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It can be challenging to moisturize low porosity hair. Many naturals say that dry hair is their biggest problem. Dealing with dry natural hair can be very frustrating. Who does not want moisturized, healthy growing hair?
Porosity is defined as the hair’s ability to absorb and retain moisture. Hair porosity is divided into three categories, low, medium and high. When I come across low porosity naturals, they are usually in the hair type 4 category. Their hair is kinky, coily, has major shrinkage and is dry. Dryness sucks! If the hair is left dry for prolonged periods of time, this does more damage than good. Breakage can begin to occur.
How would you know if you have low porosity hair? Take a test. The test that I am going to share with you is the water test.
You will need:
- A bowl or cup
- Fill your bowl or cup with water (leave at least 1-1/2 inches of room from the top).
- Take your hair strand and place in the water.
- Wait 4 minutes
- Check where your hair strand is in the water.
If your hair is still floating on top of the water, this is a great indication that water is unable to get into the cuticles of the hair strands. This can also be contributed to products being on the hair. If you think you may have product build-up, doing a bentonite clay hair detox can remove it.
I have low porosity hair, what now?
There isn’t anything wrong with having low porosity hair so do not panic! I also have low porosity hair, so I can vouch for the following techniques.
Incorporating heat into my hair care regimen has helped a lot with my low porosity hair. When I say heat, I am not referring to the flat iron or anything of that nature.
Here are some great ways to make heat work for you:
- Warming your conditioner before applying is a great way to help open the cuticles of the hair strands to let moisture in.
- The Green House Effect is a great way to trap in your own natural body heat. Before I became locked, I would apply my moisturizer to my hair and place a bag or plastic cap over my head and do house work or other things for an hour or so. My hair always turned out soft and moisturized. I did not have to keep moisturizing my hair throughout the day.
- Sitting under the dryer with conditioner on your hair or other conditioning natural concoctions, can help to open the cuticles of the hair strands therefor allowing moisture in.
- Hot oil treatments are beneficial as you are applying warm oil to the hair strands. Penetrating oils like coconut oil, Jamaican black castor oil and olive oil are great for hot oil treatments. This is a double plus because you have heat working for you and penetrating oils penetrating the hair strand.
Low porosity naturals must also be attentive to how the hair reacts to products. Some products may contain drying ingredients, like alcohol. Take note as to whether your moisturizer is really moisturizing or leaving your hair dry. I know we just want things to work, especially if we have spent top dollar for it, but sometimes things will not work no matter how many times you try it, and we must accept that. A great way to get rid of those products is to product swap with someone.
Low porosity hair can be challenging but by incorporating these easy techniques, you can master your low porosity hair and rock your natural in confidence.