A lot of girls on the net who offer hair routines, but not everything is good to take. Before, it is necessary to know the nature of your hair, and beyond the 4a, 4b, or 4c, you must above all know the porosity of your hair to define your hair routine. The good routine advocated by your neighbor will not necessarily be yours.
Above all, the base is to use a sulfate-free shampoo and, from time to time, a clarifying shampoo (containing sulfate). For example, someone who shampoos once a week will use a sulfate-free shampoo for the first three weeks and a clarifying shampoo for the last week to remove any residue from the hair. Of course, the frequency of shampoos depends on your lifestyle or your place of residence (sport, pollution). It’s up to you to adapt the ratio of sulfate-free and clarifying shampoo. Clarifying shampoo should always be used less frequently than sulfate-free shampoo.
What is the porosity of my hair?
Porosity is how your hair absorbs and retains the moisture you bring to it. Hair by principle consists of scales, and when water is applied to this hair, they rise. A healthy hair, in principle, has regular scales which limit the absorption of water, neither too much nor too little.
How to determine the porosity of your hair
Recover a dry and clean hair (preferably after brushing your hair, do not tear your hair out of your head)
Place it in a glass of water
Wait for one to three minutes
If the hair remains on the surface of the water, you have low porosity.
If it flows slowly and stops in the middle of the glass, you have normal porosity
Lastly, if it sinks quickly to the bottom of the glass, you have a high porosity
How to moisturize your hair according to porosity
Therefore, we will see which hydration routine is adopted for each hair from the LOC method, namely Liquid-Oil-Cream, water, oil, and cream.
For low porosity
The scales of your hairdo are not open or very little. Result: your hair struggles to absorb moisture.
In this case, we opt for a simplified LOC method. Indeed, to avoid suffocating the hair, you need products that are not too heavy.
After the shampoo and conditioner, use a good moisturizing mask. Then, on wet hair, we apply a water-based leave-in (a cream that we will not rinse) then a light oil such as sweet almond oil, jojoba oil, olive or avocado oil.
A little tip: avoid all creams, masks, and oils too rich. In addition, your hair likes heat, so when you apply a treatment, use a hot towel to open the hair scales or a heated cap. And always rinse your hair with lukewarm or even hot water.
For high porosity.
On the contrary, the scales of your hair open too much. They let everything through except that as soon as all the hydration is absorbed, it leaves just as quickly. The hair is by definition dry, fragile, and dehydrated.
For you, the LOC method is to be preferred in its entirety. Use a greasy oil, such as carapate oil, castor oil, macadamia oil, or a thick leave-in right after washing your hair, then finish your routine with plant-based butter such as coconut butter. Shea butter, mango butter.
Little tip: your hair loves protein, don’t hesitate to choose protein products that will allow your hair to grow stronger. Your protein treatments can be egg, rice, or wheat protein. The good old hair mayonnaise is also your ally. But avoid the heat because, as seen previously, it allows you to open the hair scales, so in your case, it will weaken your hair all the more. We, therefore, wash our hair with cold water.
For medium porosity
Do not change anything because you have already found your hair routine. Indeed, your hair absorbs hydration, and even more importantly, it retains it. Continue on this path by paying close attention to the composition of your products. Perform porosity tests regularly to determine the condition of your hair. Indeed, coloring, for example, weakens the hair, and it can go from medium porosity to high porosity. In this case, your hair routine will have to be readjusted accordingly.