The Best Moisturizers To Protect Your Low Porosity Hair For Winter


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Most naturals either have low porosity or high porosity hair. You can test this by putting some of your strands in a bowl of water for a few minutes to see if it floats or sinks. If your strands float then you probably have low porosity hair and if it sinks than high porosity hair. Low porosity occurs when the hair cuticles are tightly bound with overlapping scales that make it difficult for moisture to enter the hair shaft. Which means you tend to have super dry hair. It’s best to stay away from protein-rich products and heavy oils that will just sit on top of your hair shaft making your hair stiff or oily. Emollients like shea butter and coconut oils are excellent moisture boosters. Also, products with humectant ingredients that draw moisture from the air like honey and glycerin make your coils bounce with moisture. So if you leave in a humid climate like parts of Nigeria, ladies with low-porosity hair can mix honey or glycerin with their conditioners to add more moisture to their coils. Using hair milks and lighter oils like jojoba oil, grapeseed oil and argan oil will help to add moisture to your strands by easily penetrating your hair shaft. Just remember that because it’s harder to get moisture into low porosity hair, lighter products will be better than the heavy creams and butters.


1 // Eden Bodyworks Jojoba Monoi Hair Milk

2 // Quidad Curl Immersion Triple Threat Deep Conditioner w/ Coconut, Avocado & Grapeseed Oil

3 // Carol’s Daughter Hair Balm Nourishing Liquid Pomade

4 // Shea Moisture Baobab & Tea Tree Oils Low Porosity Protein-Free Conditioner

5 // Oyin Handmade Honey Hemp Detangling & Moisturizing Conditioner

6 // Camille Rose Curl Love Moisture Milk w/ Rice Milk & Macadamia Oil

7 // Darcy’s Botanicals Coconut & Aloe Moisture Pudding

8 // Curl Junkie Beauticurls Argan & Olive Oil Daily Hair Conditioner


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