What can be done to manage porosity?
In the last of the hair porosity series, we delve into what can be done to manage porosity. This series was created with the aim of providing bite size scientific knowledge to enable you, our readers, to better care for your natural hair.
So what's a girl to do when it comes to hair porosity? Less is most definitely more in this case. We do not recommend any complicated concoctions and solutions, or painful procedures. Nah, keep it simple and natural, the truly Nylah UK way. Haven't checked out the previous blogs in the series? Go check out our blog gallery to catch up, your hair will thank you.
What can you do to keep your hair porosity in the 'low to normal' range? Avoid too much handling and tight ponytails. Don't man handle your kinky and/or coloured hair by being too rough with your towel on wash day.
Detangle your hair with care, using a wide tooth, seamless comb, as harmless as seams between the comb of the hair can appear, they actually wreak absolute havoc on hairs strand by scrapping and chipping at the outermost part of the hair shaft and damaging cuticles. Our seamless combs are specifically designed to keep the cuticles in tact.
Also, avoid, avoid, avoid using hair bands with metal snags. Most retailers now sell hair bands made with solely elastic or even the spiralised hair bands which are softer on the mane. Some of my friends even get creative by using silk or satin hair ribbon to help create their Afro puffs. Please do not use old nylon tights as the material can snag the hair
It is never recommended to wash natural hair everyday, and this is especially advised for maintaining hair porosity. When washing, ensure to use mild shampoos, pH matched shampoo such as those sold by Nylah UK. If your hair is higher porosity wash hair in cooler water and if lower porosity, wash hair in slightly warm ( not hot water ) as the cuticles on the hair strand respond to temperature, constricting when cold and dilating when warm waters.
As tempting as it may be, do not use heat to dry hair . Keep excess heat to a minimum. If using a blow dyer, try to use one with a diffuser on a cool setting as higher temperatures can damage the integrity of the hairs structure . The old school method of hair drying is of course to part your hair into bunches whilst damp, and plait loosely, allowing the hair to air dry.
Dealing with high porosity
What can you do to keep porous hair looking and feeling healthy? Oils are key. With a range of oils being promoted on the market, short-chain lipids such as coconut oil are the best for tackling high porosity. Theses oils ( such as coconut oil) are great as a pre-wash treatment have been proven to prevent hygral fatigue - which is caused by the constant swelling and shrinking of the hair strand in the absorption and loss of water - because it and penetrate deep into the layers of the cuticle. Try using coconut oil on dry hair before shampooing to prevent excess water uptake. It goes without saying though, but on wash days, try to minimise the time your hair stays in contact with water. Your kinky coils are most vulnerable when wet.
On an even more natural note, give your scalp an occasional massage with your fingertips. Proceed to smooth your hands over your hair from scalp to ends to distribute the natural sebum. There is certainly no better oil for your hair than that.
For high hair porosity, try also using products with hydrolysed protein which help to strengthen the hair strands and fill the cracks in the hair shaft. Also try using a natural mask that has a pH level that matches the sebum pH mantle such as yogurt mask which has a pH of 4.4 or Banana mask which has a pH of 4.5 - 5.2.
This completes the hair porosity blog series. Our ultimate aim for this has been to aid you with your natural hair care journey. Have you found the series beneficial? Do you have any tried and tested tips of your own to share on hair porosity? Please do leave a comment below. Be sure to browse our online store to find a range of good quality products to care for your textured hair. And of course, do not hesitate to get in touch if you have any queries.