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Dry, long or curly? Black, blonde or red? Regardless of your hairstyle, you must provide your hair with proper care. Do you know that shampoos, masks and supplements aren’t enough to improve hair condition? Cosmetic oils may prove to be helpful. If you have never tried any of them, it’s high time to change it. You don’t even realize how many benefits these product offer. There are numerous methods of application, therefore every woman can find the one that suits her best and brings dream effects.
What should you know about hair oils?
The basis of hair oils are natural substances. The main ingredients of hair oils are: herbal and plant extracts, vitamins and fatty acids. Why are they so valuable for the proper functioning of hair and scalp? The answer is simple: they contain lots of vitamins and minerals. They make hair strong, healthy and beautiful. Cosmetic oils offer some more properties. They moisturise and nourish the scalp, control the work of sebaceous glands and strengthen hair bulbs. Moreover, hair becomes more shiny, resilient and soft to the touch.
Cosmetic oils also protect from UV radiation, free radicals, salty and chlorinated water, heat produced by styling tools and drying substances included in hair dyes and other products designed for colouring and styling.
How to use hair oils?
If you want to improve the condition of your hair and take care of the scalp you must choose a suitable method of applying the oil. There are lots of them. You may apply the oil to wet or dry hair. Rubbing a few drops of the oil in the strands or scalp is also very helpful. What is more, oils can be used during blow-drying, straightening and curling. They can serve as heat protection and styling products. They let you detangle and smooth the strands.
Not only for styling
Oiling hair treatment also brings amazing results. It is a very popular method of hair conditioning, used by many women. You apply a few drops of the cosmetic to hair and scalp, leave on for several hours and wash away with a delicate shampoo. Effect? Beautiful, bouncy and easy to style strands. See it for yourself!
You still hesitate which oil to choose?
The below ranking is going to help you make a decision. It presents the best and the most popular hair oils. Reviewers - women like you who take care of the appearance and health of their hair – have tested the products. Thanks to their opinion, this comparison has been created. Maybe it will help you to choose a proper oil. Learn about the action, properties, ingredients and application of the oils described in the ranking. Will you find the best one among them?
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there are several types of hair porosity? You probably have already heard about low porosity, medium/normal porosity and high porosity hair. How are they different?
Low porosity hair has tightly bound cuticles; the strands are smooth, shiny, they air-dry long and are hard to dye. Long oiling hair treatment may overburden this type of hair - ingredients of the oil settle on the hair surface and it is hard for them to penetrate inside the hair. Oils with small particles are the best to condition low porosity strands. You should try out: palm oil, coconut oil, babassu oil and castor oil. Shea butter and coconut butter will come in useful as well.
Medium porosity hair has slightly raised cuticles and is very easy to style. Use cosmetics with humectans and proteins in your hair care. You should also try olive oil, macadamia, sesame, almond, rice and argan oil.
High porosity hair is characterised by highly raised cuticles. It gets frizzy, dries off and absorbs water quickly. Curly strands and hair damaged due to regular blow-drying, straightening or colouring belong to the group of high porosity hair. You should use oils with large particles: evening primrose, linseed, sunflower, soya, pumpkin seed, corn oils.
How can you identify your hair porosity?
There are a few easy ways. Water test is the most popular. Put a few strands of hair into a glass filled with water and wait a moment. Remember not to apply any cosmetics with silicones. If the strands sinks to the bottom of the glass after two minutes, it means your hair is high porosity. Low porosity hair floats on the water whereas medium porosity strands sink after more than two minutes.
Other methods for determining hair porosity include
Flour test, touching the hair and trichologist appointment. Sprinkle your hair with some flour. The flour settles on high porosity hair whereas almost disappears from low porosity strands. You can also check your hair porosity by simply touching your hair – take one hair and run your fingers up it. If it stays smooth, your hair is low porosity. If it gets curly and rough, you have high porosity hair. The precise method of defining hair porosity can be performed by a trichologist who examines the hair under the microscope. Then, the specialist defines its porosity and thickness and helps to choose proper conditioning products.
Choose suitable oils before you start conditioning your hair. Check the saturation of cosmetics with omega-3, omega-6 and omega-9 acids. Taking into consideration the amount of the acids, there are monounsaturated, polyunsaturated and saturated oils. Monounsaturated oils contain omega-9 fatty acids and are recommended for high and medium porosity hair. Polyunsaturated oils are rich in omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids; they deliver effective care exclusively to high porosity hair. Saturated oils (cosmetic butters) are recommended for low porosity hair. The group of monounsaturated oils comprises: plum seed oil, peach seed oil, sweet almond oil, avocado oil, olive oil. Polyunsaturated oils include: linseed oil, sunflower oil, soya oil, corn oil, pumpkin seed oil. Cosmetic butters, or saturated oils, are: coconut oil, Shea butter, palm oil, cocoa butter, babassu oil and mango butter.