If you have low porosity hair, you must know how hard it is to get moisture to penetrate your hair strands. Low porosity hair care can get a little challenging. But the good news is, once you know what to do, keeping your hair moisturized does not have to be complicated.
All you have to do is follow a few simple steps. Then you will be on your way to beautifully moisturized hair. Your dry brittle hair days will be put behind you for good.
Knowing the dos and don’ts for low porosity hair care is the key to beautiful hair.
So what is the best way to care for your low porosity hair? Caring for your low porosity hair includes a few simple steps. The list below will go over the dos and don’ts to caring for your low porosity hair. If you incorporate these techniques in your daily regimen, you will have less frustration dealing with your low porosity hair in the long run.
Take a look at the list below. It will give you some great tips for low porosity hair care. If you make it your mission to incorporate these techniques into your daily regimen, you will have less frustration dealing with your low porosity hair in the future.
Let’s jump right into the dos and don’ts for low porosity hair care.
Don’t use heavy oil on your low porosity hair.
Oils such as Castor oil, coconut oil sit on top of your hair and do not go past the cuticle layer of your hair. You need to use light oils that can easily penetrate all the layers of your hair. Use sweet almond oil, jojoba oil, avocado oil, argan oil etc…
Don’t use too many different products.
Layering products on top of products is only keeping your hair from absorbing necessary moisture. Find what works for you and stick to it. You already know that your low porosity hair is prone to product build up. Don’t use a bunch of products on your hair all at once and expect them to work. They will just sit on top of your hair and not do the work.
Don’t use a lot of protein in your hair.
Low porosity hair is protein sensitive. So the less protein you use on your low porosity hair, the better off you will be. Since finding out my hair is low in porosity, I have avoided protein based products like the plague. And I can see the difference in how my hair behaves. Next time you are shopping for hair products, read the labels. If protein is part of the first 5 ingredients, put it back on the shelf. It is not the best product for your hair.
Keep in mind that you might need to incorporate a protein treatment from time to time. But unless you really feel it necessary, do yourself a favor and lay off of the protein.
Don’t apply moisture to wet hair.
Instead, apply moisture to damp hair for best results. You want the product to fully penetrate your hair. Applying moisture to wet hair will alter the process. So when you get out of the shower, or after you wet your hair, use a towel or cotton t-shirt to remove excess water. Once this is complete you may proceed with applying your moisturizer.
Now that we’ve covered the Don’ts of low porosity hair care, let’s go over the Dos.
Do wash regularly with clarifying shampoo.
As a person with low porosity hair, you need to make sure your hair is free of build up from the products that you use. Because low porosity hair is hard to absorb moisture, products tend to sit on top of our hair which in turn usually makes it harder to absorb moisture. For that reason, you need to make sure you use a clarifying shampoo to get rid of all those build ups in your hair and allow moisture to penetrate your strands.
How often you clarify is completely up to what you feel works best for your hair. Personally, I clarify my hair weekly just because I can see that my hair needs it.
Do use lightweight products
lightweight products are easier to penetrate your hair strands. So when buying hair products, consider buying those that are lighter in consistency to allow easier penetration and moisture retention.
Do use heat when deep conditioning your hair.
When deep conditioning your low porosity hair, you should always use heat. Heat opens up your hair cuticles and allows moisture to penetrate your strands. If you deep condition without heat, you are pretty much wasting your time. Your hair cuticles are not opening up to allow the moisture in.
The easiest way to do it is to apply your deep conditioner, cover your hair with a plastic cap and sit under a hooded dryer for 15 to 30 minutes (not more than 30 minutes). Read more about deep conditioning your hair here. You can also use a steamer or a blow dryer.
Do use hot water to wash and rinse your hair.
I’m sure you’ve heard that you should use hot water to wash, but cold water to rinse your hair. This method is not efficient for low porosity hair. You should begin and complete your wash with hot water always. That is because people with low porosity hair have tightly closed cuticles and the hot water aids in opening those cuticles up and allowing the moisture to penetrate. It is similar to using heat when deep conditioning your hair.
Do use products design with your hair in mind.
Companies are now designing products with different hair porosity types in mind. So before you buy a hair product, make sure it was designed with your hair porosity in mind. Some companies like Shea Moisture have lines dedicated specifically to low porosity hair. See my recent review for the Shea Moisture low porosity line here. You will see a big difference once you once products for your hair porosity level.
Alright, ladies, this is it for the dos and don’ts for your low porosity hair care. If you practice all these tips, I guarantee you your low porosity hair will react a lot better and look a lot better than you can imagine.
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What about you, what do you do to your hair to keep it looking healthy and moisturized? Is there anything you’d like to add to this list? If so, don’t hesitate to do so below in the comment section ⇓.
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