Hair: Self-Assessment

[Will be updated from time to time]

Things I have found out:

  • Knowing hair porosity is really important! This will guide you on the products and methods to use or to watch out for.
  • I have a low porous, ‘protein sensitive‘ hair. My hair becomes stiff with too much protein. These makes my hair stiff: Coconut, Aloe vera, Honey, Avocado Oil
  • Light oils ONLY  for low porosity hair!
  • NO heavy oils and butters! This will not penetrate the hair! It will just cause product build up!
  • Clarify your hair! Since low porosity tends to not absorb everything that you put on it. Plus, higher moisturising will happen because there are no ‘barriers’
  • Healthy Clean Scalp! = Better hair growth

 

The oils I’ve tried so far are:

  1. Vitamin e oil Used in Eyelashes, mixed with castor oil.

Castor oil I used may no be cold pressed, so it castor oil alone did not make any difference on my lashes. It serves as a ‘carrier oil’, because when I use vitamin e oil alone, it sting too much. It makes my eyes red.

I use this mix before going to sleep, because it slips off (of course), and it does make the surrounding of my eyes oily.

2. Olive Oil Used in my hair, not mixed with any other oils.

I don’t think it penetrates? But it makes my hair softer, and just a little shinier. I still get hair tangles after usage.

 

Observations:

  1. Baggy method – this will produce natural heat. This will really help my low porosity hair to absorb the moisturizing routine that I just did.
  2. Silk or Satin pillowcase – Wrong pillowcase may just reverse all my efforts. To reduce friction ~ ‘split ends’

 

Oils I’m planning to buy:

  • Almond Oil
  • Vitamin E Oil
  • Peppermint Oil
  • Jojoba Oil

 

The ‘NO!’ Products:

  • Coconut Oil
  • Aloe vera
  • Honey
  • Avocado Oil
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The following are lifted and shortened version  from:

Top 5 Essential Oils for Luscious Hair Growth written by Nina Harwell.

“The truth is anyone can grow long, healthy hair.”

  • Maintaining moisture
  • Keeping your scalp clear of debris
  • follicle stimulation

Essential oils are taken straight from the plants of mother nature.

 

1. Tea Tree Oil

Tea tree is a natural antiseptic which helps get rid of bacteria or fungi.

  • Scalp irritations like dandruff, or lice.
  • Exfoliate by removing debris from the scalp, allowing hair follicles to clear.

Clear follicles mean room for natural oils to coat the hair and an easier environment for new hair to push through.  

2. Bur Oil

Phytosterols closely mimic cholesterol, by helping to soften and keep frizz under control.

  • The oil is rich in fatty acids and phytosterols.
  • The fatty acids found in burdock are very rare and help hair grow.
  • It helps by providing nutrients that  help the oil glands and hair follicles function.

3. Peppermint Oil

This oil works by penetrating the scalp and regenerating the hair follicle.  Once this type of environment is created on the scalp, circulation will increase, and your hair will grow.

It can also help prevent hair loss, fight dandruff, and reduce excess oil!

  • NOTE: Pure peppermint oil can be strong, so dilute it with water before applying.
  • Peppermint oil is also essential for hair growth.
  • An astringent which helps balance the scalp’s PH level

Excess oil can clog the follicle making it hard for new hair to resurface. 

 

4. Lavender Oil

 Aids in improving circulation and fighting infection.

Maintaining a healthy scalp is essential for healthy hair growth, which is why lavender can be a hero product.

5. Jojoba Oil

Jojoba helps to moisturize the hair, by acting as our scalps natural oils.

  • Ability to withstand harsh environments.

Making sure your hair is hydrated at all times will ensure your strands don’t get dry and brittle. 

Essential Hydration

Remember, only 90% of your hair is live and growing, you want to prevent as many strands as possible from entering its resting period to maintaining long, voluminous hair.

You must keep your scalp clear so hair can push through properly and you must keep each strand hydrated.

A cool way to reap the benefits of all of these awesome oils is to create an oil mixture by placing it in a spray bottle.

 

 

 

Essential Oils for Hair

Previous posts discussed about the difference between the carrier and essential oils. This post will discuss about essential oils.

 

The condition and porosity of our hair are affected by various things. Things such as type of water, scalp condition, quality of sleep, stress, genes, the products being put on hair, diet, lifestyle, and a lot more.

