How to Grow Low Porosity Hair? Healthy Hair Tips

Are you struggling to grow your low porosity hair? You’re not alone. Many women battle with growing their low porosity hair long and healthy. But don’t fret, there are plenty of ways to help your hair reach its full potential. In this blog post, we’ll discuss how to grow low porosity hair and provide tips for keeping it healthy and strong. So keep reading for all the need-to-know info!

Low Porosity Hair

Porosity means how easily water and other liquids can move through a material, such as porous brick vs. non-porous glass. (High porosity materials like bear concrete or highly compacted dirt absorb more water than low porosity materials like glass.) Hair with high porosity tends to have difficulty retaining moisture, so it feels dry and doesn’t take well to topical products. Hair with low porosity, on the other hand, tends to feel oily at the scalp especially if there are natural oils being produced by the scalp. And because water is not easily absorbed through this type of hair it can seem dry even when it is well-hydrated.

Most hair that I see on people who struggle with low porosity hair is actually normal to high porosity. The clue that the problem isn’t true low porosity is often seen when too much oil is applied and it sits on top of the hair for days looking like a heavy, greasy mess. This happens because the oil is not being absorbed into the hair strand–instead, it’s just sitting on top of the cuticle.

What Causes Low Porosity Hair?

Hair has three main layers, the medulla (core), cortex (middle) and cuticle (surface). Each of these play significant roles in healthy hair growth. Hair is also made up of protein, which is comprised of 14 different amino acids. Amino acids are the core building blocks for strengthening keratin protein structures found in all natural proteins. There are three amino acids that the hair follicle really need to be healthy, glycine, cysteine and methionine. These amino acids are very beneficial for cleansing hair follicles of built up toxins and other harmful chemicals that may have been deposited into your scalp.

If you have low porosity hair, it means that your cuticles are hard to penetrate, causing it to be hard for the hair follicle to intake water. Hair with low porosity can experience breakage and shedding due to an inability to retain moisture.

Low porosity hair is usually caused by a protein bond that has formed on the outside of each strand of hair from environmental factors such as pollution, chemicals and heat damage. Environmental factors such as chlorine and other water contaminants, styling tools such as flat irons, curling wands and blow dryers also raise the porosity of your hair. When one or more of these environmental factors come in contact with the strand, the cuticle scales stand on end causing them to swell, leading to a rough and uneven texture. This then creates pockets that get clogged with dirt and oil, making it difficult for the hair to absorb water, which causes dryness and brittleness.

How to Fix Low Porosity Hair

How to grow low porosity hair? If you’ve determined that your low porosity hair needs extra help, here are some tips: 

– Step 1: Use products specifically designed for low porous hair.   

It might seem obvious, but using products made specifically for low porosity hair is vital to getting the desired results. 

– Step 2:  Utilize heat or steam while deep conditioning.    

When your hair gets wet, it opens up its cuticle layer which allows more products to penetrate faster. If you use heat, steam or a warm towel , it will help the pores on your strands to open up so they can soak in more moisture within less time. If you have curly low porous hair, wearing your hair out for a day helps too because of sweat and friction with clothes that causes even more swelling!

– Step 3: Try wrapping your hair at night.

Low porosity hair’s biggest issue is that its cuticle layer won’t allow products or water anywhere near the cortex, and wrapping it at night helps in two ways. One, the heat and/or steam from your head resting on a silk or satin pillowcase will cause your pores to open up when you sleep. Two, when you wrap your hair tight around something like a curling rod , it compresses everything, including the cuticle layer which allows ingredients in deep treatments (like oils) to seep past it and hydrate the cortex.

– Step 4: Don’t neglect protein.

Protein treatments can be very drying so avoid them if you’re not sure how much protein your strands can take without getting hard and crunchy! Low porosity hair loves protein because once water hits its “shield” tightly packed cuticles, it cannot penetrate the cortex so it sits on top, waiting for some help. Protein penetrates deeper than moisture can so using a heavy duty protein treatment helps to push water in deeper with it!

– Step 5: Seal in every product possible.

Even though low porosity hair has a hard time taking in moisture, that doesn’t mean you should stop applying products altogether! Applying your favorite leave-ins and moisturizers will seal them in afterwards to prevent dryness which causes breakage.

– Step 6: Try deep conditioning overnight.

