Over the past few months, we have received an overwhelming amount of questions about caring for low porosity hair. We’ve read emails filled with complaints about dryness and moisture retention issues despite extreme efforts to maintain moisturized hair. We have heard your moisturizing woes loud and clear, and we want to give you a few tips to help you care for low porosity hair.

How do you know you have low porosity hair?

1.     Your hair strands sink to the bottom of a glass when dropped into a glass of water

2.     Your hair is ALWAYS DRY no matter how much you moisturize or deep condition your hair

3.     Water beads sit on top of your hair strands after you have wet your hair

4.     Your hair dries extremely fast after being drenched in water.

Methods for Caring for Low Porosity Hair

1. Prepoo with heat or for at least 2 hours

Lightly mist your hair with water and then coat your hair strands with an oil or oil mixture.  The following oils are best for penetrating low porous hair strands and moisturizing from within.

·      Extra Virgin Olive Oil

·      Grapeseed Oil

·      Jojoba Oil

·      Almond Oil

·      Avocado Oil

·      Sweet Almond Oil

2. Clarify your hair and cleanse your hair regularly

The first step to caring for low porosity hair is maintaining a clean palate. Failure to remove buildup leads to excessive dryness and causes breakage, so it is incredibly important to keep your hair clean. Use a clarifying shampoo at least once a month depending on the amount of products you use weekly and its resulting buildup. In between clarifying washes, use a sulfate free cleanser or low-poo to keep your hair clean.

3. Deep Conditioning with Heat, Cool Rinse, and Apply a Leave-in

Deep conditioning is essential to combating dryness and retaining moisture levels within your hair strands. For best results, add a little oil to your deep conditioner and use heat. This will open up your cuticles and enable the conditioner and oil to penetrate your hair strands. Rinse the conditioner out with cool water and coat your hair with a leave-in conditioner immediately while your hair is still wet.

3 ways to deep condition

Method 1: warm up your deep conditioner by submerging it into hot water until your conditioner is warm and then apply the deep conditioner to your hair.     

Method 2: Apply plastic cap, tie a scarf around the plastic cap, and put on a hat so that your body generates the heat. For maximum benefits, keep this on for at least an hour.

Method 3: Sit under a hooded dryer, use soft bonnet dry, or hair steamer.

4. Moisturizing Methods

Method 1: Use light water-based products, like hair milks and leave-ins because they won’t sit on top of your hair the same way other moisturizing and styling products will.

Method 2: Heat your moisturizers and leave-in conditioners by submerging them in hot water - making it easier for moisture to enter/penetrate your hair strand – and then immediately close your cuticles by applying Aloe Vera juice or light oil to seal your strands.

Method 3: Apply your leave-ins while your hair is wet

Method 4: Apply your styling creams and moisturizers while in the shower. The steam will open your hair cuticles and enable the product to penetrate your hair strand

Method 5: Moisture and seal your hair using the LCO method. Mist warm water on your hair, apply a moisture milk to your hair strands, and then seal with an oil.

Great Ingredients to Look for in Your Products

Hydrolyzed protein. This protein enables moisture retention by slowing water loss from the hair. In a sense this protein behaves as a moisturizing agent.

Humectants, such as castor oil, glycerin, honey, aloe vera gel, flaxseed gel, and marshmallow root. These agents pull water from around your hair and into your hair – keeping it moisturized. Be careful when using glycerin in the colder seasons because if you do not use the right water to glycerin ratio moisture will be pulled from your hair strands.

Product Recommendations


·      Carol’s Daughter Black Vanilla Shampoo

·      Elucence Moisturizing Shampoo

·      50/50 Balanced Clarifying shampoo

·      Trader Joe’s Tea Tree Tingle Shampoo (buy in store)

·      Trader Joe’s Nourish Spa Shampoo (buy in store)


·      As I Am co-wash

·      Eden Body Works Coconut Co-wash

·      Cantu Shea Butter Co-Wash



·      Trader Joe’s Nourish Conditioner (buy in store)

·      Trader Joe’s Tea Tree Tingle Conditioner (buy in store)

·      Carol's Daughter Black Vanilla Hydrating Conditioner

·      Giovanni Smooth As Silk Conditioner

·      Aubrey Organics Honeysuckle Rose Conditioner

·      Aubrey Organics GPB Balancing Conditioner

·      Aussie 3-Minute Miracle Moist

·      Neutrogena Triple Moisture Deep Recovery Mask

·      ORS Replenishing Conditioner

·      SheaMoisture Organic Raw Shea Butter Deep Treatment Masque


·      Moroccan Oil Hydrating Conditioner

·      Moroccan Oil Intense Hydrating Mask

·      Mane Choice Green Tea & Carrot Deep Conditioning Mask

·      Mielle Organics Babassu Oil and Mint Deep Conditioner

·      Joico K-Pak Intense Hydrator

·      Elucence Moisture Balancing Conditioner

·      Macadamia Nourishing Moisture Mask

DIY Conditioners

·      Avocado, Banana, Honey and Oil

Leave-ins and Moisturizers

·      Giovanni Direct Leave-In

·      Rapunzel Hair Lotion

·      Mielle Organics Avocado Hair Milk

·      SheaMoisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil Leave - In

·      Cantu Leave-In Conditioner

·      SheaMoisture Coconut Hibiscus Styling Milk

Oil – see above

REMEMBER: Hair porosity plays a substantial role in maintaining healthy moisturized hair, so go on and figure out your hair porosity!