Dealing with Low Porosity Natural Hair

in , by FroBunni, 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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  1. Pls what pre-poo method should I use on a low porous hair