Whenever you shower, do you notice that it takes some time for the water to saturate your hair? Or your hair takes a long time to dry? Chances are you have low porosity hair. Don’t raise your eyebrows yet! If you are new to this hair porosity scene, don’t worry, I got you. What is hair porosity? What does low porosity hair mean? I know these questions are running in your mind. I have all the answers to your questions.
Hair porosity is the ability of your hair to absorb water. If you have low porosity hair, it means that the cuticles of your hair are tightly packed together. This makes it difficult for water or for other hair care products to penetrate your hair strands. But don’t fret. Having low porosity hair does not mean that your hair is damaged. Sure it may feel dry but with some effort and we can get moisture in your hair.
Wondering what low porosity hair is?
If you’re wondering what low porosity hair is, it’s simply hair that doesn’t absorb moisture well. This can be due to a number of factors, including a tight cuticle, high protein content, or low levels of melanin. Because of this, low porosity hair may appear dry, brittle, or frizzy. It can be difficult to style and may not hold color well. If you have low porosity hair, you’ll need to take extra care to keep it hydrated and healthy.
How to tell if you have low porosity hair?
There is a very simple way to know if you have low porosity hair. Get a clear glass and fill it with water. Put a few strands of hair in the water. If your hair floats, it means you have low porosity hair. Water cannot get in hence your hair staying afloat.
Since water or hair care products are not absorbed by the hair strands, they only sit on the hair. The tightly packed cuticles can only absorb a small number of products. This can make your hair feel heavy and oily.
Haircare for low porosity hair
Because hair care products sit only on the surface of the hair strands, low porosity hair is prone to gunk and product build-up. That is why clarifying and cleansing your hair is important. Choose a shampoo or clarifying product that contains honey and glycerin to help in penetrating your hair cuticles.
Even though we have said so many times that low porosity hair does not absorb much product, we still recommend moisturizing your hair. Find a moisturizer with emollients like avocado, aloe, jojoba and shea butter. These hair-softening ingredients coat the strands to seal in water and moisture in the hair.
Use light oils (water-based products)
Since low porosity hair has tightly packed cuticles, water-based products tend to get absorbed easier. Oils have a thick consistency that prevents them from getting absorbed by the hair strands. This can lead to product build-up on the hair and scalp making it feel heavy.
Deep conditioning with heat (but not with heat tools)
When you do your deep conditioner, you might want to add heat from the steamer or heat cap. This will open the hair cuticles making the absorption of the product more effective.
Use hair care products that contain humectants. Humectants are commonly found in hair care products for their ability to preserve and retain moisture.
Products to use
Shampoo & Conditioner
This is a one-of-a-kind hair cleanser. It has a liquid formula instead of the usual thick consistency of regular shampoo. This makes cleansing fast and effective. Although it does not lather on the hair much, it will still give a squeaky clean feel after your shower.
Design Essentials Almond & Papaya Moisturizing and Detangling Conditioner
Nourish and hydrate your hair with almond, avocado oil and shea butter. Deliver intense moisture to your hair while improving your hair’s health inside-out.
This conditioner contains enough emollients – almond, avocado oil and shea butter – to make soften and moisturize your hair. Plus this is an effective hair conditioner for detangling your curls.
Orbie moisture control shampoo helps curly, coily and thick hair to get instant moisture gratification and even a bit of devolumisation leaving it smooth, sleek and completely under control.
For all your hair concerns, trust Mizani 25 Miracle Milk Leave-in Conditioner to solve it for you. This leave-in conditioner works by penetrating your hair follicle so you are just one spritz away from moisturized and shiny hair.
Aveda Cherry Almond Softening Leave-in Conditioner
12 benefits in one bottle for you. It contains a blend of cherry blossom extract, sweet almond oil and moringa oil that makes the hair soft and touchable.
No joke but this leave-in conditioner will make your hair smell like a botanical garden. After a shower, on my damp hair, I apply this leave-in conditioner and my hair smells like flowers the whole day.
Aunt Jackie’s Quench Leave-in Conditioner
Quench your thirsty hair with this mega-moisturizing and conditioning treatment. Enriched with shea butter, virgin olive oil, and marshmallow root that moisturize the hair without the oily and sticky feel.
Planning to go under the sun for hours? Your curls are most likely to get fried and dried. Prep and protect your curls with this mega-moisturizing leave-in conditioner and look your best while enjoying the outdoors.
Deep Conditioner & Treatments
Having low porosity hair does not mean that your hair is heavily damaged. But the emollients on this hair mask are beneficial in making moisture stay in your tresses.
This deep conditioner gives the perfect combo for your low porosity hair. First, infuse moisture on your strands. Then seals down the moisture so your hair stays hydrated.
Oil & Styling Product
Curl Definer: Ouidad Curl Shaper Take Shape Plumping + Defining Cream
A lightweight cream that builds the curl’s body and definition from the inside. Get plump and defined natural curls that last the whole day while giving you soft and bouncy hair.
Help your curls be their best shape with this defining cream. And you don’t need to worry about product build-up. This product is so lightweight that you wouldn’t even feel it in your hair.
Camille Rose Curl Love Moisture Milk
Thick, nourishing rice milk blended with avocado oil, macadamia oil and castor oil that moisturizes and conditioner the hair. It gives the hair long-lasting shine and smoothness.
You can use this product in 2 ways: as a leave-in conditioner after showering for all-day moisture or as an instant refresher for dry and frizzy hair. This product has a thick formulation so a small amount can go a long way.
This is my go-to hair oil when I want to give my scalp a good massage. I love how this product works to benefit not only my hair as low porosity but as curly hair in general.
This is one versatile product in a small bottle. Not only does it benefit your low porosity hair by sealing in moisture, but you can also use this on your other facial hair and as a skin moisturizer. Speaking of value for your money!