5 Products that Combat Moisture Loss in Natural Hair


By Chinwe of Hair and Health

Naturals with highly porous strands (or, high hair porosity) generally have lifted, missing, and/or broken cuticles.  As a result, gateways exist in the hair shaft for quick water absorption but also quick water loss.  For this reason, retaining moisture can be a serious challenge for those with high hair porosity.

If you are one of these naturals, there are some tried methods that may help you to mitigate this issue.  Below are five of them ranging from flattening the lifted cuticle to layering products to using porosity control or protein-based conditioners to patch up the cuticle.

1. Kimmaytube Homemade Leave-In Recipe

WHAT’S IN IT: This homemade leave-in, which was created by Kim Love (or, Kimmaytube on Youtube) contains 1 oz of Kinky-Curly Knot Today Leave-In (conditioning, reduces tangling), 2 tablespoons of whole leaf aloe vera juice (acidic, moisture, humectant), 2 teaspoons of castor oil (sealant, emollient), and 2 teaspoons of jojoba oil (sealant, emollient).

WHY KIMMAYTUBE LEAVE-IN: This mixture of ingredients is thought to produce an acidifying leave-in conditioner that flattens lifted cuticles and enhances moisture retention.  Now whether the pH of this conditioner actually helps to “flatten” the cuticle is debatable, but many naturals do swear by this concoction and it may be worth a try if you are on the mild side of high hair porosity. The addition of castor oil and jojoba oil help to seal in moisture.

WHERE TO FIND: Kinky Curly Knot Today: Amazon. (Some naturals have successfully used cheaper conditioners in place of Knot Today.  If you choose to do the same, purchase one that is detangling and can be used as a leave-in.)

2. Liquid-Oil-Cream (L.O.C.) Method – Chicoro’s Version

WHAT’S IN IT: While some naturals have their own version of this method, Chicoro’s consists of the following: Apply a water-based product (e.g., water mixed with glycerin, a leave-in conditioner) to your hair first for hydration.  Then follow up with a penetrating oil-based product for added moisture – and ideally one containing aloe vera juice (moisture, humectant).  Lastly, seal with a heavy cream-based or emulsifier-based product.  Some naturals with porous strands swear by this L.O.C. method for retaining moisture.

WHY CHICORO’S L.O.C. Method: The idea behind this layering is that it effectively restores and locks in moisture into the strand.  Since porous hair loses water easily, this method may be ideal.

WHERE TO FIND: Here are some recommended products to get you started: Glycerin, Coconut Oil, Castor Oil, Kinky Curly Knot Today, Carol’s Daughter Healthy Hair Butter.

3. Roux Porosity Control Corrector & Conditioner


WHAT’S IN IT: Roux Porosity Control Corrector & Conditioner consists of water, oleyl betaine (reduces static, conditioning agent), propylene glycol (humectant, moisture retention), dicetyldimonium chloride (reduces static, conditioning agent), hydrolyzed silk (light protein, conditioning agent), and panthenol (lubricant) among its top ingredients.  It also contains parabens (preservatives) in case you are vigilant of such ingredients in products.

WHY ROUX POROSITY CONTROL: This conditioner is specifically formulated to combat severe porosity issues.  The hydrolyzed silk protein can temporarily patch up any damage in the cuticle that would otherwise open the door to moisture loss. The addition of humectants helps to attract moisture to the porous strand while the combination of antistatic agents, lubricants, and conditioning agents reduces issues associated with lifted cuticles (e.g., rough hair shaft, static electricity, difficult detangling). It is recommended to use this conditioner along with the Roux shampoo or a gentle conditioning shampoo.

WHERE TO FIND: Amazon, Sally Beauty Supply, local beauty supply stores

4. Organic Root Stimulator Replenishing Conditioner (or Pak)

WHAT’S IN IT: This conditioner contains water, soybean oil (sealant, emollient), glycerin (humectant, moisture retention), olive oil (sealant, emollient), and hydrolyzed collagen (protein) among its top ingredients.

WHY ORS REPLENISHING: In many cases, those with high porosity benefit from the use of a conditioner containing protein, which can temporarily patch up the cuticle.  However, some naturals may find certain protein conditioners to be a bit drying. The Organic Root Stimulator Replenishing Conditioner is a good option for porous hair because it contains that necessary protein (in this case, hydrolyzed collagen) for temporary cuticle patching but also moisturizing agents (glycerin, oils, etc.) to hydrate and seal.  The product is also offered in a smaller, cheaper “Pak” for those who do not want to commit to the larger version just yet.

WHERE TO FIND: Amazon, Sally Beauty Supply, local beauty supply stores

5. Apple Cider Vinegar or Lemon Rinse

WHAT’S IN IT: This post-conditioner rinse consists of 1 part apple cider vinegar (ACV) and 8 parts cold water (or 2 parts ACV and 7 parts cold water).  The alternative is to switch out the apple cider vinegar for the lemon juice.

WHY ACV RINSE: Though this method is also debatable, some naturals swear by these acidic rinses for flattening the lifted cuticles of porous hair after a good moisturizing deep conditioning step.  However, if your high porosity is more an issue of missing or broken cuticles, you may find the Roux Porosity Control Corrector or the ORS Replenishing Conditioner to be more effective.


How do you combat moisture loss in porous hair?



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33 thoughts on “5 Products that Combat Moisture Loss in Natural Hair

  1. I’ve used ORS conditioners a few times and it always starts off great leaving my hair soft and manageable. Then by the 2nd or 3rd use it leaves a sticky residue in my hair and causes my hair to clump together. The only way to get it out is to wash it out with a clarifying shampoo. I usually only use the ORS conditioner once a week. Does anyone know why this is happening?

    • Hi Reanna!

      What other products are you using between each deep condition? There’s also a possibility that your hair doesn’t like one or several of the silicone’s in the ORS. I know this is close to 5 months after the fact but hopefully it will help! :-D

  2. I have low porosity and could tell me what products or regiment low porosity hair should use ? Please I need to know how to care for my type hair

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