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.

WHERE TO FIND:  Ama­zon.

How do you com­bat mois­ture loss in porous hair?


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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


Great Arti­cle Blackhairstyleguide.com has dif­fer­ent styles to choose from.


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?


You need to alter­nate between con­di­tion­ing and ORS week­ly. That worked for me :)


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


FYI bcz aloe Vera is used to seal cuti­cle as a lp seal­ing my cuti­cles are Far­rrrrrrr from my prob­lem. Open­ing is my issue. That’s why kim­may­tube exact recipe is not ide­al for lp hair ppl.


I would love to have a DIY leave in specif­i­cal­ly for low poros­i­ty hair. One that mim­ics kim­may­tube. Because of the aloe Vera in kim­may­tube I have to shy away. I like the con­co­tion but I’ve less­ened the amount of AVG. My con­cern is I don’t know if I’m being tru­ly effec­tive. Lis­ten­ing to my hair so far I’m con­tent but I want to make sure I’m effec­tive and the mad sci­en­tist in me loves all thing DIY!!!! Pls & Ty xoxo


the kim­may­tube leave in is not kim­mays own idea but a mod­i­fied ver­sion of a recipe found in one of the books kim­may reviewed in one of her ear­li­er videos. for­got the name, chrissie how or some­thing like that. #JS


I don’t care that peo­ple don’t like Kim­may­tube. The woman is beau­ti­ful, suc­cess­ful, edu­cat­ed, and was will­ing to use actu­al Sci­en­tif­ic method to fig­ure out what worked and debunk hair prod­uct myths. I notice when a black woman is that fierce, it tends to turn off oth­er women. No idea why. She has helped thou­sands of women and doesn’t work for any­one but her. That is some­thing to be admired. That leave in recipe she even both­ered to exper­i­ment with and post helped me fig­ure out my own hair


I used the roux poros­i­ty con­di­tion­er by its­self n didn’t notice much of a diff. But this last time used it… I added acv to the cond­tion­er and it was the bomb!! Cut 30min from my detan­gle time.


Thank you for infor­ma­tion and shar­ing.


Sor­ry Kimmaytube’s leave in^^^


I found a sim­il­iar recipe online.…not sure if some­one stole her idea but I’m excit­ed to try it! http://m.wikihow.com/Balance-pH-in-Hair-Naturally


The site gave her cred­it for it…:-)

Ok, I’m com­ment­ing on the ACV and lemon juice rins­es. The pro­por­tions list­ed are WAY TOO high for hair due to the veeery acidic nature of ACV and lemon juice. And no, one can­not sub­sti­tute the oth­er. ACV has a pH of 2.5 and lemon juice has a pH of 2.0. Since pH is a log­a­rith­mic scale, this means lemon juice is lit­er­al­ly 5 times more acidic than apple cider vine­gar! I know it seems like I’m ram­bling, but if you watch the video on Youtube “Bonus pH test­ing results” by kim­may­tube, you’ll see why I only use half a… Read more »

Will these prod­ucts work if you wear your hair blow dried?

…” posts ;-)20. Mass exo­dus from Face­book and MySpace. Time is too vll­bauae to deal with the glut of time-dis­tract­ing apps and feeds here. We’ll seek out social net­work­ing sites with bet­ter sig­nal to noise ratios (if we haven’t already).21. We’ll dis­cov­er that the wealthy are real­ly noth­ing like us. As economies con­tin­ue to see-saw, the rich will get rich­er, the poor will get poor­er and the mid­dle-class will be for­ev­er scram­bling to keep up. Prod­ucts and ser­vices for the extreme­ly rich, like $8mil con­dos and super­fast lux­u­ry yachts will just keep get­ting more and more extrav­a­gant, the rest of… Read more »
Michelle Spice

I am not doing jus­tice to my kinks and my napps when I live a sea­son­al cli­mate such as in North Amer­i­ca!

I do jus­tice to my beau­ti­ful hair when I reside in the trop­ics and the equa­tor… Every­thing gets healthy and grow in a mas­sive bun­dle!

