If you’ve been following the world of natural hair for a minute or two, then you’ll have noticed a theme: natural hair is very individual no matter how similar your curls might seem to someone else’s. So bear that in mind as we delve into one of the most important topics of natural hair care: how to deep condition low porosity hair.
First of all, note that there are two types of conditioning you need to be aware of: there’s the in-shower quick condition, which involves jumping in the shower, adding your conditioner to you hair, doing your shower business, and then rinsing your conditioner out of your hair.
Then there’s deep conditioning, which is going to be the focus of this post. A quick in-shower conditioning treatment is great for refreshing a style, detangling mid-week (especially if you have hair that tangles easily), and adding a quick boost of moisture to your strands.
But if your hair is fine as well as low porosity, it may be in your best interest to focus on weekly deep conditioning and doing the midweek in-shower conditioning sessions only as needed.
Why? Because fine hair is more prone to breakage.
And manipulation causes damage.
So, you’ll want to minimize the amount of manipulation you do to your hair if your intention is to retain length. Again, keep in mind that every one is different. What’s outlined here may not work for everyone.
So, on to the topic at hand…
CHOOSE YOUR CONDITIONER WISELY
I don’t know about you, but over the years, I’ve found most deep conditioners to be overrated. And by overrated, I mean an inexpensive regular conditioner can do the same job as any overpriced deep conditioner.
Why? Because when it comes to deep conditioning low porosity hair, the addition of heat is the most important to factor to achieving healthy, moisturized hair. NOT THE TYPE OF PRODUCT.
That means you have an even greater range of conditioners at your disposable to deep condition your strands because you don’t have to focus solely on deep conditioners. You can choose whatever conditioner you like.
My personal favorite is the Trader Joe’s Nourish Spa Conditioner. It’s easily accessible at your local Trader Joes and is about $3 per container. So, not super expensive. It’s a lightweight conditioner that never fails to add moisture to my strands when I sit under heat for 30 minutes or so for my deep conditioning sessions.
ALWAYS USE HEAT TO DEEP CONDITION LOW POROSITY HAIR
Conditioning low porosity natural hair is always going to work better with heat. The frequency of conditioning might be less important than how you condition, depending on how you care for your hair.
When it comes to low porosity hair, the cuticles of the hair strand lay close together and make it hard for moisturizing ingredients to seep into your hair.
Heat helps to open those cuticles so those healthful ingredients can get into your hair strands and do their work. It also helps to reduce flakes. Again, low porosity hair only absorbs so much product when the cuticles are closed, so open cuticles means more absorption, which means fewer flakes, more moisture, easier detangling, and healthier hair.