Low Porosity Hair
What Is Low Porosity Hair?
Low porosity is when the cuticles of your hair are tightly sealed making it difficult for moisture to be absorbed and products to penetrate your hair shaft.
Characteristics Of Low Porosity
- Products tend to build up on the surface rather than absorb.
- Hair may take longer to dry.
- Hair does not easily saturate when water is applied.
- Protein treatments can leave hair brittle and/or stiff.
- Hair has a hard time processing color.
How To Care For Your Low Porosity Hair
- Clarify your hair!!! We can't be afraid to clarify our hair because we don't like the "squeaky" clean feel. All hair types, especially low porosity has to remove product buildup in order for your hair to thrive.
- Use heat or steamer. When applying your conditioner, allow it to penetrate your hair strands by sitting under a hooded dryer, steamer, thermal cap, or steam from a shower for 20 minutes. Allow to cool before rinsing your conditioner out.
- DO NOT RINSE HAIR WITH COOL WATER!!! We all have heard about rinsing your hair with cool water to close and seal your hair cuticles but low porosity hair needs the opposite. Rinsing hair with warm water keeps your hair cuticles open so your products for styling can penetrate your hair shaft.
- Avoid silicone and heavy oils/butters. These ingredients can cause build up on low porosity hair which can lead to dry hair and less length retention.
- Low porosity hair tends to hate protein treatments but our hair requires a good protein/moisture balance. Use a light protein treatment like our Milk Strengthening Deep Conditioner every 6 to 8 weeks. Try to stay away from leave in conditioners and stylers that contain protein.
Hope these tips are helpful to you and don't forget, always pay attention to hair and maintain a healthy hair care regimen!