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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 hair. It’s only right that I include more 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”.
However, 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 entire 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.
What is Low Porosity Hair?
Low porosity hair has tightly sealed cuticles that make it difficult for moisture to be absorbed and penetrate your hair. 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 determine which category you fall into.
Here are some characteristics of low porosity hair:
- When you have your hair underneath running water, it takes a while to get saturated
- Water tends to bead on your hair
- Products sit on top of your hair when you’re applying it
- Your styles may 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 properly take care of your curls and maintain healthy natural hair by following the tips we’re about to discuss in this post.
Caring for Low Porosity Hair
Use Heat/Steam 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/steam 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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Clarify Your Hair Regularly
Cleansing your hair is important for the overall health of your scalp. When it comes to caring for low porosity hair, you want to shampoo regularly since it’s prone to product buildup. You don’t want to use a moisturizing shampoo, it’s important to use a clarifying shampoo or clay wash instead.
With the number of products we use, it’s easier for low porosity hair to have product 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. Here are some of my favorite products to use when I want to remove buildup:
- Chocolate Kinks & Kurls Clay Wash
- Pardo Naturals Rice Water & ACV Shampoo Bar
- Premier Naturals by K2 African Black Soap
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 low porosity hair. It can build up on your hair quickly which can lead to less moisture retention.
Locking in moisture when styling your hair is important, however, when caring for low porosity hair, you should opt for lightweight oils and refresher sprays to keep your curls flourishing throughout the week. There are a variety of oils that can be effective such as:
Be Careful With Protein
The last tip for low porosity hair 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 hydrating and moisturizing treatments. It’s also important to pay attention to the other products you’re using in your routines such as shampoo, leave-in conditioner, and styling creams since they can contain proteins as well. 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.
Another way you can add strength to your hair is by using Ayurvedic Herbs. It’s a great alternative that you can use biweekly or monthly. Ayurvedic herbs are perfect to use if a protein treatment is too strong for your hair. There are a variety of herbs to choose from and each has its own benefits for natural hair.
Related Post: Ayurvedic Herbs for Natural Hair
Not So Bad, Right?
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 care practices. If you have low porosity hair, keep these tips in mind so you can start maintaining the overall health of your curls!
Do you have low porosity hair? What are some tips you follow in order to take care of your hair?