Porosity, noun, the ability of the hair to absorb and retain moisture.
The second I became a natural I must admit I was inundated with the amount of information there is out there. But I have somewhat of a confession to make…when it came to my hair, I instantly jumped onto the coconut oil bandwagon with everyone else without finding out what really is supposed to work for my hair because coconut oil just so happens to be the holy grail of all hair products when it comes to natural hair. Oops! My thoughts – misguided at the time – were that hair type is what influences the choice of products used. Little did I know that is a fallacy and that hair type plays a really minute role where products are concerned.
So you can imagine my shock when I realised that I’m actually meant to steer clear of coconut oil because of my low porosity tresses. I mean, come on! Coconut oil??? It’s been my staple in every product I use since I went natural. But here’s the thing: low porosity hair doesn’t absorb moisture quickly because the cuticles are tight and it is prone to build-up…something which I’ve secretly been struggling with (hint, hint, nudge, nudge…I should’ve paid attention to the tell-tale signs). Heavy products aren’t meant for low porosity hair because they literally just sit on top of the hair without being absorbed.
As a result I’ve embarked on another journey to learn my hair all over again. If there’s one thing I love about this hair journey it’s that I’m constantly learning. I took a young trip to the grocery store to purchase a bottle of grapeseed oil which I’ve decided to replace with my coconut oil as soon as it’s finished – I know, I know…but I don’t like wasting. I’ve realised that coconut oil probably appeared to work when my hair was shorter, but now that it’s longer I’m seeing how I can’t carry on with it. From the time I initially began my natural hair journey I’ve changed my regimen a total of 3 times, some which have worked, others which clearly haven’t so I’m excited to start a new regimen. Because I’m still learning – let’s be honest, I’ll always be learning – I thought it’d be rad to include you as well. So without rambling on, here’s a list of oils that are great for low porosity hair and why they are great.
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.
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.
This is another light oil 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.
Apricot oil 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.
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. Oh, and it is said to be a good heat protectant as well.
Sweet almond oil
This sweet smelling oil is good for moisturising 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.
Hemp seed oil
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.
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.