Yes. It’s been way too long. I’ve been blogging for over 5 years and I have not a single post about what I use in my natural hair in its totality. How about if we break it down into a series, that’ll be fun right!? A series of blogs that will discuss porosity, products, tools and techniques used to manipulate your hair. I will make this short. Stay tuned for 9 Ways Moisturize Low Porosity Hair.
Let’s start with my hair bio. My hair type is 4b/4c dry coarse hair. It has low porosity, which means it does not absorb products very easily. That translates into shorter gaps between my wash days. I will explain why in a little bit.
I wash my hair every 3-4 days, usually because I have a million pounds of fell in my hair, but mainly because the more moisture it gets it’s the more responsive it is. I only use shampoos twice a month and a clarifying shampoo once per month, more often if I have a large amount of build up on my hair, I usually pre-poo and co-wash between those.
Co-washing is using a conditioner only to wash your hair. Conditioners are a lot more moisturising and tend to not strip the hair but still able to get the scalp clean.
Having coloured hair dries out hair even more and as such moisture needs to be added back. Bleaching also changes the texture and curl pattern of your hair. Takes a bit of work to care for bleached or coloured hair.
Here are 9 tips that can help to add moisture to low porosity hair:
- The Greenhouses effect. This just means to create a humid environment for your hair. Moisturize your hair then cover it with a steam cap or Bernie and leave for awhile or overnight
- Use a clarifying shampoo. Build up will not allow for moisture to get into your strands. Clean scalp and hair is ideal for moisture penetration
- Deep condition. Not just a simple deep condition, apply heat to open hair shaft to allow for more absorption of moisture
- Humectants. What are they? These are products that draw moisture from the air. Agave and coconut nectar, honey and glycerine are all great humectants but be careful to use them in the right dosage.
- Use a limited amount of string products. That’s pretty self-explanatory.
- Waterbased moisturiser. Water is your best option to moisturise your hair. Therefore a water-based moisturizer is KEY!
- This will be a shocker. Avoid castor oil, coconut oil and olive oils. They are too heavy and just weighs down your hair.
- Light oils are ideal. Argan oil, grapeseed oil (which is great for blow drying your hair) and sweet almond oil
- Damp Hair is best. Moisturising on dry hair is not effective as the cuticles are laid flat.
Stay tuned for “8 Steps to a Quick Wash Day” part 2 in the LOVE YOUR HAIR SERIES