Moisturize Low Porosity Hair
Are you struggling to understand why your beautiful low porosity hair always feels dry?
Does it feel like no matter what you do — add water, gel, leave-in conditioner — nothing seems to change?
And when you look at your recent Google search history, do you notice you’ve searched several variations of the question “how to moisturize low porosity hair“ over and over again?
If you consider your hair to be naturally dry and there’s nothing you can do to change that, think again!
We’re here to help you change all of that and offer you the keys to keep your hair moisturized daily!
Are you ready?
Keep reading :)
Heat is your wash day BFF
Before you attempt anything on low porosity hair, it’s important to understand what makes hair ‘low porosity.’
Low porosity hair means you have a closed shaft structure that forms the cuticle layer of your hair.
Because of this, you have to be strategic with low porosity hair, and force those hair shafts open to receive water.
When you have low porosity hair, heat is the key — warm water during your wash. Deep conditioning with a heated cap or steamer. Warm water when you apply products.
It’s all about heat to keep your hair shaft open to receive hydration.
We highly suggest that you begin a weekly wash routine that includes the use of a gentle cleansing shampoo.
You see, keeping your low porosity hair clean is a key component of maintaining high levels of moisture on a daily basis.
If you’re not cleansing your beautiful hair weekly and you’re instead piling on products such as creams, butters, moisturizers, oils etc., you’re creating a barrier of product build up on your hair.
And this product build up barrier is where the trouble lies, because this will seal in dryness.
Basically, you’re coating your hair with layer after layer of product… so water can’t penetrate your hair strands.
It is important to remember that low porosity hair has a natural ability to be resistant to hydration because of the closed shaft structure that forms the cuticle layer of a low porosity hair strand.
Couple this natural resistance to absorbing water with an added layer of product build up and you have a recipe for hair that rejects hydration completely… A.K.A. dry hair!
So make sure that you thoroughly cleanse your hair before applying any additional product.
Weekly/bi-weekly deep conditioning
Now that your hair is clean, it’s time to introduce what we like to call the moisture drench effect!
Deep conditioning low porosity hair is such a remarkable way to combat dryness, keeping your curls luscious and moist all day long.
In fact, when moisturizing low porosity hair, it’s best to use a deep conditioner with humectants like glycerin or honey.
Humectants work to pull water in from the air, keeping your hair hydrated even after you’ve finished wash day.
Also, you’ll want to be consistent with your deep conditioning routine, so be sure to add this to your routine at least every other week for best results.
And to really kick your deep conditioning experience up a notch, we suggest the use of heat or steam to help lift up the cuticle layer.
This allows moisture to easily penetrate your lovely hair strands.
Now how you choose to utilize heat or steam is truly up to you.
We’re happy to share a couple of options to try for your next deep conditioning session.
1). With your hair uncovered, use a steamer (handheld or dome steamer will do) for about 15 - 20 minutes.
2). Start by covering your hair with a shower cap.
Allow your natural body heat to steam up the cap, or you can opt to sit under a hooded dryer or dome dryer for about 15 - 20 minutes.
Use water-based styling products
If you’ve heard it once in the curl community. you’ve heard it a zillion times.
Water is the key to healthy hair!
Therefore, it comes as no surprise that choosing water-based products is of optimal importance when daily moisture is the #GOAL.
So how do you know if a product is water-based?
Simple. Whether it be a moisturizer or gel, turn that bottle label over and if the first ingredient you see is water, then you’re off to a great start!
An added benefit about water-based products, especially water-based leave ins/moisturizers, is that they do not leave build up!
And we know how important it is for low porosity hair to avoid build up, right?
Our CurlMix Co-founder and CEO Kim Lewis shares this in CurlMix University:
“Water-based moisturizers can contain a combination of water, nourishing oils, conditioning agents, and humectants to provide a light, permeable seal that allows your hair to absorb moisture from the air.”
For low porosity hair, you’ll want a combo kit that offers conditioning qualities to nourish and hydrate your hair, because hydrated hair is healthy, water-filled hair.
Check out this video featuring our CurlMix Co-founder Kim Lewis!
Use Lightweight OIls
We have to be honest and share… while oil is good for hair of all porosities, types and textures, it is not a moisturizer!
Remember water is the only thing that can hydrate your hair.
Moisturizing products help enhance the effectiveness of water in your hair. They do not seal water in, but rather, they give water a magaboost to go to work.
However, oils are excellent moisture sealants because they have the ability to lock in the moisture you achieve when your hair has been thoroughly hydrated with water.
Should you decide to add an oil into your low porosity hair routine, it’s best to go with a lightweight oil.
For instance, a lightweight oil like Jojoba Oil has the ability to absorb into hair strands, easily providing a healthier environment for growth and increased moisture levels.
Or, Sweet Almond Oil, which is also easily absorbed in the hair and has the added benefit of conditioning the follicles making the hair more healthy.
Check out our article Why You Should Be Doing Hot Oil Treatments and How to Do Them for our 7-Step hot oil treatment tips!
Pro tip: Hair oils/serums form a protective layer on your hair and are a great way to seal in your moisture.
However, be sure that you are thoroughly washing your hair each week when using oils or serums, to keep your hair from being dehydrated under that protective layer of oil.
So there you have it!
From now on, you know that water and hydration are interchangeable terms. However, hydration is not the same as moisture, and oils are not moisturizers.
Water is the one true life force that ensures your hair stays hydrated. Moisturizers support water, and oils lock hydration and moisture in.
And don’t forget, when you’re keeping a thorough cleansing and conditioning routine your hair will surely thank you.
Now it’s your turn!
Leave us a comment and share how you moisturize your low porosity hair!
Is your routine yielding the best results? If not, is there something we’ve shared that you could incorporate to enhance your hair journey?
We want to hear from you! :)
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