Low porosity hair has a much better image than high porosity hair, because the latter is often seen as “more damaged”.

But dealing with low porosity locks comes with its’ own set of challenges.

Related: What is hair porosity and why should you care?

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The perfect low porosity hair care

With low porosity, the hair cuticle is tightly closed, making it hard for any moisture to penetrate the hair shaft.

This means that ideal low porosity hair products contain lots of humectants, helping the hair to attract and retain moisture better.

5 Tips for low porosity hair: use warmth on your hair, watch out for product buildup, don't use too much protein, try warm oil treatments, use light hair oils

Low porosity and protein

Another challenge of low porosity hair is its protein sensitivity. Because of the tight cuticle layer, protein simply builds up on top it, quickly leading to the dreaded protein overload on your strands.

So making sure that your hair products contain little to no protein is another important step for low porosity people.

As it can be incredibly tiring to go through myriads of products in search of exactly the right ingredients, I made this list of perfect products for low porosity hair for you. Enjoy!

Low porosity hair oils

Image of a bottle of Argan oil, a good product for low porosity hair

For low porosity hair oils follow the same rules as for all other low porosity hair products: they mustn’t be too heavy, but you want them to moisturize your hair at the same time.

To achieve both of these things, you want to opt for light hair oils like this argan oil*. Other light options are almond oil or jojoba oil.

Low porosity hair shampoo

For low porosity hair, you want to make sure that your shampoo is protein-free.

Unfortunately, a lot of hair products contain protein without advertising it, so make sure to double-check the ingredients with a tool like this one.

A protein-free and curly girl-approved shampoo is this Shea Moisture product*.

Image of a bottle of Shea Moisture shampoo for low porosity hair

It contains several moisturizing ingredients. One of them is glycerin, which can lead to buildup for some hair types. If that happens to you, swap it out every now and then for a cleansing shampoo like this one*!

Related: 6 hand-selected, curly girl approved shampoos

Low porosity deep conditioner

Finding a deep conditioner that actually “goes deep” on low porosity hair can be a challenge. A lot of deep conditioners simply sit on top of your hair, weigh it down and don’t properly moisturise it.

The Jessicurl deep conditioning treatment*, on the other hand, gets raving reviews from low porosity hair types.

Image of a box of Jessicurl deep conditioner bottles

It comes in two different fragrances or even as a fragrance-free option and can be used after every wash.

Low porosity leave in

When looking for the best leave-in for low porosity hair you’ll quickly land on Shea moisture again.

Image of a Shea Moisture leave-in detangling product for low porosity hair

This leave-in detangler* has been dubbed “the holy grail for low porosity hair” because of how it moisturises your hair without giving you that sticky buildup feel.

And the best part is that you don’t even need to use a lot of it. With this product, a little goes a long way!

Need more products for low-porosity hair?

With the products above, you already have enough for a whole hair care routine. But if you need a little more inspiration, simply check out this list of protein-free hair products!

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