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How to Dry Low and High Porosity Natural Hair

By January 27th, 202119 Comments
How to Dry Low and High Porosity Natural Hair

Before we delve into anything let’s do some quick educating for any
new naturals out there. Hair porosity is the hairs ability to absorb
water and hold onto it and is affected by the cuticle of the hair.
However, since there are a number of articles about this you can visit this page about hair porosity that really helps to explain it all.

As a low porosity natural, you have probably spent hours locked up
inside of your house because of hair that simply refused to dry or woken
up to damp hair. This can be very annoying, so if you want to cut down
on your drying time, here are some things to consider. 

Read On!>>>

A. A Curl Towel
While using your ordinary towel to dry your hair may
seem okay, the fibers of the towel are just too rough on the hair and
contribute to frizz and curl pattern disruption since they raise the
hair cuticle. However, if you want to get the same drying benefits of a
towel minus the drama, there are several options out there made of super
absorbent but gentle microfiber or cotton.

B. Diffuser
Now I know many women fear the use of heat, but I propose that this
method be used in emergency cases. Sometimes you’ve just gotta go, and
when those times come around, you don’t want to risk leaving the house
and having wet shoulders or leaving stains everywhere. A hair diffuser drastically cuts down on drying time. If you really fear the heat, simply keep it low or use the cool setting.

C. Plopping
This method is amazing for curlies who want to maintain their curl
pattern during the drying process because it allows the excess water to
be removed from the hair without disrupting the curls. This method can
be used both before and after the application of products. Some of you
are probably wondering what plopping is, so allow me to break it down
for you:

  1. Grab a cotton t-shirt. It should be has cotton, so that it will absorb the water.
  2. Bend over at the waist.
  3. Push your hair through the large end of the shirt and allow the bottom of the shirt to rest snugly at the nape of your neck.
  4. Wrap the t-shirt around itself. This helps to squeeze the water out of your hair and into the shirt.
  5. Spin the twirled end on top of your head to create a bun and tuck the ends under.

Lastly as a low porosity natural it is important that you try to at
least get some of the water out before applying moisturizing products.
The hair has the ability to only absorb so much so if it is already
saturated with water the product added on top may just sit there and
help to prevent your hair from drying.

If you are a high porosity natural, then your hair dries quickly,
sometimes too quickly while you’re trying to style it. As opposed to
methods for drying your hair, here are a few methods for keeping it
moist during styling:

  1. Keep your spray bottle handy. If you get to a section and it has completely dried before you are able to style it then a few sprays should do the trick.
  2. Use a creamy conditioner and consider leaving it in.
    The thickness of the product will help to keep your strands wet long
    after you step out of the shower. Just make sure it is moisturizing and
    that your other products play well with it to avoid white balls.
  3. Use an apple cider vinegar rinse after showering to help close your cuticles to prevent your hair from losing water too quickly.

Lastly, if you have medium porosity hair then you’re one lucky curly.
Your hair neither dries too quickly or too slowly, so you can take your
pick of what method you want to use to dry your curls.
I hope this article helps, and as always, remember to have love, peace and curly haired bliss.

Do you know what level of porosity your curls have? How do you dry your curls? Share your tips below! 


  • Imani BeautifullyPissed Monroe says:

    I think ill try the apple cider vinigar mix

  • gorgeousgab says:

    I don't know my porosity…I'm going to guess Normal? but i really have no idea…i use a microfiber towel when prepping for styles like a twist out or whatever but for wash n go's I use my Carel's bonnet dryer cuz #aintnobodygottimeforthat

  • Megan M. says:

    I never used a diffuser I seen one but did not know how to use or what it was used for.

