Knowing your hair’s porosity will help you make better product purchasing decisions, adapt your regimen accordingly and all around have a better understanding of how porosity and natural hair works. So here I decided to outline what to do if you have low porosity natural hair.
To determine your porosity, gently pull a strand of your hair (maybe more strands if you have multiple textures) and drop it in a glass of water. If it floats to the top then you have low porosity curls, if it sinks to the bottom of the glass then you have high porosity hair and if it stays in the middle then your hair is considered regular.
People with low porosity hair have cuticles that are sealed tightly together along the hair shaft. Thus, moisture has a hard time escaping and conversely getting into the hair.
The following are helpful tips to help you manage your low porosity curly hair:
• Avoid humectants like glycerin in the Winter as they’ll draw moisture out of your hair but use them in the Summer to bring moisture to your hair
• There is no need for protein treatments at all. But if you do need a protein treatment, look for these ingredients: silk, wheat and hydrolyzed proteins
• Water-based/liquid moisturizers work better on your hair
• Avoid heavy styling products
• Lighter oils like Grapeseed oil, Argan oil, Jojoba oil, and Sweet Almond oil work better for your hair
• Use heat when doing deep treatments as the heat will help open up the cuticles and make the deep treatment more effective
• Rinse your hair with warm water after every deep treatment. With low porosity hair rinsing with warm water after your deep treatment prevents the cuticles from closing so you may be able to follow up with a moisturizer or leave-in that will still be able to penetrate the hair shat. Follow up by sealing with the oils mentioned above.
PRODUCTS I USE ON MY LOW POROSITY NATURAL HAIR
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