Without a doubt, low porosity hair can be a tricky head of hair to work with, especially when it comes to what products to use and which not to use. Low-porosity natural hair can tend to feel dry and because of it’s nature, can be quite difficult to get moisture into it.
Protein can be a huge enemy as a rule of thumb which would make great conditioners kinda hard to find. Well, we are here to bring some relief to those low-porosity woes. Here we will list 4 types of products that can be beneficial for low-porosity strands.
1. Baking Soda
Baking Soda, when used as a treatment, can be a low-porosity girl’s best friend. As most of us may know, low porosity strands = closed shut cuticles. This brings upon one of the main problems that low porosity ladies (and men), because any products that you may use on your hair will probably not have an effect on your strands due to the fact that none of the goodies from conditioners are able to penetrate them.
This is where alkaline treatments, such as baking soda, can save the day. Alkaline products slightly lift the hair cuticles, which is excellent for low-porosity hair strands because it allows for your conditioners and moisturizers to be effective.
How To Use:
To make a Baking Soda Treatment for low porosity hair, take about 1 tablespoon of baking soda and dilute it in 2 to 2 1/2 cups of water. Pour over your hair and let sit for about 30-40 minutes. Rinse from hair and continue with your normal hair care regimen. This treatment can be done biweekly or monthly. Doing the treatment more than this can potentially cause some damage so be careful 🙂
Where to Buy:
You can find baking soda in any drugstore, grocery store, convenience store, etc. Just a quick note baking soda should not be used to replace your cleanser. Even though baking soda has been touted as a cleanser, it has been proven to not be a cleanser. So, if you would like to, you can follow up the treatment with a co-wash or a mild cleanser.
2. Highly Moisturizing Humectant- Based Products (Such as Curl Activators)
When it comes to low-po hair (or any type of hair for that matter) super moisturizing products are key, but a they can be great for those of us with low- porosity hair.
Glycerin, honey etc. (when mixed with water and other goodies) are a great way for low porosity hair to get much needed moisture. These products attracts moisture from the atmosphere, which essentially is the moisturizing gift that keeps on giving.
How To Use
Products that contain humectants such as glycerin, can be most beneficial when used on damp hair. To bump it up even more, try doing a cuticle opening treatment such as the baking soda treatment above or a steam treatment. Good store brand glycerin/humectant based hair products are curl activators such as Scurl and Care Free Curl Activators.
If you want to opt for that natural route, you can create your own yummy glycerin spray by filling up a spray bottle 1/4 of the way with vegetable glycerin and the other 3/4 of the bottle with water, oil, rosewater, fragrance and other goodies.
Where to Buy
You can find various curl activators in beauty supply stores, drugstores, etc. You can also find vegetable glycerin in some drugstores and in health food stores such as Whole Foods and VitaminShoppe.