Low Porosity Hair Info
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Our scalp produces lubricating oils, called sebum. The tigher the curls the shorter distance the oils will distribute to the lenghty parts of our hair. Which leads to brittle dull hair that's prone to breakage. Hair needs lots of hydration to have that polished healthy strong look.
Hydration or Hydrate simply means your hair contains water. Water is a true hydrator as it causes the hair shaft to swell allowing water to enter in. However, water evaporates as this can cause dryness.
There are other ingredients that can be used, due to there biological structure they rather work sysentically with water to effectively moisturize that hair.
Moisturize or Moisture means a water resistant film is used to hold and or lock water into the hair. Polymerized oils & occlusive agents help reduce water evaporation by creating a film over hair shaft to make hair more pliable and softer.
- Aloe juice - contains about 96% water. Aloe also contains film forming polysacarrides. Using aloe alone will not completely hydrate some hair types as it may make it drier.
- Humectants attracts water vapors from the air into the hair, which causes swelling. If air is dry, water molecules may move from your hair into the environment causing hair to become drier.
- Humectants coupled with polymers will hold the moisture into the hair a littler longer. Polymers may cause dryness in low porosity hair textures.
Dry dull brittle hair can be also caused by dehydration, nutrient deficiencies & lack of water into the hair shaft aka as porosity.
Porosity is the rate which hair absorbs liquids & hold it. Liquids such as water is the main hydrating nutrient that penetrates down to the cortex plumping and softens that hair.
Tightly closed cuticles scales (non-porous) lay flat protecting the cortical fibres to prevent protein loss. This is consider normal healthy hair that's in good condition. However, this makes it difficult for water & oils to absorb immediately into the hair shaft. Various raw ingredients can build up easily onto the outer layer of the hair strands, further preventing water from entering. As a result, this causes brittle dry & dull hair. Many may refer this as "Low Porosity".
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How To Care For Low Porosity Hair
- Use water base products that loaded with botanical's & light oils that penetrate as this will help hydrate the hair.
- Heat and or steam can be used during the conditioning process to help the hair to absorb the conditioner so it can effectively hydrate & soften.
- Butters that is high in stearic acid or oils that polymerizes once it evaporates will create a thin film that helps prevent moisture loss. Its important for naturalista's to try different oils/butters to determine which one will help lock in water without weighing hair down or causing dryness.
- Complex mixture of chemical agents such as esters, waxes, lipids, proteins, amino acids, silicone's & polysacarrides increases water content by reducing water evaporation. This helps smooths the hair locking in the water moisture. However, these work best during styling or sealing process.
Below are two of the major causes of dry hair! Dehydration is the number one cause of dry hair and skin. Divide your body weight in half. This is the number of ounces you should drink daily to stay hydrated. It may help if you drink 8 oz of water 1 hr upon awaking and every hour thereafter, until 4 hrs before bed time. More water is needed if you exercise, use a computer, cell phone and or smoke. Consult with your doctor!
Nutrient deficiency can cause a host of health problems. Lack of vital nutrients results in brittle dry hair that lack luster an easily breaks. Try consulting a dietitian. It may help to consume a diet that consists of 80% vegetable, fruits & 20% lean meats as this will supply your body with proper fuel and nutrients to sustain your health. A wholefood multi-mineral vitamin may be taken to supplement your diet if your not able to consume a balance diet daily. Get routine check-ups with your doctor and consult with a Dermatologist.