Low porosity hair can be difficult to maintain. From suffering extreme dryness to trying to find the right hair care products for maintenance, low porosity hair definitely falls on the list of extra hair care steps to have to constantly follow up with.
And although dealing with low porosity hair can be a bit difficult to try and navigate, we’ve created a personalized list of top ten hair care tips you should know if you're dealing with low porosity hair. Before we dive straight into it, it’s important to know what low porosity means, and how to properly attest whether or not you're dealing with a low porosity hair type.
Having low porosity hair means that your hair doesn't get wet, no matter how much water and treatment you may put in, your hair still seems to always feel dry and coarse. Having low porosity hair also means it takes a long time for your hair to fully dry. No matter what kinds of products you use, it always seems like your hair is never fully able to absorb the product- making hair care treatments and conditioners less effective.
A few ways you can test if you have low porosity hair is by taking a clean strand of hair and placing it at the top of a glass of water. If the strand starts to sink, this might mean that you have high porosity hair which absorbs water and hair products more easily. If the strand doesn't sink, and floats on top of the water, this means that you have low porosity hair.
Now that we’ve explained what low porosity means and ways you can test to see the porosity of your own hair, we can now dive into ways to help combat constant dryness and tips to finding the right hair products for you.
Find products with a lot of ‘slip’
One of the constant battles of low porosity hair is dryness. Finding products that have a lot of ‘slip’ (lubricated hair products) means that you won't have to struggle with how wet your hair may get after a wash and go or whenever you wash your hair. The more moisture within a hair product, the better.
Key tip: Stay away from the conditioners with sulfates and parabens as they further dry out your hair shaft and prevent moisture from coming in.
Play around with products and see what works for you
Playing around with products is one of the most important steps when dealing with low porosity hair. It’s important to test out all of your options and to see what works best.
Invest in expensive hair products (it may hurt the pockets, but it’s worth it)
Much like the food we eat, or the quality of water we drink, one of the best ways to combat low porosity hair is by feeding it love. Most of the time when our hair acts up, regardless of what porosity it is, it may mean that your hair is trying to tell you that it doesn't like the products you're using- making it more difficult to maintain if you do have low porosity hair. Investing in good products is the safest bet for longer wash and go's and combating the constant annoyances of low porosity hair types.
Use more treatments than hair oils
Think of a hair oil as lip gloss, it only adds shine without providing the necessary moisture. And although hair oils vary brand to brand, it's vital that you feed your hair with the proper nutrients it needs.
Steam your hair
Steam is one of the best ways to fight against dryness. Whether for five minutes or 30 minutes, try taking a hot shower with your hair fully out. The steam from the shower will help to penetrate the hair shaft, making it easier to maintain and helping to strengthen longer-lasting wash and go's.
Stay away from heavy products
Heavy products will only block the hair shaft from receiving the moisture it needs. It can be tough to stay away from thicker products, however, it’s vital for preventing product buildup which is an important characteristic with low porosity hair types.
Invest in water-based products
Water-based products are the best way to help treat low porosity hair. By investing in water-based products, your hair will stay moisturized and your routine will be stress free.
Switch out your pillowcase often
It’s important that you switch out your pillowcase to prevent product and oil buildup which can make it harder to moisturize your hair. You can even opt-in for a silk/satin pillowcase to help retain natural oils and moisture.
Dedicate a day for hair care treatment once a week
Deep conditioning treatments will help extreme hair dryness and combat against split ends.
Be intentional about your hair routine
Show your hair some love every now and then with your hair routine and remain intentional with how you treat and care for your hair.