Porosity And Hygral Fatigue – Two Problems One Solution

Woman looking at the ends of her curly hairIn a recent email newsletter I touched on the problem of porosity in black hair. Here I go a bit into a bit more detail and also look at another problem that goes hand in hand with porosity, hygral fatigue.

Porosity

A pore is a gap/hole in the fiber of your hair that both allows fluids in and out again. Because of the natural bends in afro hair, cuticles on the curvature of the hair when in it’s natural state usually remain open so a higher level of porosity is to be expected.

With relaxed hair, porosity is increased during the relaxing process because the high alkalinity of the relaxer will cause some damage to the hair fibre as it straightens.

Other factors that increase porosity is bleaching, mechanical damage or even prolonged exposure to sunlight. Under a microscope you will often find that the ends of long hair (which have had the most exposure to sunlight) will be completely devoid of cuticles! They have either worn away or fused together, and this is before taking into account any mechanical or chemical damage.

Hygral Fatigue

Hygral fatigue is usaully a direct result of high porosity in hair. It is the weakening of hair caused by the strands swelling during the uptake of water and contracting when the water is lost. The swelling and contracting of the strands weakens them substantially and increases the likelihood of breakage.

I have often noted some contradictions in hair care. While some will say that mineral oil is the devil, there will always be an example of someone with waist length hair who uses a procuct laced with mineral oil. Same goes for some hair care techniques.

Some relaxed and naturals ladies have noted great length retention with wet bunning but I on the other hand got tangles and breakage for my troubles! Where hygral fatigue is concerned, some people swear by co-washing their hair 2-3 times per week.

If your hair has high porosity and subsequently hygral fatigue, co-washing so often would be one of the biggest mistakes you could make. But it’s not all doom and gloom, moisture is still vital in hair care and the solution is so simple it’s laughable!

Oils, Butters, Thick conditioners and Prepooing

There are things you can do to keep porous hair looking and feeling healthy. The best solution of course would be to try and reduce the things you are doing that caused the high porosity in the first place. But once the damage is already done then there still a second line of defence.

About Alma


I’m Alma Ruddock, the founder and editor-in-chief of Blackhairinformation.com. I stumbled on a hair care forum back in 2008 frustrated with my breaking relaxed hair and the information that I found there changed the fate of my hair, and quite possibly my life, forever! I immediately started to transition to natural hair and started BlackHairInformation.com as a way to help both myself and other women of color achieve their dreams of long healthy hair. I have now achieved my goal length and I continue to help others achieve their dreams too. My three passions are hair, art and entrepreneurship and I love to be able to bring my unique view on hair growth and successful hair journeys to our readers. I am an eternal optimist and workaholic. In addition to BHI I have founded quite a few other websites and businesses including Elongtress Hair Vitamins and Urban Gyal which all fall under the umbrella of my company Coils Media Ltd.

About Alma


I’m Alma Ruddock, the founder and editor-in-chief of Blackhairinformation.com. I stumbled on a hair care forum back in 2008 frustrated with my breaking relaxed hair and the information that I found there changed the fate of my hair, and quite possibly my life, forever! I immediately started to transition to natural hair and started BlackHairInformation.com as a way to help both myself and other women of color achieve their dreams of long healthy hair. I have now achieved my goal length and I continue to help others achieve their dreams too. My three passions are hair, art and entrepreneurship and I love to be able to bring my unique view on hair growth and successful hair journeys to our readers. I am an eternal optimist and workaholic. In addition to BHI I have founded quite a few other websites and businesses including Elongtress Hair Vitamins and Urban Gyal which all fall under the umbrella of my company Coils Media Ltd.

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