Let me preface this post by stating my hair type. My hair is quite fine (it’s not dense at all, and the individual strands are fragile and thin) and low porosity (my hair doesn’t always readily absorb the products I put on it, resulting in the “flakes”). I’ve been natural for almost a decade, and during that time, I’ve heard and read lists of things I shouldn’t do because of my hair type. One of the things I was told should never be used on fine hair or low porosity hair is butters. And up until about a year ago, I believed it and I stuck to that rule. Until I realized it’s a rule that could be broken under the right conditions.
The trouble with using butters on fine hair or low-porosity hair isn’t so much a problem of hair getting weighed down, product buildup, or whatever the powers that be have said. It’s a problem of ingredients. Specifically, the trouble comes when trying to mix moisturizers and butters with stylers.
If you’re a fine-haired or low-porosity natural who is interested in experimenting with butters in your hair care regimen, here are my tips on how to do it.
When remoisturizing (adding a butter to dry, unwashed hair), focus on the ends and not the hair strands.
You’ll have less of an issue with oily residue. Remember, your hair can only absorb so much. And if you’re low-porosity, using heat will help your hair better absorb any excess butter.
Don’t mix unnatural butters with stylers.
Read the ingredients label. If the butter you chose has ingredients that you can’t read or pronounce, your chance for flaking hair are much higher. Natural butters are more easily absorbed by the hair, and the mix well with different stylers without causing buildup or flakes. Make sure all the ingredients in your butter are simple natural butters, natural oils, and some type of water. Those ingredients mix well with almost everything.
Try to be light-handed with applying your products.
As naturals, we have a tendency to be heavy-handed with products. I still have a problem with applying too much product. But using products with the right ingredients lessens the negative impacts of heavy-handedness.
Avoid products that are super heavy or thick that coat your strands.
Look for a product that melts into a smooth oil between you fingertip or the palms of your hands. Your hair is going to be better able to absorb a melted natural butter than some cream that was created in factory.
Always to a test beforehand mixing products in your hair.
Rub a dab of your moisturizer together with a dab of your styler on the palm of your hand. If the immediate reaction isn’t a smooth mixture, don’t use it on your hair. Don’t look for excuses. Just move on, or else you’ll end up looking like a drandruffy hot mess.
Butters are great for natural hair, not matter the type or the texture. But, of course, every head of hair is different, and each person is going to have to figure out what works for them. But I hope my fellow low-porosity and fine-haired naturals out there won’t write off butters forever. Give them another try with these tips in hand. And don’t forget to let me know how everything works out 😉
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