Ladies and gents, mortgage and rents, sometimes when I shampoo my hair, I just feel like it’s doing nothing but sucking out my hair’s moisture. Also, when I wring my hair (like clothes) I see some white substance come out of my hair. When I told my step-mom, she said it was just left-over product. That made a whole lot of sense to me. Mainly because my hair is low porosity hair which is very prone to product build-up. She told me to dip my hair in hot water for a few minutes. It did the job, but my neck wasn’t pleased with the bending. Thanks to the internet, I later found out about the powers of activated charcoal. Basically what it does is remove impurities from whatever are you put it. Most Youtube videos about activated charcoal are about pulling out blackheads and whiteheads. Since I didn’t see any videos on how to use it on hair, I decided to experiment.
For those who actually read that long paragraph, Great :)hout further adieu (couldn’t spell the word, thanks Google) here’s my recipe:
Any amount of:
Aloe vera gel
Apple Cider Vinegar (not too much though)
and 4 capsules of activated charcoal
You know what? Since I’m on holiday, why not make 2 posts today?You can check out the first one here. Anyways, High Porosity hair.
No offense to this group, but ya’ll make me grateful for my low porosity hair.
Here’s the 411 on H.P hair. If your hair is categorized as ‘High Porosity’, it means your hair absorbs moisture very easily because your cuticle is raised (Kinda like that overly friendly friend you have that welcomes everything). It is possible to absorb too much moisture (aka moisture overload) and all that moisture can leave as fast as it came. This is usually a sign of highly dry or damaged hair that breaks off and sheds very frequently.
- Curls easily absorb water, however, it requires more products.
- Curls often look and feel dry.
- Curls are often frizzy.
- Curls dry quickly.
How to tame yo thang:
- Protein Treatments- Long story short, the protein closes up some of those pores in the hair to help retain moisture. Once a month should be okay.
- Deep Condition after every wash- Why? ’cause your hair’s losing moisture.
- Sealing with butters/oils and heavier products with natural butters/oils-These are the like the prison wardens for your hair: they make sure no one escapes.
- Rinsing With good ole Apple Cider Vinegar- ACV will help flatten the cuticle and seal in the moisture.
- Anti-humectants- Besides heavier products, you want to also use anti humectants in your hair (especially if you live in a very humid climate). Aloe Vera gel/ juice will become your bestie. Check for products that have Aloe in them to serve as anti humectants when you step out to sho yo fro!
That’s all folks. Next stop: normal Porosity Hair
Low porosity hair has a cuticle layer that lays flat and is tightly bound, making it difficult for moisture (or basically anything) to enter the hair shaft.
Because of this, people with low porosity hair feel like their hair is coarse, but that’s not it my darlings; it’s just that the hair is taking forever to absorb all that good stuff. To combat this, I just cover my hair with a plastic bag (those with big hair know that there aint no hair cap on Earth to contain the lion). I keep this on for about 45 minutes to allow the heat to open up the hair shaft to let the treatment in.
Low porosity hair is also prone to product build-up because the hair won’t absorb the product. (#Mylife). It’s recommended to use a clarifying shampoo to get rid of all that gunk.
- Choose lighter, liquid-based products such as hair milks that won’t sit on your hair and leave it oily or greasy.
- Low porosity hair prefers moisturizers rich in emollients such as jojoba oil and humectant products, which attract and hold moisture to your hair such as collagen.
- Don’t use leave-in-conditioners too often.(All that protein in the bottle can stiffen your hair)
Wanna know your hair’s porosity? Try Shea Moisture.com