95 Best Hair Care Products for High Porosity Hair

This article will be covering the 95 best products for high porosity hair. I will be expanding the recommendations as I research and test more.

If you have low porosity hair, visit 57 Best Hair Care Products for Low Porosity Hair for the best hair products for your hair.

If you’re not sure whether your hair is low porosity or high porosity, read What is Hair Porosity and How Can You Tell Your Porosity Level? to figure that out.


Signs of High Porosity Hair

High porosity hair has highly raised and/or chipped cuticles which are usually caused by overuse of heat treatments, chemical hair coloring, and over-manipulation of hair strands.

High porosity hair tangles easily because of frayed ends and it’s very hard to keep moisture within high porosity hair because of the raised cuticles.

Focus on repairing the damage before length. This is the best way to grow hair porosity hair.

The products recommended in this article are the best shampoos, daily conditioners, deep conditioners, and leave-in conditioners for high porosity hair.

I have also included natural oils, natural butter, and other styling products for the optimal care of high porosity hair. 

The list originally started as the 50 best products for high porosity hair but it has grown to 95 recommendations.

I will continue to add more product recommendations as I test and research.

9 Dos and Donts for High Porosity Hair

1. Strengthening Treatments

You need to strengthen high porosity hair. Protein treatments work very well in this regard as do henna and indigo treatments every 8 – 10 weeks.

2. Avoid Heat Appliances

Stay away from all forms of heat and let your hair air dry as much as possible. This does not apply to hair steaming.

3. Avoid Products With Harsh Chemicals

Avoid shampoos with sulfates, alternative forms of sulfates, and other harsh chemicals when cleansing high porosity hair.

4. Moisture Sealing is Important

Seal moisture in high porosity hair with heavy butter like shea butter, mango butter, murumuru butter, and cupuacu butter as well as natural oils.

A combination of the two is best and more effective than just the butter or just the oil.

5. Close Cuticles Properly

Use an ACV (apple cider vinegar) mix as a final rinse to close cuticles on high porosity hair properly. That’s 1 – 2 tablespoons of ACV to your rinsing water.

6. More Co-washing

Co-wash high porosity hair often and clarify less. This doesn’t mean avoiding shampoo completely. Choose shampoos that are free of harsh surfactants. 

7. Finger Detangling is Bae

Finger detangle high porosity hair as much as possible but if you must use a detangling tool, a very wide-tooth comb like a bone comb is best. Stay away from hair brushes and tail combs.

For more information on detangling hair, read Best Detangling Brush for Curly Hair and Combing Natural Hair.

8. Pre-poo Often

Pre-pooing high porosity hair protects the hair from the drying effects of any other products, provides nourishment, and makes it easier to detangle hair. 

You can find my favorite pre-poo recipes at 5 DIY Pre-Poo Recipes for Dry Hair. I also love pre-pooing with aloe vera juice.

9. Deep Condition More

Deep conditioning treatments are the best friend of high porosity hair. Deep conditioning reduces dry effects, strengthens hair, softens hair, and makes hair more manageable.

When you deep condition regularly, your hair will be more receptive to other products and set your hair on the road to a quick recovery.

95 Best Products for High Porosity Hair

Best Shampoos and Cleansers for High Porosity Hair (Includes Pre-poos)

  1. AG Hair Curl Revive Hydrating Shampoo
  2. Carol’s Daughter Coco Creme Curl Quenching Shampoo
  3. Curlsmith Bond Curl Rehab Salve
  4. dpHUE Apple Cider Vinegar Hair Rinse
  5. Elasta QP Creme Conditioning Shampoo
  6. Elucence Moisture Benefits Shampoo
  7. Giovanni Smooth As Silk Deep Moisture Shampoo
  8. Giovanni Tea Tree Triple Treat Shampoo
  9. Living Proof Restore Shampoo
  10. LivSo Moisturizing Shampoo
  11. Maria Nila Structure Repair Shampoo
  12. Mielle Babassu Conditioning Shampoo
  13. Naked By Essations Moisture Repair Sulfate-free Shampoo
  14. Quai Detox Shampoo
  15. Olaplex No 4. Bond Maintenance Shampoo
  16. Ouidad Advanced Climate Control Defrizzing Shampoo
  17. Phyto Phytoelixir Intense Nutrition Shampoo
  18. R+Co Acid Wash Apple Cider Vinegar Cleansing Rinse
  19. Texture ID Coils Detangling Shampoo
  20. Uncle Funky’s Daughter Squeaky Clarifying Cleanser

Best Conditioners and Deep Conditioners for High Porosity Hair

I’ve also included some high-end conditioners and deep conditioners in case you want to really give your hair a treat.

  1. amika the Kure Intense Repair Mask
  2. ApHogee Keratin 2 Minute Reconstructor
  3. Carols Daughter Sacred Tiare Hair Mask
  4. Deva Curl Heaven In Hair Moisture Treatment
  5. Design Essentials Natural Almond & Avocado Wash Day Deep Moisture Masque
  6. Eden BodyWorks Coconut Shea CoWash
  7. Eden BodyWorks Jojoba Monoi All Natural Deep Conditioner
  8. Eden BodyWorks Jojoba Monoi All Natural Hair Milk
  9. Elasta QP Intense Fortifying Conditioner
  10. Goldwell Dualsenses Rich Repair Conditioner
  11. Kinky Curly Knot Today
  12. LivSo Moisturizing Conditioner
  13. Obia Naturals Babassu Deep Conditioner
  14. Olaplex No. 3 Hair Perfector
  15. Ouidad Curl Immersion Triple Treat Deep Conditioner
  16. Oway Rebuilding Hair Mask
  17. MopTop Deep Conditioner
  18. Madam CJ Walker Jamaican Black Castor Oil and Murumuru Oils Ultra-Moisturizing Conditioner
  19. Roux Porosity Control Corrector and Conditioner
  20. Rene Furterer Karité Nutri Intense Nourishing Mask
  21. Shea Radiance Maximum Moisture Conditioner
  22. Soultanicals Afrotastic Curl Elastic
  23. The Mane Choice Peach Black Tea & Vitamin Fusion Therapy Mask
  24. Tgin Honey Miracle Hair Mask