Our hair needs good oils and we must con­cen­trate on what work for us indi­vid­u­al­ly…

I use Cas­tor oil, Argon oil, Sweet Almond oil, cold press coconut oil, Rose­mary oil, avo­ca­do oil…

Also remem­ber to use anti-aging recipes to nour­ish, treat and keep scalp healthy always…


The best hair, face and beau­ty prod­ucts that work for me can is at http://www.skinoxygenproducts.com
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Kimmey’s leave-in con­di­tion­er, and her over-all site, saved me from re-relax­ing my hair about a year and a half ago. I at the time had col­lar bone length (when sretched) very dense very porous hair and the longer it was becom­ing the hard­er it was for me to man­age. It was super dry and thick. I had just about giv­en up when I stum­bled upon her on youtube.  I prac­ti­cal­ly watched every video she had on pH bal­ance and the sci­ence of hair. I went and applied her meth­ods and haven’t turned back since! I showed my mom my sis­ter… Read more »

Could you guys do a post specif­i­cal­ly on mois­tur­iz­ing locs? Per­son­al­ly, Im hav­ing trou­ble with find­ing leave-in con­di­tion­ers that dont stick in my dreads.


Gio­van­ni Direct leave-in didn’t real­ly do much for my hair UNTIL I mod­i­fied it a la Kim­may­tube. Now it’s the L in my LOC. Haven’t done an ACV rinse in a while but I may con­sid­er it…

I did the porous test and I don’t have porous hair the strand just float­ed for 24 hours how­ev­er I do need to retain mois­ture. So, I use 3 of these meth­ods. I do an ACV after I wash my hair then I let it go damp and apply Kimmay’s leave in recipe then I fin­ish off with the oil and cream lock method. This has helped me retain hair and keep it feel­ing fab. At the moment I am exper­i­ment­ing with a mod­i­fied curly girl method on my 4b hair so I am doing the above but not using any… Read more »

I have heard great things about the Kim­may­tube leave in, but have yet to try it.

I can vouch that aloe vera juice is THE business—I mix it with water and EVOO as my mois­ture mix, and my hair stays mois­tur­ized, soft, and fluffy for days. 

I can also vouch for ACV rins­es, I do them once every two weeks when I wash my hair. I use sham­poo bars, so ACV rins­es help to bal­ance the ph.


It is AMAXZING. That Kim knows her stuff. My hair is mois­tur­ized for days. All I have to do to refresh once dur­ing the week is mist with my dis­tilled water/aloe juice spritz and add a tee­ny bit of the leave in to the very ends of my hair and retwist.


It wasn’t men­tioned by the author in #1 but Kim­may­tube has her own prod­uct line out which includes her Leave In Con­di­tion­er. For those that want to pur­chase, go to her web­site http://www.luvnaturals.com.

I think that it is impor­tant to sup­port each oth­er espe­cial­ly small minor­i­ty busi­ness­es. So out of respect for Kim­may­tube since she did come up with the for­mu­la­tion and to give the read­ers an option, a link to Kimmaytube’s prod­uct should have been post­ed by the author.


To pig­gy back Ugonna, I don’t think she can sell it because of the Knot today that’s in it. But it is great to sup­port minor­i­ty owned busi­ness­es. It may even be a bet­ter con­di­tion­er.


Nah, there’s no Knot Today in it…that would be prod­uct infringe­ment, the prod­uct is for­mu­lat­ed from ingre­di­ents typ­i­cal of nat­ur­al leave-ins and con­di­tion­ers. And from watch­ing some YT reviews peo­ple who bought it like it quite a bit. So read about it & pos­si­bly try it for your­self, maybe you’ll like it :)

Ugonna Wosu

I believe that its a slight­ly dif­fer­ent leave in than the one she gave online, which I don’t think she could sell after let­ting us all know how to make it, lol. I’m sure this new one is good too.


I actu­al­ly use 3 of the 5. I use LOC more than any­thing. It gets used about 2xs a month, usu­al­ly after an acv rinse. I haven’t been able to find the ORS in any­thing but the “pak”. I love the cit­rus aro­ma and my hair seems to absolute­ly love it.

Accord­ing to what I know about poros­i­ty, I’m almost cer­tain that I have medi­um poros­i­ty hair, but I always have dry­ness issues with a scalp that doesn’t pre­fer to be cov­ered with any prod­uct or oil (or I’ll itch some­thing awful). I wet my hair fre­quent­ly (twa stage), pret­ty much every time I show­er. Some­times cleanser, cow­ash or just rinse. Then I apply a vari­a­tion of the loc method- leave in (kknt, CJ smooth­ing lotion, or DB Peach ker­nal Milk) on top of wet hair and then a creamy mois­tur­iz­er that has some of the heav­ier oils in the ingre­di­ents… Read more »
Ugonna Wosu

great con­fir­ma­tion and reminders! Thank you!