Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Porous Hair

What is Porosity?
Hair porosity refers to the Hair’s ability to absorb moisture. It is defined by the effects that moisture had on the cortex region. It absorbs moisture based on the level of porosity. Porous Hair is determined by the condition of the hair’s cuticle layer.  Hair with low porosity prevents the penetration of the hair with moisture and is overly compact. Hair with high porosity is hair that too-readily absorbs moisture and acts as a sponge. Overly porous hair also releases moisture easily and becomes dry and is easily damaged. Acid balanced condition treatments are used to contract the cuticle layer and lock in moisture on overly-porous hair.
Porous hair soaks up whatever you put on it; hair that is porous also soaks up the humidity in the air. This hair type also releases moisture easily which causes it to become dry and easily damages. Coarse hair is regularly porous.
What to do?
To help fix this problem use an acidic rinse during every shampoo, this will help keep the cuticle strong and intact. The acidity minimizes the porousness of the hair shaft. Use conditioner and leave on as long as you can. Proteins and humectants are great for the hair shaft.
Home Remedy for Porosity
1.   Our hair is made up of protein, coating you shafts with a homemade protein treatment is a great way to strengthen your hair. Always pair your treatments with moisturizing ingredients to keep your hair from feeling crunchy or stiff.
2.   Eggs are one of the best sources of protein for the hair. Add eggs one or two depending on the length of your hair to your treatments and leave on for 30 minutes, shampoo. Honey is also a great ingredient that acts as humectant drawing moisture to your hair.
3.   Henna is an all-natural colouring treatment that coats the hair shaft. I have never used henna but have heard mix reviews on this treatment. Although it works for some it may not work for all. Make sure it is chemical free before purchasing and using. You can mix your henna with water, milk, or lemon juice until it forms a thick paste. Let it sit for 12 hours, so the dye is activated. Make sure to wear gloves, the henna can stain your hands and clothes. The longer you leave the henna the stronger the colour. Rinse your henna off with conditioner and make sure to get it all out of your hair.
4.   After shampooing and conditioning an acidic rinse will temporarily seal the cuticle of your hair, which is said to have lessens the porosity. Apple cider vinegar is a rinse used by many naturals. It is effective in removing build up. There is very little known about the how effective Apple Cider Vinegar maybe but many naturals have seemed to have amazing results using it. Mix half a cup with lukewarm water to use on your natural tresses.