You Must Use These 4 Products If You Have Low Porosity Hair | Elemo Hair
Oct 25, 2022
Without a doubt, low porosity hair can be tricky and frustrating to work with, especially when it comes to what products to use and which not to use. Low-porosity natural hair can tend to feel dry and distressed because it locks out moisture which the hair needs to stay pliable and replenish its elasticity.
Protein can be a huge enemy for low porosity hair as a rule of thumb which makes great conditioners kinda hard to find. Here we will list 4 types of products that can be beneficial for those with low-porosity strands.
1. BAKING SODA
Baking soda, when used as a treatment, can be a low-porosity girl’s best friend. You might already understand that low porosity strands equals closed shut cuticles. The obvious problem with this is that it prevents moisture from getting into the hair shaft and any products that you may use on your hair will probably not have an effect on your strands because none of the goodies from the products can penetrate the hair shaft.
This is where alkaline treatments, such as baking soda, can save the day. Alkaline products slightly lift the hair cuticles, which is excellent for low-porosity hair strands because it allows for your conditioners and moisturizers to be effective.
HOW TO USE:
To make a baking soda treatment for low porosity hair, take about 1 tablespoon of baking soda and combine it with some conditioner. The amount of conditioner you need will depend on the thickness and length of your hair. Apply to your hair, cover with a plastic cap, and let it sit for about 30-40 minutes. Rinse from your hair thoroughly.
This treatment can be done fortnightly or monthly. Doing the treatment more than this can potentially increase the porosity of your hair too much so be careful not to overdo it.
2. A HIGHLY MOISTURIZING HUMECTANT LEAVE-IN CONDITIONER
When it comes to low-porosity hair, or any type of hair for that matter, super moisturizing products are your best bet. The challenge which you may have is figuring out a way to increase your absorption levels to ensure that you are getting the benefits to be had from them.
Glycerine* or honey* are humectants and when mixed with water and other goodies are a great way for low porosity hair to get its much-needed moisture.
If you want to opt for a natural route, you can create your own yummy glycerine* spray by filling up a spray bottle 1/4 of the way with vegetable glycerin and the other 3/4 of the bottle with water. You can add a little rosewater or a few drops of an essential oil for fragrance and you have yourself a wonderful moisturizing hair spray.
HOW TO USE:
Products that contain humectants, can be most beneficial when used on freshly washed damp hair before the cuticles have a chance to close. This ensures that the product will be absorbed into the cuticle and provide the aforementioned benefits.
3. PROTEIN-FREE CONDITIONERS
It is a foregone conclusion that the building blocks of hair is protein and if you have fine hair you NEED protein. You might think it contradictory to use protein-free products especially if you happen to be low-porosity with fine to medium hair strands. The truth is that low porosity hair absolutely still needs protein but can go for longer periods without it.
Protein-free conditioners are beneficial for those of us with low-porosity hair because using these conditioners can prevent the possible buildup that protein can cause on the already closed cuticles of low porosity hair.
This way we can get the moisturizing and emollient benefits of conditioners without the brittle and drying effect that comes with the overuse of protein.
HOW TO USE:
You can use protein-free conditioners just as you would use any other conditioner and always use a heat source when you deep condition and this encourages the cuticles to open and better absorb your conditioner.
4. LIGHT CREAMS, OILS, AND SEALANTS
Is your hair struggling with heavy sealants like castor oil, shea butter, or petroleum-based grease? If this is the case then you have to choose WHEN you use your preferred sealants.
As we have mentioned a few times before, low porosity hair understands the assignment a little too well when it comes to keeping cuticle openings closed that would have otherwise allowed natural moisturization to occur. This means that once your hair has dried after wash day, your cuticles are shut tight so applying a heavy sealant at this time will leave your hair greasy but dry.
HOW TO USE:
To make heavy sealants like butters* work for you, try to use them on freshly washed and moisturized, damp hair. By using heavy sealants in this manner, you can prevent your hair from being overly greasy but still be super soft for a few days.
During your daily moisturizing sessions, you will want to err on the side of using lighter hair milks or lotions that won’t weigh your hair down.
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