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A Comprehensive Guide to Caring for Low Porosity Hair

Hair care is a deeply personal journey, and understanding your hair's unique characteristics is essential to keeping it healthy and vibrant. One such characteristic that plays a significant role in determining your hair's needs is its porosity. Porosity refers to your hair's ability to absorb and retain moisture. Low porosity hair is characterized by its resistance to moisture penetration, making it prone to dryness and product buildup. If you have low porosity hair, fret not! In this comprehensive guide, we will explore everything you need to know about caring for and maintaining your low porosity locks.

Understanding Low Porosity Hair

Low porosity hair is often the result of a tightly sealed cuticle layer. This means that the hair shaft has a more challenging time absorbing moisture, as the cuticles are tightly packed together. Consequently, low porosity hair tends to repel water, making it difficult to keep hydrated. Understanding this fundamental characteristic is the first step towards effectively caring for your low porosity hair.

Clarify Regularly

Product buildup can be a significant issue for those with low porosity hair. To combat this, incorporate regular clarifying into your hair care routine. We suggest using our Mask-E Scalp Detox to gently remove impurities and product buildup from the scalp and hair. Additionally, choose a our Almond & Shea Butter Moisturizing Shampoo to remove residue without stripping your hair of essential oils. Aim to alternate with our Mask-E Scalp Detox and shampoo every 2-4 weeks, depending on your specific needs.

Use Warm Water

When washing your hair, use lukewarm water instead of hot water. Warm water helps to open the hair cuticle slightly, allowing moisture to penetrate more easily. Finish your wash with a cool water rinse to seal the cuticles and promote shine.

Pre-Poo with Heat

Pre-pooing involves applying a nourishing treatment to your hair before shampooing, our Kurlee Tropical Oils Blend Pre-Poo Treatment is a great option. For low porosity hair, this step can be especially helpful. Our Kurlee Tropical Oils Blend contains natural oils like coconut, avocado oil and olive oil. After you've saturated your dry hair with the oil, apply heat using a shower cap or warm towel. The heat helps to lift the cuticle and allows the oils to penetrate the hair shaft, providing much-needed moisture.

Choose the Right Products

Selecting hair care products specifically designed for low porosity hair is crucial. Look for products that are lightweight, free from heavy oils, and contain ingredients like humectants (glycerin, aloe vera) to attract moisture to your hair. Our Thirsty Kurls Leave-in Conditioner is a great daily moisturizer for low porosity hair, as it contains Aloe Vera, Hibiscus and Honey. Avoid products with excessive silicone, as they can create buildup.

Deep Condition Regularly

Deep conditioning is essential for maintaining moisture in low porosity hair. Use our Banana Nut & Avocado Deep Treatment with heat (a hooded dryer or heated cap) to open the cuticles and allow the product to penetrate. (Added Benefit: It smells AMAZING! Like Banana Nut Muffins. ) Aim to deep condition at least once a week to keep your hair hydrated and healthy.

Avoid Heavy Styling Products

Low porosity hair tends to become easily weighed down by heavy styling products. Opt for lightweight, water-based leave-in conditioners like our Thirsty Kurls Leave-in Conditioner (that is both lightweight and water based) and stylers (like our Jelle Coconut Styling Gel) to prevent buildup and maintain volume.

Limit Protein Treatments

While protein treatments can be beneficial for hair health, low porosity hair may not require them as frequently as high porosity hair. Overusing protein treatments can lead to hair becoming stiff and brittle. Instead, focus on maintaining moisture balance.

Protective Styling

Protective styles like braids, twists, and buns can help retain moisture and reduce manipulation, which can cause damage to low porosity hair. Just be sure not to make these styles too tight, as they can stress your delicate strands.

Be Patient

Caring for low porosity hair can be a journey of trial and error as you find the right products and techniques that work for you. Be patient and gentle with your hair, and don't be discouraged if it takes time to see results.


Caring for low porosity hair requires a specialized approach that focuses on moisture retention and avoiding product buildup. By understanding your hair's unique characteristics and following these tips, you can maintain healthy, vibrant low porosity locks. Remember, consistency is key, so stick to a routine that works for you, and your hair will thank you with its natural beauty and vitality.

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