Try to avoid thick oils*, and other heavy products, because these will seal the cuticle and further block moisture from getting in so the hair can be.moisturized. To help your hair really get some moisture, you might want to invest in a hair steamer*. Work on wet styling as opposed to dry, to make products penetrate the hair shaft easier.
Medium Porosity Hair requires the least maintenance, and has a more relaxed cuticle layer. It can hold styles well, and it can be really shiny and healthy. It can also be colored and treated with predictable results, but after time it can increase porosity.
Because of this, it’s important to not chemically treat normal porosity hair too often. Medium porosity hair only requires an occasional protein treatment. By maintaining a good hair regimen, and limiting heat/ chemical use, hair will remain healthy without a lot of work.
High Porosity Hair can be either a result of genetics or damage. High porosity hair has gaps and holes in the cuticle, causing it to absorb too much moisture.
This causes frizz and tangling in humid weather. It also lets out moisture, leaving the hair dry. Leave in conditioners, moisturizers, and sealers help hold the moisture in the hair. It’s also good to use heavy hair butters* to fill gaps in damaged cuticles. Shea butter* is a good example of a heavy butter.
To keep the moisture in your hair, opt for the LOC (liquid, oil, cream) or LCO (liquid, cream, oil) methods after washing. Also do regular apple cider vinegar* rinses to help restore the pH balance and seal the cuticle. Decide what products work for you, and make them work from there. This hair porosity can’t really be changed or fixed, so be mindful of that as well.
It’s important to learn about hair porosity, because it answers questions about my hair that we may not have known we had. Instead of basing our regimen on ‘hair type’ and curl patterns, we can focus on what’s really happening within the strand. After doing the strand test (and the water test looks way more fun), you can see for yourself whether or not your regimen has been working.