How To Deal with Low Porosity Hair

This morning I did the hair porosity test and it solidified exactly what I already knew, I got some dry ass hair LOL.  So how did I do the hair porosity test and what does this mean for my hair now that I know?

Performing a hair porosity test helps you to determine how much water (aka moisture) your hair takes in.  By putting a strand of hair in a cup of still water your hair will either float (low porosity), chill in the middle (normal porosity) or sink (high porosity).  Having low porosity hair means the cuticles of your hair is tightly bound and closed so the moisture doesn’t just absorb into the hair.
As you can see my hair is sitting right at the top of the water and stayed there for a good 5 minutes.  This basically told me what I already knew, it takes a lot to keep my hair moisturized.  It’s not difficult for it to be done it just takes a lot more to do so.

Image of Twistout Low Porosity Hair

How to combat the dryness?

Things I’ve found that has been working for my hair so far is continuing to use regular shampoo at least every 4-6 weeks to clarify my hair of all the build up and allow my hair to take in products better.  In between I’ll do my co-washing pretty frequently to maintain the moisture in my hair but using conditioners or even sulfate free shampoos to wash your hair can cause build up and your hair should be clean enough to accept the benefits of the products your place in it.

As I always stress deep conditioning is also really important; especially when it comes to having low porosity hair.  During the Winter my hair was super dry but not only because of the weather but also because I wasn’t deep conditioning often enough.  My hair showed the effects of me not doing so too, it was a dry brittle mess.  Since I’ve incorporated deep conditioning more into my routine now I can definitely see the difference in my hair, it may still be dry but just brittle mess-less.


Deep conditioning with heat or even a steamer is even better, I don’t have one yet 🙁 but I am considering getting a Q Redew opposed to a stand up steamer that will take up alot of space.  In the meantime I utilize my Hot Head Deep Conditioning cap.

Tip For those who don’t have either you can actually heat the deep conditioner itself so the cuticles of your hair can open up to allow the conditioner to melt into your hair and absorb the benefits of it.

See related post Deep Conditioning Relaxed Hair | 5 Months Post

After the Wash

Now I’m an advocate for t shirt drying my hair not only because its more gentler than using a towel but the cotton helps to absorb the moisture.  Most of the time my hair is usually 80-90% dry by the time I begin to apply my products.  When you have low porosity hair you don’t want to apply product to your hair when it’s wet because the products can easily just slide off or just sit on top of the hair rather than be absorbed by it.

If you’ve followed along with my hair journey (or any of your other favorite hair bloggers) you’ll always hear that your hair needs to be moisturized to grow. Since moisture is equally related to water, that is the key ingredient to look for when selecting a hair moisturizer or any haircare products you use in your hair for that matter.  In fact, I prefer it be the first ingredient in the items I use in my hair along with ingredients like glycerin and other nutrient rich products but aqua should always be first.

Image of LOC Method for Low Porosity Hair

My Current LOC Method

LOC vs LCO Method

Depending on the style I am wearing in my hair, let’s say a bun for instance, I find myself needing to moisturize it daily using the LOC Method (liquid, oil, cream) but now that I’ve determined I have low porosity hair I’m going to try to switch it up and use the LCO Method and see if it works out better for my hair this way.  Some will say that people with low porosity hair don’t even need to use oils to seal the moisture in but I still like the added benefits of using natural oils for my tresses.

I believe having low porosity hair is also a reason why my hair normally prefers liquid leave in conditioners but lately as you may have seen in my recent posts and videos I’ve been loving my Shea Moisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil Strengthen & Restore Leave in Conditioner instead.  I’d then follow up with my natural oil mixture and lastly instead of my normal Holy Grail Hair Care Hair Moisturizer I’ve been using it’s sister, the Elasta QP Olive Oil & Mango Butter Leave in Conditioner.

See related video LOC Chunky Twistout featuring My DNA Defining Custard

In order to do so, I will now begin doing my LCO method at night then making sure to cover it up with either a plastic shower cap or even a plastic bag then my bonnet to create a greenhouse effect.  I’ve done this a few times in the past and my hair was definitely more moisturized come the next morning.  This is known as the baggy method and I will be incorporating into my hair routine more often now.  Now that I’ve determined that my hair has low porosity hopefully these changes will benefit the health of my tresses overall and have it continue to thrive.

How do you maintain the moisture in your hair?  Do you use any of the methods discussed here to keep your hair moisturized?  Let’s talk about it down in the comments below and you know you can always

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  • Tomes Edition

    The only thing i’ll add is baggying. I try to do this every other day when my hair isn’t as moisturized as I woul dhave like from my wash day. Your tips are definitely what i do as well.

    • Kay’s Ways

      Great minds think alike Tome! Thanks girl

  • I keep my hair moisturized by using many of things you mentioned. I also love baggying.

    • Kay’s Ways

      I know how effective it is, I don’t know why I don’t consistently do it.

  • Every time I chop off my hair I’m so good about doing the baggying method then I slack off once it gets longer. No clue why I do that since it’s awesome for my hair! My hair is bleached and dyed purple so I really have to pay attention to moisutre or I’ll end up with no hair…LOL! I haven’t checked the porosity in my hair in forever and will have to do that again since I can’t recall my level.

