Low porosity hair is discriminated! Almost nobody writes about it because most people believe that when their hair doesn’t resemble a dry haystack then it must be healthy. But low porosity hair is often flat, oily and doesn’t want to hold curls, which is annoying. Obviously, it doesn’t mean that such hair won’t turn dull and lifeless because if you neglect your hair’s needs, it will look bad. How to take care of low porosity hair? To me, a person who favors natural solutions, plant oils seem to be an excellent choice. The oils that don’t weigh hair down and penetrate hair fast. What oils am I talking about?
Oils for low porosity hair
The most distinctive feature of low porosity hair is its outermost layer, which is made up of cuticles tightly overlapping one other. The shaft is thick and doesn’t allow moisture to evaporate, which is a plus. On the flip side, the same protective coating repel nutrients, especially if you “serve” them in a wrong way. Thus you need to know which plant oil is able to penetrate this pretty strong cuticle layer.
Treating hair with oils is a must, and nobody will ever tell me any different. If you don’t condition the hair, even though it seems to be healthy, sooner or later you will end up with thinning and dull strands. To paint a picture for you, try to imagine the outermost cuticle layer breaking. Terrifying? Indeed. And this will happen unless you apply oils – humectants and emollients to be more precise – to the hair on a regular basis.
How to oil low porosity hair
In moderation and skillfully. For example, don’t use too much oil because it won’t help. You need to make sure that the oil penetrates the hair, therefore spread it along wet and freshly washed wisps, beginning from the ends going upwards. Don’t forget to massage a little bit of the oil into the scalp. I think 10 ml, which is 2 tablespoons, should suffice per one hair oil treatment. Remove the oil from your head after 30 minutes and rewash the hair.
My top 3 cosmetic oils for low porosity hair
1. NANOIL For Low Porosity Hair
This is my absolute fave hair oil, discovered by accident while searching for info on hair oiling and porosity. On the official website I came across 3 oil blends, each dedicated for one hair porosity level. Nanoil oil blend targeting the concerns of low porosity hair is a masterpiece. It works wonders and is truly efficacious. If you’re not sure whether your hair is low porosity, you can run a test available on Nanoil website. Actually, you’ll find a lot of hair care tips there. You just have to give this product a go! Oh, and one bottle lasts loooooong.
2. Natura Siberica Oblepikha Siberica Professional, Oil Complex for Damaged Hair
I love this oil and I use it when I want to give my hair a short break from Nanoil. Natura Siberica hair oil is available in 3 versions, and one of them is destined for heavy hair that is low porous. It’s formulated with buckthorn water and plant oils that leave hair smoother, thicker and repaired. Additionally, the producer says that this oil keeps hair protected from heat damage, which I think is true.
3. Khadi, Ayurvedic Hair Oil, Vitality Grow
This is a multi blend of many oils such as sesame oil, coconut oil, castor oil, and even amla that boosts shine and leaves hair stronger. Another important constituent, which is Bhringaraj oil, delivers nutrients and prevents three things: thinning out, baldness and color fading. This product was created to help you grow long hair and take good care of it in general. I like using it mainly during winter to combat the adverse effect that heated rooms have on hair. What surprises me most is that Khadi Vitality Grow doesn’t weigh hair down despite being composed of so many plant oils!
However, if you would like to try some single-ingredient plant oils that would suit low porosity hair, I’d recommend you using one of the following:
- baobab oil
- coconut oil
- tsubaki camelia oil
- laurus oil
All of them are lightweight and penetrate hair fast. They are antiseptic and prevent oily hair. I wouldn’t say that they clog pores.
Well, that would be all. I hope you know now which oil to choose for your low porosity hair.