If you have low porosity hair, it means that your hair has a real difficult time allowing water and other substances into the actual hair strand.
This is a pretty commonplace thing (especially with people of specific ethnic cities and genetic backgrounds), and is a result of your hair cuticle layers simply you resisting water, liquid, and moisture more than most.
Thankfully, you’re definitely going to be able to style your low porosity hair in any way that you would like when you pay close attention to all of the inside information we are able to share with you below. There are a handful of things you’re going to be able to do to not only increase the overall porosity of your hair, but also to “cheat” your low porosity hair and give you the kind of styling capabilities you’re after in the first place.
Let’s get right into it!
You need to steam your hair first, before ANYTHING else
The first thing that you need to do when you’re dealing with low porosity hair is to “open up” those hair cuticles that would otherwise be closed off, in the best way to do that is to introduce wet heat.
Most people are aware of the fact that when their body temperature rises (or when hot-water is applied to their skin) their pores open up and relax. This also happens to the borders that are in their hair.
If you have been having a difficult time increasing the moisture level in your hair so that you’re able to style it, or if you have been having a difficult time dealing with the low porosity of your hair on a day-to-day basis and don’t want to have to fool with it so much to make it look good, you’re going to want to invest in a quality hair steamer.
Just 15 or 20 minutes with a hair steamer (or a DIY solution you cook up with a towel also in hot water and then wrapped around your hair) should relax things enough so that you can apply the styling solutions you’re after without any fear of them getting shed almost immediately afterwards.
Bag your hair to lock in moisture
Another great tip to help you deal with low porosity hair is to warm your hair up in the shower and then applying all of your moisturizers or you’re leaving conditioners at night, wrapping all of your hair in a plastic bag or with a beanie so that you can “seal in the freshness” and really allow that moisturizer to penetrate more deeply than it would have otherwise.
This is a top level that works if you were able to schedule the time to do so, and it’s a tip that can definitely help you beat even the least porous hair on the planet. It may take a little bit of time to get used to (after all, the process can be a little cumbersome at first), but it will definitely be worth it.
Definitely lather twice before you rinse out any shampoo or conditioner
A lot of people have been told to lather they are hair only once when they are in the shower so that they don’t scribble way too many elements of our essential hair oils – but when you’re dealing with low porosity hair, you’re going to want to do exactly this to open up the opportunity for your shampoo and conditioner to penetrate more thoroughly and it would have ever been able to otherwise.
If you really want to take things to the next level, get your hands on a little bit of baking soda and mix it in with your shampoo. It will be able to “cling” to individual hair components and force those shampoo and conditioner molecules to penetrate deeply into your hair over a longer block of time.
If you have never used baking soda to shampoo your hair, now is the time to learn.
Get your hands on a curl activator ASAP
The right curl activator can provide you with the kind of moisture that you’re looking for in your low porosity hair without having to risk breaking dry or damage hair along the way.
These kinds of chemical treatments can be incredibly useful when you’re going for a specific curly look, but you have to make sure that you aren’t taking things too far. Too many chemicals will damage your hair dramatically, but too few chemicals won’t penetrate into your already “not so porous” hair in the first place.
Never apply moisturizers to wet hair, only damp hair
A lot of people believe that they should apply their moisturizer directly to wet hair to lock in whatever moisture still remains, but nothing could be further from the truth.
If you try and apply moisturizer while your hair is still wet you’re only going to overload already overloaded hair follicles that have become super saturated by the water. And that means that you’ll have to wait at least a couple of minutes for your hair to either soak in the water or for most of it to dry before you apply your moisturizer.
Find the combo that works best for your low porosity hair
At the end of the day, you’re going to want to make sure that you search for the best low porosity hair combination and daily routine that gives you the kinds of results you were after in the first place.
Only you are going to be able to tell whether or not you’re headed in the right direction by the results that you have been able to produce. Don’t be afraid of experimenting, but also don’t be afraid of release cementing certain components if they prove to produce consistent and reliable results across the board.