Finding information about what to do to maintain a healthy balance for natural hair divas with normal porosity is quite the challenge. Unfortunately, much of the information on natural hair blogs focus on low hair porosity and high hair porosity hair types. This focus has a lot to do with the difficulty in managing low porosity or high porosity hair. However, just because these two types of hair porosity require the most attention does not mean you should ignore the importance of maintenance.
Let's re-examine hair what it means to have normal hair porosity. Naturalistas with normal porosity usual have these hair attributes:
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So, how do you maintain a healthy hair porosity? Short answer: A balanced regimen. Below are tips on keeping a balanced regimen and the best products for hair with normal porosity.
Protein Treatments. Use protein treatments sparingly. Protein treatments are recommended to build up the hair temporarily when it is damaged, restore shine, and minimize breakage. However, too much of a good thing can damage otherwise healthy hair. If you have normal hair porosity, protein treatments should be done sparingly, seeing as there are no holes or gaps on your hair caused by heat damage or a bad dye job.
Maintain Moisture Control. Moisture is important, but there is the risk that you could mistakenly over-moisturize your hair. As you are probably learning already, balance and moderation are key when caring for normal hair porosity. No need to go overboard on moisturizing. Using the LOC/LCO method on your hair every 4-5 days is good enough. The LOC/LCO (where L= Liquid/ Leave-in-conditioner, O= Oil, and C=Cream) is a moisturizing method that is self-explanatory and explains the order in which the products should be applied.
For normal porosity naturalistas, use light and oil-free leave-in conditioners such as an Aloe Vera Leave-In Conditioner or Aphogee’s ProVitamin Leave-In-Conditioner.
For creams, read the label to make sure water (aqua) is among the list of the top three ingredients. Heavy oils/butter can weigh your hair down, so use butter such as mango butter, Cupuacu butter, or oils like Avocado oil, Jojoba oil, or Coconut oil to seal in the moisture.
Avoid Excessive Hair Manipulation. Natural hair is vulnerable to over manipulation. Over manipulation can come in the form of washing, combing, drying, and heat use. Doing all these without care can result in cuticle damage can contribute to making your hair more porous. The rule of the thumb is to typically wear a low manipulation protective style that lasts two to four days at a minimum. Also, if you have normal porosity and a fine texture, finger-detangling could be your best friend—if you give it a chance.
Chemicals and Over-Processing. Typically, hair that has a normal porosity accepts hair color or dyes readily. However, constant use of texturizers, dyes, and other chemicals will damage your hair structure because these compounds tend to lift the cuticles when processing your hair. To be on the safe side, deep condition your hair two to three days before the day you intend to treat your hair. Deep conditioners like As I Am Hydration Elation Intensive Conditioner, Aphogee 2 Minute Intensive Keratin Reconstructor, or Shea Moisture Raw Shea Butter Deep Treatment Masque are some of the best products for hair with normal porosity.
However, if you’re planning to dye your hair a light color like blonde, there’s a high chance that deep conditioning may not prevent your hair from being porous. If it does not, constant care and hydration of your hair should keep it from being completely damaged.
Avoid Damaging Heat. Direct heat can prove damaging to natural hair. High temperatures usually open up the cuticle. As a result, constant use of heat in blow dryers, flat irons, and so on can damage hair, causing it to become more porous. To protect your hair from heat damage, you can avoid using heat altogether; or if you choose to use heat, space out your heat use. Aim for three to six weeks or quarterly if possible. Also, always use a heat protectant before styling with a heat product. Remember, the general rule of the thumb for Naturalistas with normal hair porosity is moderation and balance.
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