Best Leave In Conditioners for High Porosity Hair

  1. Alaffia Beautiful Curls Leave-In Conditioner
  2. AG Hair Moisture Fast Food Leave On Conditioner
  3. Camille Rose Naturals Moisture Milk
  4. KeraCare Natural Textures Leave-in Conditioner
  5. Curls Lavish Curls Leave-In Moisturizer
  6. Innersense Sweet Spirit Leave-In Conditioner
  7. Kinky Curly Knot Today
  8. Giovanni Direct Leave-In Conditioner
  9. KBB Sweet Ambrosia Conditioner
  10. Living Proof Leave-in Conditioner
  11. Mielle Organics White Peony Conditioner
  12. Neutrogena Triple Moisture Cream
  13. Ouidad Moisture Lock Leave-in Conditioner
  14. Silk Elements Leave-in Moisturizing Creme

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Best Natural Oils for High Porosity Hair

  1. Argan Oil
  2. Arewa Hair Styling Oil
  3. Babassu Oil
  4. Jojoba Oil
  5. Grapeseed Oil
  6. Hemp Seed Oil
  7. Jamaican Black Castor Oil
  8. Jojoba Oil
  9. Macadamia Nut Oil
  10. Moringa Oil
  11. Olive Oil
  12. Pumpkin Seed Oil
  13. Sea Buckthorn Oil
  14. Sweet Almond Oil
  15. Wheat Germ Oil

Best Butter for High Porosity Hair

  1. Mafura Butter
  2. Shea Butter
  3. Cupuacu Butter
  4. Illipe Nut Butter
  5. Kokum Butter
  6. Mango Butter
  7. Qhemet Biologics Castor & Amla Nourishing Pomade
  8. Qhemet Biologics Aethiopika Hydrate Twist Butter
  9. John Masters Organics Hair Pomade

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Other Styling Products for High Porosity Hair

  1. Aussie Instant Freeze Gel
  2. Curlsmith Bouncy Strength Volume Foam 
  3. Curlsmith Feather-Light Protein Cream
  4. Carol’s Daughter Hair Milk Nourishing and Conditioning Styling Pudding
  5. Qhemet Biologics Amla and Olive Oil Heavy Cream
  6. Qhemet Biologics Olive and Honey Hydrating Balm
  7. Garnier Fructis Curl Sculpting Cream Gel
  8. Giovanni LA Natural Styling Gel
  9. MopTop Anti-frizz Medium Hold Gel
  10. Oribe Run-Through Detangling Primer
  11. TGIN Butter Cream Daily Moisturizer
  12. Oyin Handmade Hair Dew Daily Quenching Hair Lotion
  13. Alaffia Beautiful Curls Curl Activating Cream
  14. Carol’s Daughter Hair Milk Nourishing and Conditioning Styling Pudding

Where to Buy Products for High Porosity Hair?

You can get most of the products on Amazon HERE. For international naturalistas, you can buy most of the products on the following channels:-

You can also check the Black-Owned Business Directory. Some of the companies offer international shipping. 

With love, care, patience, and elimination of harmful hair care practices, expect high porosity hair to be repaired eventually.

If you have any questions about caring for high porosity hair, let me know in the comments section 

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33 thoughts on “95 Best Hair Care Products for High Porosity Hair”

  1. Wow this was the most helpful guide ever. I have taken some of these products into consideration I have high porosity hair and need to show my hair some love. Thank you for sharing these products I am going into my local beauty shop which I just found and loveeeee to get some of these products.

  2. Hello has this list been expanded? I was just informed that I have high prosity hair but was told to get deva girl mane choice or uncle funky daughter products. I just want to be sure that these will not work as I will exchange them for stuff on your list. Just striving for healthier , longer a d strong hair.

    • The products on the list are the ones I’ve tried/researched. I will look at Mane Choice and Uncle Funky and add to the list if great. Haven’t heard of Deva Girl but I’ll look that up too and add if great for high porosity hair.

  3. God Bless You for taking the time to help others by making this list. My 9 year old granddaughter has high porosity hair which I just figured out a couple days ago.
    I wondered why her hairs always dry the next day, no matter how much oil I use. Thanks to you I will be able to solve this problem.
    Thanks, GiGi

  4. Thanks for taking the time out to post this info had i known this years ago I would have never perm my hair neither my daughter’s hair I’ve always been tender-headed now I am natural been natural for 8 years I hope these product will help me manage my hair and help it grow

  5. Do you recommend using rice water on high porosity hair? I also use Cantu Shea butter sulfate free cream shampoo and Renpure Originals Biotin & Collagen conditioner because I do color my hair. Are these products you would recommend for my hair. When I did the porosity test, my hair sank like a rock in less than 30 seconds

  6. Thanks it is very helpful, I have a high porosity hair, do u know if coconut oil is good for hp? I have a feeling that it dryers my hair!
    also I bought shea moisturize leave in conditioner and it feels so dry!

    • Coconut oil is a hit and miss for HP hair. Your hair either likes it or it doesn’t but I’ve made some great alternative suggestions in the article. You can also mix and match those oils. HTH.


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