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How to Keep Your Low Porosity Hair Healthy

December 1, 2019
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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.

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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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Related Post: Sis, You Need to Pre-Poo. Here is Why.

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:

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?

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Low porosity hair has tightly sealed cuticles which can make it difficult for water to enter the hair shaft. Although this can be a challenge at times, caring for low porosity hair doesn't have to become a hassle. Learn how to start taking care of low porosity hair in this post.
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  • Reply Marquita December 2, 2019 at 12:14 pm

    Thank you for this blog because at times I feel like I have to do so much because a product is just too much for my hair. Having low porosity hair is definitely challenging at times, however, it will all be ok as I’m finding out what works for my hair.

    • Reply Madisen December 2, 2019 at 12:36 pm

      You’re welcome! Yes each porosity has its own struggles but there are ways we can start managing it better. Things will get better once you find what works for you! Thank you for reading ♥️

    • Reply Aisha December 8, 2019 at 4:34 pm

      After finally taking down my locs and washing my “loose natural” hair for the first time in over 15 years(I did wash my locs but not as much as I’m going to wash my hair now). I’m learning about porosity from you (you’re the first person I’ve even heard about porosity). I learned that I am high porosity. Thank you for sharing.

      • Reply Madisen December 8, 2019 at 7:36 pm

        That’s amazing sis! I’m excited to continue watching your journey. Thank you for reading and I’m glad you’ve been able to learn your porosity!

  • Reply Colette December 2, 2019 at 6:56 pm

    Always use warm water to shampoo and rinse and if possible, warm up those products that I keep in the fridge!

    • Reply Madisen December 2, 2019 at 9:31 pm

      I’ve heard of those tips as well, especially when it comes to warming up products!

  • Reply Faranda December 7, 2019 at 6:09 am

    Great to know that the floating test is not accurate! Thank ms for this post! It was a great read!

    • Reply Madisen December 7, 2019 at 1:20 pm

      Thank you for reading! I’m glad it was helpful.

  • Reply Najiibah Uthman May 2, 2020 at 1:28 pm

    I had used the float method and ended up thinking I had low porosity hair type. My hair though, dries up easily and so fast after wetting it. Does this mean I have high porosity hair?

    • Reply Madisen May 2, 2020 at 3:17 pm

      Hey! The hair drying easily and fast after adding water to it is one of the signs of high porosity hair. That’s one of the first things I noticed about my hair when I was trying to figure out which category I fell into. Make sure you check out this blog post: to see more characteristics for each one!

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