by Sabrina Perkins of SeriouslyNatural.org
Hair porosity is how well hair is able to absorb and hold onto moisture. There is low, medium and high and all three affect your hair more than knowing your hair's type. As hair porosity becomes more relevant to naturals, the desire to not only know what type one has but what products will be ideal in managing that porosity.
Our hair needs moisture and it needs to hold onto it and knowing your porosity allows you to figure out the best ways to do so. Here are the differences:
People suffering from low porosity strands often need to steer clear of heavy oils and products that will just sit on the hair and keep moisture from penetrating the cuticle. Even though we are heading into winter and many are opting for heavier products, women with low porosity hair need to lean towards lighter products and oils. We've got a list of the best 5 that will not weight down your strands or keep hair habitually dry.
Argan oil is a favorite among naturals as of late and for good reason. This ultra-light oil is extracted from the Argan nut from the Argan tree which grows in Southwestern Morocco. Treasured for years, Argan oil has an overabundance of antioxidants, fatty acids, proteins, vitamins, phytosterols and squalene.
Argan oil tends to be on the pricier side but worth every penny as it moisturizes, tames frizz, adds shine all without adding weight or build-up to low porosity hair. This is an excellent choice for adding to leave-ins or a light sealant on hair.
Grapeseed oil is one of the lightest oils available and much cheaper than Argan oil. Extracted from wine grapes, this oil has a great composition of fatty acids and vitamins like vitamin E. Grapeseed oil has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties which makes it ideal for conditioning and moisturizing the hair and scalp.
Odorless and ultra-light, grapeseed oil is an excellent natural heat protectant and very close to composition as jojoba oil which is very close to human sebum. Its rich, silky texture is perfect for soothing away dryness and irritation and is suitable for all skin types since it won t clog pores or cause break-outs.
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. 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.
Safflower Seed Oil
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.
Safflower seed oil is great for hair growth and can be used in scalp massages as it helps with blood circulation to the hair follicles. Not big on the scalp of hair penetrators but it does penetrate the hair shaft somewhat which makes it a good choice for moisturizing and conditioning.
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.
Brands are no longer sleeping on the goodness of this light oil like Kiehl's Since 1851 Sunflower Color Preserving Deep Recovery Pak. A great oil to penetrate those strands lightly and effectively.
What's your favorite natural oil for your low porosity strands?