The cuticles of low porosity hair lie flat, are very tight or compacted. Because of this, the cuticle will most likely not allow for liquid, air, chemical treatments or product to penetrate the hair shaft. This can cause product build up because the product is just sitting on your hair. The cuticles are not opened enough for the cortex to receive the hydration and moisture that it needs. The key for low porosity hair is that it needs hydration and moisture.
Solutions for Low Porosity Hair
1. Wash with a clarifying shampoo.
If you're now finding out that you have low porosity hair, most likely you've been packing your hair with products to moisturize only to realize that your hair will not stay moisturized. So you put on my more products to moisturize your hair. Your cuticles are closed and not allowing any product to penetrate. This is causing product build up. A clarifying shampoo helps to remove product build up. Shampoo bars are also great for those with low porosity hair. Shampoo bars which are true soaps are on the alkaline side of the pH scale. So be careful not to use Alkaline Ingredients that are high in pH because this will make the cuticles porous possibly causing damage to your hair. Most shampoo bars have a pH of 10, however our shampoo bars have a pH of 8. This allows for the bar to be gentle and mild, at the same time getting rid of any build up your hair may have accumulated throughout the week.
2. Warm Water Rinse
Washing and rinsing with Warm Water will open the cuticles allowing for necessary ingredients to penetrate the hair shaft. Do not perform any cold water rinses at this moment because cold water will close the cuticles.
3. Deep Conditioners
Use a deep conditioner that will moisturize and give vitality to your hair. Apply your deep conditioner with heat by sitting under a dryer with a plastic cap or steamer (without a plastic cap) for 10-15 minutes. The heat will open up the pores allowing conditioner to penetrate the hair shaft. Your hair should feel moisturized and soft. You can perform a deep conditioning treatment once a week, biweekly or monthly. I, in fact, deep condition my hair at least once a week with steam.
Use Conditioners that are light at this time. Like a hair milk that will penetrate to the cortex of the hair. You want to stay away from heavy products that will just sit on the hair.
4. Hot Oil Treatments
Hot Oil Treatments may be used to moisturize and repair damaged hair Heat oil and massage into hair and scalp. Sit under a dryer or wrap hair with warm towel and/or plastic cap. Leave in for 10 minutes or as long as needed. This can be performed weekly, biweekly or monthly depending on you hair's condition.
Heat is not evil. However, if you apply it way too often, it can cause damage to your hair. When heat or steam is applied to your low porosity hair, the heat will open the cuticles. Ways to open the cuticles with heat are to sit under a heated dryer while deep conditioning or doing a hot oil treatment. You can also sit under a steamer as well. If you don't have a dryer or steamer, you can use a blow dryer, applying it to each section of your head for about 3 minutes. If you need that air to circulate more, put a bonnet on and place the blowdryer through the cap. Be careful not to burn yourself.
7. Baggy Method
The baggy method involves you applying a moisturizing products to your hair and then covering it with a plastic bag to create humidity. You may keep the bag on until water vapors form. This process will allow your hair to absorb moisture.
Co-Washing your low porosity hair is not a good idea because co-washing may cause product build up. Dirt and dust from the environment are building up on your throughout the week. If you're usually co-washing on top of that, the product is just going to sit on top along with the dirt you've accumulated throughout the week. You really need to properly cleanse your hair with a clarifying shampoo so that your deep conditioner or other moisturizing products can penetrate to the cortex of your hair.
9. Do not apply thick/heavy oils and butters
Applying thick/heavy oils and butters to your low porosity hair most likely will not penetrate the hair shaft due to closed cuticles. They will just sit on your hair causing build up and weighing down your hair. Instead, use light oils, like Jojoba, Coconut or light butter.
10. Apply Moisture to Damp Hair
Apply moisturizing products to damp hair and not wet hair. When you apply product to wet hair, the moisturizing ingredients are going to compete with the water that is on your strands. And as a result, not enough product will penetrate the hair shaft. This way, water is able to penetrate the cuticle followed by your product.
We created this system to take the guesswork out of choosing the right products for your low porosity hair. The Low Porosity Hair Care System cleanses, repairs, moisturizes and protects your hair in 4 easy steps consisting of vegetables, herbs and other light ingredients. This system helps to opening your hair's cuticles so that these ingredients can penetrate the cortex of your hair. This brings in moisture and hydration eliminating dry, damage or brittle hair. Leaves your hair feeling soft, shiny and flexible.