Low porosity strands are extremely delicate when wet, but if you apply your deep conditioner before bedtime , soak your hair up in a shower cap and towel wrap over it , the heat from your head and the steam from your shower will cause your pores to open up and allow even more of those moisture-locking ingredients to soak into each strand.

– Step 7: Use a light leave-in conditioner as a sealant.

Even though low porosity hair has difficulty taking in any type of moisture, sealing is still important. Instead of applying heavy butters or oils after you moisturize , use a leave-in conditioner instead to lock everything underneath it making sure no water escapes!

– Step 8: Limit how often you shampoo.

Since low porosities strands take their sweet time soaking up any type of product, using clarifying shampoos or scalp detoxes may strip away necessary nutrients that hair healthy and strong. Only shampoo when necessary and follow with a deep treatment to restore your strands.

– Step 9: Use heat styling tools less often

Low porosity hair is more prone to breakage than anyone else because its strands are so easily damaged by heat! If you must use your flat iron or curling wand , only apply products before straightening or curling so they act as a thermal protectant first.

– Step 10:  Braid, braid, braid!

Putting low porous hair in braids helps many people retain moisture for longer periods of time since water cannot evaporate from it while under the protective layer of hair. This also works for wavy hair too!

How To Grow Low Porosity Hair

When you have low porosity hair, it usually results in a dry and rough texture. This is because the outer layer of your hair strand is constantly trying to prevent moisture from getting inside, which causes dehydration.

In many cases, this also results in breakage, split ends and a weakened hair strand.

The good news is that there are several ways you can fix this problem and start growing strong beautiful hair. The following tips will show you how:

How To Grow Low Porosity Hair – try this!

– Heat And Steam Method For Your Natural Hair

Soak your hair in warm water until it’s fully saturated, then apply a generous amount of conditioner to your hair. Make sure that you’re using a heat protectant too.

Once all of your hair is covered with the conditioner, cover it with either a shower cap or plastic bag and use your blow dryer to heat it up for 5 minutes or more. You can also choose to steam your hair with a steamer.

After your hair is done, just rinse it out with lukewarm water instead of shampooing it. Repeat this process once or twice a week to see better results.

– What About Using Protein Treatments?

Protein treatments are also very effective for low porosity hair because they strengthen the overall structure of your hair strand. They also help repair damaged cuticles, which is why using them on a regular basis is highly recommended for this type of hair.

How to grow low porosity hair? Low porosity hair usually has a hard time holding in moisture and oils, so it tends to absorb everything that you put on it.

This is why it’s vital for you to find a hair mask that will work really well with your type of hair and use it at least once a week, preferably twice. You can also apply the mask on your dry or damp hair, but make sure to avoid using hot water if possible.

One conditioner worth trying out for low porosity hair is Jessicurl’s Deep Conditioning Treatment . It has an advanced formula which includes panthenol (a moisturizing and strengthening ingredient), hydrolized vegetable protein (which helps restore moisture and elasticity) and of course, lots of amino acids. These ingredients help deliver important nutrients to your hair and make it look healthy, shiny and beautiful.

– What About Regular Trims?

Low porosity hair usually loses a lot of moisture through the day because the cuticles keep on taking in all the oils from outside. This is why you should always trim your ends at least once a month with shears that are made out of ceramic or titanium.

The reason ceramic scissors work better for low porosity hair is because they emit negative ions that seal the cuticles in place, making sure that no moisture gets inside. As a result, you’ll have stronger and healthier hair strands.

In addition to cutting off dry split ends from time to time, you should also do deep conditioning treatments to nourish your hair from the inside. You can read more about this here .

Perhaps one of the most effective moisturizing ingredients for low porosity hair is aloe vera gel. It contains a lot of vitamins and minerals which help retain moisture, so it’s a good idea to use it as a leave-in conditioner or as a pre-shampoo treatment if you want fast results.

How to grow low porosity hair? All you have to do is apply aloe vera directly on your scalp and hair strands before shampooing your hair, then let it sit for 10 minutes before rinsing it off with warm water. Don’t forget that this should be done once a week only.

By following my tips, you’ll be able to start growing beautiful low porosity hair in no time. All you have to do is stick with your natural hair care regimen and watch your hair grow long over the next few months.

