Caring For Low Porosity Hair

Caring For Low Porosity Hair

When I went natural two and a half years ago, all I heard people talk about was hair typing and what products are good for each category. Then I spent months trying to figure out if I am a 4a, 4b, 4c and whatever other number category was thrown at me. I thought, knowing my hair type will help me to understand how to moisturize and care for my hair properly. However my hair was straw-like and wetting my hair literally took minutes before it was sopping wet.

Then I heard of natural hair porosity and the different levels. This is when I decided to re-learn my hair. I did a lot of research on hair porosity to see how it applies to my hair and it has been a hair blessing knowing exactly how my hair responds to moisture.


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Hi, I am Shelly Ann Cameron, freelance writer for BlackHairInformation.com. Jamaican born but call NYC home since 2005. When I'm not at my full time job as a Marketing Analyst, I am blogging about natural hair and lifestyle on my blog www.glamnaturallife.com. I created my blog to document my natural hair journey and share whatever I learned along the way. I am a promoter of healthy hair whether it's relaxed or natural. While I am no natural hair Nazi, since going natural in 2011, many of my articles are natural hair driven.

About Shelly Ann Cameron


Hi, I am Shelly Ann Cameron, freelance writer for BlackHairInformation.com. Jamaican born but call NYC home since 2005. When I'm not at my full time job as a Marketing Analyst, I am blogging about natural hair and lifestyle on my blog www.glamnaturallife.com. I created my blog to document my natural hair journey and share whatever I learned along the way. I am a promoter of healthy hair whether it's relaxed or natural. While I am no natural hair Nazi, since going natural in 2011, many of my articles are natural hair driven.

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Angela Williams

I care for it based on my Low Porosity & 3C Texture/Width(fine hair). As for having Low Porosity hair, I’ve learned that I need to pre-poo with Extra Virgin Coconut Oil using heat(makes my tangles melt away to the point that I don’t have to finger detangle prior to shampooing). I use sulfate-free SheaMoisture Shampoo’s. I apply Deep Conditioners using Heat. I’ve tried using different LOC, LOCO, LCO, LCOS methods, but they all have left my hair either hard or too greasy & stringy looking. For my hair texture/width I’ve stopped using oils at all & use one (1)product that does it all(For instance, I’ll apply Camille Rose Naturals Almond Jai Twisting Butter, Camille Rose Naturals Aloe Butter Gel, or SheaMoisture Coconut & Hibiscus Curl & Style Milk by themselves & nothing else….all help keep my hair moisturized for days & have enough oil already in them that I don’t need to apply any additional oils anyway).

Jesslyn H
Jesslyn H

A bout of chemotherapy had me saying goodbye to my waist length locs and I decided to go natural again, but without locs this time. Dealing with locs has it’s own issues, but thinking I could treat my hair with the same casualness had me doing a few chops over the last couple of years. I think part of my problem is (was) not dealing with the low porosity factor, I was too hung up on hair typing. I gave up on typing my hair. I found Zs, coils, the grey is doing it’s own thing and from front to back I have at least 3 different types of hair. But I think all of it is low porosity.

I ended up having to make my own oil mixture. After shampooing, I use a combo of the following oils – jojoba, coconut, aloe vera, olive, castor – mixed with shea butter as a thickener. My water bottle has a mixture of water, aloe vera juice and dab of apple cider vinegar. I then twist remembering to dip my fingers into a mix of argan, rosemary, grapseed and jojoba oil as I go.

I found that if I use a cream moisturizer, conditioner or whatever, my hair is sticky and doesn’t feel good at all. Sticking to the straight oil mixtures with a light booster every other day, leaves me soft and shiny for at least two weeks–longer if I don’t have any lazy days.

I have literally tried everything, lol! My sister who has low maintenance hair has thanked me for every product that I’ve handed down following my epic failures.

dionne armstrong

Warm water is my best friend. I dont use oil to seal in my moisture because it leaves my hair oily. I also do my final conditioner rinse with warm water. I never put alot of product in my hairjust when I deep concondition

Gabrielle

I’ve done the porosity test and supposedly I have low porosity hair. I’m not convinced. I don’t have the characteristics that are common for low porosity hair.

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NotHidden

OMG…this was so me. It would literally take minutes in the shower for my strands to feel wet as water would just bounce off. My saving graces: (1) nightly deep conditioning via GHE (the green house effect) which is applying watered-down conditioner and covering w/a plastic cap overnight; natural steam lifts the cuticles thereby allowing moisture in; this resulted in more defined curls, softer hair, and going from plain old fro (described as “brillo”) to curly fro; (2) two wks after doing nightly GHE, I started the MHM (http://maxhydrationmethod.com/about/) which utilizes GHE; as defined by its website: a 5-step regimen that systematically increases moisture levels in the hair until Max Hydration is reached. It is the most ideal regimen for low porosity type 4 and 4c hair as these hair types have the most difficulty absorbing moisture. Once Max Hydration is reached, many of the issues that effect type 4 hair in terms of moisture, styling, knots, and length retention don’t occur. Lastly, Max hydration allows even the moist tightly coiled 4c hair to curl from root to tip with no product.

Felicia Hamilton

I did myself a glycerin treatment and I havent had too many issues since…. best decision ever!

Charlene Jeffers

Great article.

Theresa Marie Bryant

I’m not even sure what porosity means. I’ve heard it explained but I’m still not sure

Michelle Morris

Porosity is about the hair’s ability to gain and also maintain moisture thus leading to less dryness and breakage which in turn leads to less length retention, knowing your hair ability to accept and maintain moisture helps with how and what products are best used on your hair and leading to less dryness or that straw like feelibg, this is sorta it in a nutshell however researching the porosity of natural hair or even relaxed will help you so much in your healthy hair journey, to me this out weighs what your texture might be. Hope that helps a little!

Kashmere Noel

If it wasn’t for curl typing I wouldn’t have found porosity typing so quickly and also wouldn’t understand it as well in conjunction with curl types. Throughout my journey the majority of fellow 3c4a naturals I’ve encountered tend to share similar traits with me: Low porosity; high density; strands on the finer side. While this obviously is not the rule for 3c4a girls, in my personal experience it does seem common and this is why curl typing helped me, because if not for interacting with curl-cousins I wouldn’t know and understand other traits of my hair so well.
Tip for low porosity girls who don’t like shampoo, though — use fewer products and try to keep them as organic as possible. Never thought I’d be a purely co-wash kinda girl, but my bottle of sulphate-free has been sat in the corner for months now thanks to minimalism and mother nature. My hair thrives on water, oil & flaxseed gel for product and my conditioner is 97% natural. My low porosity strands are thanking me for it!