Last week, I introduced the subject of natural hair porosity and provided resources to help you discover your hair’s porosity levels because I believe it’s a more efficient system than the hair typing system.
I also talked about how the knowledge of my hair’s porosity has helped my understand and manage my natural hair better. Now, I’ll like to talk about how I tweaked my regimen to cater to my highly porous 4A curls.
Before we move on, let’s establish some characteristics of a high porous natural hair.
- Any hair type can have a high porosity.
- Highly porous hair absorbs too much moisture but is unable to retain it.
- It tangles easily.
- Curls often look and feel dry.
- Curls are always frizzy.
- Regular pre-poos with penetrating oils. Now that I know that my hair has the tendency to absorb too much moisture, I do pre-poos before every wash including a cowash with penetrating oils such as Coconut Oil, Castor Oil, Olive oil or Avocado Oil. These are the only four oils that are able to penetrate my shaft to protect my hair as well as prevent hydral fatigue.
- Monthly Protein treatments. For the longest time, I never did protein treatments except for regular henna treatments which strengthened and thicken my strands. I didn’t see the use for it but now that I have discovered my porosity, protein treatments have become a staple to fill in the gap that allows moisture to escape.
- Rice Water rinses. Apparently, rice water contains about 16% of protein which is also great to patch up weak and damaged areas along my hair’s cuticles. I’m currently trying the fermentation method and I’ll be using it during my next wash.
- Regular ACV rinses. Before now, I only did ACV rinses to clarify my scalp which isn’t totally wrong but now, I have to do them regularly to relax my hair cuticles.
- Moisturize with LOC/LCO method. This is actually a no-brainer because I do the LOC method already. I actually found out that it keeps my hair moisturized for a bit longer. The LOC method helps to create a layer that helps my hair hold on to moisture for a longer time.
- Water/Glycerine Hair Mist. In my quest for moisture retention practices, I discovered that rather than using water alone as my liquid to moisturize, I mix some water with glycerine (which is an humectant that draws in moisture from the atmosphere) and mist my hair. When this is sealed in with oil and/or butter, it keeps my hair moisturized for the entire day, particularly in a humid environment. Best believe it’s my holy grail mist.
Did you need to change your regimen after you found out about your hair porosity?
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