Fine Texture, Low Porosity, Low Density Hair.
Your thin, fine strands have difficulty retaining moisture and are also very fragile. 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, split ends and experiences challenges with length retention. Your fine hair may also have difficulty holding a style. With low porosity hair the cuticles are closed, making it difficult for moisture to penetrate the hair shaft. However, once the cuticles have been opened (e.g., deep conditioning with heat) having fine hair makes this an easier task. The low density or thinness of your hair means more of your scalp is visible as a result you'll want to incorporate styles and products that enhance your volume.
- Protein: Use moisturizing conditioners, leave-ins, and stylers, regularly. Use protein with caution. Many low porosity types experience difficulty with protein but, it is better tolerated in fine and medium textured hair. If you want to experiment, look for these types of proteins: hydrolyzed silk, keratin, collagen or amino acids.
- Heat: Heat is essential for low porosity hair types. It helps open the cuticles and improves the absorption of products. Using warm water rinses and warming products before applying to the hair are two quick ways to incorporate heat.
- 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.
- Regularly clarify your hair because low porosity hair is prone to build-up. Clay treatments are an excellent way to remove build-up and gently lift the cuticle.
- Be sure to use a deep conditioner and a leave-in with lots of slip and always detangle gently from ends to roots.
- Use your own body heat, steam or a heat source (i.e., hooded dryer) to open cuticles and allow product to penetrate shaft. For hair that is easily conditioned or tends to get soft, 5 minutes will do. For a more intense treatment, you can try 10-30 minutes.
- Use water-based leave-ins and moisturizers. Products that don't have water will not be effective at moisturizing your hair.
- Use light-textured creams or hair milks that won't weight 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 LCO (Liquid, Cream, Oil) method not LOC. That means using your oil after you have applied your leave-in and 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' go's, chunky twist outs or braid outs, afros, etc.). And don’t forget to separate your curls (with care).
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