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Low porosity is a term that’s used to describe how well your hair is able to absorb and retain moisture and oils.

With low porosity hair, the cuticles tend to overlap each other and are tightly packed together. Because there are no spaces between the cuticles, it makes it harder for water, as well as products like oils and conditioners, to deliver moisture to the hair shaft.


If you have low porosity hair, you may find that hair products tend to sit on your hair instead of being absorbed.

For instance, you may apply an oil or moisturizer to the ends of your hair. Half an hour later, you may notice that the product is still on the surface of your hair. It may even come off on your fingers if you touch it.

When you have low porosity hair, you may be tempted to apply a larger quantity of a product, or more than one hair product at a time, in an effort to saturate your hair.

But because the cuticles are so close together, not much product will penetrate, no matter how much you apply.

The key is to find products that have the right formulation for low porosity hair. These products will have ingredients that can more easily penetrate your hair.


1.  Clarify your hair. Low porosity hair is prone to having product build up. Build up + shingle tight cuticles = sad dry hair. Use a clarifying shampoo to remove the build up and give your hair a fresh start.

2. Bentonite Clay has been well known to help remove product build up that has come from using chemical based products on African American hair.  If you are unable to avoid use of chemical products you will want to clarify your hair before using natural products as your regimen.

3. Condition with heat/steam. It is important to open your cuticle a bit to deep condition your hair properly.  Any good moisturizing condition can be a deep conditioner.  By using heat you are assured that the cuticle layers will lift so the interior of your strands are moisturized.


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    March 11, 2020 at 8:54 am
  • Medhelpsis.Com

    Finally, don’t apply products to your hair when it’s soaking wet; let your hair dry a bit first. As water evaporates, it makes space for the active ingredients in your hair care products to penetrate.

    May 11, 2020 at 12:05 pm

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