have more power than in a liquid form, steam is effective at moisturizing low porosity hair. They flow faster and more freely than room temperature water, allowing moisture to permeate your hair strand more quickly and easily.
In addition, because its surface area is decreased to near zero, steam absorbs better than regular in its normal liquid state. Because of the cohesive nature of water molecules, surface tension is the ability of a liquid’s surface to resist an external force. Make use of mild, easily absorbed oils. Light oils are usually the best option for hair with low porosity. They can penetrate deep into the hair shaft, providing nourishment and promoting hair growth.
Light oils also have the advantage of not weighing down the hair strands. Low porosity hair responds best to light oils like Grape Seed Oil, Sesame Seed Oil, Argan Oil, & Baobab Oil.
Use heat to deep condition.
Heat aids in the opening of the cuticle layer. The conditioning product can access the hair shaft and give hydration once the cuticle has relaxed enough. You can use a steamer, hooded dryer, or a heat transfer cap as heat sources. However, you can cover your head with a plastic cap and allow your body temperature to trick you. Close the cuticle by rinsing the conditioner off with cold water.
Sleep with your hair covered.
Porosity is low. It takes a long time for hair to absorb moisture, but it’s ideal for keeping it there once it does. Wrap your hair with a satin hat or a satin pillowcase while sleeping. It’s because satin, unlike cotton, does not steal moisture from your hair. Avoid consuming too much protein. Protein is beneficial to your hair since it helps to reinforce the hair cuticles, but remember that too much of anything can be harmful. Protein overload occurs when too much protein is used, particularly on low porosity hair, and the hair appears fragile & stiff as a result. Hair breakage is more likely as a result of this.