Determining the type of porosity, you have is the water test. All you need is a glass of water and a strand of hair. Put the strand into the water and if it sinks you have high, if it floats to the top you have low porosity and if it is somewhere in the middle you have “normal” porosity.
Focusing on low porosity, meaning your hair floated in the glass of water, and scientifically speaking the cuticles of your hair are clenched which prevents moisture from easily being absorbed as you would want it to be. It can be recognized by hair that takes longer to saturate, so you will need products that attract and keep moisture in strands. With that being said trying to find an oil that can support your low porosity hair can be a challenge.
So here is a list of oils that support low porosity hair:
- Sweet Almond Oil – Packed with numerous vitamins and linoleic acid which supports moisture retention
- Apricot Oil – Packed with linoleic acids, oleic acids, and many more all of which support moisture retention
- Argan Oil – Its powerful moisturizing properties form a protective non-vaporizing layer around hair allowing moisture to be secured
- Pomegranate Oil – Promotes blood flow that assists in getting nutrients to hair follicles. It is also a light penetrative oil so it retains moisture but does not make hair heavy or have a greasy feeling
- Baobab Oil – Packed with multiple omega fatty acids and linoleic acid which supports moisture retention