THE BEST OILS FOR LOW POROSITY HAIR
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AKA lopo is your hair strands ability to absorb moisture, vitamins or product. Because the hair cuticles lay flat to the cortex you most likely suffer from product buildup and protein sensitivity which makes your hair feel dry and brittle most days.
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sunflower seed, grape seed, jojoba, ALMOND, argon and *coconut oil.
Light oils soak into the hair and adds flexibility and softness. They're best used before, during and after your hair washing routine. Before as a hot oil treatment or added in your pre-poo. During your deep conditioning routine as an added ingredient in your conditioner and after as the oil in the LOC (liquid, oil, cream) or LCO (liquid, cream oil) method.
ALWAYS USE HEAT!
Rule of thumb when applying product of any kind to low porosity hair is using heat to aid with the opening of the hairs cuticles to allow moisture, vitamins or oil in. You can go about adding heat in a plethora of way. Yes, I said plethora. You can use heating caps, hooded dryers, Thermal HairCare Caps, a shower cap under a scarf or a hot shower without a cap. The idea is to warm the hair strands so make it work!
* For most low porosity naturals, coconut oil is not your friend.
Fact: coconut oil is not a protein but a saturated fat and penetrates the hair shaft deeper than most oils due to its low molecular size. However, once in the hair shaft it takes up too much room which doesn't allow water - the most important - leaving the hair crunchy and brittle #science.
lopo naturals don't struggle with low protein. lack of moisture is the real culprit!
Castor, Olive and Butters.
Heavy oils are best to lock and seal in moisture and are used at the end of the hair styling process. For maximum moisturization, use a variation of the LOC or LCO method. Heavy oils and butters are used at the ends of the hair because its the oldest more fragile part of your hair and reduces product buildup on the remaining hair shaft.
I purchase my oils from organic grocery stores like Trader Joes and Wholefoods and l buy butters from here. I typically go for mango butter because its a little softer than shea, but the results are the same. Don't be afraid to experiment with other oils not listed like vitamin E for instance. Get creative and mix your oils or oils and butters. Google is your friend, there are thousands of recipes out there!
Pro Tip: Store your oil in a pointed tip bottle for easy application to the scalp.
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