Dealing with Low Porosity Natural Hair

Thursday, December 21, 2017

FroBunni | Low-Porosity Hair

Despite having medium/ high-porosity hair, when it comes to porosity, the most common questions I get are for low porosity hair. Low porosity hair, unlike high porosity hair, has tightly sealed cuticles making it difficult for water to even penetrate the hair. It's also prone to build-up since products cannot penetrate the hair shaft. To effectively care for low-porosity hair, check out the tips below.

1. Limit Protein, Silicones, and Heavy Oils and Butters: Because low-porosity hair is prone to build-up, you'll want to avoid all things protein, silicones, and heavy oils and butters. Make sure you read the label before purchasing a product to ensure that its free of these ingredients, or at least has them farther down the ingredient list.

2. Use Warm Water to Wash Hair: Heat helps to open up the hair cuticle making it possible for moisture to enter the hair shaft. When washing the hair, use warm water to help remove build-up that may be on or in the hair shaft.

3. Use a Clarifying Shampoo: This may sound counterproductive when it comes to caring for natural hair, but if you're low porosity, a clarifying shampoo can really prep the hair to be moisturized more effectively. It doesn't need to be used every wash day, but when it becomes difficult to moisturize hair, despite following the other tips, it's time to clarify.

4. Use Light, Water-Based Moisturizers and Oils: Because low-porosity hair is prone to build-up, lighter moisturizers and oils are better for the hair. Use moisturizers like Giovanni's Direct Leave-In, Kinky Curly Knot-Today, Taliah Waajid's Protective Mist Bodifier, and Oyin Handmade Juices & Berries; and oils like grapeseed, avocado, and sweet almond oil.

5. Use a Steamer and Heating Cap Before Moisturizing and Sealing: To effectively moisturize low-porosity hair, you'll need to open up the hair cuticle. You can accomplish this by using a steamer, such as Q-Redew, or spraying hair with water, and warming hair with a heating cap, like Hot Head heating cap, for 20 minutes before moisturizing and sealing.

6. Deep Condition with Heat: If there's one tip that works for both high porosity and low porosity hair, it's deep conditioning hair with heat. But if you're low porosity, just make sure the hair is clean so that the deep conditioner can penetrate the hair shaft.

Do you have low porosity hair? What are some tips that work for you?

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3 Affordable, At-Home Design Services

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

FroBunni | 3 Affordable At Home Design Services

If you followed me from the very start of my blog, I have done this three times now. But I’m serious this time! I promise, scouts honor. I’m going to redecorate my apartment, and not just redecorate, but move and be in a whole new place. I decided earlier this month that I want to be back in DC. I currently live in one of the outside suburbs, and while I like it, between work and play, I spent most of my time in the nation’s Capitol. And even though the thought of moving again, and moving away from an area that I truly love, is stressful and a little scary, I know in the long run, it’s the best decision for me.

This past weekend, I looked high and low for a new place to call home, and while I haven’t found something just yet, the thought of redecorating is rather exciting. I have a little more than six months left before I turn the big 3-0, and I feel it’s time to have a big girl space. I also think it’s time that I acknowledge that unless I get a little help, I won’t have my dream space. So I’ve been looking into online design packages, and I’m really digging these options.

Havenly: Take a quiz, pick your designer, decide on your style, and in 2-3 weeks, you’ll have a space perfect for you. The most affordable option out of the three, Havenly gives you a beautiful space for a fraction of cost of a typical interior designer. It’s free to get product recommendation and style advice, but if you want a concept and curated shopping list, it will cost at least $79.
Similar Options Include: Laurel & Wolf Interior Design

Decorilla: With Decorilla, you’ll get multiple proposals from which to choose, 3D renderings of your space to help you visualize the finished product, and discounts on popular stores like Crate and Barrel. Of course, the extra service is going to cost you. While prices vary, you’re looking at $500 to have someone design a small living room.
Similar Options: Stellar Interior DesignDecorist

Home Polish: With Home Polish, you get a designer and an account manager to help you through the process of redecorating your space. Unlike the other options, you’ll need to live in places that have Home Polish designers. While it’s not nationwide, there are over 15 locations, which include New York City, Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., Atlanta, Austin, and Seattle. You’ll also be given a rate per hour, meaning it could cost you a little bit more. While this may be a turn off to some, Home Polish will give you the most personal experience than the other options.

While I haven’t decided on which service I will use, I am really excited that I have so many different options. Check back soon to see what my new space will look like, which service I choose, and what my new space will look like!

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