Fine Texture, High Porosity, High Density Hair

Your full head of fine strands has difficulty retaining moisture. Fine hair lacks the innermost layer of the hair cuticle (the medulla), so it is not as strong as normal or coarse textured hair. It is prone to tangling and split ends and may have difficulty holding a style and retaining length. 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.

Continue reading to discover a helpful haircare regimen and product recommendations for your Curlprint®.


Helpful Hints:

  • Heat – Avoid direct heat as fine hair is more vulnerable to breakage. When blow drying always use a heat protectant.
  • Protein: Because high porosity hair lacks protein it is important to incorporate it 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 especially 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 and 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) to avoid over-manipulation and breakage
  • 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 the 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 wash week.

Deep Condition

  • Be sure to use a deep conditioner and a leave-in with lots of slip and always detangle gently from ends to roots.
  • Deep condition once a week.
  • 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.


  • 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 combat moisture loss use the LOC (Liquid, Oil, Cream) method, that means layering with a leave-in and an oil followed by a cream.


  • Use protective styles regularly to reduce stress on fragile hair.
  • 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 quiz 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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