Low Porosity Hair: What It Is and How to Care for It

Are you struggling with dry, brittle hair that just won’t seem to retain moisture? It could be due to low porosity hair. Low porosity hair has a hard time absorbing water and moisture, making it difficult to keep your hair hydrated and healthy. But don’t worry – there are steps you can take to care for your low porosity hair.

First off, it’s important to understand your hair’s porosity level. You can do this by conducting a simple porosity test at home. 

Read: How To Determine Your Hair Porosity Level

Once you’ve determined that you have low porosity hair, it’s important to use products that are specifically formulated for your hair type. Look for lightweight, water-based products that won’t weigh your hair down. Avoid heavy oils and butters that can build up on your strands and make your hair look greasy.

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Another key step in caring for low porosity hair is to use heat during styling. Applying heat opens up the hair cuticle and allows moisture to penetrate the hair shaft. However, be sure to use a heat protectant to avoid damaging your hair. A popular way to incorporate heat into your hair treatments is by using a hair steamer or hooded dryer during deep conditioning treatments or when you apply hair oils.

Incorporating regular deep conditioning treatments into your hair care routine can make a big difference in the health of your low porosity hair. Look for deep conditioners that contain ingredients like protein and panthenol to help strengthen your hair and retain moisture. If you use a leave in conditioner – look for a lightweight variant. 

Use a clarifying shampoo once a month to remove build-up on your scalp and allow for better penetration of products to hair shafts. 

Finally, moisturizing oils like Argan or jojoba oil and almond oils are best for low porosity hair types. 

Hair ingredients to avoid for low porosity hair include: sulfates, silicones and drying alcohols. 
Hair ingredients to look for low porosity hair include: keratin and collagen.

By following these tips, you can keep your low porosity hair healthy, hydrated, and looking its best. 

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By Sheena Deepnarain

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