DO YOU HAVE LOW POROSITY HAIR?
Does your hair seem to always be dry no matter what you do?
Do products seem to buildup on your hair easily or sit on top of your hair and never fully absorb?
Does it takes your hair FOREVER to dry?
When you used to get a relaxer did it never “take”?
If you can relate to those last four questions, then you more than likely have low porosity hair. For many people, dealing with their low porosity hair is extremely frustrating. I’ve heard so many women threaten to go back to the creamy crack because it is just too difficult to figure out. No worries! I’m writing this article for you all out there!
In the previous article, (click here to read) I listed 3 methods in which you can test the porosity of your hair and the different levels of porosity: low, normal and high. In this article I’ve compiled a list of tips and methods to use in each step of your hair care routine if you have low porosity hair. Keep scrolling for more info.
-Use shampoo to clarify your hair. It can be a sulfate free shampoo, but you need products to effectively clean your hair of buildup each time you wash.
-DO NOT CO-WASH!!! Co-washing is possibly the worst thing your can do for low porosity hair. You are literally suffocating your hair strands, preventing moisture and nutrients from penetrating your hair.
-Use very warm water, it will help open up the cuticles of your hair and let in moisture.
Product Suggestion: Shea Moisture Low Porosity Shampoo
-Use heat to deep condition to open the cuticle. Using a plastic cap and sitting under a dryer, steaming your hair or one of those thermal caps.
-Use baking soda to help open the hair cuticle it's alkaline and has a pH of about 8.3. Baking soda can be added to conditioner and/or shampoo.
-Use a protein free conditioner.
Product Suggestion: Shea Moisture Low Porosity Conditioner
-Use the LCO method (leave in , cream, oil) NOT the LOC method (leave-in, oil, cream).
-Stay away from products that have a low pH (acidic). Products with a low pH smooth the cuticle and prevents moisture from penetrating your hair strands. Examples: Vinegar, rice water, lemon juice, aloe vera juice.
-Use liquid leave in’s instead of cream leave in’s. Typically leave in’s that have a spray nozzle have a great thin consistency that suits low porosity hair well.
Product suggestions: Mielle Organics White Peony Leave In and Carol’s Daughter Almond Milk Leave In.
-Use light oils such as sweet almond oil, grape seed oil or jojoba oils.
-Use humectants to seal moisture into the hair. Some examples of humectants are: honey, glycerin and agave nectar.
Product suggestion: TGIN Butter Cream
Hopefully this article was helpful. If you have low porosity hair share some tips of your own in the comment section below. Remember to LIKE , SHARE AND SUBSCRIBE to this blog.
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