Stylist’s Choice: Product for Your Hair’s Porosity

Photo Credit: MP Photography

Photo Credit: MP Photography

When it comes down to the condition of your hair, there are so many key contributors that work together to make it possible to achieve and maintain the healthy tresses.

Porosity

Porosity is a major factor, that once understood, you will be able to choose products and utilize them in a regimen that works best for your hair. Porosity describes how well one’s hair absorbs moisture. A porosity test can be conducted to determine which category you fall under.

High Porosity

High porosity hair is described as having raised cuticles. Though absorbs moisture well, it loses it quickly due to the raised cuticle. To correct this, you will want to utilize the L.O.C. method, while considering using:

Shampoos                                                                                                                                           

Conditioners

Deep Conditioners

 Leave In Conditioners

Sealers                                                                                    

Moisturizers

 

Low Porosity

Low porosity is defined as having tightly closed cuticles, making it extremely hard (nearly impossible) for products to penetrate. For this reason, the hair will seem hard, very dry, and product will easily accumulate on the strands of the hair. To remedy these common issues, you will want to sit under the dryer with your conditioner. By doing this, the heat will raise the cuticle, allowing the conditioner to penetrate. The best products for low porosity hair are:

Shampoos                                                                                                                                        

Conditioners

Deep Conditioners

Leave In Conditioners

Moisturizers/Stylers

Sealants/Oils

The key to managing low porosity hair, as mentioned before, is heat. Heat opens the cuticle allowing moisture to slide in. So remember to utilize heat when conditioning, and again once hair has been styled. Sitting under lower heat after styling allows for the product to seep in and not just rest on the strands of the hair. Water based moisturizers and styling products will work best on low porosity hair. Also, try to avoid extremely thick products that don’t list water/aqua as either the first or second ingredient. Products that are not water based, have a more likely chance of resting on top of the strand.

Normal Porosity

Normal porosity is usually the easiest to manage in regards to retaining moisture and shine. The cuticle lays smooth, but isn’t tightly shut, which allows for moisture to seep in and not escape. But, if mistreated, can become highly porous. The best products for normal porosity are:

Shampoos

Conditioners

Deep Conditioners

Leave In Conditioners

Moisturizers/Stylers

Oils/Sealants

The products listed are suggestions based upon hair type, texture, and porosity. I have learned a lot of times, it isn’t what you are using, but the manner and order in which it is being used. So, a little research is always good. And if you find that some products don’t work as well, try switching the order in which it is used. The LOC method is good, but tweaking it to work for your hair, will make it great!!!

Enjoy!!!

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7 thoughts on “Stylist’s Choice: Product for Your Hair’s Porosity

    1. mrspruitt1983

      Allow hair to air dry slightly before applying product. That should help a bit. Also try apply cream moisturizer before oil.

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  1. Ogonna

    Mrs Pruitt, i was going through your site to check for resources to incorporate in a manual i am working on 4c hair in my country, i have already copied some sections on hair product, dry hair and deep conditioners and i actually did recorded your website on the sources and citation part of the manual before i sighted your copyright that mandated a written consent from you and i paused. i have been looking for your e-mail, but i guess i am not getting it. should i go ahead and use your posts on my manual? i really need your consent. Thank you.

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  2. Sophie Ismail

    my 4c hair is very very dry. i wash my hair once every two weeks. after washing I apply leave in cantu conditioner and blow dry, my God the hair is even drier than before and ends are tight curl and no amount of moisture makes softer. Please help me how to deal this disaster. I have low porosity. Thanks

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  3. Zipporah

    Sophie I would say wash with kinky curly come clean daily or every other day to ensure no product build up. You can do equal parts apple cider vinegar and water also instead which will clarify and raise the hair cuticle to allow moisture into your strands. I’d also start utilizing Red clay mixing it with water and a tbsp of Shea butter and or almond or grape seed oil to help moisturizer it. You don’t necessarily need a sealant since you have closed cuticles anyway so the Shea and oil would act as a moisturizer. Hope that helps. You’d probably be better off using natural products also because all that store bought stuff has ingredients that sit on the hair and leave build up.

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