Hair is a complicated topic. It seems like after decades of categorizing hair as simply curly, coily, or straight, there are suddenly endless categories and subcategories measuring everything from thickness to ultra-specific growth patterns. Perhaps the most elusive of all these typing mechanisms is hair porosity. Specifically, low porosity is such a mystery.
If you’ve heard this term before but aren’t quite sure what it means, you aren’t alone! Discussions of hair porosity, in general, have become more prevalent in the curly and natural hair communities, so if you aren’t regularly scouting out information in that pocket of the haircare conversation, there’s a good chance you just haven’t come across this term. Trust us—this is information everyone can use! Ahead, we’ve put together a crash course on all things low-porosity hair, including the best products to care for it. Keep scrolling for the expert intel.