Before we delve into anything let’s do some quick educating for any
new naturals out there. Hair porosity is the hairs ability to absorb
water and hold onto it and is affected by the cuticle of the hair.
However, since there are a number of articles about this you can visit this page about hair porosity that really helps to explain it all.
DRYING LOW POROSITY HAIR
As a low porosity natural, you have probably spent hours locked up
inside of your house because of hair that simply refused to dry or woken
up to damp hair. This can be very annoying, so if you want to cut down
on your drying time, here are some things to consider.
A. A Curl Towel
While using your ordinary towel to dry your hair may
seem okay, the fibers of the towel are just too rough on the hair and
contribute to frizz and curl pattern disruption since they raise the
hair cuticle. However, if you want to get the same drying benefits of a
towel minus the drama, there are several options out there made of super
absorbent but gentle microfiber or cotton.
Now I know many women fear the use of heat, but I propose that this
method be used in emergency cases. Sometimes you’ve just gotta go, and
when those times come around, you don’t want to risk leaving the house
and having wet shoulders or leaving stains everywhere. A hair diffuser drastically cuts down on drying time. If you really fear the heat, simply keep it low or use the cool setting.
This method is amazing for curlies who want to maintain their curl
pattern during the drying process because it allows the excess water to
be removed from the hair without disrupting the curls. This method can
be used both before and after the application of products. Some of you
are probably wondering what plopping is, so allow me to break it down
- Grab a cotton t-shirt. It should be has cotton, so that it will absorb the water.
- Bend over at the waist.
- Push your hair through the large end of the shirt and allow the bottom of the shirt to rest snugly at the nape of your neck.
- Wrap the t-shirt around itself. This helps to squeeze the water out of your hair and into the shirt.
- Spin the twirled end on top of your head to create a bun and tuck the ends under.
Lastly as a low porosity natural it is important that you try to at
least get some of the water out before applying moisturizing products.
The hair has the ability to only absorb so much so if it is already
saturated with water the product added on top may just sit there and
help to prevent your hair from drying.
DRYING HIGH POROSITY HAIR
If you are a high porosity natural, then your hair dries quickly,
sometimes too quickly while you’re trying to style it. As opposed to
methods for drying your hair, here are a few methods for keeping it
moist during styling:
- Keep your spray bottle handy. If you get to a section and it has completely dried before you are able to style it then a few sprays should do the trick.
- Use a creamy conditioner and consider leaving it in.
The thickness of the product will help to keep your strands wet long
after you step out of the shower. Just make sure it is moisturizing and
that your other products play well with it to avoid white balls.
- Use an apple cider vinegar rinse after showering to help close your cuticles to prevent your hair from losing water too quickly.
DRYING MEDIUM POROSITY HAIR
Lastly, if you have medium porosity hair then you’re one lucky curly.
Your hair neither dries too quickly or too slowly, so you can take your
pick of what method you want to use to dry your curls.
I hope this article helps, and as always, remember to have love, peace and curly haired bliss.
Do you know what level of porosity your curls have? How do you dry your curls? Share your tips below!