There are curl patterns, density, width, and even porosity that all affect the look, feel, and manageability of your tresses. Even with identifying those parts of your hair, most times it takes trial and error to get it right so when you discuss something like hair porosity to a newly natural you can see why they immediately have a blank look on their face.
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You can have low, medium, or high porosity strands and the category your tresses fall into lets you know which products are more likely to give you the best results for styles and keeping your hair healthy. Naturals with low porosity have a tightly bound cuticle layer that lays flat and can be hard for products to penetrate and get the good stuff in! Low porosity strands resist moisture and are protein-sensitive, so steering clear of protein or using it sparingly is ideal. Low porosity hair requires moisturizers rich in emollients such as shea butter, jojoba oil, and coconut oil. It also benefits from humectant products, which attract and hold moisture to your hair. Choose lighter, liquid-based products such as hair milks that won't sit on your hair and leave it oily or greasy. Here are 15 products that will not leave stubborn strands weighed down.
Curl Junkie’s Smoothing Conditioner gets the job done for all hair types, but does wonders on low porosity hair with aloe barbadensis leaf juice as one of the first ingredients!