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We all know that I’m a high porosity girl, however, I have many readers and followers who have low porosity. It’s only right that I include tips on caring for low porosity hair, I can’t leave you guys hanging! I’ve done a lot of research and at one point thought I was low porosity because of the “Float Test”.
Once I started paying attention to the characteristics of my hair, that’s when all signs pointed to high porosity. I had to switch up my regimen and noticed a huge difference afterward! That’s why knowing your porosity is important — it’ll help you choose the right products and techniques for your hair.
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What’s Low Porosity?
Low porosity hair has tightly sealed cuticles that make it difficult for moisture to be absorbed and penetrate. After doing some research, I found out that the Float Test isn’t accurate and shouldn’t be used to determine your porosity. There are certain characteristics you should look for to find out which category you fall into.
Here are some characteristics of low porosity hair:
- Your hair takes a while to get saturated
- Water beads on top of your hair
- Products sit on top of your hair
- Your styles take longer to dry
- You may be sensitive to protein
Although those things can be frustrating at times, caring for low porosity hair doesn’t have to be a hassle. You can still maintain healthy hair by following the tips in this post.
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Caring for Low Porosity Hair
Use Heat on Your Hair
Since the cuticles are tightly sealed and can have a hard time absorbing products, it’s important to use heat in your regimen. One way to incorporate this step is while you’re deep conditioning your hair. You can add heat by using one of the following:
The heat helps to open up the cuticles which will allow your product to penetrate more effectively. You can also use heat for your pre-poo treatments!
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Cleansing your hair is important for the overall health of your scalp. When it comes to low porosity hair, you want to shampoo regularly since it’s prone to product buildup. You can use a clarifying shampoo or one of my favorites, clay washes!
With the number of products we use, it’s easier for low porosity hair to have buildup. Products may sit on top of your hair if they aren’t properly absorbed. If you continue to apply more on top, it can lead to dryness, flakes, and limp curls.
Some people use sulfates to remove buildup, however, there are other natural, effective options to choose from.
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Avoid Heavy Products + Silicones
Everyone isn’t picky about what they use on their hair, however, if you have low porosity hair and want to prevent product buildup from happening often, then paying attention to the products you use can be helpful. Products that contain silicones or heavy butter/oils can be too much for your hair. It can build up quickly which can lead to less moisture retention.
Locking in moisture when styling your hair is important, however, you should opt for lightweight oils and refresher sprays to keep your curls flourishing throughout the week.
Be Careful With Protein
The last tip is to be careful when using protein. One thing I’ve heard the most from those with low porosity is using protein makes their hair feel dry and brittle. Having a good moisture-protein balance in your regimen is important, however, make sure you’re paying attention to how your hair looks and feels. You don’t want to end up using too much of one thing.
When it comes to deep conditioning, focus on using moisturizing treatments. It’s also important to pay attention to the other products you’re using such as shampoo, leave-in conditioner, and styling creams since they can contain proteins. You’ll have to go through trial and error to see which proteins work best for your hair and which ones you should steer clear from.
I hope this post helped you realize that caring for low porosity hair doesn’t have to be difficult. It’s all about paying attention to your hair and following healthy hair practices. If you have low porosity hair, keep these tips in mind so you can start maintaining the overall health of your curls!