How to Correct and Maintain Porous Hair With Porosity Correcting Products

Here’s another throwback post I did back in 2017 after I had bleach damage. Parts of my hair was severely dehydrated, porous, stretched, brittle, breaking, and had lots of webbing. What do you do when Olaplex no. 3 doesn’t work? With the information I’m about to share, I was able to even out my hair’s porosity and improve the resilience and moisture deficiency.

If you’re having porous hair issues, then this is the post for you. Everyone’s hair strands have a certain level of porosity, and these levels range from low to high and can differ GREATLY from one person to another.

Not sure whether your strands are porous or maybe you don't even know what that means. In simple terms, hair porosity refers to a strand of hair’s ability to absorb and hold moisture. But here’s a look into Merrimack-Webster as it pertains to something being porous— it possesses or is full of pores. And just like your skin, your hair also has pores—although not the same type. All hair is porous, but damaged strands are even more intensely porous, according to the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI).

How do you know if your hair is porous? Usually, your hair’s cuticles do not lay flat and allow moisture to escape easily causing frizz and excessive dryness. The more damage the cuticle has suffered, the greater the hair’s porosity and the more water or moisture it tends to absorb. You may be thinking, “If my hair is dry, absorbs moisture easily, this is great, right? Not necessarily. The downside of this high level of absorption is the high level of moisture loss that results from it. Highly porous hair absorbs more water when wet but loses even more as it dries. When it is dry, porous hair feels swollen, puffy and rough to the touch due to the lifted, damaged cuticle layers, which have instigated an inherent moisture deficiency.

4 Porosity Correcting Hair Products To Try

1. Roux Porosity Control Corrector and Conditioner 

If you have chemical damage from bleach or relaxers, etc. that left your hair extremely porous, dry, dehydrated, and brittle, then this is for you. This equalizes porosity, returns hair to a balanced state, and infuses moisture for increased smoothness and vibrancy. This scientifically proven formula enriched with keratin and anti-oxidant vitamins closes the cuticle with a pH of 4.5 to rebuild a barrier of protection and achieve predictable results prior to chemical service. I love that it takes only 2 minutes and it does exactly what it says. Your hair will feel and be stronger. This doubles as a great finishing rinse.

  • Can be used weekly

  • Contains Isopropyl Alcohol

  • Cost $10

2.Redken Time Reset Porosity Filler 

This is an at-home 4 week corrective treatment for porous, age-weakened hair. Helps even porosity and improve strand resilience. This will help reverse signs of aging in hair (lack of volume, dryness, and brittleness). Swipe right to see more info. on aging hair. If you’re looking to turn back the clock on your aging hair, I would suggest getting the whole kit and kaboodle (called Redken Time Reset).

  • Cost of filler alone $20

3. White Sands Porosity The Fix 

The Fix acts as your foundation and concealer to temporarily fill in the blemishes found in each strand.

  • Contains silicone

  • Cost $18

4.Senscience CPR Cuticle Porosity Reconstructive Treatment. This is an intensive two-step in salon restorative treatment that repairs the cuticle porosity deficiencies by replenishing vital nutrients that have been depleted from hair. Fortifies, moisturizes and protects hair. Formulated with Keratin, Silk Amino Acids and Bio-Structurer to penetrate damaged cuticle layers to repair, smooth and seal for lasting protection that preserves moisture and shine. If you want a quick fix, this is it.

  • Cost $11-$12

Note: All of these products are great for maintenance after you have reset your porosity.