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Hair porosity – the health of your hair depends on proper care

If your hair is dry, rough to the touch and unruly, it is very likely that you are not grooming it properly.

In order to afford proper care for your hair, you should first determine its porosity. We all know how confusing and frustrating this can sometimes be, but it is necessary to understand how to choose the right care products.

Hair porosity is its ability to absorb and retain moisture. The outer part of the hair is made up of the cuticle that protects the cortex or the central part of the hair. How close the cuticles are to each other is determined by porosity.

There are three types of porosity:

  • Low porous hair
  • Medium porous hair
  • Highly porous hair

Low porosity is made by the hair cuticle which is firm and lowered. Hair is healthy and shiny and retains moisture well, although moisture is difficult to penetrate into the hair. You may notice this when wetting and drying your hair. It is difficult to get wet and dries longer. However, this type of porosity, for example, does not absorb hair color well and is easily saturated with the products we apply to it. Products that contain protein are not a good friend of hers because too much of it can make it straw and coarse.

So this hair benefits from moisturizing products that contain shea butter or coconut oil and products with honey and glycerin. Once a week it is good to nourish your hair with a deep moisturizing mask.

Products that are good for low porous hair:

As I Am Curl Clarity Shampoo
Kinky Curly Come Clean natural moisturizing shampoo
Kinky Curly Knot Today Leave In Conditioner / Detangler
Alikay Naturals Creame Brulée
Shea Moisture LOW POROSITY protein free line
Jessicurl Deep Conditioning Treatment

If your hair quickly absorbs water, oils or products that you apply to it and dries very quickly, it means that the hair cuticle is very open and your hair is highly porous. Hair that is normal and of medium porosity can easily turn into highly porous if it is intensively treated with chemicals and high temperatures. What should we do in this case? One should first stop with such intense processes on the hair and then find products that will alleviate the damage and repair the cuticle.

For highly porous hair it is good to use leave in conditioners, products with coconut and shea butter as they fill and smooth the cuticle well.

Proteins are definitely needed for this type of hair because they strengthen and renew the hair. At least one product in your routine should contain protein.

Products that are good for highly porous hair:

Shea Moisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil Strengthen & Restore Conditioner
Shea Moisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil Strengthen & Restore Treatment Mask
As I Am Coconut CoWash Cleansing Conditioner
Alikay Naturals Lemongrass leave in
Jamaican black castor oil

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If you have doubts and do not know which product would suit you better, let us know. We will be happy to answer your questions.

Good luck!


Team Mashala

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