Coconut oil is a popular oil that has become a staple in hair care. It works well for most people. But, is Coconut oil good for low porosity hair?
The short answer;
Coconut oil does not work well for some people with low porosity hair. It’s considered to be among the heavy oils and thus not easily absorbed by the cuticle.
Low porosity hair has cuticles that are tightly clamped down preventing moisture from being absorbed easily and therefore takes longer to saturate with water and oils. This leads to build-up if heavy oils like Coconut Oil are used.
Low porosity hair can still benefit from coconut oil if the right type of oil is used and best practices applied when using the oil.
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In this article we will cover the following:
- Factors to consider when using coconut oil on low porosity hair
- How to use coconut oil on low porosity hair
- Tips on using coconut oil on low porosity hair
- Benefits of coconut oil on the hair and scalp
Factors to consider when using coconut oil on low porosity hair
There are 2 main factors to consider when it comes to using coconut oil on low porosity hair.
1. Method of application
Are you using coconut oil as a hot oil treatment, for pre-poo or in your LOC method?
Given that coconut oil is relatively heavy, it should be used mindfully and in routines that do not require leaving the oil for too long.
From experience, I find that it works best when I use Coconut Oil as a hot oil treatment: (heat the oil, apply and gently massage, cover for 15-20 minutes then proceed to wash).
I find that using it to seal moisture using the LOC method, makes my hair dry and therefore if I must use the oil, it has to be in a hot oil treatment.
2. Type of coconut oil
There is a type of coconut oil called Fractionated Coconut Oil that is recommended for the low porosity hair.
This is because it does not have the fatty acids that are in the virgin coconut oil.
Low porosity hair easily absorbs the fractionated coconut oil and does not stick stubbornly on the surface of your hair as other types of coconut oil normally would.
Lastly, this is a carrier oil that is soluble and can be used with other essential oils to achieve maximum results. (1)
How to use coconut oil on low porosity hair
- Use coconut oil before you wash the hair to act as a hair protector (for pre-poo)
- As a conditioner where you apply it on your hair after shampooing your hair
- Apply the oil on your hair after conditioning to make detangling easier. This will help prevent any hair loss when you brush your hair or style it thereafter.
- Use it as a hair mask where you can have it on your hair for a few hours and the wash it out.
Tips on using coconut oil on low porosity hair
Best practices when using coconut oil on low porosity hair include;
1. Use coconut oil in small amounts
Like other hair oils, coconut oil has side effects on your hair more especially if you have low porosity hair. It’s safe to use on low porosity hair but should not be used excessively.
Low porosity hair tends to accumulate build up fast and therefore adding a lot of coconut oil will cause buildup both on your scalp and your hair.
This makes the hair to look dull and greasy which is not the best thing for your hair.
Learn how your hair reacts to the oil, by starting with small amounts. Rub the oil through your hair and see the results.
2. Avoid using it directly on the scalp if you have a sensitive scalp
Some scalps can be more sensitive than others just like skin. For some, when the coconut oil is applied directly on the scalp, it results in irritation as the oil clogs the scalp pores.
If you have low porosity hair and you want to use coconut oil, apply It directly on your hair and avoid risking it on your scalp especially if you have a sensitive scalp.
3. Mix coconut oil with other ingredients to make a treatment
To reap more benefits from the oil, you may want to add other ingredients.
Some of the proven ingredient that you can add to the oil to give your hair more benefits include yogurt and honey.
Honey has sugars that help make your hair frizz free and smooth hence it is a perfect addition to people with low porosity hair.
Additionally, in your hair regimen, you can still use the coconut oil on your hair but incorporate other hair products as well so that they complement the coconut oil.
Benefits of coconut oil on the hair and scalp
- Moisturizes the hair and scalp. The oil contains a great amount of fatty acids that helps the oil to penetrate into your hair without evaporating.
- Promotes hair growth as its packed with vitamins, minerals and carbohydrates that are critical for healthy hair.
- Protects the hair from heat damage.
- Add a beautiful shine to the hair
- Soothes an itchy scalp
- May prevent hair loss
Coconut oil is an excellent oil but it’s important to keep in mind that it does not necessarily work for everyone.
It can be a good product for some people who have low porosity hair if used correctly and moderately but may not work well for others with the same type of hair experimenting it with a section of your hair for a short time and monitoring the situation to see how your hair reacts to the coconut oil.
Read this article to learn more about the best oils for low porosity hair.
Finally, the type of oil to use on low porosity hair is not the only thing to consider if you want your hair to flourish. We have written a detailed article packed with the best tips on how to take good care of low porosity hair. Check it out!
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