As we move away from unnecessary hair typing, the most important hair typing system should relate to how porous your hair is and the texture of the strands themselves. Meaning do you have highly porous hair or low porosity hair. Are your strands thin/fine or thick/course. We recently discussed the oils that should be used on low porosity hair, so it is only right that we dive into the world of women with high porosity natural hair. The management and hair care regimen needed for high porosity natural hair can be difficult to understand at first but once it is mastered you will have amazing results. Here’s why!

What is high porosity?

High Porosity hair means the cuticles of your hair are raised highly therefore they absorb moisture rather quickly. And while that may sound like an amazing beneficial thing… there are a few issues with highly porous hair that drive naturals nuts. Your raised cuticle never closes so just as quickly as you absorb the moisture, you lose it as well. This causes dry hair which is more susceptible to damage and breaking. The raised strands also catch onto each other easily which means it is easier for your hair to become tangled.  Not only does detangling become a hassle, highly porous natural hair also becomes frizzy very easily. For some frizziness is the death of a hair style while others embrace it. Depending on your view on it this could be an extremely annoying factor of having high porosity natural hair.

In taking care of high porosity natural hair your hair care regimen will have to be specific for your hair’s needs. What you will want to look for specifically in products for your highly porous natural hair are products that are moisturizing and water based. You will want heavier products like custards, puddings…etc to help saturate the hair as well as heavy oils to smooth out the cuticle and seal in the moisture for as long as possible.

10 Products To Tackle High Porosity Natural Hair

71fWG2csgQL._SX522_Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie:  With water, shea butter, and coconut oil serving as the first three ingredients in the Curl Enhancing smoothie you’re in for a treat in the moisturizing department. I never had great luck with this product but that was because I learned the hard way that I have low porosity hair which is why this product didn’t work for me. This product however has the density and thickness to help moisturize your high porosity hair while sealing in the moisture due to the pre scene of the coconut oil and other natural organic ingredients.

Ingredients: Deionized Water, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter)*, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut ) Oil*, Macadamia Ternifolia Seed Oil, Magnifera Indica (Mango) Seed Butter*, Persea Gratissima (Avacado) Oil, Vegetable Glycerin, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Silk Protein, Ammonium Salt, Melia Azadiratcha (Neem) Seed Oil,Daucus Carota Sativa (Carrot) Seed oil, Sorbitol Esters, Panthenol (Pro-Vitamin B-5), Caprylyl Glycol, Essential Oil Blend, Lonicera Caprifolium (honeysuckle) Flower (and) Lonicera Japonica (Japanese Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Hibiscus Flower Extract

715JBpb4lnL._SX522_Kinky Curly Knot Today: Though I could never fully get behind the price tag of Kinky Curly products the Kinky Curly Knot Today leave in conditioner reigns supreme as one of the best detangling conditioners on the market for women with natural hair. What makes this product effective for high porosity natural hair is the slip that it provides. Detangling is very difficult for high porosity natural hair but the mixture of lemongrass, mango extract and marshmallow root work magic together in making detangling a breeze.

Ingredients: Mango Fuit Extract, Slipper Elm, Marshmallow Root, Lemongrass, Cetyl Alcohol, *Behentrimonium Methosulfate, Citric Acid, Phenoxyethanol And Natural Fragrance

31bIQol-S7LOyin Handmade Hair Dew Hair Lotion: Besides the heavenly smell of Oyin Handmade’s Hair Dew the presence of water, castor oil, and olive oil (remember the first three ingredients are key) as the first three ingredients make this hair lotion a must have in any highly porous natural’s regimen. It is thick enough to immediately moisturize while the coconut oil, castor oil, and olive oil go to town on sealing in that moisture you’ve just applied.

Ingredients: purified water, castor oil, olive oil, organic aloe vera gel, behentrimonium methosulfate (emulsifier), coconut oil, olive squalane, optiphen (preservative), cetyl alcohol, fragrance, and love!

