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What is Low Porosity Curly Hair And How To Treat It?

The low porosity hair means that the hair cannot absorb moisture and water easily because the hair cuticles, which are the hair strands’ outer layer, are tightly close to each other. Still, once they absorb moisture or water, the hair with low porosity will maintain it for a longer time.

Maybe after hearing that about low porosity hair, you will be scared of having this type; it needs more effort to moisturize your curls well, isn’t that? Ok, to be honest, it requires some special tips to do that. But on the other hand, if you have this porous type, you can enjoy the shiny, strong look. Also, you won’t be worried about sealing the moisture into your hair; your hair’s tightly closed cuticles will do this task.

What are the characteristics of low porosity curly hair?

Porosity, like all properties of hair, gives it its different characteristics. We can also count it as a compass to know the best way to deal with your hair.

Magnified image of low-porosity hair
Magnified image of low-porosity hair

It doesn’t get soaking wet easily & need a long time to dry

When you get into the shower with your low porosity, it usually will take a while to get your hair totally wet, and It does not saturate easily when moistened, that’s because of cuticles that tend to overlap each other and tightly packed together.

Besides that, your hair may take forever to dry, either if you try diffusing or air-dry unless using heat, but that is not recommended due to the side effects of heat, it may also increase your hair’s porousness. 

Build-up easily

Since moisturizers and water have difficulty penetrating the hair with low porosity, it is also normal for the rest of the products to have the same difficulty. Mostly girls with low porosity will face product build-up more than other porosity types.

How to treat low porosity curly hair?

Low porosity hair builds up easily, does not saturate easily when moistened, and needs a long time to dry. These are the most important ideas we most rely on to choose a routine that suits the low porosity curly hair. Here are some tips you can follow to make your routine work well with your hair porosity:

Clarifying is an essential step

Hair with low porosity tends to accumulate products; those build-ups will leave your hair dull, dry, and greasy. Clarifying your curly hair will strip all build-up products, so it is very important to take this step from time to time at least once to twice a month, or you can depend on your hair needs. 

Use clarifying shampoo; if you follow CGM, you can look for a free-sulfate clarifying shampoo. If you prefer to use homemade recipes, you can try apple cider vinegar instead of clarifying shampoo.

Low-poo is better than no-poo

Relaying on co-wash may increase the product’s build-up problem and make your hair look so greasy; even if you clarify your hair constantly, you may still have the same problem; the best solution here is to replace the no-poo “co-wash” with low-poo.

Note: despite the importance of clarifying, that doesn’t mean you have to clarify your hair too much unless you want problems like dryness and damaged hair. 

Deep conditioning 

While the hair cuticles in low porosity hair are tightly closed, you need to constantly give your hair deep conditioning treatment to ensure that your hair strands absorb the required moisture. We will discuss this tip in detail in the next paragraph. 

Don’t use too many products 

Exaggerating by using many products for better results will layer those products on the hair strands, wight down the curls, prevent it from absorbing any moisture, and get build-up easily. 

Avoid products with heavy ingredients

Heavy ingredients like oil, butter, silicon, and waxes are hard for low porosity hair because they will add unnecessary weight to the hair and cover the build-up on your hair strands, and lead to dryness. 

How to moisturize low porosity curly hair?

The first step you should take before applying moisturizing products on your low porosity curly hair is to choose the right and suitable products for your hair naturally, then you can search about methods to well moisturize your curls. 

  • Apply deep conditioners with heat: after shampooing your scalp, apply your deep conditioner on your hair and cover it with a shower cap to make sure that the conditioner will penetrate your hair, then apply heat using a hooded dryer.
  • Try the greenhouse method/buggy method: after applying a deep conditioner, cover your head with a plastic cap, or simply you can use a plastic bag, then wrap it with a towel or hair turban and left it overnight. This method will help the hair cuticle to spread slightly apart, allowing the moisture to penetrate the hair strands.  
  • Use water-based leave-in: after deep conditioning, your hair ruins it, then apply leave-in conditioner, but it’s better to avoid leave-in with protein because it will likely build up on your hair, instead of that look for leave-in with a lightweight moisturizer or hair milk with humectants.

What products are best for low porosity hair?

I won’t give you a fish, but I’ll teach you how to fish. Therefore, I will not provide you with a list of products that suit the hair’s low porosity, but rather I will inform you about the ingredients that must be available in these products so that you have many options that you can try yourself.

  • Humectant: vegetable glycerin, honey, and aloe vera juice.
  • Light oils: apricot kernel oil, argan oil, grapeseed oil, and sweet almond oil.
  • Limit using protein because it can cause build-up easily. 

Is low hair porosity bad?

No, it is not; low porosity hair isn’t bad. But some curly girls think that low porosity is bad because it doesn’t absorb moisture easily, ok, may that make it difficult to moisturize the hair but also low porosity hair is the most one can look shiny, healthy, and strong if you treat it the right way. 

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