Low Porosity Curly Hair Characteristics & Tips

Low Porosity Curly Hair Characteristics & Tips


LOW POROSITY curly hair is a closed hair cuticle that's tightly bonded, while laying smooth and flat, which makes it difficult for moisture (AKA water, leave-in conditioner, gel, etc.) to enter the hair follicle. Considered to be very healthy hair that has had little to no chemicals or heat and needs warm to hot water to allow product penetration to the hair cuticle/shaft. Once low porosity has absorbed the moisture, it is preserved well and will stay moisturized for a long time. 



  • Healthy, resilient hair
  • Dries very slowly
  • Has little to no chemical or heat damage
  • Can become more porous (higher porosity & difficult to manage) if heat styling, chemicals, and/or excessive mechanical manipulation is done
  • Products tend to “sit” on hair, (only if warm water isn’t used) causing buildup 
  • Doesn’t need much leave-in conditioner, they’re packed with proteins and low porosity already contains plenty, use twice the amount of gel and focus on more moisture instead  
  • Naturally low porosity hair contains the perfect amount of proteins, so be very cautious using anything that contains protein.
  • Can be prone to product build up if too much product is used
  • A heat cap will bring your curl game to a whole new level, providing a tremendous amount of moisture and elasticity
  • Use a clarifying shampoo every other wash. With healthy tresses, you can go every other week shampooing and just using the co-wash every wash. This will ensure moisture, without causing buildup.
  • Take your time and be sure to style in sections. Make sure hair is fully saturated with warm water before applying products to ensure definition.
  • Physically squeeze (gently) the product into hair to increase absorption.
  • Protein treatments two to three times a year is ideal. (During the beginning or end of cold and hot seasons). If hair is healthy, it is naturally packed with lots of protein and can easily become stiff and weighed down from protein overload, but sometimes our tresses can be stripped from the natural proteins, due to humidity, sweat, swimming, etc. 
  • Apply oil/serum AFTER hair is 100% dry. Seal/Soften the scalp with fingertips for 1-2 minutes. Lather the remainder into the rest of your tresses that are crunchy from the gel. 
  • If you want your wash-and-go’s to last a little longer, do not use oil the day of your wash and go. Unless you need perfect curls for an occasion, go as long as you can without applying to your curls. On the scalp is ok, just do not apply to there rest of your strands, if you want your wash-and-go to last a little longer 
  • For extra protection, sleep with a bonnet
  • Have patience! Great results take lots of time , perseverance, and practice.
  • Protective styles like loose buns, ponytails, braids, twists can be beneficial by extending the length in between wash days.
  • Use Co-wash every.single.wash day before shampoo. Rinse after shampoo is applied.  
  • Try different products to see what works and what doesn't.
  • Trim your ends, twice a year.
  • Visit Cays Curls YouTube page to watch and "How To" videos for your low porosity curls 

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