Who knew about hair porosity 10 years ago? Or the benefits of tea rinses. Or how Shea Butter can actually build up in the hair and clog the pores (yeah I know the favorite hair butter).
Point is, there are so many NEW things that we are learning about our hair. One thing that has not changed is the cycle of naturals buying a new product and hoping for the best that it actually works for our hair.
Don’t you get excited about a new product purchase? You take out the time to read the label and make sure it’s all the good stuff in there. No alcohols, parabens, or sulfates. You read the online reviews and love the results on those who have tried it. You plan out your wash day, and yet it just doesn’t come out how you expected. Hair is all frizzy, dry, or tangled. Disappointed once again. Another product you just wasted money on.
WAIT! Don’t toss out the product just yet. Have you considered that it may be just how you are applying your hair products?
Since we have learned about hair porosity, we should also consider what our hair is telling us and how we go about giving it what it needs.
For instance, low porosity hair has tightly closed cuticles that make it hard for moisture to be absorbed into the hair shaft. Usually water beads upon the hair and products are not able to penetrate. To fix this, the hair cuticles need to be raised in order for moisture to be absorbed into the hair.
Instead of just applying products, try opening up the cuticles before going through wash day. Warm, hot water can be used before washing the hair to open the hair cuticles. Don’t just apply a conditioner, use heat along with the conditioner to make sure that the cuticles are open and that the moisture is getting into the hair. When rinsing our the conditioner, use cold water to close back the cuticles and seal in the moisture.
For high porosity hair, the hair cuticles are loose and separated. This makes it easier for moisture to escape the hair shaft. Before applying moisturizing products, make sure that the hair is treated so that the gaps between the cuticles are filled. Consider doing a protein treatment, followed by a deep conditioning treatment. The protein treatment will fill in the hair, while the deep conditioner will moisturize the hair and prevent it from getting hard from the protein treatment. This will help the hair to hold moisture from styling creams/products applied to it.
As always, make sure your ends are trimmed as well. Split ends can cause unnecessary frizz and make the hair appear dry. It’s also better for length retention in the long run. Trim the breakage before further splitting up the hair shaft.
So before you decide to give up on a hair product, make sure that you have researched your hair porosity and applied the product accordingly. It may help you save a few dollars or build up a better hair care stash.