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If you're someone who loves following beauty gurus on social media you'll know that rice water may be the new fad of year.

Everywhere on Youtube, Tiktok or Instagram you'll find women soaking and rinsing hair with rice water and claiming it does everything from softening hair to providing you with Rapunzel-like long tresses. 

But how much of these claims are true? Does rice water suit all hair types? And just what about 4c low porosity hair?

Well, I have everything covered in the article below. So read on! 

Let's begin with what rice water really is. You will know residual water is left behind after you rinse rice before cooking. It's supposed to be full of nutrients, especially proteins and Inositol that can help with hair regrowth.

There is also research to suggest that using rice water like a hair treatment can help decrease surface friction on hair reducing wear and tear. Exactly the same study also noted that rice water can help increase hair elasticity. 

So since we know that rice water isn't quack medicine and can actually benefit, let's wait and watch whether it may benefit ALL types of hair including low porosity strands.

Also, low porosity hair comes in many textures. You could have low porosity hair while having straight, wavy, curly or even 4c hair!


What Is Low Porosity Hair?

The next question obviously is “what on the planet is low porosity hair?” Well don't panic ! Low porosity hair is simply hair whose cuticles are arranged very densely packed together and are often overlapping too. 

So this leaves hardly any room for moisture (or hair products) to either get absorbed into the hair shaft or let it rest. 

Hair products tend to sit on your hair and leave it limp. And this hair type can take forever to clean and dry as water doesn't enter the hair shaft easily and when it will, it will take forever to air dry it. 

Is Rice Water Good For Low Porosity Hair

As I've mentioned above, moisture, oils along with other hair products have a tendency to sit on low porosity hair strands and not get absorbed due to the structure of cuticles. 

So many people are cautious about using rice water on low porosity hair because the proteins and starches from the water can coat the exterior hair without having to be made available to the shaft. 

However, this doesn't mean that you cannot use rice water on low porosity hair at all. Rice water is good for low porosity hair if used judiciously. You need to limit the use of rice water to once or twice per month to prevent protein overload on hair. This will ensure your low porosity hair has got the advantages of rice water without any from the side effects.

Benefits Of Using Rice Water On Low Porosity Hair

There are lots of advantages of choosing rice water on low porosity hair, included in this are:

Rice Water Helps Hair Grow

Rice water comes complete with nutrients like vitamins and Inositol that can help hair growth by boosting hair follicle health.

One study also shows that rice water helps control the hair loss causing hormones in the body, promoting new hair growth in your scalp. 

It Helps Balance Moisture Levels

The biggest advantage of rice water is it can prevent hygral fatigue. It refers to a situation where the hair shafts absorb excess moisture resulting in dullness and breakage. 

Rice water being a protein hair treatment can balance moisture levels within the hair shaft, strengthening hair.

However, this really is just the case with high porosity hair. With low porosity tresses, it's nearly impossible to have hygral fatigue in the first place as the hair doesn't absorb enough water. 

It Adds Shine To Hair

A lot of beauty experts swear that the starchy solution in rice water might help add shine to hair in a way that's much like how conditioners work. They starch forms an even coating on hair reflecting light and adding shine. 

Prevents Hair Falls Because of Breakage

As rice water is really a protein treatment it's known to increase elasticity of hair and lower surface tension. 

This helps reduce friction and breakage of hair caused by mechanical damage. 

Detangles and Softens Hair

Since rice water helps in reducing surface tension in your hair, additionally, it may help detangle tresses by providing them with enough slip. 

What Will work for Low Porosity Hair

Use Protein Treatments Like Rice Water Minimally

Low porosity hair needs more moisture and protein treatments can frequently leave this hair type dry by reducing moisture content in hair. 

So do not use rice water or other DIY protein masks like eggs or even store-bought protein masks with keratin, etc. more than once a month if you have low porosity hair. 

Heat Can Be Your Hair's Best Friend

The chief issue with low porosity locks are that moisture doesn't get through due to the hair cuticles being really closed off. So any kind of heat treatment is a fantastic choice for low porosity hair.

Remove Product Buildup Using Clarifying Shampoos

Product buildup is bad for hair. Period. However it could be twice as devastating for low porosity hair because it forms a coating on strands preventing moisture and hair products from entering the shaft.

So using a clarifying shampoo every 10-14 days is advised to remove any product buildup on hair. 

Stay From Heavy Conditioners

While I love ingredients like shea butter, coconut oil, or sweet almond oil, they are able to get too heavy for low porosity hair. Yes even if you have 4c low porosity hair!

These oils don't penetrate hair and just sit atop your strands further blocking moisture from entering hair. 

So choose lightweight oils like jojoba oil, argan oil, grapeseed oil, peppermint, amongst others to condition hair.

Choose Items that Are Light Yet Hydrating

As mentioned above, items that will hydrate hair without forming buildup are the best bet for low porosity hair. 

These include oils like jojoba, argan and grapeseed, alcohols like cetyl alcohol, hyaluronic acid, etc are great for hydrating hair.

Also when you're buying hair products for low porosity hair check the ingredients list for humectants like propylene glycol, glycerin, honey, etc.

Hair Porosity Test: How to locate If Your Hair Is Low or High Porosity

The test to check if your hair has low porosity or high porosity is very simple. All you will require for it is a glass water.

When you've washed and air-dried hair, pluck out a strand and drop it right into a glass of water.

If your hair strand floats on the top before sinking towards the bottom which means you have low porosity hair. However, if the strand sinks towards the bottom immediately, this means it may absorb moisture easily and therefore has high porosity. 

FAQs about Rice Water and Low Porosity Hair

How often the use of rice water on low porosity hair?

If you have low porosity hair then you shouldn't use rice water in your hair very often as it can certainly cause protein overload. Most beauticians recommend using rice water on hair once a month or between 8-10 weeks. Also, if you wish to use rice water to fix split ends, it's better to just soak hair ends instead of using rice water on your head.

Is natural aloe-vera great for low porosity hair?

This has come about as a surprise but no, natural aloe-vera is, in fact, not good for low porosity hair. Low porosity hair has cuticles very tightly packed together and to receive moisture these cuticles have to be opened. Now either application of heat or using an alkaline solution can help open these cuticles. But natural aloe-vera, with a pH of 6 is acidic and will actually, close hair cuticles further, making penetration of moisture even difficult.

Final Ideas on Using Rice Water For Low Porosity Hair

To sum everything up, yes rice water is good for low porosity hair provided you do not overuse it. 

Low porosity locks are prone to dryness as hair doesn't absorb moisture properly. So if you overload it with rice water the starch and proteins inside it may cause buildup on hair, making moisture absorption even more difficult.

But aside from this precaution I don't understand why rice water cannot be used as a DIY protein mask for 4c hair or other hair texture which is low porosity.

Rice water contains triglycerides, inositol, starch, vitamins, etc. that play an important role in hair health.

In fact, if you want to increase the effectiveness of a rice water rinse on hair, leave it outside at room temperature for 2-3 days to ferment. 

Fermented rice water contains many antioxidants which are fantastic for boosting hair follicle health insurance and helping with hair regrowth. 

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