If you’ve performed the porosity test and learned that you have highly porous curls, don’t despair! While curls with high porosity tend to absorb moisture quickly, they also struggle to maintain it as well. This can lead to a variety of issues, such as tangles, thinness, frizz and damage. However, the bright side is that there is a way to take care of your highly porous curls and we have the secret here:
Detangle: Your curls are more likely to be prone to frizz and tangles, so you need to be extra careful with them. Use your fingers or a wide toothed comb to work through each individual snarl. You can also use conditioner to create slip if needed.
Prepoo: This is an essential step for highly porous hair, as it will keep hair from absorbing too much water and prevent it from being stripped of natural oils. To prepoo, apply any of these to your curls prior to cleansing: unrefined Coconut oil, anti-humectants, conditioner or extra virgin olive oils.
Cleanse: If you’ve been washing your curls more than once per week, it’s time to cut back. Avoid using clarifying shampoos and any that contain sulfates.
Condition: Following your shampooing, you absolutely must use conditioner. Look for conditioners with ingredients like hydrolyzed protein and amino acids to help restore curls. Make sure you also are using a daily leave in conditioner to help curls stay moisturized, as high porosity curls tend to lose moisture more quickly than other types.
Treatments: You can use a variety of at home treatments to help maintain your curls. Following cleansing, use an apple cider vinegar rinse with cold water to close your cuticles back down and retain moisture. Seal your curls with avocado oil, olive oil, coconut oil, and shea butter. You can regularly mist curls with a mixture of aloe vera juice and water to keep them hydrated.