One of the keys that unlocked the solution to my perpetually dry hair was incorporating creams in my moisturizing routine. A lot of ladies with type 4 hair really struggle to keep their hair moisturized. I sailed in that boat not too long ago. I’m just glad I got to learn about the best creams for low porosity hair before I cut off my hair again (remember I’m scissor happy).
Here are my top three picks for the best creams for low porosity hair:
- Qhemet Biologics Amla & Olive Heavy Cream
- As I Am Twist Defining Cream
- The Mane Choice Tropical Moringa Oil and Honey Daily Moisturizer and Sealing Cream
Best creams for low porosity hair comparison table
|Qhemet Biologics Amla & Olive Heavy Cream||. Great moisturizer
. 100% vegetarian
. Reduces hair breakage
|As I Am Twist Defining Cream||. Hydrates dry hair
. Has a good consistency
. Minimizes frizz
|The Mane Choice Moisturizer and Sealing Cream||. Enhances hair growth
. Reduce breakage
. Leaves hair soft
|TGIN Twist And Define Cream For Natural Hair||. Minimizes effects of shrinkage
. Hydrates the hair
. Promote hair health
|Curls Blueberry Bliss Twist n Shout Cream||. Adds moisture and definition
. Eliminates frizz
. Holds twists and braids for longer
|Taliah Waajid Curly Curl Cream||. Moisturizes and conditions
. Doesn't flake
|Camille Rose Naturals Curl Love Moisture Milk||. Has great slip
. Great moisturizer
. Perfectly defines your curls
|Mielle Organics Moisturizing Avocado Hair Milk||. Suitable for all hair types
. Has great slip
. Hydrates dry hair
What is low porosity hair?
Porosity basically tells you how good your hair is at getting absorbing water. If you have low porosity hair, it means your hair is bad at absorbing moisture.
This means that my hair’s cuticle layer is tightly packed and this makes it difficult for water to pass through.
The LOC method of moisturizing natural hair
LOC is an abbreviation for Liquid, Oil, and Cream. This indicates the order in which a naturalista should apply hair products so as to lock in moisture and keep the mane well moisturized.
If your coils are usually thirsty, you need to incorporate the LOC method of layering products. The “L” can be a liquid such as a leave-in conditioner or plain water. I usually use a leave-in conditioner.
The “C” can be a cream or butter. The “O” and the “C” act as sealants that seal in the moisture from the leave-in conditioner or water.
The LCO method of moisturizing natural hair
The LCO method entails applying products in this order: Liquid (leave-in conditioner or water), Cream and the Oil.
Some people have argued that low porosity hair responds best when you apply products in this particular order.
Since creams have water as one of the ingredients, they are considered to be moisturizing agents, just like the “L”.
Therefore, according to Essence, by using oil as the last step, it creates a barrier by sealing the two layers of moisture (“L” and “C”) into the hair strands. This way, each layer seals the previous layer.
Best creams for low porosity hair
The following are some of the popular hair creams used by the natural hair community to keep hair moisturized. They also help (a lot!) when you are styling your hair after the cleansing process.
Qhemet Biologics Amla & Olive Heavy Cream
This cream is so rich in moisture that it can soften the thickest and driest hair. It keeps the hair soft for days.
If you think your hair is too stubborn and nothing works for it, I’d suggest you try the Qhemet Biologics Amla & Olive Heavy Cream.
It hydrates and softens curls, pony puffs, afros, coils, twists, and braids.
The cream contains ingredients that nourish the scalp and strengthen hair, as well as nurturing follicles to encourage hair growth.
The blend of olive and castor oils, organic herbs and natural humectants softens hair that is coarse, dry and brittle.
Apart from being used as a moisturizer, it can be used as a conditioner, overnight treatment, and styler.
This product is vegan and is free from parabens, silicones, proteins, dyes, mineral oil and artificial fragrances.
- It keeps your curls moisturized for days
- Soothes and nourishes your scalp
- It adequately moisturizes the hair
- Softens your hair strands from the roots
- It reduces hair breakage
- A little goes a long way
- Eliminates frizz
- Makes hair manageable
- It promotes hair growth
- The cream is heavy and might weigh down some hair types
As I Am Twist Defining Cream
As I Am Twist Defining Cream is made for people with highly textured hair and has natural oil in it that nurtures your hair properly.