 

The table below is lifted from chagrinvalleysoapandsalve.com

Essential Oils
Basil Basil:
Oily hair
Promotes growth by stimulating circulation
Chamomile Chamomile:
Fine to normal hair
Gives golden highlights and sheen
Conditions hair
Soothes inflamed scalp
Helps scaly scalps and psoriasis
Cedarwood Cedarwood:
Normalizes dry and oily scalp
Stimulates scalp and hair follicles
Used to treat hair loss and dandruff
Antiseptic and astringent
Clary Sage Clary Sage:
All hair types
Dandruff treatment
Eucalyptus Eucalyptus:
Antiseptic
Dandruff treatment
Lavender Lavender:
All hair types
Scalp treatment for itchiness and dandruff
Helps balance natural scalp oils
Soothes scalp and calms hair
Promotes hair growth
Lemons Lemon:
Oily hair
Gives golden highlights
Treatment for dry scalp and dandruff
Helps balance natural scalp oils
Lemongrass Lemongrass:
Oily hair
Slows down scalp oil production
Myrrh Myrrh:
Dry hair
Treatment for dry scalp and dandruff
Patchouli Patchouli:
Oily hair
Dandruff treatment
Peppermint Peppermint:
Dry hair
Promotes growth by stimulating circulation
Rosemary Rosemary:
Oily hair
Dandruff treatment
Promotes hair growth
Sage Sage:
Clarifies scalp scalp clarifiers
Helps heal scalp problems such as psoriasis
Tea Tree Tea Tree:
Oily hair
Treatment for dry scalp, dandruff and lice
Thyme Thyme:
Antiseptic
Stimulates blood flow
Invigorates scalp to help with hair loss
Ylang Ylang Ylang Ylang:
Oily hair
Antiseptic
Dandruff treatment
Soothing
Stimulates hair growth

 

Additonal Carrier and Essential Oils. Lifted from Essential Oils

  • Almond oil soothes and moisturizes the scalp.
  • Cedarwood oil stimulates the scalp and promotes hair growth.
  • Chamomile oil adds shine and softness to hair, and soothes the scalp.
  • Clary sage oil promotes hair growth and stimulates the scalp.
  • Coconut oil softens hair and increases shine.
  • Geranium oil strengthens hair.
  • Jojoba oil moisturizes the hair, adds nutrients, and stimulates the scalp.
  • Lavender oil deep conditions the hair, keeps it shiny, and helps control dandruff.
  • Moroccan argan oil moisturizes, nourishes, and provides antioxidants to hair.
  • Rosemary oil stimulates the roots, improves hair growth, and increases circulation in the scalp.
  • Sandalwood oil helps with dry ends, and adds fragrance to the hair.

 

A direct quote from theindianspot.com, (check the link for other hair types and hair problems.)

Dry hair: Dry hair tends to be rough and thick in texture. It is susceptible to split ends and tangles. Essential oils like sandalwood, geranium, lavender, rose, lemon oil and ylang-ylang suit the needs of dry hair. Oil massage helps in stimulation the sebaceous glands so that they produce more oil. Use jojoba, avocado, sesame or almond oil as the base or carrier oil

 

Additional Read about Oils for Skin and Hair!

 

E Oils for Hair

OIls

Essential Oils

 

 

 

The following information are lifted and paraphrased from:

Things that affects hair condition

Essential Oils Uses

The photos are from:

Getting to know essential oils

Semi-hacks for a better hair condition

[To be updated, for I am still in the process of researching]

  1. Determine your hair porosity. 

Pososity

Hair porosity has three categories: low, medium, and high. Determining your hair porosity is a simple process! Just take a strand of your hair, put it on a container that is filled with water, and wait for at least 2 minutes. Low porosity, If it stays at the top of water, medium if it sinks till at the middle, and high, if it sinks to the bottom.

Knowing your hair porosity will give you a direction on which products and routine works best, and which avoid. Since every hair reacts on products differently.

2. Good water or shower filter (if you have hard water).

*still researching* But filtered water will benefit your hair and your skin

3. Clarify your hair!

Hair products can build up on your hair, and when it does, it may become a ‘barrier’ for you moisturizing routine to penetrate the hair shaft.

4. Maintain healthy scalp!

5. Healty diet!

 

Do’s and Dont’s of Moisturizing Low Porous Hair

Do’s and Dont’s of porous hair. The following are shortened version from several blogs, or articles. Links of sources are posted below.

