Tips for Moisturising Low Porous (LP) Hair
The following are exactly lifted from curlynikki.com. I reposted it exactly the same, due to times of slow internet speed (so I wouln’t have to wait for link to load).
- Clarify your hair. LP hair is prone to having product build up, you may know why now. Use a clarifying shampoo to remove the build up and give your hair a fresh start.
- Deep condition with heat. It is important to open your cuticle a bit to deep condition your hair properly. By using heat you are assured that the cuticle layers will lift so the interior of your strands are moisturized.
a. Use Indirect Heat. Apply deep conditioner to your hair, covering it with a cap (be sure it is made to withstand heat) and applying indirect heat via hooded dryer.
b. Use Direct Heat. This is done by applying deep conditioner to your hair and using direct heat from a hair steamer.
Note: Many find these two methods to work wonders. No matter which way you decide to go it is important to deep condition your hair. Once a week is fine for most. Be sure to do so at minimum biweekly to yield the best results.
3. Use greenhouse/baggy method. The method is done to create a humid environment that forces your hair to absorb moisture. Moisturize your hair as you normally would, cover it with a plastic cap and a beanie/snug fitting hat/hair turban/towel. You can leave your hair wrapped up overnight. You will notice, when you remove the outer layer, that the plastic cap has water droplets inside of it. The droplets form because of the heat rising from your head.
4. Humectants are your friends. Things such as glycerin (veggie or animal), honey, agave nectar, coconut nectar, etc… gain moisture from the air and help to adhere it to your hair. Be sure the humectant you use is properly diluted. If you are unsure or don’t want to do research, it is always good to use buy a product that contains a humectant. We offer the Florets & Creme as well as the Blooming Moisture Mist. Both are very well incorporated. We do not put too much glycerin into our products so it is fine to use year round.
Note: f you are creating a DIY moisturizer or buying one that has a large amount of glycerin in it, you will want lighten up the amount of glycerin being used or discontinue use in the colder months. Winter time glycerin draws moisture out of the hair if it isn’t properly diluted.
5. Avoid heavy styling products. Just adds unnecessary weight to the hair and contributes heavily to build up. No bueno.
6. Use water-based moisturizers. They work best for your hair. Some people have problems using water based leave in conditioners with aloe vera juice/gel in it. I haven’t had that issue when using those items in other people’s hair but if you have then avoid those items.
7. Avoid moisturizing wet hair. Damp hair is ideal for low pooristy hair to being moisturized. It doesn’t work very well to moisturize the hair when it is completely dry because the cuticles have laid flat again.
8. Do not use heavy oils. Heavy oils sit on top of the hair, aren’t full absorbed beyond the cuticle layer. It defeats the purpose of moisture retention and softening of the hair. Coconut oil, castor oil and olive oil, are the most commonly used heavy carrier oils in hair products. These would be oils to avoid.
9. Use light oils. Light weight oils are ideal for low porosity hair. Light weight oils such as apricot kernel oil, argan oil, grapeseed oil and sweet almond oil are ideal. If you like coconut oil but hate the heaviness a much lighter option is fractionated coconut oil. Jojoba oil is a medium weight oil and fine for most low porosity hair.
So in summary…
- Clarify your hair, to remove remove product build up.
- Deep condition with heat. The heat will open up the cuticle layers a bit , to allow moisture to enter. Two methods to use heat are: Indirect Heat, using cap that can withstand heat. Heat by using a hooded dryer. Direct Heat (from a hair steamer).
- Use greenhouse/baggy method. Cover hair with plastic cap and a beanie/snug fitting hat/hair turban/towel. (Can be left on hair overnight).
- Humectants are your friends. Like glycerin (veggie or animal), honey, agave nectar, coconut nectar, etc… gain moisture from the air and help to adhere it to your hair. Humectant should be properly diluted. lighten up or discontinue the use of glycerin in the colder months. Winter time glycerin draws moisture out of the hair if it isn’t properly diluted.
- Avoid heavy styling products. Adds product build up.
- Use water-based moisturizers. (Best for LP hair).
- Avoid moisturizing wet hair. Damp hair is ideal. Don’t moisturize hair when it is completely dry (the cuticles have laid flat again).
- Do not use heavy oils. Not fully absorbed beyond the cuticle layer, just sits on top of hair. Avoid Coconut oil, castor oil and olive oil.
- Use light oils. (ideal for LP): Apricot kernel oil, argan oil, grapeseed oil and sweet almond oil. Jojoba oil is a medium weight oil and fine for most low porosity hair.
(I’m still fixing the sources list for other post, sorry!) Tips for moisturising dry hair