Caring for High-Porosity Hair. No Lye

So its summer in Cape Town, the sun is blazing, you did the porosity test and your hair sinks in the water. Yes, you have high porosity hair. After hours of crying, and contemplating the Lye, you realize you have to just work with what you have because you know you look ten times worse with that relaxer.

Figuring out how to deal with my high porosity hair has always been an issue. Even as I’m writing this post, my hair is looking thirsty and crusty and just not sexy. Summer has not been good to my hair at all. But after some research (google, lol) I’m ready to finally invest in actually learning about what is good for my hair type.

Firstly, if you have high porosity hair you will notice that your hair gets too dry too quickly on those hot/dry days, and on those humid days it won’t even hold a blow-out. This is because your hair cuticles are raised and damaged and they basically don’t give a damn. Your hair loses too much moisture but also retains too much moisture. How does that make sense? At this point you should realize that you can’t be helped and you should probably just take to the relaxer.

Just kidding. 🙂 ♡

Your hair is damaged either because of high-manipulation, too much heat or not using the proper products to lock in that moisture and goodness. Our hair type is way too dramatic for us to be trying the most. Right now we need to sit our clue-less selves down to devise a plan and that’s okay booboo… google is our friend and we gon’ learn today:

  1. Deep conditioning

It’s important for the high-porosity haired ladies and gents to deep condition after most -if not every- wash. This is to restore the hair’s elasticity and moisture. I’ve been using the Aunt Jackie’s Flaxseed Recipe- Intensive Repair Conditioning Masque. Its for all curly/coily/kinky hair textures (i.e. 2a-4d) and contains ingredients that our hair just LOVE (water, shea butter, mango butter, flax seed oil and the whole sha-bang). This was R128 for about 450 ml at Clicks – which hurt me. I don’t wanna talk about it.

Aunt Jackie’s Deep Intensive Repair Conditioning Masque: Apply a generous amount all over clean, damp hair. Cover with plastic cap. Apply heat (eg. warm hooded dryer) for 10mins. Rinse well.


I prefer a hot oil treatment for the DIY deep conditioning treatments using extra virgin coconut oil. Coconut oil contains all those essential fatty acids and vitamins we need to have healthy hair. It will leave your hair feeling soft and moisturized. I’ve recently used the Lemcke Refined Coconut Oil but unrefined/organic is always better than refined because it is more pure and no bleaching was put into removing the odour and colour. This was R49.00 for a 250 ml at Pick n Pay

Hot oil treatment: 1/4 cup warmed extra virgin coconut oil on dry or wet hair, cover with plastic bag or wrap it up to lock in the heat. Shampoo with sulphate-free shampoo or co-wash.



  1. Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV)

We all know that using sulphate-shampoos on your hair strips your hair of all those natural oils. I don’t have to tell you twice. If you’re going to continuously use shampoo, your poor hair is going to continue giving you grief. It’s going to dry up, single-strand knot, break off and just be impossible to deal with. Listen to your hair. I find that ACV is a fantastic alternative to shampoos. Its cost effective, cleansing, clarifying, it balances pH levels, has antibacterial/anti-fungal/antidandruff properties and it even helps flatten your cuticles so that your hair shaft loses less moisture. Oh, and it adds shine! Whats not to love about this product. I use the Nature’s Choice ACV from Clicks/PnP and I think it’s just around R22.00 for 500ml.

ACV rinse: 4 tablespoons of ACV with about 200ml of water. Massage your scalp with the pads of your fingers. Rinse well. You’re done. 



  1. Liquid-Oil-Cream (LOC)

The LOC method is the holy grail for upkeep of those coils. Some people use leave-in conditioner as the L in the LOC, but I just use water because unfortunately I don’t have a trust fund. 🙂 So you’ll sprits the water on your hair… making sure that everything is nice and moist and then you willl use the oil and cream of your choice. For high-porosity hair it is recommended that Castor or Olive oil be used because it creates a greater barrier for water to be lost. For cream I was using Aunt Jackie’s Curl La La Curl Defining Custard which was also a bit expensive from Clicks (R86.00). Clicks never loved us. 😦



  1. Low-Heat Protective Styling

I know people are bored of hearing about protective styling but I just want you to know that if you’re looking to see length, you’re going to have to protect your ends.  Co-washing and sealing is a good way of making sure they’re nice and moisturized but what’s the point when they’re out in the sun all day. Your ends are the oldest parts of your hair and they’re gonna break when you’re always exposing them. Have mercy on your strands.



Be extra careful when doing styles on your high-porosity hair. Don’t be scared to tell those ladies at the salon not to pull too tight – coz at the end of the day, you’ll be sitting with damaged hair, and they’ll be sitting with your money.

Anyway, don’t forget to trim those ends and remember that silky/straight haired girls have problems too.

xoxo Gossip gir… just kidding



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