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An Introduction to Hair Porosity

2019/09/17

Getting to know your hair is a beautiful process that takes time. If you want a healthy relationship with your follicles, there’s no need to rush things up.

I remember when I was young and I started singing! I was so eager to learn and be able to sing all my favourite songs, but I noticed that my keenness turned against me because I was hurting my voice in consequence to my lack of technique.

A similar process can be applied to your hair care. In order to treat it the way it deserves, you need to do some research first. Figuring out your porosity level is a good start. Once you know what level of porosity you have, you can start designing a routine that fits accordingly to your hair type.

Most of this information is primarily for the curly hair community, but others might find it useful and interesting too!

Your hair’s porosity is its ability to absorb and maintain moisture. This will help you determine which products are better for your hair, so you can forget about frizziness once and for all.

With all this said there are 3 levels of porosity: low, normal and high. You can determine it with what it’s known as The Float Test: just grab a bowl or a glass of water and dip some strands of your hair in it and let them sit for 2 – 4 minutes. If your hair floats, it’s low porosity, if it sinks, it’s high porosity.

Low porosity

When you have low porosity, the cuticle layer is tightly bound to the strand of hair and has scales overlapping it. This type of hair is considered the most healthy and is usually very shiny! The downside is that it repels moisture, a lot… so you should use protein-free hair products and daily conditioners with humectants like honey or glycerin. Stick to emollients such as jojoba oil, shea butter, coconut oil and coconut oil.

Medium porosity

This type of hair requires the least amount of maintenance. The cuticle layer is looser so it allows the right amount of moisture to get in and to escape.  It tends to hold a hairstyle for longer. It can be coloured and ironed with ease… but this process will change the porosity of your hair if applied too many times. Proteins should not be included in your hair care routine. Occasional deep conditioning will benefit this type of hair

High porosity

If your porosity is high, you have probably chemically treated your hair a good amount of times. Your hair cuticles have holes and gaps in them which will let too much moisture in and can create damage and breakage. And as easily as it absorbs humidity, it can also lose it, so you should use leave-in conditioners and sealers.

Still doubtful about what kind of products you should use? We invite you to visit our blog Which Products Should You Use for Each Type of Hair? Be informed and be healthy!  

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