15 Products You Absolutely Need For Low Porosity Hair

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These must-haves work from the inside out so your locks can actually retain moisture. 

Alexis Webb Mar, 13, 2017
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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 locks!

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.”

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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.

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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.

available at Target $14 Buy Here

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Detangle like a boss, and skip all the additives with this conditioniner, made specifically for low porosity hair without the protein.

available at Target $11 Buy Here

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This conditioner is formulated for wavy to tighter-coiled curls and can be used as a daily moisturizer, minus the product build up.

available at Sephora $22 Buy Here

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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.

available at Sephora $38 Buy Here

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Don’t skip the hydration when shampooing your crown! Use this chamomile-infused shampoo for color treated hair.

available at Sephora $15 Buy Here

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Use this lightly textured leave-in conditioner for added moisture. You'll fall in love with the instant detangling properties.

available at Walmart $10 Buy Here

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Define those curls and skip the frizz with this humidity-resistant moisturizing crème.

available at Sally Beauty $9 Buy Here

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This hair milk should help moisturize from root to tip without strands feeling weighed down.

available at Target $14 Buy Here

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Who says you have to spend a lot of money for great moisture? Try this lightweight styling milk with a lower price point.

available at Sally Beauty $5 Buy Here

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Rejuvenate your hair and break through your cuticles' barrier with this leave-in. 

available at Target $13 Buy Here

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Find your hair’s balance with a blend of essential oils that can be used directly on the scalp and/or your hair’s ends.

available at Amazon $10 Buy Here

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This argan oil-based formula not only adds amazing shine, but also softens with a lasting silk finish.

available at Sally Beauty $7 Buy Here

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Restore your hair’s manageability with this conditioner, made for nourishing and repairing damaged strands.

available at Sephora $28 Buy Here

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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.

available at Walgreens $13 Buy Here

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Marcuja oil, known for this intensive moisturizing abilities, can be found in this handy hair elixir.

available at Etsy $15 Buy Here