The cumulative damage on my ends has resulted in high porosity hair, and this has been one reason why my length retention has been poor. Wetting my hair more often has greatly helped. But I have been doing other things that have been quite beneficial.
For one, I have been spraying my hair with aloe vera juice before applying my moisturizers. The pH of aloe vera juice helps to balance the pH of my hair, sealing down the cuticles and sealing in more moisture. I have also been using a heavier sealant on my ends. I got my hands on Naturally Fly Honey Punch Body Butter (review coming soon), and due to the beeswax, it's perfect for really sealing in moisture into my ends. I also make sure to do more protein treatments more often, specifically twice a month, or every other week. This helps to repair some of the damage to my ends. And while it doesn't replace scissors, it does help my hair retain moisture a little better.
If you have high porosity hair, the above tips can really help keep it moisturized. Also remember to wash with shampoo. The heavier moisturizers and sealants can build-up on hair, and if they are not washed away regularly, it will actually exacerbate your dry hair because adequate moisture can't penetrate the hair's cuticle. Also, skip the extensions when protective styling. Extensions can "steal" moisture from your own hair, and when it's already difficult to keep hair moisturized, it best to just use your own.
These changes to my regimen have really helped, at the very least, prevent split and damaged ends. I noticed a bit of growth, and hopefully the trend will continue. To hip length or bust!
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