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Are you buying products based on your hair type or hair porosity?

Updated: Jul 1, 2020

The natural hair movement has taken off and shows no signs of slowing down...

Now is the time not only to be brave and join in but to get educated on how to keep your hair healthy and growing #hairgoals ya'll.

Many women are researching and buying products based only on their hair type but make sure to take time and research about your hair's porosity as well.

Hair Porosity is about your hair’s ability to absorb and retain moisture.

And as we know moisture is the lifeblood of your hair's strength and beauty. Moisture is what keeps your hair from being brittle and breaking, and moisture is what gives your hair shine and body.

Your hair's porosity is responsible for how well your hair breaks down oils and allows moisture to pass in and out of the outermost layer of your hair, known as the cuticle. This function of your hair is the most important function to your hair's health, because of how important your hair's ability to hold moisture is to its health.

Hair porosity is typically divided into three broad categories:

  • Low porosity: Cuticles that are close together.

  • Medium porosity: Cuticles that are less tightly bound.

  • High porosity: Cuticles that are more widely spaced.

A lot of the 4c hair type problems many women are trying to resolve, actually require treating the hair's porosity needs first, not necessarily just hair type needs.

For example, I have 4A hair and my hair's porosity is on the low end. I kept buying protein-rich products in order to strengthen what I believed to be weak 4A hair. I chose not to shampoo regularly because it strips my hair of moisture. So I mainly co-wash.

Problem one:

The issue with low porosity hair is that it has trouble taking in moisture & products that contain protein will begin to layer on top with each use, creating a moisture barrier. So instead of helping low porosity hair, it's actually preventing it from getting the moisture that it needs.

Problem two:

Since I choose not to shampoo regularly, my hair is not getting rid of the protein, thus resulting in continued dry and now breaking hair.

Solution :

Swap out all products that have protein listed in the first 3 ingredients. Protein is meant to be a treatment for weak hair, so it should only be used once a month or every 2 months depending on your hair porosity.

Next, wash your hair with clarifying shampoo once a week to cleanse the hair and scalp, then co-wash mid-week if you feel your hair needs added moisture.

Be sure to do your research and test your hair strand.

We will put up a test soon to see what your hair porosity is.

And remember no hair is the same, so you should be an expert at your own hair. Do all the research you need, watch videos, read blogs, try different hair regiments, and find what works for you. So that you can have your healthiest, strongest, most beautiful hair.

Hope this was helpful... Until next time.


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