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5 Ways To Care for Low Porosity Hair

Low Porosity Hair Tips To Achieve The Best Results

Let’s talk about low porosity hair. When it comes to learning how to maintain and care for your low-porosity strands, it’s best to start with the basics so you actually try products & techniques that work for your hair health needs. For starters, low-porosity hair means your hair structure doesn’t allow moisture to be absorbed as easily into the hair shaft because the hair cuticle is tightly sealed. So, products may tend to sit on top of your hair versus absorbing it in, or water doesn’t penetrate as easily. An easy way that you can test to see if you have low-porosity hair, is to take a strand of your hair, put it in water, and if the strand floats at the top — viola! You, my friend, have low porosity hair!

Now that the formalities are out the way, here are five ways to care for your low porosity hair.

Clarify Your Tresses

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Being that your hair is low porosity, it’s important that you wash your hair often because it’s more prone to product build-up since the product doesn’t absorb as easily. It’s best to go for the clarifying shampoos rather than moisture ones because you want to make sure that the product is cleaned all out to keep your strands nice and clean.

 

Water Down Your Conditioner/Use Water-based Conditioners

 Watering down your conditioner or using a water-based conditioner helps to make the product more easily to absorb for your hair. Being that it’s already difficult for low-porosity hair to achieve high levels of moisture, adding water to your conditioners will be a life-saver!

 

Deep Condition with Heat

Black girl with hair blow dryer

Since it’s harder for low-porosity hair to absorb product, it’s best to deep condition with heat to make sure your strands are being penetrated for the best results. You can use a thermal cap, hooded dryer or a hairdryer to get the job done!

 

Use The Greenhouse Effect

This method consists of wrapping your hair in a plastic cap while deep conditioning, to create moisture inside of the cap. This helps to create an environment for moisture to penetrate the strands a lot easier. 

 

Steam Your Strands

Woman steaming curls

An alternative to applying heat to your hair in order for moisture to properly penetrate, is to use steam. You can use steam from your shower or a handheld steamer to achieve the best result.

We hope these tips help you the next time it’s wash day so that you can see better results and not feel so frustrated with your hair!

 

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