    • Kay’s Ways

      I know right, knowing how good it is for our hair should be reason enough to keep going but I be slacking too. Definitely need to stay on top of any chemically treated styles

  • Such great tips. I have been one to battle dryness for such a long time and then finally I just chopped it all off.

    • Kay’s Ways

      I bet you save lots of time with not having to think about what to do with your hair 😉

  • Thanks for sharing this information. I bet my sister could use this information. I will share it with her. I do use leave in conditionera regularly.

    • Kay’s Ways

      Thanks for sharing! Leave ins are definitely a must

  • Tyra

    This is great. My hair (and skin) are so dry. I am going to look into this further.

    • Kay’s Ways

      I have the same issues smh, glad it helps!

  • My hair is in need of some help! I’ve never tried any of these methods for dryness but it sounds like I may need to.

    • Kay’s Ways

      Definitely try different things to see how they’ll work for you. If we’re gonna have hair might as well have healthy hair 😉

  • This is awesome tips!! I love this… For me, my hair is super dry too. Totally natural. So I often get confused if I even need deep conditioning or even hot oils treatments etc? I’ve also learned that we should stay away from products that contain alcohol.. You didn’t mention anything about alcohol based products, thoughts?

    • Kay’s Ways

      Oh yeah definitely alcohol is a NO NO, I never understand why it would be an ingredient of something for hair. When I use gel, it’s usually eco styler because it’s alcohol free. You can do both for a double dose of moisture, the hot oil treatment as a prepoo and a deep conditioning at the end of your wash routine.

  • Deidre Harris McMillan

    Thanks for sharing this post with us! I learned lots I didn’t know about my hair and keeping it Moisturized!

    • Kay’s Ways

      Thanks for stopping by Deidre! Glad its helpful

  • Great tips Kara! My hair is high porosity and I use the LCO method as well. Deep conditioning is truly my bestie 🙂

    • Christine St.Vil

      Funny enough, I had started doing the LCO method because it made the most sense for my hair, but I didn’t realize it was an actual method as the only thing I’ve heard about is the LOC method. Great tips and I definitely have dry hair most times but this method has helped to keep moisture in.

      • Kay’s Ways

        Glad it works for you too!

    • Kay’s Ways

      For sure, deep conditioning just sets everything off after wash day!

  • I use the LOC method, which keeps my hair moisturized. I also find that light oils work wonders.

  • I did not know you could test the porosity of your hair that way. I’m going to check mine.

  • I’ve never heard of this test, but I definitely have to try it for my daughter’s hair… although I’m sure I already know it’s very dry. I need to get her some more of that leave-in, it works wonders!

  • Good tips. I am still learning all this stuff and I definitely need to up my deep conditioning game.

  • I see that we share the same porosity level and many of
    the things you’re saying about your hair, I’ve said about mine! I’ve started
    cowashing more and shampooing less. I was shampooing every other week and that’s definitely not good for someone with low porosity! I actually haven’t been deep conditioning at all at home!! It’s just never been on my radar, so I’m testing
    out different deep conditioners now to see if I can find a good one. I’ve also
    learned that heated deep conditioners are A1 for low porosity so I’ve been
    incorporating that as well. I actually bought the Q-Redew and I LOVE that
    thing. It’s fast, quick, and easy. I also travel a lot so it’s easy to take on
    the road.

    I also t-shirt dry, but what I’ve been doing lately is
    just doing my hair while it’s soaking wet. My hair is super frizzy, so the less
    I touch it, the less frizz it creates! Also, when I’m styling my hair, it holds
    the style better if I can set my hair while it’s soaking wet. Depending on what
    kind of style it is (like a flat twist out) it could take a couple of days to
    dry, but I just throw a wig or half wig on it and I’m good to go!

    I was using the LOC method because that was always the
    method I heard talked about the most. Then I read an article about the LCO
    method that made so much sense. It never occurred to me how backwards it was
    (for me) to put the oil on before the cream/moisturizer! Ever since I’ve
    switched methods, my hair has been flourishing! I’ve had the best luck with
    cream leave-ins over liquid leave-ins. I just feel like the cream leave-in has
    more for my hair to grasp from.

    Sorry for the book, I could just relate so much to what
    you were saying!

    • Kay’s Ways

      BOL how I’m just seeing this Mionna? I know you feel my pain. LCO is definitely a winner for us with low porosity. I still wash every other week but the deep conditioning and moisturizing in between sure helps! Sorry so late girl

      • It’s okay! I know how it can be. I’ll see a response and respond in my head, but never actually type it out…then months go by and I’m like ‘oh no! I never responded!” LOL.

        4 months later, I still feel the same way I felt then about everything I said. I’ve had my hair in a protective style for much of that time, but now that it’s out I’m back on it. I’ve found a deep conditioner that I’m going to stick with for a little while too (Alikay Naturals Honey and Sage DC). I know you’ve tried…and since your hair is so much like mine!!!!…lol…what’d you think??

        • Kay’s Ways

          I LOVVVEEEE it! Makes me actually want to deep condition lol. I used it in this video ( along with the other products I picked up from them, been using them ever since. So good! It should really help your hair. The leave in is bomb too!

          • That’s very good to know. I’m definitely going to continue using it. The last two times I’ve washed my hair I’ve used that and I feel like it works so well. I’m curious to see how it’ll play out over time!


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