So you need some oils for low porosity hair right? Girl, glad you came across my post 😉 But no joke finding out your hair porosity will help you take better care of your natural hair!
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There are different types of oils for natural hair but some specific oils for low porosity hair (If you are wondering if you have low porosity hair these Characteristics of low porosity hair will convince you!) works even better because it’s been tested and seems to fit better!
I’m gonna show you 13 of these amazing oils for low porosity hair that will help you improve your hair health because when you see these characteristics of low porosity hair and act upon them you will better understand why you need these oils!
13 Amazing Oils For Low Porosity Hair That Works Wonders!
- Grapeseed oil
- Argan oil
- Baobab oil
- Jojoba oil
- Apricot oil
- Pomegranate oil
- Sweet almond oil
- amHemp seed oil
- Safflower seed oil
- Castor oil
- Olive oil
What does it mean to have low porosity hair?
- Low porosity
- Normal porosity
- High porosity
There are different types of methods to get to know your porosity but let’s get to try the float test method
Method #1: The Float Test
- Fill a glass or bowl with room temperature water.
- Take a couple strands of your clean hair and put them in the water. Clean hair is important. If you have oils or products on your hair, it will alter your results.
- Watch it for 2-4 minutes.
- If your hair sinks immediately, it has high porosity. Your hair absorbed the water quickly and sank quickly.
- If your hair is still floating 4 minutes later, it has low porosity. I have low porosity hair (see my float test pic below).
- If your hair is slowly sinking, you have normal porosity.
If you’re a visual person like me you will enjoy watching this video that demonstrates how to do this method:
There are different type of oils for different type of hair situations and a good practise is to know how to categorize them.
I will break them into light and heavy oils.
Let me get you into each one of them.
Light oils for low porosity hair:
- sunflower seed oil
- grape seed oil
- jojoba oil
- Almond oil
- argan oil
- coconut oil
What are light oils?
Light oils are oils that soak into the hair and adds flexibility and softness.
It’s been said that they are best used before, during and after your hair washing routine. Before as a hot oil treatment or added in your pre-poo.
Low Porosity tip: ALWAYS USE HEAT!
A good thing to do when you’re applying your product or any kind of low porosity poduct is try using heat.
Why? Heat helps with the opening of the hairs cuticles to allow moisture, vitamins or oil in.
There are different ways to use heat that will help your low porosity hair, ways like using heating caps, hooded dryers, Thermal HairCare Caps, a shower cap under a scarf or a hot shower without a cap.
What you want to achieve is getting your hair cuticles to open in order to respond better!
Coconut oil issues:
When it comes to coconut oil for low porosity hair you need to know that coconut oil is not a protein but saturated fat and penetrates the hair shaft deeper than most oils due to its low molecular size.
However, once in the hair shaft it takes up too much room which doesn’t allow water – the most important – leaving the hair crunchy and brittle!
Let’s get into the other type of oils.
Let’s check what does this heavy oil do:
These oils for low porosity hair are best to lock and seal in moisture and are used at the end of the hair styling process.
For maximum moisturization, use a variation of the LOC or LCO method which I mentioned above with links that will help you get it right.
Heavy oils for low porosity hair and butters are used at the ends of the hair because its the oldest more fragile part of your hair and reduces product buildup on the remaining hair shaft.
Great butters are butters like shea and mango butter.
Mango butter is a little softer than shea, but the results are the same.
You can also store your oil in a pointed tip bottle for easy application to the scalp.
Don’t be afraid to try other oils not listed. The main point is finding what works for you!
Now lets get into each one of these 13 Amazing Oils For Low Porosity Hair That Works Wonders!
Grapeseed oil for low porosity hair
Grapeseed oil strengthens the hair and is great as a heat protectant when used with another heat protectant. It can be used alone as a hot oil treatment or in combination with other oils without leaving the hair oily afterwards. It works well as a sealant and leaves hair shiny without all that yucky greasiness.
Argan oil for low porosity hair
If it’s shine that you’re looking for, argan oil is the best oil for this. It aids in hair growth, hydrates the hair and increases the elasticity of the hair which in turn prevents breakage. Oh, and let’s not forget…it makes the hair soft.
It is extremely rich in beneficial nutrients including fatty acids and vitamin E. Its properties make it particularly beneficial for the hair and skin, which makes it a popular cosmetic choice for many celebrities. It’s not just for the rich and famous, though – anyone can reap the argan oil benefits for their body.
Argan oil is most commonly used as a skin moisturiser to hydrate and soften skin. With its high vitamin E and fatty acid content, argan oil is the ideal product to give skin a natural boost. It absorbs easily and is non-greasy and non-irritating, which makes it a great natural moisturiser
Baobab oil for low porosity hair
Extracted from the seeds of the Adansonia tree, Baobab oil is one of the most prominent oils in Africa and become increasing popular among naturals. This ultra-light oil is an emollient and rejuvenator that moisturizes without weighing down hair.
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Great for skin too, it is a primary component in the SheaMoisture low porosity haircare line like the SheaMoisture Baobab & Tea Tree Oils Low Porosity Protein-Free Leave-In Detangler.