Do’s

  1. Heat up your conditioner. Heat = just warm enough, not too hot! Since hair shaft of LP are close, we need heat to assist us in opening the hair cuticles.
  2. Steam your Hair. Without steam, your product will probably just lay on top of each other.
  3. Clarify you Hair! To remove product build up, to help your hair to absorb more products without ‘barrier’.
  4. Last Rinse = Warm Water. This will allow the cuticles to open so your hair can better absorb the product (certain products only) you put on it.
  5. Blow Dry with Cool Air. As research suggest, cold temperature ‘closes the cuticles’, therefore, ‘locking in’ the moisture.
  6. Certain Proteins. LP are protein sensitive (meaning it already has enough protein). However, LP Hair likes these three proteins Hydrolyzed, Wheat and Silk, which is seen in the product ingredients.
  7. Moisturize and Seal When Hair is Damp. Dry hair=closed cuticle. Do your moisturizing routine while hair is still damp, not dripping wet though.
  8. Spray Hair with Warm/Hot water. To open the cuticles.
  9. Water-based/liquid moisturizers.
  10. Use lighter oils. like Grapeseed oil, Argan oil, Jojoba oil, and Sweet Almond oil.

Don’ts

  1.  Thick Deep Conditioners. It will sit on hair. NO Thick Crèmes/Butters.
  2.  Protein. Excess protein = breakage.
  3. Blow Drying with Heat. When you blow dry, you open up the cuticles again and release the moisture you sealed in!!
  4.  Last Rinse with Cool/Cold Water. This will close the cuticles! Therefore, your hair will not be able to absorb any moisturizer/oil/crèmes!!
  5. Be Careful with Alkaline and Acids. It does not work for everyone! And this might cause more permanent damage on hair, if not used properly.
  6. Avoid humectants. like glycerin (especially during winter). This will draw moisture out of the hair but use them in the Summer to bring moisture to your hair.
  7. Avoid heavy styling products.

 

Additional Do’s:

[CHECK OUT HER BLOG! Lot’s of good reads!] Low Porosity isn’t bad

Products for low porosity

More tips from rootstocurls.com

 

 

Best Oils for Low Porous Hair, the following are shortened version from trialsntresses.com (Oils for LP)

Low poous hair oils

  1. Grapeseed Oil: Great as strengthener and heat protectant (when used with another heat protectant as well).
  2. Jojoba Oil: Most closely matches the natural oils in our scalp. The fatty acids helps to seal their ends or oil their scalps. Works for women battling with dandruff or dry scalp as well.
  3. Argan Oil: Helps in the shine of hair.
  4. Almond Oil: Peppermint and Almond oil works good together.

 

 

The following information were lifted from,

Do’s and dont’s of low porous hair

How to moisturize low porous hair

6 tips for moisturizing low porosity hair

do’s & don’ts of low porosity hair

Do’s and Dont’s of LP

Proper Hair Care Routine For Low Porosity Hair

Proper Hair Care Routine For Low Porosity Hair

How to Moisture Low Porous Hair?

Low poous hair oils

Tips for Moisturising Low Porous (LP) Hair

The following are exactly lifted from curlynikki.com. I reposted it exactly the same, due to times of slow internet speed (so I wouln’t have to wait for link to load).

  1. Clarify your hair. LP hair is prone to having product build up, you may know why now. Use a clarifying shampoo to remove the build up and give your hair a fresh start.
  2. Deep condition with heat. It is important to open your cuticle a bit to deep condition your hair properly. By using heat you are assured that the cuticle layers will lift so the interior of your strands are moisturized.

Options:

a. Use Indirect Heat. Apply deep conditioner to your hair, covering it with a cap (be sure it is made to withstand heat) and applying indirect heat via hooded dryer.

b. Use Direct Heat. This is done by applying deep conditioner to your hair and using direct heat from a hair steamer.
Note: Many find these two methods to work wonders. No matter which way you decide to go it is important to deep condition your hair. Once a week is fine for most. Be sure to do so at minimum biweekly to yield the best results.

3. Use greenhouse/baggy method. The method is done to create a humid environment that forces your hair to absorb moisture. Moisturize your hair as you normally would, cover it with a plastic cap and a beanie/snug fitting hat/hair turban/towel. You can leave your hair wrapped up overnight. You will notice, when you remove the outer layer, that the plastic cap has water droplets inside of it. The droplets form because of the heat rising from your head.

4. Humectants are your friends. Things such as glycerin (veggie or animal), honey, agave nectar, coconut nectar, etc… gain moisture from the air and help to adhere it to your hair. Be sure the humectant you use is properly diluted. If you are unsure or don’t want to do research, it is always good to use buy a product that contains a humectant. We offer the Florets & Creme as well as the Blooming Moisture Mist. Both are very well incorporated. We do not put too much glycerin into our products so it is fine to use year round.
Note: f you are creating a DIY moisturizer or buying one that has a large amount of glycerin in it, you will want lighten up the amount of glycerin being used or discontinue use in the colder months. Winter time glycerin draws moisture out of the hair if it isn’t properly diluted. 
5. Avoid heavy styling products. Just adds unnecessary weight to the hair and contributes heavily to build up. No bueno.

