Coarse Texture, High Porosity, High Density Hair
Your full head of coarse hair may have difficulty retaining moisture. Coarse hair is the strongest hair texture because it contains all three layers of the hair shaft (the cortex, the cuticle, and the medulla). It is resistant to damage thus making it easier to maintain length. It also holds styles well. However it can also be resistant to chemical treatments (e.g., hair colouring) and take longer to dry than other hair textures. With high porosity hair, the cuticles are open and remain open. The trick here is to try to seal (close) your cuticles to keep the moisture in. Your high density hair is often referred to as thick and usually has a lot of volume.
- Heat: Avoid direct heat on high porosity hair, as it may cause further damage to the cuticle.
- Protein: Because high porosity hair lacks protein it is important to incorporate protein into your hair regimen. Regularly make use of products that contain protein and protein treatments to help strengthen hair.
- Detangling: Detangling high porosity hair when wet can cause more damage. Use your fingers when your hair is wet or opt to detangle on damp or dry hair.
- Cold: Use cold water rinses to close your cuticles.
- Moisture retention: Try a pre-poo with your favourite oil(s) to help retain moisture.
- Humectants: Humectants can be great for high porosity hair because they absorb moisture from the air which helps keep the hair moisturized. But they should also be used with caution. If the area you are in is high in humidity or moisture, humectants can absorb too much water into your hair and leave you with frizzy, swollen hair. If the area you are in is low in humidity, humectants can actually take water directly from your hair, leaving it dry and susceptible to breakage.
Your Curlprint™ Regimen:
Cleanse and Clarify
- Wash hair in sections (4-6 loose twists) so that it is easier to work with.
- Use a mild, sulfate-free shampoo/cleanser to avoid stripping hair of its natural moisture.
- Add an Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) rinse for your final rinse to close cuticles.
- If you’re looking to clarify and remove product build-up, clays are a great option, as they gently cleanse while removing toxins.
- To avoid stripping hair of essential oils and moisture try co-washing mid-week (if needed), or even every other week.
- Deep condition once a week.
- Be sure to use a deep conditioner and a leave-in with lots of slip and always detangle gently from ends to roots.
- Alternate between protein and moisture treatments as often as needed.
- Use water-based leave-ins and moisturizers. Products that don’t have water will not be effective at moisturizing your hair.
- Coarse textured hair types respond well to thicker butters and creams.
- Use oils to help seal and retain moisture while preventing breakage. Do this step as a often as needed. Look for oils such as sweet almond, olive, argan, and jojoba oil.
- To lock moisture in, use the LOC (Liquid, Oil, Cream,) method, that means layering with a leave-in and an oil followed by a cream.
- High density hair responds well to heavier gels, creams, and butters that work to hold curls together and reduce volume.
- High density hair is also well suited to layered cuts and styles.
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*Disclaimer: The Curlprint™ quiz and its corresponding summaries are not meant to replace the advice of your haircare professional. This survey was developed to enhance your haircare knowledge and provide you with information and tips that may help you with your daily haircare routine and support healthy hair maintenance.
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