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March 19, 2021
High porosity hair is the most damaged of all the porosities. Unlike the other two types, the hair cuticles are very open which leads to dryness. When hair becomes too dry, curls can become very prone to damage and require special products to help restore their health. Understanding the right hair care routine for your hair type can be the difference between hair you like and hair you love. We explain the signs to look out for, as well as which products are best for you and your curls.
High porosity hair is characterised by a very open cuticle structure. The cuticles are little scales that cover the outside layer of the hair’s surface, they control how much moisture can penetrate into and leave the hair shaft. In the case of high porosity hair, they are wide open, which means that the moisture can easily reach inside the hair shaft. However, as easily as the moisture sank in it can flow out again, making the hair particularly dry. This can make the hair appear frizzy, and more prone to damage.
Each hair porosity type has its own unique characteristics, knowing how high porosity hair behaves can help you to work out if your hair falls within this category.
As with all hair types, a different approach is required to rejuvenate and restore your hair to its very best.
When it comes to hair types that are prone to dryness, the main focus with care is ensuring it is given the moisture it needs, and providing strength with proteins to ensure the moisture can stay inside the shaft. Here are our tips for doing just that for high porosity hair.
To restructure the protein bonds in damaged, high porosity hair, you need to regularly use a bonding treatment such as our Bond Curl Rehab Salve. This miracle in a bottle targets the weakened bonds of the hair, strengthens and repairs to reduce breakage and also protects hair from future damage.
Additionally when it comes to caring for high porosity hair, it is essential to infuse it with moisture. You want to use sealing products that prevent water from leaving the hair shaft. Using the liquid, oil, cream method is a great way to do this. This involves hydrating the hair with water, sealing it in with an oil, and then smoothing the cuticles with a cream. Now that sounds like a lot of steps to reach gorgeous hair, which is why we combined the three into one product with our Oil-in-Cream leave in conditioner. Smooth onto wet hair, and you’ll be left with non-greasy, non-crunchy luscious curls.
If your hair needs more, you can get an additional protein boost from our two versatile stylers, Feather-light protein cream and Bouncy Strength Volume Foam.
To finish it all off, once the hair is completely dry you can seal the moisture in with our Intense Treatment Serum. Use just a pea-size amount melted in your hands to lock moisture in.
High porosity hair has the loosest cuticles of all the hair types. It allows moisture in and out of the hair shaft very easily, which often causes it to become dry. Low porosity hair suffers the opposite issue. Whilst it can be difficult to get moisture into the tightly packed cuticles of this type, once it’s in there it becomes difficult for it to leave. Medium porosity hair sits in between these two types. Its cuticles are looser than low porosity, but tighter than high porosity. This in-between means that moisture can more easily move into the hair and leaves at a slower rate.
Our gourmet haircare range is made from natural ingredients and kitchen cupboard staples. Our formulas have been developed in collaboration with leading trichologists and curly hair stylists. The Curlsmith range includes conditioners, shampoos, and treatments that your curls will love from day one.
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