What should low porosity hair avoid?

What is Low Porosity Hair?

Disclaimer: Not all low porosity hair types are created equal because it’s an infinite spectrum. Everyone’s hair is unique, reacts differently, and is on a different level or stage of their journey. This is only to be a source of reference NOT a one size fits all.

Low porosity hair needs to avoid heavy products and ingredients that can weigh down or further coat the hair cuticles, making it difficult for moisture to penetrate the hair shaft. Here are some things that low porosity hair should avoid:

  1. Products with silicones: Silicones can create a barrier on the hair, making it difficult for moisture to penetrate. Look for products that are silicone-free or use water-soluble silicones.
  2. Protein treatments with hydrolyzed proteins: While protein treatments can be beneficial for low porosity hair, hydrolyzed proteins can be too heavy and cause buildup on the hair. Look for protein treatments that use smaller proteins that are easily absorbed by the hair.
  3. Heat styling tools: Heat styling tools like flat irons and curling irons can further damage low porosity hair. If you must use heat styling tools, use a heat protectant spray to protect your hair from damage.
  4. Over-washing: Over-washing can strip the hair of its natural oils and make it more difficult for moisture to penetrate the hair shaft. Try to wash your hair no more than once or twice a week.


  • Products build up easily and seem to sit on the surface rather than penetrate your hair strands.
  • You see water beads sitting on top of your hair strands.
  • You have to use a lot of products to get desired results.
  • It takes a long time for your hair to get fully wet or dry.
  • You feel like your hair is rough, coarse, or wiry in texture.
  • Protein treatments don’t seem to work for your hair, and when you apply them, it becomes stiff.
  • Resistant to chemical treatments.
  • Absorbs products slowly.