Coarse Texture, Medium Porosity, Low Density Hair
Your thin, coarse textured hair is strong and holds styles well. 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 it can take longer to dry than other hair textures. While your medium porosity hair poses no issues, as it both accepts and retains water equally well, take precautions not to damage it with excessive heat or mistreatment. Due to the low density or thinness of your hair, more of your scalp is visible as a result you’ll want to incorporate styles and products that enhance your volume.
- 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.
Your Curlprint™ Regimen:
Cleanse and Clarify
- Wash hair in sections (4-6 loose twists) to avoid over-manipulation and breakage
- Use a mild, sulfate-free shampoo/cleanser to avoid stripping hair of its natural moisture.
- If you’re looking to clarify and remove product build-up, clays area a great option, as they gently cleanse while removing toxins.
- 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.
- Medium porosity hair contains the right amount of protein, so don’t over do it with protein treatments. Try an occasional protein treatment or use a deep conditioner with protein in it to help retain your hair structure.
- Use water-based leave-ins and moisturizers. Products that don’t have water will not be effective at moisturizing your hair.
- Generally, coarse textured hair types respond well to thicker butters and creams, however, having low density hair means that you may need to use more light-weight products that won't weigh the hair down.
- Use oils to help seal and retain moisture while preventing breakage. Do this step as 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.
With medium porosity hair, you can choose from unlimited products, as your hair accepts and retains moisture well. However, we recommended a selection of products to help you manage your coarse texture.
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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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