There are many hair products on the market and purchasing a product not suitable for your hair is usually beyond annoying; especially after a large investment of time and money.
You may not know it, but the truth on why products will or won’t work for you depends largely on your hair’s porosity level.
This means… if your hair is low porosity, please follow the correct regimen for your hair type!
The Low Porosity Hair Regimen (at a Glance)
1. Deep condition
3. Use a Satin bonnet or Slap Cap
4. Use water-based products
5. Go for lighter oils
The Best 4c Low Porosity Hair Regimen
You’ve often heard it! Deep conditioning works like magic. It infuses your hair with the needed amount of moisture. Your best bet would be to slather some conditioner on to your clean, somewhat damp hair. Go in with a little heat to be more effective.
You could as well put on a hair steamer or heated gel cap, if you really mean business. Don’t be afraid, because heat is your best friend when it comes to low porosity. Leave on for about 15-30 minutes and wash off with cool water to seal the deal. The result you’ll get is a sufficient volume of moisturizing nutrients ,which will become part of your hair shaft.
Deep conditioning has to be followed up on by clarifying. This is because a buildup may occur. You wouldn’t want to be halfway through. Old products tend to linger on to your hair strands. Preempt yourself once or twice a month by getting a clarifying shampoo.
You could start by combining Bentonite clay with a selected category of essential oils. Then, rinse off with a protein-free conditioner as protein conditioners aren’t friendly with low porosity hair.
Use a Satin bonnet
Incorporate a Satin bonnet cap into your routine for your 4c low porosity hair regimen. Satin is a great asset for natural hair. While your hair is still in repair mode, it could still lose oils to the environment. At night, you could sleep with it.
Be sure to nourish your hair fore-mostly – a leave-in conditioner with a blend of water and oils. Satin caps are naturally silky and they prevent oil from getting sucked while you’re asleep.
Use water-based products
You already know that one distinguishable feature of low porosity hair is that it lacks water, leaving it dry. Your focus should then be to go for products that contain a large volume of water. Alternatively, Aloe Vera gel/honey could also suffice significantly.
Go for lighter oils
Since low porous hair struggles to let moisture into the hair shaft, go for lighter oils. Much to your leverage, lighter oils will find it easy to penetrate instead of sitting on the hair like their heavy oil counterparts.
You often hear that you should use coconut, avocado or olive oils. That’s not a problem unless you have low porosity 4c hair. That’s not the sure remedy. Rather, go for grape seed oil or almond oil. They are really lightweight and are invariably useful for your 4c low porosity hair regimen.
Low Porosity Hair Products to Look For
Helps reverse damage from heat and over-processing. Penetrates deeps to rejuvenate hair from the inside out.
Delivers moisture, strength, nourishment and strength for your coils. It’s a bit on the pricier side though.
Created to enhance the driest hair types. Aids in preventing breakage, damage from styling and shedding. Provides shine and protective anti-oxidants. Using too much causes flakes and build-up.
Great for removing product build-up so you can start fresh. Gentle cleans hair while moisturizing.
What is Hair Porosity?
Hair porosity refers to how much moisture your hair can hold in. It could also refer to how quickly chemicals seep into your hair cuticles. That means that your porosity level affects the impact-fulness of the products you try out. Typically, there are 3 levels of hair porosity: Low, high and normal.
A low porous hair does not absorb moisture easily. This is because the hair cuticles are tightly sealed, almost as if they are joined together. This disallows moisture or chemicals from penetrating into the hair. Low porosity hair is hardly permeable and requires a little more effort to get the cuticles to open up. Hence, your hair would:
- appear healthy whereas it lacks volume or elasticity
- take a longer time to dry out
- experience dryness
- experience a great difficulty bonding with water
- find it hard to absorb treatments or color
- resist moisture
- have a build up of oil and moisture that’s completely useless to your hair cuticles
A high porous hair is the total opposite! The hair cuticles are cracked and almost detached from their hair strands. As a result, they lose their firmness and are unable to perform their task which is to seal in all that moisture. Not only these, but a highly porous hair also tends to:
- Absorb moisture and let it out quite rapidly into the environment
- Suffer from an extreme level of dryness
- Dry quickly
- Get entangled in themselves
- Appear frizzy, dull and dry
A normal porous hair is an ideal hair. This means that your hair’s porosity is balanced, i.e., neither high nor low. It can preserve moisture and retain the same. Also, it has an awesome luster to it and is extremely healthy. And… unlike low porous hair, it has volume.
What’s Your Hair Porosity?
Don’t know? You could try out a few tests:
Get a bowl or glass, fill it with water and toss some strands of your hair into it. Avoid using oils or products towards the time you want to test; your result could be altered. Be sure to check that your hair is totally clean and wait for a few minutes.
If your hair is still floating after those minutes, it means you have low porosity hair, meaning that your hair did not absorb the water quickly. For high porous hair, the hair strand would sink quickly and lastly for the normal porous hair, your hair would slowly sink.
- The slide test
Take a few strands on to your hand and from the end to the scalp, slide through with your fingers. If the ride is bumpy, you have a highly porous hair. Whereas if it’s relatively smooth, you have a low porous hair.
- The spray bottle test
Remove a section of your hair and separate it from the rest. Spray with well over a little amount of water. If the water builds up, you have low porosity hair. If it is absorbed quickly, you have a highly porous hair. As for a normal porous hair, it would delay several minutes and be ingested.
That’s all there is. With this information, you will have less issues with any kind of low porosity hair.
For more natural hair care tips in general, check out my mega post, The Ultimate Guide to Caring for 4c Hair.