4 Methods To Grow Low Porosity Hair

– Steaming Your Hair

There are a couple of ways to steam your hair, but my preferred method is using a steamer cap. A steamer cap looks like a shower cap with holes in it for the water droplets to go through when you add the water. You can buy these from any beauty supply store or from Amazon [ here ].  If you don’t have one, you can sit under your running shower and let the hot water fall on your head until your hair is damp (not wet) throughout.  Be careful not to over-steam because this may damage your hair!  You want to make sure that you’re doing this every 2 weeks, at least.

– Co-Washing Your Hair

Co-washing is the act of washing your hair only with conditioner instead of shampoo. This is highly recommended for low porosity hair because it will remove product buildup easily and won’t strip your hair of its natural oils.  A regular rinse out conditioner does not contain any sulfates, so it will be gentle on your hair even though it’s cleansing.   While you’re doing this process, don’t forget to deep condition once a month! (using heat will help improve penetration), or if you feel like you need more moisture in between co-washes, use a moisturizing conditioner every time you wash your hair.  This works particularly well on African American women because co-washing removes the need to shampoo as often, which can damage your hair due to overstripping.

– Using A Humectant Product As A Leave In Conditioner

A humectant is a product that contains glycerin and other water binding agents, such as propylene glycol and butylene glycol , that attract moisture from the air around your hair and help your strands retain it (e.g., aloe vera gel). If you’re using products with glycerin in them, make sure they also have sealants like shea butter or jojoba oil because they will further prevent moisture loss . Some good humectants are: L’Oreal EverSleek Sulfate Free Hydracharge Masque, Shea Moisture Raw Shea Butter Deep Treatment Masque , and Shea Moisture Coconut Hibiscus Curl & Style Milk.  One thing I want to note is that you need to stay away from humectants that contain glycerin with no sealants because they can pull moisture out of your hair instead of depositing it!

– Using Low Porosity Products

You may think this doesn’t have anything to do with the methods you are using already, but trust me, it does.  Low porosity products work really well on low porosity hair . If you’re unsure of whether or not your hair is low porosity, read my article on How To Find Out If Your Hair Is Low, Normal, Or High Porosity .  A list of low porosity products are at the bottom of this article.

Using low porosity products on your hair can help so much because it prevents moisture from being drawn out of your strands easily. I suggest using a leave-in conditioner as a styler and applying it to soaking wet hair so that your hair can form a moisture barrier.  This will allow the water molecules to be trapped in your hair longer.

How to grow low porosity hair? For African American women, you may want to choose products with ingredients like glycerin and guar gum because these ingredients are already present in your hair’s natural oils (sebum) and they help to restore the strands’ moisture balance.

What To Avoid If You Have low Porosity Hair

– Silicones

Silicone used in hair products can build up on the hair, making it appear greasy and heavy. This leads to knots which are difficult to brush through without pulling out strands of hair. It also makes the strand rough, so when entering water, water doesn’t stream down but rather sits on top of your head. This leads to moisture loss.

– Over Shampooing

When you over shampoo, you strip the hair of oils that are meant to protect the strands. This means that your cuticles close up, blocking out water and other nutrients from getting in. Low porosity hair is naturally dry anyway so without these oils, it will become even drier.

– Using Heavy Conditioners

Using too heavy of conditioners on low porosity hair can lead to build up because it is unable to pass through the cuticle so it gets trapped in the strand which causes it to look limp or greasy rather than sleek and shiny or moisturized.

– Not Co-Washing Often Enough Co -washing is washing your hair with conditioner, just like you would shampoo your hair with a regular shampoo .  Co-washers are usually able to retain their styles for longer periods of time, even just one extra day! This is possible because co-washes replace oils that were stripped by previous washes, preventing breakage and dryness. 

– Brushing Hair When Wet Brushing wet hair is like brushing tangles. When water gets trapped in between the strands, it can cause breakage and lead to knots that are difficult to brush out. 

– Not Deep Conditioning Often Enough

Conditioner coats each strand of hair with protein which strengthens the cuticle layer of the strand making it look sleek and shiny rather than rough and dry.  Also, deep conditioning makes your natural oils travel down each strand rather than being trapped in one section so you get more overall moisture for your hair! 

– Using Heavy Leave-In Creams & Oils A lot of people have issues when trying to use these products on their low porosity hair because they clog the cuticles preventing water from entering thus leading to moisture loss and breakage. 