51wEci7MH1L._SX522_Eden Bodyworks Peppermint Tea Tree Hair Milk: With water as its basis I was already on board with the peppermint tea tree hair milk that leaves behind a lovely scent and a tingling sensation that I love. What Eden Bodyworks really has going for them in the high porosity natural hair test is the mixture of oils that work together to provide moisture that is heavy without a heavy feeling or excessive residue left behind.

Ingredients: Water, Glycerin, Stearic Acid, Cetearyl Alcohol, Polysorbate 60, Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Kernel Oil, Cannabis Sativa (Hemp) Seed Oil, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Daucus Carota Sativa (Carrot) Seed Oil, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Xanthan Gum, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Hydroxypropyltrimonium Honey, Tocopheryl Acetate, Disodium EDTA, Citric Acid, Peppermint (Mentha Piperita) Oil, Tea Tree (Melaleuca Alternifolia) Leaf Oil, Phenoxyethanol

71ohzKBu9bL._SY679_Camille Rose Naturals Curl Love Moisture Milk:  This was one of my favorite moisturizing conditioners when I was transitioning but again I had to learn the hard way why it wasn’t working as effectively for me as it was for others. The presence of the heavy oils and green tea are a no brainer for high porosity naturalistas. This hair milk will leave your hair feeling moisturized for majority of the day without having to worry about too much frizz or your hair drying out. It also doubles up to provide shine and antioxidants. Always a win win!

Ingredients: Deionized water, behentrimonium methosulfate and cetearyl alcohol, persea gratissima (avocado) oil, oryza sativa (rice) bran oil, aloe barbadensis leaf, ricinus communis (castor) seed oil, ternifolia (macadamia nut) seed oil, sorbitol, camellia (green tea) sinensis leaf, oryza sativa (rice) milk, rosa canina (rose hip) seed oil, cetearyl alcohol, ceteareth 20, slippery elm (ulmus fulva) bark, phenoxyethanol, caprylyl glycol, sorbic acid, scent and love!

51EjZ1lp47L._SY679_Curls Lavish Curls Moisturizer: You can apply this moisturizing spray to your hair whether it is in a wet or dry state( for high porosity natural hair I recommend when dry). When women with high porosity natural hair started tackling their issues with their hair the quick fix method was using a hair spray bottle as you went through your day. The difference now is by using this you won’t have to carry a spray bottle all day. Spraying this in the morning as a refresher for your curls will help lock in moisture and add amino acids as well.

Ingredients: Water, Glycerin, Polysorbate 80, Methylheptyl Isostearate, Silk Amino Acids, Certified Organic Anthemis Nobilis Flower Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Certified Organic Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Citric Acid, Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride, Disodium EDTA, Potassium Sorbate, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Fragrance.

71zRGNNZCSL._SY679_Jane Carter Solution Moisture Nourishing Shampoo: When you have highly porous natural hair you have less build up issues compared to women with low porosity, however your hair is easy stripped and damaged even during the cleansing process. So it is important to have a sulfate free gentle shampoo that will leave your hair and scalp feeling clean and refreshed with out stripping it and making it dry. Jane Carter Solution’s shampoo has just the right balance of cleansing agents with out the harmful chemical stripping agents.

Ingredients: Deionized water, certified organic aloe vera, sodium laureth sulfate, lauryl glycoside, cocoamidopropyl betaine, polyquaterium 7, glycol stearate, glycerin, wheat protein, wheat amino acids, tocopherol, lecithin, panthenol, caprylic acid, glycine, potassium sorbate, phenoxyethanol, citric acid.

51ppStFAOtLCarol’s Daughter Hair Milk Nourishing & Conditioning Styling Pudding This Carol’s Daughter product is sent from the Gods for high porosity natural hair. The specific ingredients tackle issues with frizzing and dangling all in one while providing moisture and shine. This is my all time favorite Carol’s Daughter ingredient.

Ingredients:Water (Aqua), Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Glycerin, Fragrance (Parfum), Agave Tequilana Stem Extract, Aminomethyl Propanol, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Carbomer, Cyamopsis Tetragonoloba, (Guar) Gum, Dioleyl Phosphate, Disodium EDTA, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Macadamia Ternifolia Seed Oil, Oleth-5 Phosphate, PEG-12 Dimethicone, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, PVP, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Methylisothiazolinone, Potassium Sorbate

41gPq+T2BsLAphogee Keratin Reconstructor: This product helps to battle cortex and cuticle damage in your hair. So many women with natural hair that is highly porous have issues with the cuticle of their hair being damaged or overly dry. This protein treatment can help prevent and battle this damage. It helps to restore the strength of your hair as well.