  • CurvyCurly says:

    Did you do your float test on freshly washed strands 'cause it made a difference when I performed the same "test" and got different results? My hair definitely has most of the characteristics of highly porous hair and loves deep treatments with heat 😉

  • CurvyCurly says:

    My hair is highly porous. I think styling your hair when damp or soaking wet and the products used has a lot to do with drying time. When I style on soaking wet hair (wash-n-go) it took nearly three hours to dry. A set of chunky twists styled on soaking wet hair took over nine to ten hours to dry. Now, I twist on damp hair which has definitley decreased my drying time.

  • CurvyCurly says:

    I have high porosity curls and the best way for me to seal in moisture and prevent my hair from drying too fast is to do a quick cold rinse to seal the cuticles followed by a creamy leave-in. If putting twists in I always keep the hair I'm not working with at the moment pulled halfway thru a scrunchy (ends tucked) to keep the hair, especially the ends from drying too quickly before I'm done.

  • hunnybun says:

    for the most part women with low porosity hair experience really long dry times because if you think of it after spending upwards of half an hour with your hair wet its bound to absorb a lot of it and because of the nature of the hair it never lets it go. But there are a few low porosity naturals whose hair dries quickly like myself. But the article is a generalized one so it caters for the average curly.

  • damola says:

    The Low porosity example is wrong..Low porosity hair actually seems to dry quickly because, it's hard to get moisture in the hair in the first place. however once it's in your hair, it will stay there. If you moisturize and seal correctly on wash day, your hair can stay moisturized for up to 3-4 days before you need to remoisturize.

  • Sweetdrk1 says:

    Great information!

  • hunnybun says:

    you may just have some split ends or single strand knots kia. When my ends get puffy like that and stop curling like they are supposed to a good trim usually fixes the issue. Also try adding aloe vera juice/ gel to your routine as it is slightly acidic and helps to make the cuticle lay down so that hair is less frizzy. HTH

  • Kia R. says:

    This has been very informative. I do have a question for you. I have been natural for the past 2.5 years now, and I have noticed that my ends are very puffy and it has been like this for the month now, and I wear twistouts and I use my moisturizing leave in then I seal after each weekly wash. I have no clue as what I made have done or are doing wrong. PLEASE HELP!!!!

  • zenobia says:

    Thanks for the info nikki. Off the topic real quick, what are your thoughts on bergamot essence and placenta in terms of increasing hair growth for us natuals? Thanks allot!

  • lay-j says:

    Wow! I've always thought my hair was highly porous, but based on this maybe just the opposite. My hair takes FOREVER! FOREVER! FOREVER! (name that movie!) ..and a day to dry when styled from wet – twisted, braided or wash and go.

  • shadow says:

    I just gotta say thank you for all the info. and education I get on your site, Nik! I've learned so much in the past few months about my hair and hair in general I feel like I've obtained a second masters, lol. Anywho, the plopping method is working very well for my high porosity hair, thanks again!

  • mangomadness says:

    I don;t know my hair's porosity nor do I care to know.

    After washing my hair in twisted sections, I squeeze execs water from the twists with a black cotton t-shirt. Then, I moisturize, put my hair into 16 braids and seal. After that, I tie a satin scarf and let my hair air-dry for a day under a cute hat.

  • Davina916 says:

    I have low porosity hair. I usually just let my hair air dry. Thanks!

  • nicthommi says:

    My hair takes about 5 years to dry. So I usually wear twists and just put on a scarf under a beanie if I have to go out. If my hair has to be done more quickly, then I'll probably spend some time under the dryer or hit it up section by section with the blowdryer.

  • Dr Mermaid says:

    According to the float test, my hair is low porosity but it dries quickly and gets frizzy in humid weather, I have to frequent re-dampen a section when doing twists/braids. Hmmm, I'm confused. It has properties of both, it loves DC treatments with heat (low porosity) but loves heavy oils and butter (high porosity)

  • MsNika says:

    Thank you! I have low-porosity hair, and this has really helped me. I hate waking up and my hair still be damp. When I diffuse it my roots get frizzy, and my ends has smooth pretty curls! I don't know what to do about that!

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