Understanding and learning your hair is crucial to the health and wellness of it. By knowing/understanding your porosity you can use different products that will affect it differently. The only hair typing I find to be most crucial is whether or not your hair has low or high porosity. A close second would be whether or not you have fine/thick hair… but I’ll save that for another post. To determine the porosity of your hair you need to take the strand test (though they are many other ways of determining it as well.) By taking a few strands of hair and putting them in a glass of water you will be able to generally grasp the porosity of your hair. High porosity would mean the hair descends to the bottom of the glass while low porosity would mean the water stays aloat at the top.
What is Porosity: Hair porosity affects how moisture absorbs into your hair. The cuticle on the outer layer of your hair determines whether or not you have normal, high, or low porosity. High porosity means that moisture enters your hair with great ease, while low porosity would mean that your cuticles are very tight and prevent moisture from entering the shaft of the hair strands.
With low porosity hair you want to avoid using heavy products, as low porosity tends to have issues with product build up. So when choosing products and especially oils lighter is always better. Which means… oils such as olive oil and coconut oil are a no go for naturals with low porosity hair because they will undoubtedly sit on top of the hair instead of absorbing into them.
Grapeseed Oil: Is one of the lightest oils that you can use which is why it is a dream for women with low porous hair. Grapeseed is just as light as Jojoba Oil (mentioned below) but is great as strengthener and heat protectant (when used with another heat protectant as well).
Jojoba Oil: Jojoba Oil most closely matches the natural oils in our scalp and is extremely light. The fatty acids prevalent in Jojoba make it a great choice for women with low porous hair looking to seal their ends or oil their scalps. This also works for women battling with dandruff or dry scalp as well.
Argan Oil: a light effective moisturizing oil, argan oil will leave your hair with all the shine you want without the heavy oily feeling left behind by heavier oils.
Almond Oil: My favorite light oil is Mielle Organic’s Mint Almond Oil. This is a healthy sweet smelling oil mix of two amazingly effective yet light oils. Peppermint and Almond oil come together to create a fortified magic potion ! I use this oil for everything ! If you haven’t heard about the benefits of almond oil you may want to check it out here. You can get this product from Amazon or on the Mielle Organics website using code: TRESSES at checkout for a discount.
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Hey there! I’m Melissa, co-founder of Trials n Tresses, natural hair and beauty lover, binge tv watcher and lover of life. When I am not creating content for TNT, I’m busy teaching the future of society.