Do you struggle with dry, brittle, and tangled hair? Do you feel like no matter what you do, your hair just won’t stay moisturized? It’s time to learn about hair porosity!
Hair porosity is not just about texture and curl pattern, it’s about how your hair absorbs and retains moisture. And if you have low porosity hair, it can be a bit of a challenge. But don’t worry, we’re here to help!
What is Low Porosity Hair?
Low porosity hair has cuticles that are very close together and overlapping. This means that moisture has a tough time getting to the hair shaft, leaving your hair feeling dry and brittle. While low porosity hair is genetic and not caused by chemical or heat, heat or styling damaged hair can result in high porosity hair which also has issues retaining moisture.
Is Low Porosity Hair Bad?
Absolutely not! There is no such thing as bad hair or bad porosity. Every hair type has its own quirks and techniques. It’s all about finding what works best for you and your hair.
How to Moisturize Low Porosity Hair
The key to getting healthy, moisturized low porosity hair is knowing how to moisturize it properly. Here are some helpful tips to get started:
Start your wash day routine with a pre-poo featuring hair-penetrating oils like coconut oil, extra virgin olive oil (EEVO), or avocado oil. This will help soften your hair and protect your strands from moisture-stripping shampoo.
Using a clarifying shampoo will remove buildup and give you a fresh base to infuse moisture.
- Water-Based Products
Use leave-in conditioners and other products that are water-based, so they don’t just sit on your hair shaft.
- Deep Conditioner WITH HEAT
When you deep condition your hair, use heat to open up the cuticles and allow your hair to absorb moisture better.
- Steam Treatments
Biweekly steam treatments can give your hair a much-needed boost. If you have a handheld steamer like the Q Redew, you can steam in small sections before applying your moisturizer or cream on retwist days.
- Remember to Seal
Contrary to what you may think, heavier oils like castor oil do not necessarily mean more moisture. Low porosity hair can get weighed down easily. Opt for light oils to seal in your moisture using the LOC method. Consider incorporating humectants like aloe vera and flaxseed gel into your regimen. These products form barriers around your hair shaft, preventing moisture from escaping easily.
Having low porosity hair can be a challenge, but it’s not impossible to achieve healthy, moisturized hair. With the right regimen and products, you can achieve beautiful, healthy hair that you’ll be proud to show off! So get ready to rock your gorgeous low porosity hair!