When I first learned my hair is low porosity, I didn’t quite understand how important heat is for moisture retention. Until now, that is. I’ve been wanting to share what I’ve been doing differently to my hair that has helped it immensely over the past couple of weeks. By the way, side note, the reason I tend to write about low porosity hair is because that’s my experience and what I have to deal with on a daily basis. It would be disingenuous of me to write about or give tips on caring for high porosity hair as I can’t relate, and generally if certain information doesn’t apply to me I tend to ignore it and focus more on what does.
Moving right along…now remember, the issue with low porosity hair is that the cuticles are closed and doesn’t allow moisture into the hair. Using heat opens up the cuticles and allows moisture to seep in, that’s why it’s important to use warm water in every step of your wash routine. I decided to take this process a step further and use heat in the application process of products and this is how I went about it.
After boiling water in a kettle, I place my leave-in conditioner in a bowl and pour hot water into the bowl. I leave the conditioner in the water for a 5-6 minutes to warm it up before I take it out and use it on my hair. Previously I’d have white residue on my hair after application, however, using this method leaves no residue which means the product is not sitting on top but has actually absorbed into the hair…exactly where I need it to go.
As a low porosity girl, heavy oils are a no-no. There are two oils that I now use – mainly, grapeseed oil and avocado oil. I’ve given my grapeseed oil a bit of a break for now and I’m currently using avocado oil, however, unlike before where I’d just slap the oil onto my hands and into my hair, I now use the same method as the leave-in conditioner by placing my jar of oil into hot water and then using it on my hair and scalp once it’s all warmed up.
One thing that I despised was using my spritz, reason being that low porosity hair is hydrophobic and beads of water would just gather on top of my hair after using my spritz instead of absorbing into the hair. Now that I make sure to place my spritz in hot water to warm it up I’ve noticed my hair literally absorbs the water in a matter of a few minutes as opposed to its previous absorption time of 30 minutes to an hour (if I’m lucky).
Using this method with these three products has helped increase my hair’s softness, which means my hair is moisturised as it should be. It has also helped reduce the amount of residue left on my hands after touching my hair because the products I’ve used have been absorbed and aren’t just sitting on the hair. Honestly, I wish I’d tried this method years ago, it literally blew my mind when I noticed the difference in my hair. Not only is my hair soft and moisturised, it’s as happy as it’s ever been. I’m yet to figure out a suitable method for using hair butters on low porosity hair – at least where heat is concerned, but so far so good, I’m loving the results and so is my hair.