Baobab oil is great for hot oil treatments and a light sealant that will add sheen without making hair greasy. Another perk baobab oil is a sun protectant and tames frizz.
The presence of omega 3 fatty acids, vitamin A, D3 and E, supports a healthy nutritional environment required for hair growth.
This is so effective that even baldness can be cured successfully by the regular application of baobab oil. Dandruff is not a disease by itself, but actually a symptom of dry scalp.
Jojoba oil for low porosity hair
This is another light oils for low porosity hair that can be used to seal the ends or oil the scalp – it aids in combatting dandruff or a dry scalp. It also promotes hair growth and regulates sebum production on the scalp.
Health Benefits of Jojoba Oil
Jojoba oil has some similarities with the sperm whale oil. At one time whale oil was an active ingredient in many cosmetic products, but during this century many countries have started banning the usage of whale oils.
Hence, inexpensive jojoba oils started filling the role which was traditionally done by whale oils. Here are some of the major health benefits of jojoba oil.
As a Hair Conditioner : Since it has an ability to remove hair residue and provide a cooling effect, it can be used as a beneficial hair conditioner.
For Treating Acne : In order to use it for the treatment of acne it can be mixed together with a few drops of tea tree oil. Because of the anti-inflammatory properties of jojoba, it can do wonders in acne spot treatment.
Healing of Wounds : Jojoba oil has the ability to improve the healing of wounds, and also helps to remove other skin blemishes and stretch marks.
Preventing Hair Loss : It can even help to stop balding. Jojoba oil is capable of moisturizing hair follicles, hence, it can make hair strands stronger & healthier.
Benefits of Jojoba Oil for Hair Growth
There are many factors that can lead to the dryness of the scalp, dandruff, and increased hair loss.
Jojoba oil is capable of moisturizing hair and its folllicles without leaving any residue. It can help hair cells to reproduce themselves at a rapid pace.
After applying it on hair, wait for a few minutes before washing the oil out.
Apricot oil for low porosity hair
this oil for low porosity hair has anti-inflammatory properties and gives a soothing cooling effect. It moisturises the hair and scalp and keeps moisture in the hair and scalp which is something you definitely want if you have low porosity hair, not to mention it works well as a sealant.
Here are 6 benefits of apricot oil for your hair & scalp
- Apricot seed oil has oleic acid, which is an omega-9 fatty acid and a wonderful emollient that makes hair and scalp softer and more pliable.
- It actually moisturizes the hair and scalp while increasing the hydration level and reducing dryness.
- Linoleic acid benefits hair by stimulating hair growth while staving off moisture loss.
- Linoleic acid is a fatty acid that controls or keeps moisture in the hair and scalp. This makes it a favorite for hair sealants along with its pleasantly light scent.
- This oil provides lubrication to the skin, including the scalp and as a light and gentle lubricant, it is great for sensitive skin types and often used in hair and face creams and rinses.
- It not only seals in the moisture, but it also absorbs small amounts of water from the air’s humidity to help maintain that barrier of hydration inside the strand and scalp. Apricot seed oil leaves hair soft, shiny, and keeps the strands well-nourished and moisturized.
Here are 5 ways to use apricot oil
- Add a few drops to your favorite shampoo or deep conditioner to impart extra softness, moisture, and promote healthier hair.
- Pre-poo to combat the drying effects of shampoo or to help remove stubborn tangles prior to washing hair
- Apply to wet or even dry hair to boost moisture in second, third, and fourth-day hair to revive curls, coils, and waves
- Finish a style to add shine and softness
- Massage your scalp to rid dryness to scalp and give a light scent soothing to the senses.
Pomegranate oil for low porosity hair
Pomegranate oil is another great oil for dry hair as it works to bring it back to life.
It’s rich in vitamins and antioxidants that make it perfect for increasing blood circulation in the scalp.
It also aids in reducing build-up on the scalp, an attribute that makes it just right for low porosity hair, plus it is non-greasy and leaves the hair smelling pleasant.
It is said to be a good heat protectant as well.
Here are some benefits of Pomegranate Seed Oil for Hair:
Pomegranate seed oil is not just acclaimed for its benefits for skin and health, but also for its ability to rejuvenate the health of the hair.
It has some amazing hair benefits and is good for all hair types. Some of the benefits include:
9. Revitalizes Dull & Dry Hair:
Pomegranate seed oil revitalizes dull and dry hair and protects it from environmental pollution.
10. Stimulates Blood Circulation in Scalp:
The high antioxidant and vitamin content in pomegranate seed oil increase blood circulation in the scalp and strengthen blood vessels, increasing hair growth.
11. Clears Scalp Debris:
Hair follicles often get clogged due to dandruff and flaky skin. This damages the hair follicles and stunts the hair growth. It clears debris and buildup from the scalp, stimulating hair growth.
12. Anti-Pruritic Property:
Pomegranate seed oil also soothes and fights scalp bacteria. The anti-pruritic properties of pomegranate seed oil help to cure scalp conditions like psoriasis and scalp eczema.
