How to Moisturize Low Porosity Hair?
Posted on 14 July 2015
Hair porosity is a key player in effectively moisturizing our hair. If you are on either end of the spectrum (low or high porosity) then you know how daunting it can seem to keep your hair moisturized. This is due to the outer layer aka cuticle of the hair. The way the cuticle of your hair lays and opens is the determining factor of your porosity.
(Image of cuticle layer representing each porosity type. Source: Google)
Lets talk about low porosity...
Hair has low porosity when the cuticle layer of the hair is tightly packed and flat. Think of it like singles on a roof. The cuticle, like shingles, are tightly nested together to protect the roof. Making it difficult for water to pass. This is the same reason people with low porosity have a hard time with their hair absorbing moisture.
(Image of roof shingles. Source: Google)
Knowing your porosity aids in bettering your selection and success rate when buying products. It helps aids in the creation of a simple regimen that is highly beneficial to your hair as well.
Deep condition with heat. It is important to open your cuticle a bit to deep condition your hair properly. By using heat you are assured that the cuticle layers will lift so the interior of your strands are moisturized.
Use greenhouse/baggy method. The method is done to create a humid environment that forces your hair to absorb moisture. The process is pretty simple. Moisturize your hair as you normally would, cover it with a plastic cap and a beanie/snug fitting hat/hair turban/towel. You can leave your hair wrapped up overnight. You will notice, when you remove the outer layer, that the plastic cap has water droplets inside of it. The droplets form because of the heat rising from your head.
Humectants are your friends. Things such as glycerin (veggie or animal), honey, agave nectar, coconut nectar, etc... gain moisture from the air and help to adhere it to your hair. Be sure the humectant you use is properly diluted. If you are unsure or don't want to do research, it is always good to use buy a product that contains a humectant. We offer the Florets & Creme as well as the Blooming Moisture Mist. Both are very well incorporated. We do not put too much glycerin into our products so it is fine to use year round.
Note: If you are creating a DIY moisturizer or buying one that has a large amount of glycerin in it, you will want to lighten up the amount of glycerin being used or discontinue use in the colder months. Winter time glycerin draws moisture out of the hair if it isn't properly diluted.
Avoid heavy styling products. Just adds unnecessary weight to the hair and contributes heavily to build up. No bueno.
Use water-based moisturizers. They work best for your hair. Some people have problems using water based leave in conditioners with aloe vera juice/gel in it. I haven't had that issue when using those items in other people's hair but if you have then avoid those items.
Avoid moisturizing wet hair. Damp hair is ideal for low pooristy hair to being moisturized. It doesn't work very well to moisturize the hair when it is completely dry because the cuticles have laid flat again.
Do not use heavy oils. Heavy oils sit on top of the hair, aren't full absorbed beyond the cuticle layer. It defeats the purpose of moisture retention and softening of the hair. Coconut oil, castor oil and olive oil, are the most commonly used heavy carrier oils in hair products. These would be oils to avoid.
Use light oils. Light weight oils are ideal for low porosity hair. Light weight oils such as apricot kernel oil, argan oil, grapeseed oil and sweet almond oil are ideal. If you like coconut oil but hate the heaviness a much lighter option is fractionated coconut oil. Jojoba oil is a medium weight oil and fine for most low porosity hair.
We will be introducing a collection of products specific to low porosity hair towards the later part of the year, or earlier depending on the interest for it. The entire collection is to cater to those that are apart of the low porosity family. It is very difficult + costly going through the trial and error phase. We will remove the guessing game for you with this collection. Additional info will be provided closer to that time.
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