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If you walk outside and your hair gets so frizzy it looks like the Bride of Frankenstein's coif, it's a safe bet you have porous locks. If your hair is extremely flat, or if you get it relaxed, permed, chemically straightened or permanently colored, you probably have a porous mane as well. Porous hair tends to accept hair color and moisture quickly; however, porous hair is weak and unhealthy. To combat this coif conundrum, you'll need to enlist help from some products in your store's beauty aisle.
Wash your hair with an acidic rinse after you shampoo once a week. Available at the store or in homemade varieties, these nifty rinses tighten the outside of your hair's cuticle, which not only improves your hair's porosity, but makes it shinier as well. If you want to get your homemaker on and feel like making your own rinse, do so by combining the juice of half a lemon, 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar and a cup of water in a bowl or bottle. Pour the mixture over your hair, massage it in, then rinse with cold water. Your hair's porous nature should improve after using such a rinse, and you'll likely notice it's less frizzy after this treatment.
Use a conditioner that contains humectants. Gals with porous hair need humectants because they help hold moisture in the hair. Look for ingredients such as cetyl or stearyl alcohol, silicone, dimethicone, methicones or pathenol in your conditioner for best results, and use it after each shampoo. If you want to go the natural route, go with a conditioner that contains jojoba oil, avocado, shea butter or essential oils. They should all do the trick on your porous hair.
Apply a silicon serum to your 'do daily. These clever beauty products nix frizz and improve the condition of your hair's cuticle, which in turn lessens your hair's inclination to be porous. A dime-sized amount is typically all that is needed, and is applied with a light touch to the outside of your hair. Your hair should look shinier and glossier after being treated with the serum.