Ever notice that the moisture you hoped would penetrate your curls (or scalp) only seems to sit on top of the surface? Does it often feel like you have more product build-up versus actually nourishment? Then you may have low porosity tresses!
Hair with low porosity can often feel limp or waxy because the cuticle does not properly retain moisture on its own. Want to know where your curls fall on the scale? Try the water test!
Just fill a clear glass with water, place one strand of hair in the water. If it floats,your hair is considered “low” or less absorbent to water. If it sinks to the bottom, your hair has a higher porosity, and it if it stays in the middle, consider your strands “normal.”
We tend to follow a list of reocurring guidelines—like skipping protein or using lightweight formulas—when searching for suitable products, but the process can still be difficult.
Check out these must-have products for low porosity hair, save yourself some time (and money) and give your strands the proper nourishment they’ve been craving.
Lottabody Moisturize Me Curl & Style Hair Milk
Who says you have to spend a lot of money for great moisture? Try this lightweight styling milk with a lower price point.
Crème of Nature Oil Moisturizer
This argan oil-based formula not only adds amazing shine, but also softens with a lasting silk finish.
Eden Bodyworks Curl Defining Creme
Define those curls and skip the frizz with this humidity-resistant moisturizing crème.
Maui Moisture Lightweight Hydration + Hibiscus Water Shampoo & Conditioner
This hydrating blend contains exotic Hibiscus Water, luxuriant Passion Fruit, and juicy Watermelon, and is ideal for easily burdened down, low porosity hair as well as immediate transfer to endless summers.
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Aphogee Curlific Moisture Rich Leave-In
Use this lightly textured leave-in conditioner for added moisture. You’ll fall in love with the instant detangling properties.
SheaMoisture Protein-Free Leave-In Detangler
Detangle like a boss, and skip all the additives with this conditioniner, made specifically for low porosity hair without the protein.
SheaMoisture Fruit Fusion Coconut Water Weightless Hair Masque
Weightless is always the best way to go when dealing with low porosity hair. Use this mash up of fruits to deeply hydrate without weighing the hair down.
Carol’s Daughter Almond Milk Daily Damage Repair Ultra Nourishing Hair Mask
Nourishing your hair couldn’t get any easier or feel more luxurious than with Carol’s Daughter’s Nourishing Hair Mask. This damage repairing deep conditioner can be used up to once a week for faster results.
Klorane Shampoo with Chamomile
Don’t skip the hydration when shampooing your crown! Use this chamomile-infused shampoo for color treated hair.
Organigrow Co. Hair Dew for Low Porosity
Light leave-in spray mist, Heat Protectant, UV Protectant.
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MATRIX Total Results So Silver Shampoo + Conditioner
Total MATRIX Results So Silver Shampoo removes dull, yellow tones while adding radiance to color-treated and natural hair.
Total MATRIX Results So Silver Conditioner targets hair’s most porous regions, delivering moisture and nutrients right where it’s required. Dry, brittle hair is nurtured by hydrating co-emulsion mask technology, silver hair sparkles and feels smooth and supple.
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With the launch of PHYTODEFRISANT, a new anti-frizz hair care system that naturally smooths and protects hair from humidity, PHYTO welcomes you to celebrate the beauty of all hair types – whether straight, wavy, curly, thin, or thick. PHYTODEFRISANT is a simple and natural hair care routine that deeply hydrates and nourishes the hair fiber, bathing it with moisture to minimize porosity and enveloping it in a humidity-proof layer.
For the past 50 years, Phyto has been known for its distinctive plant extractions, which replace the water in the formulae and make them 100% active.
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Sienna Naturals Plant Power
Co-founded by Issa Rae, this vegan repair mask fortifies strands with pea protein, which helps to bind moisture, moisturize hair, and prevent breakage. The plant-based protein is far gentler than standard proteins, making it an effective therapy for people who have protein-sensitive or poor porosity hair.
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DevaCurl One Condition
This conditioner is formulated for wavy to tighter-coiled curls and can be used as a daily moisturizer, minus the product build up.
Living Proof Restore Conditioner
Restore your hair’s manageability with this conditioner, made for nourishing and repairing damaged strands.
Cuvee Beauty Champagne Infused Styling Balm
Expect to be able to feel a change in your tresses! With volume, gloss, and staying power, this lightweight lotion balm offers an effortless style for all types of hair. Smoothes frizz and flyaways with a conditioning solution filled with hair-strengthening elements. It also contains the special Cuvée ComplexTM and a delightful scent that includes champagne and fig leaf notes.
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Ouidad Curl Immersion Triple Treat Deep Conditioner
Give your hair the luxury treatment it’s been searching for with this conditioner that not only hydrates, but also de-frizzes and encourages natural curl definition.
Bounce Curl Define Styling Kit
This Stylers Combo Kit includes the Avocado & Rose Oil Clump and Define Cream (full-size 6oz. container) and the Light Crème Gel (full-size 8oz. bottle). This kit is for you if you’re seeking products that will hold and soften your curls.
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Mr. Smith Chocolate Pigments
Mr. Smith, deposits a deep chocolate brown pigment and cocoa preserves that improve and extend hair color. Almond, lavender, and orange peel oil soothes the scalp while also providing vitamins to the hair, which improves luster, strength, and condition. Recommended for medium to dark brown hair, both dyed and natural.
Vegan certification from PETA. Free of sulfates, parabens, and silicones.
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Shaz & Kiks Back To Your Roots Scalp and Hair Wash
A creamy hair mask created with 25 nutrient-rich Indian Ayurvedic herbs, oils, and flowers to care for the entire hair ecology holistically. For thick, curly to coily hair types 3 and 4, this is an essential step 1 in your haircare routine.
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