Struggling to find a cure for your overly dry and frizzy hair? This could be the result of the high porosity of your hair. Highly porous hair tends to lose moisture to air very quickly, leaving it in a dull and tangled mess!
There can be many factors that add to the high porosity of hair — genetics (naturally curly hair), colour treatments, heat treatments and over-processing of hair. All of these factors leave hair cuticles — the outermost layer of hair fibre — open and rough. So, even though you might be giving your mane all the hydration it needs, it fails to retain it. Having said that, there are ways to care for high porosity hair to keep the dryness away. Check them out…
- 01. Trim it!
- 02. Use products that help seal in moisture
- 03. Go for regular protein treatments
- 04. Use products formulated for damaged hair
- 05. Be gentle to your hair
01. Trim it!
The first step to mending your damaged mane is to get rid of split ends. This might feel like a hindrance in your goal to retain length, but getting regular trims can actually encourage your hair to grow faster and healthier. Once you get rid of split ends, you can focus on maintaining the health of your hair better.
02. Use products that help seal in moisture
Drenching your hair with moisture-rich products may not be enough to help hydrate your hair. You need products that will help seal the moisture in as well. Hair masks, serums and leave-in treatments formulated with natural butter and oils help seal the moisture in your tresses to make them appear healthy and nourished.
03. Go for regular protein treatments
Highly porous hair lacks strength and is more prone to breakage than usual. Protein treatments can help reinforce hair fibres and fill the pores in your hair shaft. Pop in for regular protein treatments once a month to keep your hair looking and feeling healthy. Make sure to follow post-treatment instructions to make the treatment last longer.
04. Use products formulated for damaged hair
You do not need to change your hair care routine completely. Simply add a product developed for damaged hair and watch how it transforms your tresses. Plus, repairing formulas work to boost moisture levels in your hair so you can be sure that they are not stripping your hair of hydration even further.
05. Be gentle to your hair
High porosity hair is often fragile, so make sure you’re being gentle with it. Cut down on styling and go for protective and heat-less hairstyles instead. Opt for silk scrunchies and pillowcases to avoid any kind of friction on the hair. Use a light hand to deal with your hair to prevent any tugging and pulling.
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