Tip 1: Minimal to no Heat
Your cuticles have already been compromised and you are only risking breakage by using heat. Applying heated tools to your hair absorbs moisture from your strands and for high porosity hair this is ground that shouldn’t even be treaded upon. Remember, improper use of heat on your hair on just one occasion can cause irreparable damage to your strands.
Tip 2: Dry Detangling.
Now since high porosity strands equal weak hair, wet detangling may not be a good option for you. Wet hair, regardless of hair type, is at its weakest state because of some loss of elasticity due to water weight. Add on top of that the stress that is enforced when you are pulling on your strands to detangle knots and you have a high probability of breakage. Just remember when you dry detangle to use your favorite oils, butters or both to aid in the process. Use as much oil as needed to give your strands plenty of slip.
Tip 3: Finger Detangling
With normal porosity strands I am utterly in love with this method, and for individuals with high porosity strands this could mean huge improvements in length and density. Since your fingers are a part of you they literally can feel more tangles within your hair than a comb which might simply break those strands. If you don’t want to completely throw away the wide tooth comb just do some good old fashioned finger action on a tangled section before you use that wide tooth comb. It will decrease the amount of hair you lose after your detangling sessions.
If you have high porosity hair your strands can survive but they’ll need extra help. Henna and protein treatments are a good way to fill in/bind to the cuticle (although they won’t fundamentally ‘fix’ the strand). Make sure you implement a regular routine that really places moisture into your hair since high porosity strands not only can absorb moisture quickly but lose moisture just as fast.
Do you struggle with high porosity hair? How do you manage it?