This styling cream gives your hair a shiny smoothness when you twist your hair after the cleansing process.
It is a very rich and creamy hair styler, among the best of its kind. It also contains an organic extract that provides your hair with the best moisture.
In addition, there is an organic compound in it that works seamlessly to block DHT (the dihydrotestosterone hormone believed to be one of the things that cause hair loss).
This cream also enables your hair to grow in a healthy environment.
- Minimizes frizz and leaves your hair smooth
- Produces shiny and well-defined twists, braids, twist outs, and braid outs
- It also produces a shiny and long-lasting definition for your twists and braids
- As a DHT blocker, it helps in preventing hair shedding and thinning
- It generally promotes healthy hair growth
- The cream has a good consistency and isn’t sticky
- As someone with low porosity hair, it helps to hydrate my mane
- Doesn’t leave any residue on your hair
- It doesn’t sufficiently moisturize some people’s hair
The Mane Choice Tropical Moringa Oil and Honey Daily Moisturizer and Sealing Cream
This cream supports the growth of your natural hair. It’s also great for healthy hair retention.
It can heal your hair of any damage because of the moringa oil which is one of its ingredients.
This cream also penetrates deep into your hair shaft and helps in moisturizing your locks.
The moisturizer in it helps your hair to get properly hydrated and seals every strand of hair with moisture.
This cream from The Mane Choice is filled with essential vitamins and nutrients and it is perfect for that shiny look that you desire.
- It’s suitable for natural, relaxed, and colored-treated hair.
- Enhances hair growth and healthy hair retention
- Great for replenishing your hair and sealing in moisture.
- Helps to reduce breakage and minimize shedding
- Leaves hair soft and manageable
- Moisturizes the hair
- Makes the hair easy to detangle
- It smoothens out frizz
- It can cause some shrinkage to type 4 hair
TGIN Twist And Define Cream For Natural Hair
As the name suggests, the TGIN Twist And Define Cream For Natural Hair is perfect for your natural hair.
This TGIN (Thank God It’s Natural) product is enriched with vitamin E and D, and coconut oil.
The Vitamin E and coconut oil are great for moisturizing purposes, while vitamin D gives your twists/twist outs and braids/braid outs a smooth and shiny look.
This cream generally nourishes your locks from their roots to their ends.
It is free from parabens, sulfates, petrolatum, lanolin, and artificial colors. It also hasn’t been tested on animals.
- It tames frizz and flyaways
- Creates well-defined twists and twist outs (as well as braids and braid outs) on type 3 and 4 hair
- It gives your curls a strong and lasting definition
- It hydrates the hair – a big plus for people with low porosity hair
- Minimizes the effects of shrinkage
- It doesn’t leave your hair stiff and crunchy
- Doesn’t weigh down your hair
- Helps to soften the hair by sealing in moisture
- If you use an excessive amount of product, it can result in flaking
Curls Blueberry Bliss Twist n Shout Cream
It has some organic ingredients which include coconut oil, blueberry extract, safflower oil, and shea butter.
All these work together to bolster hair and make your hair shiny, bold and beautiful.
The ingredients are also great at hydrating and strengthening the hair.
This product is free from sulfates, silicones, parabens, artificial oils, colors or fragrances.
- Leaves your hair smooth, silky and shiny
- It absorbs into your hair seamlessly
- Perfect for natural hair
- It has a nice smell
- Thoroughly moisturizes the hair
- Holds two-strand twists and braids for longer
- Eliminates frizz
- Doesn’t weigh down your hair
- It works well on wet hair only
Taliah Waajid Curly Curl Cream
The Taliah Waajid Curly Curl Cream is a herbal cream that completely removes frizz from your hair and revitalizes your curls.
The cream has been in existence for years and is perfect for coily, curly and wavy hair.
This non-greasy product conditions and nourishes your hair, while giving it some shine and moisture.
It contains lots of nourishing ingredients like protein, shea butter, vegetable glycerin, water, and sage extract.
