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Curly Hair Tip #6: Low Porosity vs. High Porosity

Knowing if your hair is low porosity or high porosity hair is very important when it comes to the health of your hair . Oils that work for high porosity hair don’t work in low porosity hair so it’s important to know what kind of hair you have so that you can take the best care of your hair .  What does high porosity , normal porosity and low porosity mean ? It is the hairs ability to accept moisture/ liquid into the hair shaft and retain it . When you have low porosity hair that means that the cuticle of the hair is very tightly closed and won’t allow moisture in so you need to use light weight oils to moisturize your hair . 
Do you know if your hair is low porosity , normal porosity or high porosity? You aren’t sure / don’t know ?? Okay take some strands of hair and put them in a glass of water . If the strands sink into the water almost immediately then it’s high porosity , if the strands aren’t quite floating but aren’t sinking completely either then its normal porosity and if it floats after it’s been in the water for a few minutes then it’s low porosity.

Oils that work in high porosity hair : 

1. Coconut oil ( my go to for my own hair ) 

2. Jojoba oil ( it’s the closest to natural hairs sebum ) 

3. Olive oil ( the base for most of my hair products ) 

4. Castor oil 

5. Hemp seed oil 

Oils that work for low porosity hair ( these oils won’t weigh your hair down and absorb into your hair very easily )  :

1. Sweet almond oil 

2.Grapeseed oil ( apply after water or water based products to seal in moisture because this is a sealant ) 

3. Argan oil 

4. Pomegranate oil 

5. Baobab oil 

6. Safflower oil 

7. Apricot oil 

8. Sunflower oil 

9. Jojoba oil 




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