Do you always feel like you’re fighting with frizz, dryness, and dropped curls? If so, your hair might be experiencing low porosity. When you’re experiencing low porosity, the cuticle on your curls are tightly constricted. This means they’re unable to open and accept moisture into the cortex. However, once moisture does get inside, it tends to stay there longer. Here’s how you can get more moisture in low porosity curls.
Get More Moisture In Low Porosity Curls
While we normally recommend limiting shampoo, in your case we recommend shampooing more often. Washing your hair will allow the cuticle to raise up, which permits moisture to enter. Follow with a conditioner to close the cuticle back down and keep moisture locked in.
Using indirect heat on your curls can be beneficial. It raises the cuticle to allow moisture to enter the cortex. Don’t burn your scalp but instead try to keep the heat around 95 degrees Fahrenheit. You can do this by covering your hair with conditioner, placing it under a plastic cap and sitting under a steam hood.
More curlies are learning about the benefits of clay. Clay can be helpful when it comes to re balancing off pH levels in your curls. Clays such as bentonite have a slightly higher pH level, which can actually help lift your cuticles to allow moisture to enter.
We can’t say it enough; curls of all types benefit greatly from hydration. You can achieve this by applying your leave in conditioners to soaking wet hair, adding s spritz or refreshing mist to your regular curl care regimen, and making sure to focus on your ends.
If all else fails, you can attempt to re-balance your curl’s pH levels. However, proceed with an abundance of caution if you explore this route. Going too far one way or another can have negative consequences for your curls. Do your research and even consult with your hair stylist beforehand.