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Hair care tips for low porosity hair to thrive

Here’s to all of our lo-po’s, having one of the hardest hair porosities to manage. If you’re not aware of what hair porosity you have, check out Naturally Curly’s awesome explanation. It’s important to understand your hair porosity so that you purchase the correct products for your hair and avoid things like moisture loss and product build-up. In this article, we’ll share some hair care tips to help your low porosity thrive. 

Low porosity hair is when the cuticle of the hair lays flat like tight shingles on a roof. Usually, this hair type has a harder time absorbing moisture and can be more prone to build-up than other hair types. It can be very common for someone with low porosity hair to experience heavy, dull hair due to the lack of moisture and the build-up of product that sticks to the cuticle rather than penetrating into the hair shaft. 

But don’t worry, not all is lost, my beautiful lo-po pals! With the correct products, your hair can shine and here’s three hair care tips to show you how: 

Stick to water-based styling products rather than oil-based products 

Lo-po’s need water! Because of that hair cuticle being so difficult to penetrate, you need to ensure you are using humectant-based products containing ingredients like glycerin as well as products with high water content. Avoid 100% oil-based products as these will more than likely be too heavy on the hair and won’t help with hydration. Lightweight oils like jojoba, sweet almond oil or argan are okay for low porosity hair types, but avoid heavy oils like castor and butters like shea and cocoa. 

Look for styling products that have a high water content like water-based leave-in conditioners or very lightweight cream stylers. 

Use clarifying shampoos to remove dirt and build-up when washing

Like we said earlier, some products can sit on top of the hair rather than penetrating through it due to that really closed/tight hair cuticle. Because of this, hair can become dirtier and oilier quicker than other hair types. It’s important to add a clarifying shampoo or a thorough cleanser which removes build-up. Low porosity hair types benefit from a sulphate-free shampoo that is gentle on the hair but adequately cleans residue. 

Use a deep conditioner or a hair mask regularly 

Low porosity hair can have a lot of trouble staying hydrated. Ensuring you are using a deep conditioner or a hair mask treatment can help lock-in and retain essential moisture. 

Deep conditioners usually contain humectants and emollients which help to penetrate the hair shaft, rather than just sitting on top. Deep conditioners usually contain light-weight oils like sweet almond oil or jojoba to help soften and moisturise the hair without weighing it down. 


If you have low porosity hair, you need to remember these three things: water, clarifier, deep conditioner. You want to hydrate, remove product build-up and deeply condition the hair to retain moisture. What have you tried that works for your low-po hair? Let us know in the comment section.


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