I am a Youtube junkie and I probably watch it more than I do TV, and recently I have been really into natural hair tutorials. I feel like I can never get my hair to look right whenever I attempt a wash and go or a twist out, it was always flake city. So I knew there was a problem with either the products I was using or how I was using them. I felt like every Youtube video I watched I saw everyone using the same products with the same methods, that I have already tried and failed at. Just the other evening I was randomly on Pinterest and I began to search “natural hair low porosity” because I was already aware that I had low porosity hair.
If you are unaware; porosity is how porous your hair strands are or how well your hair retains moisture. You can either have low, normal, or high porosity. Low means that it is very difficult for moisture to enter your pores because you hair is filled with protein. High is the opposite and your hair can easily retain moisture, sometimes too much, because you are low on protein and your pores are open. Normal falls somewhere in between. Many believe hair type (3c, 4a, 4b, 4c, etc.) is a main factor to what products you use and how you take care of your hair, but in reality porosity is. In order to determine your hair’s porosity, do the water cup test.
When I was on my Pinterest search, I discovered that my hair routine was completely wrong and the methods that I was using tended more towards high porosity hair. Here are some of my mistakes:
- LOC Method is a NO– Previously I was using the beloved LOC method, which is Liquid Oil Cream. I learned that this is better for high porosity hair and instead I should be doing the LCO method which is Liquid Cream Oil.
- Monitor Your Protein Intake– Low Porosity hair is already packed with protein, so be cautious of how many strengthening masks and protein treatments you use (even check to see if your daily products have high protein levels). Only do treatments sparingly, whenever you see your hair looking weak.
- Rinse with Warm Water– A lot of people say to rinse your hair with cold water to close your pores and keep the moisture from your conditioner in. But with low porosity hair, you should rinse with warm water because the pores will stay open to soak up the extra needed moisture from your styling products.
- Light Products Are Your Friend– Heavy, thick products tend to feel good on your hair as they usually provide a lot of slip to run your fingers thru, but these products (especially silicones) are horrible for low porosity hair. If you ever struggle with flaking, this is probably why, these products will just sit on your hair. Instead use water based products, liquidy leave-ins, light conditioners and oils.
Hope these tips were helpful, for more information I have linked the Pinterest posts that I read.