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.


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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?


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! 😀


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


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?

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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… 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.

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.


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 🙂


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!