What the heck is low porosity hair and why is everyone talking about it?

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Man oh man, we love hair jargon. No seriously, hair jargon is like a hair jungle and it can be a little overwhelming at times. Got your popcorn ready? Let’s talk low porosity.

What the heck is low porosity hair and why does everyone keep talking about it?

Have you ever struggled to retain moisture? I mean, really struggled? You spray your hair and like 5 minutes later it’s already dry?

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Well, hair porosity is basically the structure of your hair strand. Think of it like a tiled roof with layers. Low porosity hair is flat and protects the house from rain. High porosity is completely flooded. Medium porosity allows a little moisture in.

So what can you do to help your hair? 

1. For Low-Porosity, Just add H20

Nothing like a glass of cold water on an extremely hot day right? What about your hair? Don’t forget that the number one moisturizer is government juice. You can also give Supermelanin Daily Spritz a try. Make sure that with whatever moisturizer you use, the first ingredient is listed as H20.

2. Clarify With a Good Shampoo

Low porosity is known for product build up, which means you need to shampoo your hair with a clarifiying shampoo i.e. a shampoo that cleans the strands of any build up or dirt. Our go-to is African black soap. You can also wash with Apple cider vinegar or bentonite clay mask.

3. Bring on the heat: Use heat when deep conditioning

Low porosity hair doesn’t absorb moisture easily, so when you are deep conditioning wrap your hair in a plastic for 30 minutes or overnight.

Do this once a week. Do it. Some people even warm their conditioner for easier absorption. Have you tried this natural hack? Let us know how it goes!

4. Seal in that moisture 

Seal in moisture using humectants like honey, glycerine and shea butter go a long way with low-porosity hair. You already know how much we love glycerine.

(oh, you don’t? Click here to catch up!). Humectants attract moisture to the hair, but in the winter they can release moisture to the air, so try to dilute your glycerine in the colder months.

And that’s it.

Ladies, how do you moisturize your hair?

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