The porosity of your hair is its ability to absorb moisture, may it be oil, cream, or water. Some of us have high porosity hair, while a few of us don't. Having a low porosity hair means your cuticles are tight and the strands are resistant to opening up for water and moisture. After going through what I went through with my hair last Sunday, I could not wait to feel its softness again. My second wash on Wednesday did not make things any better. The damage was already done, and whatever made my hair stiff was already locked in. I figured that the only way to have my softness back was to open up the cuticle layers and get some softness back in there; if that makes any sense.
Rinse :: I rinsed my hair with very warm water (close to hot) to help remove excess products.
Deep conditioning:: Heat became my best friend on Saturday. It was cold, but I had to wash my hair early. I deep conditioned with honey (a humectant that draws moisture to the hair) and TREsemme Moisture Rich Conditioner for two hours. I was desperate for anything with Cetyl alcohol, as it helps in adding moisture to the hair also. I used my Hot Head Deep Conditioning Cap over a plastic cap, plus a warm towel for extra heat. Steaming my hair was very helpful.
Clarifying /Shampooing :: I started out with my V05 Clarifying conditioner, but I ended up adding shampoo to the mix because I thought that product buildups may have been the cause of the stiffness, too.
Conditioning :: I used Clairol Herbal Essences moisturizing conditioner to condition my hair after the shampoo.
Drying :: Air dried for about 45 minutes after using a T-shirt instead of a towel.
Moisturizers :: Since it was so cold that day, I decided to moisturize my hair with Scurl No Drip Activator Moisturizer, followed by my ORS Carrot Oil.
I was only trying to add a little protein to my hair last week. But forgetting to add honey to my deep conditioner was very detrimental. Now I know not to mess with protein.
How was your wash day, dear?