Fine Texture, Medium Porosity, Low Density Hair
Your thin, fine strands are fragile but also fairly elastic. Fine hair lacks the innermost layer of the hair cuticle (the medulla), so it is not as strong as normal or coarse textured hair. Fine hair is prone to tangling and split ends and may also have difficulty holding a style or experience challenges with length retention. Your medium porosity hair poses no issues as it both accepts and retains water equally well and makes your strands somewhat resistant to damage. But, take precautions not to mistreat it with excessive heat or mishandling. 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.
- Heat: Avoid direct heat as fine hair is more vulnerable to breakage. When blow drying always use a heat protectant.
- 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.
- 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 area 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.
- 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.
- Use light textured cream, or hair milk that won't weigh your hair down.
- 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.
- Use protective styles regularly to reduce stress on fragile hair.
- When not in a protective style, create the illusion of volume with styles that won't leave your scalp exposed (e.g., wash n'gos, chunky twist outs or braids outs, or bantu knot outs)
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 fine 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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