6. Use water-based moisturizers. They work best for your hair. Some people have problems using water based leave in conditioners with aloe vera juice/gel in it. I haven’t had that issue when using those items in other people’s hair but if you have then avoid those items.

7. Avoid moisturizing wet hair. Damp hair is ideal for low pooristy hair to being moisturized. It doesn’t work very well to moisturize the hair when it is completely dry because the cuticles have laid flat again.

8. Do not use heavy oils. Heavy oils sit on top of the hair, aren’t full absorbed beyond the cuticle layer. It defeats the purpose of moisture retention and softening of the hair. Coconut oil, castor oil and  olive oil, are the most commonly used heavy carrier oils in hair products. These would be oils to avoid.

9. Use light oils. Light weight oils are ideal for low porosity hair. Light weight oils such as apricot kernel oil, argan oil, grapeseed oil and sweet almond oil are ideal. If you like coconut oil but hate the heaviness a much lighter option is fractionated coconut oil. Jojoba oil is a medium weight oil and fine for most low porosity hair.

 

So in summary…

  1. Clarify your hair, to remove remove product build up.
  2. Deep condition with heat. The heat will open up the cuticle layers a bit , to allow moisture to enter. Two methods to use heat are: Indirect Heat, using cap that can withstand heat. Heat by using a hooded dryer. Direct Heat (from a hair steamer).
  3. Use greenhouse/baggy method. Cover hair with plastic cap and a beanie/snug fitting hat/hair turban/towel. (Can be left on hair overnight).
  4. Humectants are your friends. Like glycerin (veggie or animal), honey, agave nectar, coconut nectar, etc… gain moisture from the air and help to adhere it to your hair. Humectant should be properly diluted. lighten up or discontinue the use of glycerin in the colder months. Winter time glycerin draws moisture out of the hair if it isn’t properly diluted. 
  5. Avoid heavy styling products. Adds product build up.
  6. Use water-based moisturizers. (Best for LP hair).
  7. Avoid moisturizing wet hair. Damp hair is ideal. Don’t moisturize hair when it is completely dry (the cuticles have laid flat again).
  8. Do not use heavy oils. Not fully absorbed beyond the cuticle layer, just sits on top of hair. Avoid Coconut oil, castor oil and  olive oil.
  9. Use light oils. (ideal for LP): Apricot kernel oil, argan oil, grapeseed oil and sweet almond oil. Jojoba oil is a medium weight oil and fine for most low porosity hair.

 

(I’m still fixing the sources list for other post, sorry!) Tips for moisturising dry hair

 

What is Hair Porosity?

Hair porosity is the ability of the hair to absorb moisture. There are three categories of hair porosity: low, medium, and high.

 

How to Know Hair Porosity?

Pososity

 

The Different Types of Hair Porosity

The following are quoted from essence.com

Porous of Hairs.jpg

A. Low porosity

The cuticles are a little tight and resistant to receiving water and moisture, and it cannot absorb water, and products easily.

DO’s

  • To get moisture to penetrate the hair, you should use products containing more alkaline ingredients that will help lift your cuticles.
  • High acidity works to keep the cuticle closed.
  • For extra moisture, steamers can help lift the cuticle to get moisture to your hair.

DONT’s

  • Avoid overusing oils and butters.
  • Avoid using products with a low pH.
  • When setting styles, always try to start on damp hair.

B. Normal Porosity

Holds moisture and shine for an extended period of time. However, normal porosity can change. If you use heat often, relax your hair or chemically process it in some way, your hair porosity can change over time. Be sure to stick to a healthy hair care regimen to maintain the normal porosity of your hair.

C. High Porosity

If your strand sank, it’s likely riddled with gaps, tears and openings that allowed water to easily flow in. If you think your hair absorbs products quickly but loses the moisture just as fast, you may have high porous hair.

Do’s

  • Try using butter and oils to help lock in moisture your strands naturally easily lose.
  • Rinse your hair regularly using an apple cider vinegar mix, and applying aloe vera gel and protein treatments to temporarily fill gaps can help manage high porous hair.

Note: There is no way to completely repair high porous hair, but you can try by using these quick and easy tips.

Natural-Hair-Care-for-Low-Medium-and-High-Porosity-Hair

 

[I will update this to put the links of my sources.]