V.I.P: High Porosity Hair
If you were to take a few strands of my hair and put it in a cup of water you’d see just how fast it reaches the bottom. Yea, I have high porosity hair like cray. Now that there’s even more hair on my head maintain moisture can be such a challenge. The hot, humid, Summer days New York had led to the high puff becoming the go-to style during the weekday. But now I was faced with the challenge of keeping that puff moisturized for the whole day.. despite the hot sun beaming down on it. Weeks and weeks of many failed attempts went by until I started finding products that were actually working. I had finally achieved total moisture with complete softness.
Fall brings a new challenge. Goodbye heat and humidity, hello brisk air and wind chills. After a year ..and some change of being natural, I think I’ve found my V.I.Ps, or Very Important Products, for battling the upcoming cold seasons with high porosity hair.
Wash days + co-washing
+ Even at my hair’s worst, Shea Moisture Restorative Conditioner (08.) always restores it back to life. Like.. seriously. Not to mention you can also use it as a leave-in conditioner which I found to be amazing.. and cost efficient. College students, take note.
+ CurlBox introduced me to Elasta QP in their May CurlBox with their Olive Oil & Mango Butter Moisturizer and I have become such a fan of the brand. Since I had been looking for a new shampoo to try and after reading the reviews, I just had to buy Elasta QP Creme Conditioning Shampoo (03.). So far, I’m in love. It’s one of the most moisturizing shampoos I’ve tried yet.
+ Before I even started shampooing with real shampoos I just gave myself monthly Apple Cider Vinegar (06.) rinse. An acidic rinse with temporarily reduce porosity by constricting the cuticle scales. So now I combine 1/4 cup of ACV w. 2 cups of cold water and use as a final rinse after shampooing and conditioning. Now keep in mind that ACV rinses should never make your hair feel hard. If you find that it is then your mixture needs to be diluted with more water or less ACV.
+ I prefer doing homemade protein treatments. It’s cheap.. and you are more than likely to have the ingredients right in your kitchen. I love eggs (05.). They taste awesome and they just so make a great protein treatment. Since I don’t try to do protein treatments that often, maybe every one or two months, I don’t have to worry about having another product sitting on my shelf going unused.
+ I use Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie (01.) everyday, especially for my two strand twist. It’s just a staple product in my regimen that gives me great curl definition and shine. I combine the Enhancing Smoothie with Shea Butter (04.), preferably whipped, and my hair stays shiny and moisturized for hours.
+ My spritz bottle consist of purified water, Extra Virgin Olive Oil (07.) and Aubrey Organics Pure Aloe Vera (02.). I love the sheen that you get from the EVCO and the ACJ works well at fighting the frizz. A winning trifecta that’s definitely getting carried into the Fall.
Using these products thus far have allowed my hair to hair to retain more moisture than it has since I first went natural.
For those of you what high porosity hair, have you tried any of these products to help with dryness? What are some other products you would recommend?