Have you ever felt like your hair felt and looked like straw? I’ve certainly been there, and I know that I was doing a lot of bad things to my hair now that I know so much more today on how to care for my hair than I did back then.
The first thing I was doing years ago was dying my hair blonde. I’m naturally a brunette and I ended up going completely blonde almost inadvertently after I got a highlight job in college that made me look almost completely blonde.
Blonde hair is naturally more porous than darker hair because blonde is more the absence of pigment in the hair, and this absence of pigment makes blond hair more porous.
This means blonde hair likely will suck up more moisture on hot and humid days and get frizzy. It also means that blonde hair is more prone to damage and breakage because it is not a s strong as hair strands that don’t have pores, or blank spots, all along them.
What is porosity and how can you effectively treat it?
Porosity is simply the presence of a lot of pores in the hair. It means that it is more like a sponge, and is in more and constant need of moisture and hydration.
It can be caused by a plethora or things, including genetics, excessive dying or sun exposure, heat damage from styling tools, damage from repeated chemical exposure such as straightening or perming treatments, and using the wrong types of hair products.
If you have porous hair, using a natural shampoo is going to be important. You will definitely want to choose a sulfate free shampoo option since sulfates tend to lend themselves to porosity and make the hair more brittle and dry. Brittleness and dryness are two of the biggest problems those with porous hair have.
Our shampoo also contains one the BEST natural treatments for porosity, ACV or Apple Cider Vinegar. Apple cider vinegar seals the cuticle and helps lessen porosity, resulting in a smoother and flatter surface. At the very least, look into doing a diluated ACV rinse about once a week to help.
Sun and chemical exposure must be kept to a minimum
When out in the sun for extended periods of time, covering your head with a large hat is definitely going to help save your hair (and your scalp) from the drying and damage of constant sunlight. It also will prevent it from bleaching out and reducing the saturation of your color if you are a brunette or have black or dark hair.
Those with porous hair have to be extra careful bout exposing their hair to chlorinated water. Chlorine can really make porous hair turn an undesirable color since porous hair sucks everything up like a sponge, so try to put your hair up in a high bun or pony tail when taking a dip in the pool and if you get your hair wet then simply make sure you wash the chlorine out as soon as possible.
Avoid a lot of heat styling tools or harsh hair dryers. If you use a hair dryer, you’ll want to try to use one that has ionic technology since it does less damage and helps dry the hair faster which means you have less heat exposure. Be sure to hold the dryer far enough away from the nozzle of the dryer also to reduce exposure.
Intensive conditioning is a must
Porous hair needs some real TLC when it comes to hair treatments. At least once a week if not more, use an intensive moisture treatment on your hair and leave it on for several minutes.
Also try to use a conditioner that is thick and rich (our conditioner is actually excellent for porous, dry or damaged hair so be sure to check it out) so it can adequately coat and penetrate the hair, smoothing the cuticle and sealing out moisture and humidity for a smooth and lustrous finish.
The key word in dealing with and treating porous hair and minimizing porosity is MOISTURE. Always keep it adequately moisturized. This may mean not going too many days between shampooing and conditioning the hair so that you can maintain a constant coat of protective moisture on the hair.
As the days go on, conditioner wears off and this is often why your hair begins to misbehave again after more than two days between washes and conditioning.