Ingredients: Water, Cetearyl Alcohol, Polysorbate 60, Behenamidopropylamine Behenatem Stearolkonium Chloride, Cetrimonium Chloride, Cocodimonium Hydrolyzed Hair Keratin, Hydrolzed Mucopolysac Charides, Sodium Coco Collagen Amino Acids, Wheat Germ Fatty Acids, Linoleic Acid, Linolenic Acid, Arachidonic Acid, Squalane, Avocado Oil, Acetimide MEA, Panthenol, Wheat Germ Oil, Jojoba Oil, Tocopherol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Sulfur, Amodimethicone, Polyquaternium 10, Linoleamidopropyl PG Dimonium, Chloride Phosphate, Tallowtrimonium Chloride, Nonoxynol 10, Cocoyl Sarcosine, Sorbitol, Fragrance, Imidazolidinyl Urea, Methylparaben, Propylparaben.

81dLZ2rBU9L._SX522_TGIN Butter Cream Daily Moisturizer: If you follow me you know that I’ve been in love with this moisturizer from the moment I started using it a few months ago. This product works well for high porosity and low porosity natural hair (SAY WHAT! ) Yes it is just that good! I don’t use it daily because it is a bit heavy so it works great for high porosity natural hair. It is moisturizing without leaving a residue and smells heavenly.

Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Glycerin, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Cetearyl Alcohol, Coconut Oil, Amodimethicone, Brassicamidopropyl Dimethylamine, Oleo Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, , Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, Prunus Amygdalys (Sweet Almond) Oil, Triticum Vulgare (Wheat) Germ Oil, PEG 4 Hydrogentated Castor Oil, Ceteareth-20, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Hydrolyzed Soy Protein, Panthenol (Pro-vitamin B5), Aspatric Acid, Perfume, Cyclopentasiloxane, Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate, DMDM Hydantoin, Benzophenone – 3, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Tetrasodium EDTA, Simethicone, BHT

Have you had issues with your high porosity natural hair? What products or what steps have you taken to help you balance out your moisture levels and tackle frizziness? Share your thoughts/responses below.

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4 Responses to 10 Products To Tackle High Porosity Natural Hair

  1. I have very dry porous frizzy hair which is colour treated (copper red) . I really want it long and have a cupboard full of products, from oils, masks treatments and conditioners. It is now below shoulder level but looking very thin and dry . Nothing seems to work, yet when it’s blown dry at the hairdressers it is glossy shiny and swings when I move,
    Oils don’t seem to work at all, they just seem to get soaked up, leaving my hair as dry and brittle as ever. I’ve bought some Aphogee but am afraid to use in as I’m sure I’ve read somewhere that it removes your colour. Is this true! Most people would have given up by now and had it all cut off! Btw I’m not young!! However I’ve never had naturally greasy hair even when young. Would a Shea butter treatment help?

    • @Anne You’ll need to add something to your hair before you put the oil in. The oil, especially heavy oils, will help seal the cuticle and hinder moisture from penetrating the cuticle. Shea butter is good, but make sure to put another type of product (maybe a creamy based moisturizer) and then put the heavy butter/oils on top of that. That way the oil you put on last can help preventing moisture from escaping.

      Also, some of the products contain humectants (aloe, glycerin) and those are a no from high porosity hair. Humectants can absorb a lot of moisture from the in environment which I think can allow the moisture in/on your hair to escape in the process.

  2. the best product ever for high porosity hair, and my hair is very high, is SoftSheen-CarSon’s, Wave Nouveau, Humectant. Nothing works better for me.

    • Works excellent for me also. I don’t think people know that it works good without a perm or wave….best product that moisturizes and makes hair easy to comb. Gets all the kinks out and gives the needed moisture with or without a perm. I highly recommend this, especially for those with high porosity.