Moisturizing your low porosity hair

Hair Care

Moisturizing your low porosity hair

If you read my post about knowing your hair type, you must have come across a test for hair porosity as well. Hair porosity is the ability of the hair shaft to...

If you read my post about knowing your hair type, you must have come across a test for hair porosity as well. Hair porosity is the ability of the hair shaft to absorb and retain water/moisture. This happens because the hair shaft is more tightly packed and won’t just let anything in without some effort. We also came to the conclusion that low porosity hair is a problem child of sorts, one who is not without solution.

I have low porosity hair so I have had to deal with the perils of moisturising. After throwing out my cotton pillowcases (they love my moisture more than I do!) I started looking for ways my hair would always be moisturised and ready to go.

So without further ado, here are the simple tactics you can use to get around the challenge that is low porosity hair.


When moisturizing natural hair, you must have come across these acronyms. L stands for Liquid or leave in, C stands for Cream (even butter lies here) and O is for Oil. Now when you see how they are arranged you notice one regimen ends with oil and another ends with cream. For low porosity hair, it is more advisable to end with the oil so that it seals in all the moisture provided by the liquid and the cream.

Pre Poo:

This is a life changer! Pre pooing is an extra step to wash day that starts, before the shampooing. This is done by simply adding some sort of oil or treatment while your hair is still dry and dirty, keeping it in for a while (like 30 minutes or an hour) preferably in heated environment. If heat from steam of a hooded cap isn’t available, simply wrapping the hair in a towel (while it’s in a shower cap) can do the trick. It makes hair more receptive to moisture, with more slip so it’s easier to manipulate while you wash it.

Heat conditioning:

When you have cleansed and shampooed the hair, deep conditioning usually happens then and should happen at the very least once a week. The trick with this is, have the deep conditioner heated up. This works best if you’re doing your washing from a place that doesn’t have a steamer or a dryer. Have the portion of deep conditioner warmed up (not too hot though!) and apply to your scalp and cover with your trusty shower cap. 30 minutes from then you’ll be telling me about how you have the softest hair to ever exist, and that Rapanzel is jealous of your curls. Spoiler alert: she would be if she could see you now.

Sleep in satin:

Satin is the ultimate moisture helper. Many of us can attest to having cotton beddings, which is not necessarily a bad thing, but it is detrimental to your hair. See, cotton will absorb all the moisture you worked so hard to attain and so the best way to prevent this is to go satin. Whether you are buying a bonnet, a satin scarf or a pillowcase, satin will have you sliding around in your own moisture because it wants NO PARTS! This will have you waking up in our previously mentioned Rapanzel mode.

Clarify from build up:

Natural hair goes through quite a lot. You put everything on it from holding gel to edge control and butters and the like. Take time to relieve it from this burden, your low porosity hair will thank you. Cleaning the scalp may not have to include shampoo all the time, sometimes you could do a co-wash before your regular wash day. (co-wash includes washing hair with just regular degular conditioner, so it doesn’t dry out) you can get the buildup out of there and have your hair feeling light and ready to receive more moisture! Yayy!

Use water based moisturizers:

As we have established, “water is life” for your hair. Therefore it is heavily recommended that you moisturize with some water sprinkled in orrrrrr just buy a water based moisturizer. This is why I love my Kentaro tea tree oil leave in conditioner; it is light and watery and yet provides my hair with whatever it needs (read: water)

Use lighter Vs heavier oils:

When moisturizing your hair, it’s best to choose lighter oils so as not to weigh down the hair with products. Coconut, olive, castor oil are sometimes too heavy and don’t absorb easily. Argan oil, grape seed oil and almond oil however, are much better for your moisturizing regimen.

Flatlay of olive oil, Kentaro Tea Tree oil leave in conditioner and cantu shea butter moisturising cream, with green tea
photo credit: Fundamentally Love

Hope this brings clarity to taking care of your low porosity hair! It might seem like a lot but that is much better than doing what won’t have your hair in the right state.

With love,

4C Mami.

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