Today I’m discussing the best method for moisturizing low porosity hair.
What is Low Porosity Hair?
All hair is porous but porosity level is impacted by the amount of damage done to the cuticle layer. High porosity generally has more damage to the cuticles, thus it absorbs water quicker but also loses it equally as fast, making it hard to keep it moisturized! Low porosity hair generally has less damage to the cuticles and is slower to absorb water but holds on to moisture for longer periods, making it easy to keep hair moisturized after it reaches ultimate hydration.
Is Low Porosity Hair a Bad Thing?
Frustrating, yes. Bad, no. As previously stated, low porosity hair just means it takes hair a little longer to absorb product and achieve ultimate hydration. It’s definitely not a bad thing.
How to Moisturize Low Porosity Hair
The best way to moisturize low porosity hair is through a simple regimen that keeps product buildup to a minimum and infuse moisture to the hair on wash day. Using a sulfate shampoo is a great way to remove buildup which will allow your deep conditioner to work properly. Using heat with your deep conditioner for 15 to 30 minutes will open the cuticles to allow product to deeply penetrate in your hair.
When applying your leave ins, you should consider using a layering method. The LOC method is really popular. That method hydrates the hair in layers with using a liquid product, oil and a creamy moisturizer. My hair responded well to the LOC method when I was relaxed. However, now that I’m transitioning, I prefer the LCB method. This method consists of a liquid product, cream moisturizer and butter based product.
Be Strategic In How You Apply Product
The key to moisturizing is to wait in between each product application to allow your hair time to absorb the product you’ve applied. I wait about 5 minutes between each product layer to ensure my hair fully absorbs each product before moving on to the next one.
•Apply Liquid (wait 5 minutes)
•Apply Creamy Moisturizer (wait 5 minutes)
•Apply Hair Butter
My hair really absorbs moisture now that I allow it to deeply penetrate into my hair with each step. This wait period works so much better than saturating the hair with all products at the same time which only led to damp hair that was not properly hydrated.