Always wonder why it takes your hair forever and a day to dry? Or how about why it seems as if products, particularly heavy butters and creams, just sit on your hair? Chances are you may have low porosity hair. If you’re unsure, take a few strands of your freshly washed hair and place them in a cup of room temperature... how long does it take your hair to float to the bottom? Does it even float to the bottom? Yea, you have low porosity hair.
It seems as if all naturals will struggle with maintaining moisture at some point in their hair journey. Lo-po hair naturals have it no different. This Lo-po V.I.P list is compiled of products that aid in raising your tight cuticles so that products can penetrate.
Wash days + co-washing
+ When you have low porosity hair, heat needs to become your best friend as it aids in opening cuticles. The best way to heat hair and moisturize is with a steamer, such as the Huetiful Steamer. Aside from just using a steamer for your deep conditioning treatments, start using it for your pre-poos as well. A cheap alternative to steaming is placing your hair under a plastic cap and wrapping a hot towel around your head.
+ If you don’t have time to give yourself deep conditioning treatments with heat, consider heating up your conditioner before applying to your hair, as well as rinsing your hair with warm water before applying conditioner. A lot of lo-po naturalistas tend to have great experiences with Giovanni 50/50 Balanced Hair Moisturizer and made this one of their favorite conditioners to use.
+ Since baking soda is alkaline in nature, it can temporarily lift the hair’s cuticle. You can add a little baking soda to your conditioners or try the Cherry Lola Treatment, in which you mix baking soda with water and apply to your hair before rinsing out with cool water. With your cuticles raised, you’ll need to reseal with something acidic like Aloe Vera Juice.
+ When it comes to clarifying, consider using Bentonite Clay which can be used like a shampoo to trap and remove dirt, debris, buildup and other particles from your hair and scalp.
+ When it comes to protein, don’t go overboard as your hair doesn’t require much of it. If you decided to use protein, look for hydrolyzed rice, silk and wheat protein as they tend to be really good in penetrating and coating low porosity hair.
+ You must allow your hair some time to dry before attempting to apply products. When applying products, it’s best to start with a water based product, like Shea Moisture Enhancing Curl Smoothie, before trying to apply additional products. Look for richer conditioners with great emollients, such as jojoba oil, but sans the plethora of unnecessary oils.
+ Try finding products that contain humectants, such as Glycerin or Honey to draw out moisture. The glycerin is something you’ll have to experiment with as some people swear by it, while others loathe it. Glycerin is said to work better in climates with high humidity.
+ Some lo-po naturals tend to be extremely oil sensitive or may even choose not to use oil altogether. If you are going to use oil, avoid your heavier oils like coconut and opt for a lighter oil like Grapeseed Oil.