– Not Sealing Ends Always seal the ends of your hair to prevent it from drying out 

– Using The Wrong Products Low porosity hair tends to be more on the drier side and can become very brittle and fragile if you use products that don’t match up with its needs so make sure you know what kind of hair type you have before picking up any products .  Also, keep in mind that low porosity hair may not respond well to heavy oils or butters so stick with lighter weight oils such as olive oil, coconut oil, grapeseed oil , etc.

– Skipping Protein Treatments This is a must for low porosity hair because protein helps close the cuticle layer which prevents moisture loss.  So you will want to use protein treatments at least once a month, more often if needed.

Hope this list of what NOT to do on low porosity hair helped save some of your strands!

FAQs About How To Grow Low Porosity Hair

Why Is My Hair So Dry?

Since moisture can’t be absorbed into the cuticle layer of the hair, it’s left to evaporate instead. This is why low porosity hair often feels dry and unruly. Some naturals experience more frizz than others with this type of hair because there isn’t enough moisture in the cortex but also not enough on the surface (cuticles) making it difficult for a smooth cuticle layering to take place after washing/detangling which causes tiny knots here and there along with frustration we all know too well at times.

This lack of moisture within our strands makes it extra vulnerable to breakage and heat damage so protective styling, deep conditioning and mild heat use is key

How Do I Moisturize Low Porosity Hair?

Using products with humectants that attract moisture into the cortex such as glycerin, honey, aloe vera juice, coconut milk/juice are good options for those who seal in their conditioner well after washing/conditioning with cold water. The cold temperature from the tap makes our cuticles close which allows for better product absorption otherwise you’re just coating the surface of the hair strand.

You can also use water based products with emollients to soften cuticles allowing for product absorption such as shea butter, olive oil, avocado oil and natural butters (i.e mango, cocoa, kokum etc). These ingredients are used in hair products like Curl Enhancing Smoothie by Curl Junkie, JBCO by Jamaican Mango & Lime Crawling Pois(in) on Amaloli , Hair Dew by Cantu etc.

How Do I Seal Low Porosity Hair?

I find sealing with oils/butters makes my low porosity hair feel even more dry so I avoid it most days if possible – which means I don’t get castor oil all over my face.

I usually seal with water based products that have emollients like shea butter, olive oil , avocado oil etc because they are light enough for me to not experience product overload but still help retain moisture in the cortex. I also use them as a pre-poo treatment before washing/conditioning so at least some of the efficacy penetrates deeper into my strands preventing dryness. If you feel your hair is able to handle it, go ahead and try using an oil or butter to seal with – just remember to do a patch test first!

How Do I Style Low Porosity Hair?

Styling low porosity hair can be difficult without proper knowledge of how this hair type behaves. You have to choose your stylers with care so it doesn’t dry your hair out too much or even break off.

Styling products that contain humectants like glycerin, honey, aloe vera juice help attract moisture into the cortex making the hair strand appear fuller and more pliable for styling.

How to grow low porosity hair? Gels can be problematic due to their ability to flake so using them sparingly will do the trick without looking too hard! I prefer using light oils for shine and slip but you can also get away with conditioners (lotions) for this purpose alone since they soften cuticles just enough to provide some slip while retaining moisture.

How Often Should I Apply Heat?

Using heat on low porosity hair is likely to damage the hair further so I try to avoid it at all costs. If I need to use heat, I set my flat iron on low and make sure my hair is properly moisturized and sealed before using it!

How Often Should I Wash/Condition?

Washing and conditioning this type of hair more than twice a week can dry out strands too much so washing once or twice a week with only water (no shampoo) will help retain some moisture in the cortex. Conditioning weekly or biweekly helps keep cuticles smooth by penetrating your conditioner through the strands rather than just coating the surface – sealing afterwards locks everything in place making you less vulnerable to frizz.

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Low porosity hair is a common problem among those with curly and wavy hair. It can be difficult to grow low porosity hair because it tends to lack moisture, which makes it more susceptible to breakage. There are some things that you can do in order to help your low porosity strands thrive though! Check out these tips for growing healthy curls.

Now that you’re armed with all of information about how to grow low porosity hair, it’s time to put the knowledge into action. Low porosity hair needs a lot more care and attention than high-porosity strands do because they can’t absorb as much moisture from deep within your roots. Try incorporating some or all of these tips for growing low porosity hair so that you’ll be able to grow long healthy locks in no time!

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