Which Oils Are Best for Porosity and Texture?

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There are so many available oils out there today but which ones are the best for your hair texture and density? Well, today you're in luck because I've compiled a list of recommendations!

Just some quick definitions-
porosity: determines the ability to absorb water and products
texture: how big or small your individual hair strands are

So before we go any further, let me explain my reasoning. I've discovered that the lower the porosity of the hair, the easier products and oils build up on the hair shaft. I find it more beneficial to use penetrating oils for low porosity hair than strictly sealing oils. Also, the finer the hair, the easier it is to be weighed down by heavy products and ingredients so lighter oils work best.

Oils Based on Texture
Fine hair:

  • Grapeseed oil
  • Babassu oil
  • Coconut oil
  • Jojoba oil
  • Argan oil

Coarse hair:

  • Shea butter
  • Castor oil
  • Ucuuba butter
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • Cocoa butter
  • Mineral oil
  • Petroleum jelly
  • Grease
  • Avocado oil* (more in the middle)

Oils based on Porosity
Low porosity hair:

  • Coconut oil
  • Palm oil
  • Castor oil
  • Ucuuba butter
  • Shea butter
  • Corn oil
  • Avocado oil
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • Sweet almond oil
  • Babassu oil
  • Cocoa butter

High porosity hair:

  • Silicones
  • Jojoba oil
  • Mineral oil
  • Petroleum Jelly
  • Grease
  • Rice bran oil

So depending on your hair porosity and texture, this list may benefit you. For example, let's say you had low porosity, fine hair. I would make the recommendation to use a lightweight, penetrating oil such as sweet almond oil or babassu oil. If you had high porosity coarse hair, it may benefit you to use silicones or grease. You never know until you try and experiment!

 

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