What is ‘high porosity’ hair, and how can you keep it looking good?🧐
Most of us think about our hair’s length, color and style, but have never considered how porous our hair might be. Here we take a look at what this means, and how it can influence the way you care for and style your locks.
What do we mean by ‘high porosity’ hair?
Porosity is the hair’s ability to absorb and retain moisture, which in turn affects the way it looks, feels, and styles. There are 3 porosity categories, low, medium, and high – let’s take a look at the characteristics of each.
- Low porosity hair has very tight cuticles which mean it has difficulty absorbing water and other types of moisture. It can be very dry, and treatment products may just ‘sit on the hair’.
- Medium (or ‘normal’) porosity hair generally absorbs moisture, treatments and color better than either low or high porosity hair, because the cuticles are sufficiently raised to accept them.
- High porosity hair has raised or even damaged cuticles, which mean it can absorb water and moisture rapidly. However, due to the raised cuticles, it can lose this moisture as quickly as it absorbs it, and it is this inability to retain moisture that causes high porosity hair to be dull, extra-dry and frizzy, tangling easily and struggling to hold a style.
You can quickly and easily test your hair’s porosity by dropping a few strands into a glass of water. If it sinks to the bottom, it’s high porosity, if it floats on the top, it’s low porosity, and if it’s somewhere in the middle, it’s medium porosity. Also, think about the amount of time it takes for your hair to dry. If it takes a day to dry naturally, or takes longer than average to blow dry, chances are it’s high porosity. If your hair dries within half an hour, chances are it’s low porosity.
High porosity hair can be caused by using harsh products, chemical over processing or excessive use of heated styling tools. You may need to consider changing the way you treat your hair to improve matters.
How to treat high porosity hair
If your hair is severely damaged, you may be best to have a major trim to remove at least some of the over-processed hair. You should also re-evaluate your use of chemical treatments and heated styling tools, as well as the products you regularly use to clean, condition and style your hair.
First, get rid of anything containing sulfates, unless it’s a specific clarifying shampoo used to remove product build-up – sulfates can be incredibly harsh and drying.
Next, consider incorporating a protein treatment into your regime. Look out for treatments containing keratin, silk or wheat proteins, which strengthen the hair by temporarily filing holes in the hair shaft. However, protein is NOT a moisturizer, and you’ll need to incorporate more conditioning than protein in your treatment. Use a deep conditioner after every wash, and if you can, leave it on overnight to help it really soak into your hair.
If you follow the LCO routine - liquid or leave-in conditioner, cream, oil – applied in that order, it will really help protect your new hair growth from becoming high porosity. Creams such as shea or mango butter give the hair the moisture it craves and following with oils such as olive or avocado can seal that moisture in, particularly if you focus on the ends of the hair, every night if necessary.
It may take time to see improvements in your hair’s condition, but by following these steps your locks will eventually become stronger and healthier again.
Glass skin? Uhm YES!
This mist is so fun to use. You can use it with makeup or on its own! I tend to use it on bare skin for a natural glowing look. It is a fine mist that moisturizes, nourishes and helps fight damage. It also helps fight irritation and calm the skin. I will be posting a video a little later of me using this before makeup application! Makeup glides on after using this to prep the skin. What’s in it: ￼peach extract ￼Hyaluronic acid ￼Reishi mushroom ￼lotus extract ￼cica ￼ceramides ￼much more! This product has so many awesome ingredients, it’s hard not to love! PEACH & LILY - Glass Skin Veil Mist I will give this a 5/5! Pros: ￼can be used to refresh makeup ￼can be used on bare skin ￼hydrating ￼calming ￼gives a wonderful dewy glow ￼smells nice Cons: ￼$30 for a mist is a bit pricey but this mist does so much in return 💞 let me know a mist you love!
Let’s learn a no heat style! ￼Start by gathering your hair to one side ￼Begin a rope braid in the front by twisting two pieces. Add hair to each section and twist again. Continue this pattern until you reach your ear. ￼Split the remaining hair into two. While holding the section pop index finger and thumb through. Grab through the other section and repeat! Secure with an elastic. Xo
Why pH of skincare products is important?
The pH is defined as the negative logarithm (base ten) of the concentration of free hydrogen ions in aqueous solution. The pH of skin surface ranges from 4.5 to 6 making it slightly acidic. The acidic nature of the whole skin surface was first claimed by Heuss in 1892; however, the first scientific study was carried out by Schade and Marchionini in 1928, who called it the acid mantle. The “acid mantle” protects the skin by inhibiting the growth of pathogenic organisms, regulating keratinization, desquamation and wound healing. Any disruption in the acid mantle disrupts the activity of enzymes involved in barrier function and anti-microbial protection. The skin pH and the buffering capacity of the skin surface are made up of the components of the stratum corneum as well as the secretions from sebaceous and sweat glands. Sweat is an important contributor towards skin acidity owing to its content of amino acid, lactic acid, and urea, which supplement skin NMF levels. The formation of stratum corneum barrier requires enzymes that are pH dependent. Two lipid-processing enzymes β-glucocerebrosidase and acidic sphingomyelinase require a pH of 5.6 and 4.5, respectively. An increased skin surface pH activates enzyme serine proteases, which causes degradation of corneodesmosomes and affects the skin barrier. pH also has a big impact on the skin microbiome. The bactericidal activity, because of dermicidin and nitrites in sweat, occurs optimally at pH 5.5. The resident bacterial flora changes as pH increases causing increase in population and activity of P. acnes and Staphylococcus aureus which are responsible for acne and eczema. All these result in contact dermatitis, atopic dermatitis, ichthyosis, acne vulgaris and Candida albicans infections. Products with high pH cause swelling of skin follicles affecting the permeability of the skin making it dry, sensitive, and susceptible. Most of the skincare products are formulated within the pH range of normal healthy skin except the exfoliating products that contain alpha-hydroxy acids (AHA’s), Vitamin C products and chemical peel which work at low pH. Facial oils, cleansing oils, balms are not pH dependent.
My AM routine while rocking cherie merch!
@cheriethanks for the cute sweatshirt! I am obsessed. Here is my am routine! sisley - FLORAL TONING LOTION First I tone and prep my skin with this toner. I love this toner so much because it is so hydrating and doesn’t strip the skin. It also moisturizes while helping to clean and prep it to absorb other products. NATURIUM - Hyaluronic Acid Essence 2% Then I use this essence. I love this brand so much and this essence is so hydrating and light. It helps plump and prepares it for the serum. NATURIUM - Niacinamide Serum 12% Plus Zinc 2% Next I use this serum which I have been enjoying. It is super gentle that I can even use it during the day. So far my skin has been tolerating it very well. I also notice my dark spots decreasing much quicker. LORD JONES - Acid Mantle Repair CBD Moisturizer Then I use this moisturizer that I am obsessed with. It so far has been my favorite product of the year. It’s so hydrating and calming. It feels amazing on the skin as well. Last I finish off with a sunscreen. I previously reviewed this before! It’s from Korean brand Corthe. ^^ what do you like to do in your morning routine?
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