Low Porosity

Tuesday, April 19th, 2016

I didn’t understand why my hair was so dry. No products seemed to work. My curls broke off and just stopped growing. I couldn’t figure it out. When I revealed my problem on the web and on social media people reached out and said find out your porosity level.

I am old school and just tried various products and took it from there. However there is such a thing called low porosity and high porosity hair. After some research I took the hair strand test (on clean hair) using a glass of water and discovered that my hair is low porosity because my strand floated on top of the water.

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Porosity is the hair’s ability to absorb and maintain moisture. Because my porosity is low my hair cuticles are closed and moisture has a hard time getting in and staying in. According to the research I did below are some of the things people with low porosity hair should always do.

  • Moisturize hair when it is damp or dry. NOT wet. By doing this hair cuticles will open for moisture.
  • Deep condition with heat.
  • Use a clarifying shampoo. This is something I didn’t do because of the dry climate I live in.
  • Rinse using warm water
  • Use light oils such as olive oil or grape seed oil. This is something I didn’t do as well because of the dry climate.
  • Be careful using proteins. So should I stop using raw eggs on my hair?

After some more reserch I now know Shea Moisture has a line for low porosity hair. I plan to use it quickly.

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2 Responses to “Low Porosity”

  1. Shannon says:
    June 1st, 2016 at 11:27 AM

    Thanks for this. I did the strand test last night and I have low porosity hair, too. Will have to try this Shea Moisture line.

  2. Permed to Natural says:
    June 2nd, 2016 at 12:30 PM

    I have to order the products online. I couldn’t find them in Albuquerque. If you do please let me know.

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