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Hair Porosity 101

Our clients know we are all about healthy hair and one thing you’ll hear our team talk about all the time is HAIR POROSITY – but what does that even mean?

The porosity of your hair is the ability of your locks to accept and retain moisture, and this is maintained by the flexibility of the hair cuticle which easily allows oils to pass through the hair or blocks them from being accepted. 

LOW Porosity hair is typically healthy and shiny, though hard to process since chemicals and treatments don’t easily pass through the cuticle. Clients with Low Porosity will find that their hair takes forever to dry, and usually experience product buildup and dryness. We like to start with a Hydration Steam Treatment to allow your stubborn locks to soak in as much moisture as possible. We also try to avoid using too many protein products in the hair which can lead to extreme dryness.

HIGH Porosity hair is common in clients with over-processed hair or clients who frequently use heat tools. The hair shaft in this condition has lots of cracks that allow too much moisture or product into the hair cuticle and cause stress. Clients may experience problems with frizz and tangles as the hair begins to connect through the slices in the shaft, and find that they have to use large amounts of product. We will commonly recommend a demi-permanent color or Clear Shine service for these clients to help seal the cuticle and smooth the hair shaft. Leave-In Conditioners are also helpful for regular use in creating a moisturizing layer over the broken hair shaft that promotes healthier locks.

Our Top Tips for Normal Porosity + Healthy Curls:

1.    Maintain a regular schedule of steam treatments to ensure you are avoiding heat, tending to your hair’s unique needs, and maintaining good product absorption 

2.    Always use cold water when washing your hair to seal the cuticle and prevent any desirable product from escaping and sitting on the top of the hair

3.    Air dry your hair when you can and if you can’t, air dry for as long as possible before using your diffuser

4.    Use a Detangling Brush to gently detangle without pulling on your hair and causing stress

5.    Use a Leave-In Conditioner / Primer after washing to seal and protect your cuticle and encourage healthy product absorption 

Why Do We Love Steam Treatments?

When applying treatments, deep conditioners, and masks to the hair in an effort to restore health and moisture, the best method of processing is using a steamer. This allows moist heat to nourish the hair cuticle, which has a number of benefits for your locks!

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Why We Love Steam Treatments:

  1. The main benefit to using a steam processor is that it allows the cuticle to open and lift, which allows complete absorption of the applied treatment product, giving you the full benefits of the treatment. This is especially crucial for clients who have low porosity and struggle to retain moisture.
  2. Steam treatments help to deep cleanse the scalp and fight the buildup of dirt and product that we accumulate through styling and exposure to the elements. A clean scalp encourages hair growth and steaming stimulates blood flow in the scalp which also helps growth
  3. Hydrated, moisturized hair is easier to detangle and manage which means less pulling, less breakage, and allows the hair to stretch against shrinkage
  4. For curly girls who dread wash day, steaming can help to refresh your curls with light moisture while avoiding having to soak your curls and restyle them.

We offer several different steam treatment options with focuses on:

Protein

Moisture/Hydration

Dry Scalp

Color Damage Repair

Growth

Deep Cleansing from Product Buildup

You can add on a steam treatment to any salon service to get the best results from your appointment!

Own Wash Day!

We are thrilled to announce the arrival of DevaCurl's newest curly product available at Versus - Wash Day Wonder! This product is a game-changer for detangling!

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We notice a few specific scenarios in which tangles seem to be especially problematic:

- Young children who find the detangling process uncomfortable and upsetting

-After a protective style has been worn for several weeks

-After engaging in high-activity like working out, swimming, etc.

Detangling isn't a fun process for anyone involved - trust us.

It can also significantly extend the time of your scheduled appointment and compromise the strength of your hair if the tangles are severe enough.

Luckily, DevaCurl has released a new product that makes detangling an absolute breeze! We've been using this product for a week now and are amazed by the results! The process is much easier, painless, faster, and effective!

We will now be offering a Wash Day Wonder Detangling Service for an additional charge, especially for clients who have particularly tumultuous tangles and sensitive scalps. Let us know during booking that you'd like to give this new must-have curly hair product a try and see how detangling will forever be changed!

Scissors vs. Shears: Leave it to the Pros

We get it – you’re very busy, your wallet is a bit strapped, and you don’t want to make a trip all the way to the salon just to trim up your ends that are driving you mad. It starts to feel like your dead ends have a personal vendetta against you and your ability to style your hair, your preferred stylist is booked, and standing in front of the bathroom mirror you decide you’ve had enough. When this happens to you, we want you to take a deep breath, back away from the kitchen scissors, and call your stylist. Here’s why –

Hair cutting shears are designed with specially-sized blades and razor sharp edges to provide a blunt, even cut at the end of the hair shaft. This prevents the hair from breaking and becoming damaged, and ensures a more even grow-out.

When using house scissors to cut hair, which have a larger blade that is typically much more dull than shears, cutting causes jagged ends, split ends, and damaged hair shafts. This can hinder hair growth, shine, and overall health of your mane. If the proper technique is not used to trim grown-out bangs, the hair can revolt and stick straight out, straight up, or work against natural cow-licks.

Haircutting shears are a specially-designed tool, are generally quite expensive, and so is the training that stylists receive to ensure their technique provides desirable results, so next time your ends need a trim, we kindly ask that you Leave It To The Pros.