Did you know that children tend to have low porosity hair?
Have you ever wonder why:
- your child’s hair takes forever to dry
- products, especially butters and oils just sit on top of their hair
- their hair still feels dry no matter what you do
If you answered yes to any of these question your child may have low porosity hair.
Characteristics of low porosity hair:
- flat cuticles which makes it difficult to absorb moisture
- resistant to chemical processes (*I do not advocate chemical services for children, but be aware that having low porosity hair may be the reason why your child’s hair doesn’t respond well to relaxers.)
- products seem to just sit on the hair
- lacks pliability which makes detangling difficult and causes the hair to easily snap and break
Here are 7 tips to help your child’s hair receive and retain moisture.
- Lather the hair twice when shampooing. Be sure to use a sulfate-free shampoo so you don’t completely strip the hair of its natural oils. The shampoo will lift the cuticles. Once the cuticles are lifted the hair will absorb moisture. I use Jane Carter’s – Hydrating Invigorating Shampoo SLS Free ($10).
- Use conditioners with great NATURAL emollients. Emollients provide a layer of oil to the hair and slows down water loss. I use Jane Carter’s – Nutrient Replenishing Conditioner ($13). Here is a list of natural emollients to look for:
- grape-seed oil
- jojoba oil (*Note – listed among the top ingredients in the conditioner that I use)
- olive oil
- mango butter
- shea butter
- (Optional) Pre-Poo Steam Treatment will help lift the cuticles. Spray a mixture of distilled water, aloe vera juice and olive oil to their hair (see recipe below). Cover with a cap. Steam for 10-15 minutes. Shampoo. Rinse with warm water. Apply conditioner. Rinse with cool water.
- spray mixture will moisten and strengthen the hair
- steam will lift the cuticles of the hair
- shampoo will cleanse the hair and scalp
- conditioner will penetrate and nourish the hair
- cool water will flatten the cuticles of the hair sealing in the moisture and nutrients
- (Optional) Steaming after shampooing the hair will work as well. Shampoo the hair with a sulfate-free shampoo. Rinse with warm water. Apply conditioner. Steam for 10-15. Rinse with cool water.
- Avoid products that have protein ingredients listed among the top 3 of the list of ingredients. Low porosity hair is typically sensitive to protein. Protein can cause the hair to harden, become even more difficult to retain moisture and may break easily. Ingredients to avoid:
- amino acids
- rice protein
- wheat protein
- Avoid natural protein rich ingredients in your homemade products.
- coconut oil
- Avoid silicones, mineral oil and petroleum. These ingredients increase the hair inability to absorb moisture and can lead to product build-up.
Now try the L.O.C. method and you’ll notice the difference.
Liquid (L): Apply a water based leave-in to the hair. Finger detangle.
Oil (O): Apply a natural oil to their scalp. Massage their scalp.
Cream (C): Apply detangling cream. Comb from root to tip. Style.
Aloe Leave-In Recipe
Recipe will yield approximately 4 ounces.
3 ounces Distilled Water
1 ounce Aloe Vera Juice
1 teaspoon Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1/2 teaspoon Vegetable Glycerin
Pour ingredients into a spray bottle. Shake well. Apply to hair as needed.