Is avocado oil good for low porosity hair?

It is difficult for products to reach and moisture hair that has low porosity. And usually, it is advised that people with low porosity hair stay away from rich oils. They are heavy and as you know products tend to sit on low porosity hair, making it greasy and leading to product build-up and turning your hair into a greasy mess instead of moisturizing it. But hair needs moisture, and we need to give it to hair one way or another. 

 

Is avocado oil good for low porosity hair?

Yes, Avocado oil is good for low porosity hair. Due to the molecular size of the oil particles, avocado oil can easily penetrate your hair and provide your low porosity hair the moisture it is desperate for. The high penetrating property of avocado oil will provide moisture to your hair without product build-up, unlike other oils.

 

How to use avocado oil on your low porosity hair?

 

Avocado oil is extracted from, obviously, avocados and contains 60% oil. It has a high amount of fatty acids and lipids. It is rich in healthy fats, omega fatty acids, vitamins, and antioxidants. All these allow avocado oil to nourish and strengthen your hair. The antioxidants vitamin E and carotenoids also protect your hair from harmful UV rays.

 

You can use avocado oil on your hair in many ways – 

 

  • Use it to seal in the hydration by using it as a finishing serum after you are done with your hair wash routine.
  • You can directly use it as a deep conditioner and then wash it off
  • You can also add a few drops of avocado oil to the shampoo or conditioner that you always use and then wash your hair with that.
  • You can warm up the oil (don’t boil it) and then massage it into your hair and scalp. This is called hot oil treatment

 

What is hair porosity?

The term hair porosity is used to measure or decide how well the hair can absorb and retain moisture and oils. It decides how oil and moisture can get in and out of the hair cuticle (the tough protective outer layer that has tiny individual cuticles). Based on this ability hair porosity can be divided as 

  • Low porosity: overlapped and tightly packed cuticles
  • Medium porosity: are less tightly packed compared to low porosity
  • High Porosity: The individual cuticles are far apart or are more widely spread compared to medium and low porosity.

 

What is low porosity hair?

As said above when one says low porosity hair, then it means that the individual cuticles in the outer protective hair are overlapped and tightly packed. This lack of space between individual cuticles makes it difficult for water, oil, and other hair care products to enter the hair and provide it the moisture and nourishment it needs. If you are wondering why you have low porosity hair, then there is a high chance that it is due to genetic factors and has nothing to do with your constant heat styling because overuse of chemicals and heat styling usually result in high porosity.

 

To know whether you have low porosity hair or not, just shampoo your hair and dry it like how you do it usually. Take a strand of your hair and drop it in a glass of water and check where it floats.

 

You can also check for low porosity hair for looking out for the following characteristics – 

 

  • Products tend to rest or sit on your hair instead of getting absorbed
  • Washing and drying hair can take longer on low porosity hair.
  • It is difficult for water to saturate your hair when bathing or washing it.

Other oils you can use on low porosity hair

  • Hydrolyzed wheat protein oil
  • Jojoba oil
  • Baobab oil
  • Sweet Almond Oil
  • Pomegranate Oil
  • Apricot oil
  • Sunflower seed oil
  • Sesame Seed Oil

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