Low porosity hair is often dry, brittle, and difficult to moisturize. 4c low porosity natural hair can be especially tricky because it’s resistant to moisture and doesn’t retain moisturizers well. The following article will discuss how to moisturize low porosity hair so that you don’t have to worry about your tresses being too dry or brittle!
The first step to moisturizing your low porosity natural locks is by using a moisturizer on the damp, just out of the shower hair. Low porosity strands are often resistant to moisture so use an oil or cream based moisturizer and massage it into scalp as well as tresses. Leave this in for at least five minutes before rinsing out with cool water. You can also apply a conditioner that has moisturizing qualities (such as coconut) after you’ve done your leave-in treatment if desired!
4c low porosity hair regimen: For those who have very tightly coiled curls, here’s what I recommend when styling them – find products that contain moisturizing ingredients, such as coconut oil. Then moisturize your hair with the products before styling and use a moisturizing deep conditioner at least once per month.
4b low porosity hair: For finer strands that are resistant to moisture too, try using an oil based moisturizer on damp locks after washing them. The goal is for you tresses to be hydrated from root to tip!
Limit protein, silicone, heavy oil and butter
Because low-porosity hair tends to accumulate, you need to avoid anything related to protein, silicone, heavy oil and butter. Always read the label before buying a product to make sure it does not contain these ingredients, or at least put them at the back of the ingredient list.
Wash your hair with warm water
The heat helps to open the cuticle of the hair and let the moisture into the hair shaft. When washing your hair, use warm water to help remove the buildup on or on the hair shaft.
Use a clarifying shampoo
This may be counterproductive when caring for natural hair, but if your porosity is low, using a clarifying shampoo can moisturize your hair more effectively. It is not necessary to use it every day when washing your hair, but when the hair becomes difficult to moisturize, it is time to rinse despite following other tips.
Use light water-based oils and moisturizers
Low-porosity hair tends to accumulate, lighter oils and moisturizers are more suitable for hair. Use moisturizers such as Giovanni’s Direct Leave-In, Kinky Curly Knot-Today, Taliah Waajid’s Mist Guard Body and Oyin’s Handmade Berries and Juices; and oils such as grape seed oil, avocado oil and sweet almond oil.
Use a steamer and heating cap before moisturizing and sealing
To effectively moisturize low-porosity hair, you need to open the hair cuticle. You can do this by using a steamer (e.g. Q-Redew) or spraying water on your hair and heating your hair with a hot cap (e.g. Hot Head Thermal Cap) for 20 minutes, then moisturizing and sealing.
Deep thermal conditioning
If there is one technique that works for both high-porosity and low-porosity hair, it is deep thermal conditioning. However, if your porosity is low, make sure your hair is clean so that the deep conditioner can penetrate into the hair shaft.