13. Nourishes Hair:
It stimulates blood flow to the root of the hair. This enables the hair follicles to receive proper nourishment, accelerating hair growth.
14. Hair Growth & Health:
Pomegranate oil is a good source of vitamin C, a nutrient that is imperative for the health and growth of the hair. It strengthens the connective tissue within the hair follicles, stimulating hair growth.
15. Effective Hair Tonic:
Pomegranate seed oil acts as an effective hair tonic when mixed with a carrier oil like castor oil for low porosity hair, coconut oil, almond oil and even Vitamin E oil.
16. Balances pH Level of Scalp:
Pomegranate seed oil works well to balance the pH level of the scalp. It neutralizes the effect of excessive oil production, reduces hair greasiness and stimulates the hair follicles. It softens, fortifies and flushes out the dirt particles and bacteria from the scalp.
17. Hot Oil Treatment:
Pomegranate seed oil is often used in the hot oil treatment to soothe frizzy and curly hair. It detangles the hair and moisturizes the scalp, enhancing the appearance of the hair.
It goes through the hair shaft and cures each strand from within, restoring the natural beauty of hair.
Sweet almond oil for low porosity hair
This sweet-smelling oil could not be missing in this list of oils for low porosity hair because is good for moisturizing the hair as it works to replenish the hair. It keeps the hair from falling out, penetrates the hair shaft and works great as a sealant and hair protector.
It is also great for dry or damaged hair as it packs it with all the good stuff that allows it to revive.
1. The primary benefit of sweet almond oil is as a sealant and hair protector.
2. Saturated and monounsaturated fatty acids form 71% of the fatty acids found in sweet almond oil so it does have a good ability to penetrate the hair shaft and moisturise hair from the inside.
However, note that its relatively higher density compared to other vegetable oils makes it less suitable for regular scalp application although it would work well as a moisturiser especially in a pre-shampoo treatment. [Master oil chart coming]
3. It makes hair bright, shiny and silky looking.
As it is denser than other vegetable oils commonly used for hair, ancient Egyptians routinely combined it with castor oil for low porosity hair. This blend is complementary as, in turn, sweet almond oil improves the smell and texture of castor oil for low porosity hair
Hemp seed oil for low porosity hair
Want soft hair? This is another great oil just for that. Hemp seed oil helps preserve the natural texture of the hair, not to mention it prevents water loss and adds moisture. It also conditions and strengthens the hair and prevents dryness.
Safflower seed oil for low porosity hair
Often overlooked for hair, Safflower seed oil is extracted from the safflower plant. This colorless, flavorless and odorless edible oil has been used for years for helping with hair thinning and baldness. Rich in vitamin E and fatty acids, this is an ideal light oil for low porosity strands.
Sunflower for low porosity hair
Closely related to safflower seed oil, this extremely light oil is extracted from the seeds of the sunflower which are indigenous to America.
A high penetrating oil, (right under coconut oil), Sunflower oil is an excellent choice for adding moisture to strands, stimulating hair growth and improving scalp health.
If low porosity hair is what you have, these are the natural oils you want in your regimen. I know I’m definitely going to give these a try and I can’t wait to see how my hair – and scalp! – react as a result.
Castor oil for low porosity hair
Castor oil or Ricinus oil are known for their beauty benefits. Many people boast that it helps them in thickening their hair and combating thinning hair.
It has both antifungal and antibacterial properties and is a humectant for your natural hair and skin. When I read about these wonderful properties, my first reaction was to run out and buy a bottle of cold-pressed castor oil for low porosity hair.
You can start using it to seal your low porosity hair and like many things that haven’t worked on my low porosity hair, I continued to use it until I achieved the results I expected.
One thing with castor oil for low porosity hair is that it’s kinda heavy so use it with care!
How to treat low-porosity hair
Clarify your hair
Low-porosity hair is prone to having product build-up. Build up + shingle tight cuticles = sad dry hair. Use a clarifying shampoo to remove the buildup and give your hair a fresh start.
Deep condition with heat
It is important to open your cuticle a bit to deep condition your hair properly. By using heat you are assured that the cuticle layers will lift so the interior of your strands is moisturized. Here are two ways to condition with heat:
- Use Indirect Heat – Apply deep conditioner to your natural hair, covering it with a cap (be sure it is made to withstand the heat) and applying indirect heat via hooded dryer.
- Use Direct Heat – This is done by applying a deep conditioner to your curly hair and using direct heat from a hair steamer.
Use the greenhouse (also called baggy) method
The method is done to create a humid environment that forces your hair to absorb moisture. The process is pretty simple.
Moisturize your natural hair as you normally would, cover it with a plastic cap and a beanie/snug-fitting hat/hair turban/towel.
You can leave your natural hair wrapped up overnight. But you will notice, when you remove the outer layer, that the plastic cap has water droplets inside of it. The droplets form because of the heat rising from your head.
There you have it, 13 oils for low porosity hair that will work wonders for your hair!
Which one of these oils for low porosity hair is your favorite?
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