- Perfectly defines your coils, waves, and curls
- It is a good moisturizer for dry, low porosity hair
- It’s non-greasy
- Helps in taming frizz
- Doesn’t weigh down your hair
- Perfectly holds your curls the whole day
- Users don’t experience flaking after using this product
Camille Rose Naturals Curl Love Moisture Milk
The Camille Rose Naturals Curl Love Moisture Milk is a lightweight product that is very moisturizing.
It contains natural milk, oils, and butter that help to nourish, moisturize, and elongate dry, withdrawn curls.
This product provides moisturizing benefits derived from the juice droplets of rose hips and aloe that are blended with green tea extract to produce this milk-cream mixture.
These ingredients also improve your hair’s texture and overall look of your curls.
The hair milk is also popular for its ability to strengthen and stimulate the growth of your hair.
This leave-in daily moisturizing cream nourishes dry and frizzy curls by providing lasting moisture.
- It’s a great moisturizer
- Leaves your hair soft, smooth and manageable
- It has a thick texture, yet it melts easily into your hair
- Perfectly defines your curls
- It has great slip
- A little goes a long way
- Doesn’t result in a build-up
- It’s a good detangler
- If you use a lot of it, it can leave your hair feeling greasy
Mielle Organics Moisturizing Avocado Hair Milk
This is a perfect product for hair that is dry and thirsty for moisture.
The hair milk is infused with organic ingredients and a blend of extracted botanicals that help to soften and smoothen your hair.
This daily moisturizer can be used to seal the hair tips and keep your locks shiny.
This product also promotes length retention since moisture is the key to length retention.
It is free from parabens, drying alcohols, harmful chemicals, and preservatives.
- Suitable for all hair types
- It provides a lot of slip
- Provides a perfect curl definition
- It thoroughly moisturizes the hair strands
- Doesn’t weigh down your hair
- Leaves your hair soft and shiny
- It doesn’t leave any residue on the hair
- Nourishes and strengthens your curls and coils
- It has natural and organic ingredients
- It has a pleasant scent
The difference between creams and butters
I’ve seen a lot of people using the words ‘cream’ and ‘butter’ interchangeably when talking about the “C” in the LOC and LCO methods of moisturizing natural hair.
Hair butters are thick, and their consistency changes depending on the temperature they’re kept in.
During the colder months, my hair butter gets so hard and I have to heat it up a little so that I can be able to use it on my hair.
In addition, hair butters do not contain any water-based products.
They are made with carrier oils that give your hair nutrients that keep it healthy.
Therefore, butters are designed to seal in moisture.
Creams, on the other hand, may have the same ingredients as butters but they have added water-based ingredients to make the consistency thinner.
They can be kept at any room temperature.
This means that butters are perfect for the LOC method of moisturizing natural hair so that they can seal in moisture from water or leave-in conditioner, as well as the oil.
Likewise, creams would be best suited to be used in the LCO method of moisturizing natural hair. Since they contain water-based ingredients, they can be used as moisturizing agents after applying a leave-in conditioner.
Oil can then be used as the final product to seal in moisture from the leave-in conditioner and the cream.
Characteristics of low porosity hair
There are various indicators that will tell you whether you have low porosity hair. They include:
Products sit on your hair
For every hair product you use, your hair doesn’t absorb it, rather it sits on your hair.
For instance, if you apply oil or moisturizers on your hair, after some time, you will realize that the oil or moisturizer is still sitting on your hair instead of it being absorbed.
Perpetually dry hair
One of the biggest signs that you have low porosity hair is that your hair is always dry no matter what you do.
You may have tried different types of moisturizers, tried to moisturize frequently or even deep condition it after every cleansing session but your strands still stay dry.
Poor water absorption
Your hair can’t absorb water easily. Hence, it takes time before you start your washing routine because it takes a while before your hair absorbs water.
When you are finally able to wash it, it takes time to dry.
Having low porosity hair can be frustrating because everything you do or use seems not to work.
However, you can incorporate the creams listed above for a great moisture boost and easy styling.
You just need to know your hair type, so it would be easier to know how to treat it.