Natural Hair 101 Series

Part 4: Understanding low porosity hair

Many natural haired girls have fallen prey to the many marketing strategies of product retailers who promises that their products can put their hair into tip top shape. Ask me, I know. Been there, done that! You end up with a cupboard full of products and marital problems cos your husband doesn’t understand why you got to get every product on the shelve.

Let’s go back to the beginning
We have learnt that the condition of our cuticles determines the condition of our hair. We also understand that the cuticle is transparent cells that overlaps each other similar to that of the scales of the fish. The cuticle serves as a protection to the middle layer.

The signs of low porosity hair
If you have low porosity hair it means that your cuticles are closed. As a result of this you may find that no matter how much moisture you apply to your hair, it never seem to get absorbed fully. Product just sits on your hair causing build up. Your hair may look healthy but it lacks elasticity and/or volume.

This can be very frustrating as you may be following a proper hair care routine and use the best products but you don’t see any difference or growth in your hair. To avoid this, you need to know how to care for your low porosity hair and which products brings out the best in your hair.

We have established that our hair needs moisture to be healthy but if we have stubborn cuticles like that of low porosity hair, adding moisture can be tough.

Here is the best way to care for your low porosity hair:


  • Since low porosity hair is prone to product build up, do not skip the shampoo
  • Co-washing is not a plan.
  • Clarify your hair regularly by using a great clarifying shampoo or apple cider vinegar
  • Bentonite clay treatment is also a good way to clarify the hair.


  • After applying your conditioner, cover your hair with a shower cap or hot towel.
  • You can also heat up your conditioner before applying it to your wet hair. The heat will open up the cuticle which in turn will let in the moisture.
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  • Be sure to use lighter oils that will just not sit on top of your hair.
  • Great examples of these oils are grape seed, argan, jojoba, avocado and sweet almond oils.

Other products & METHODS

  • Don’t use leave in conditioners too often.
  • If the leave in appears to be too thick, add a little water to thin it out.
  • Steer clear of too much protein as low porosity hair is protein sensitive. Rather do deep conditioning treatments instead.
  • Don’t use to many products, layering product will cause build up which will prevent moisture being absorbed through your hair.
  • Always apply moisture to damp hair
  • Rinse with warm water to open up the cuticles. Moisture will then easily be absorbed.

I hope this information helps you understand and care for your hair better. Getting to know your hair is a process that requires many trials and errors. Don’t give up, you’ll get there eventually.

Till later


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