It took me a long time to figure out that I have low porosity hair, which simply means that my hair doesn’t hold moisture well. It seems that my hair doesn’t hold moisture at all. But it took me several products and a lot of trial and error to figure out what works for me. I also had to figure out some hacks on how to maneuver good products that just aren’t made for hair with low porosity.

One of the most important things I’ve learned is that heat is my friend. As someone who’s been natural all my life and can count on my hands how many times I’ve straightened my tresses, that was a hard one to swallow. But deep conditioning with heat allows products to penetrate the hair shaft, which will otherwise just lay on top of the strands without it.

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With so many women beginning their natural hair journeys, they will go through similar discoveries in what types of hair they have. And having low porosity hair can seem like a chore when you don’t know your processes or have go-to products. We’ve recommended great items in the past and I’m adding these five styling products that I’ve come to love for my low porosity mane.