Porosity, what does that word really mean??
I never knew it correlated to hair until I started being really interested in my own natural hair. Supposedly, it’s vital to know when you have natural hair because it will definitely point you in the right direction when picking the right products.
Hair Porosity basically means how well your hair is able to absorb and retain moisture.
Hair porosity 101
So, there are three different categories of hair porosity…. Low – Normal – High
This is when you have extremely tight curls; it’s hard to keep moisture in your hair and for your hair to retain it. So it’s really hard to allow moisture into the cuticles.
Water will just sit on top of your hair, it takes a really long time getting your hair completely wet, and you also will notice lots of product build up.
Liquid based products are best for low porosity hair. Use light and thin oils, and cold water to close your cuticles.
Your hair easily absorbs and retains moisture. It’s less maintenance!! Yess. Medium porosity will tend to hold styles well depending on how much heat you put in your hair.
This type of hair is also known to hold lots of moisture and shine for a long period of time.
This means that your cuticles are extremely open and it’s really easy for moisture to flow through your hair, but your hair doesn’t quite retain the moisture.
High porosity hair also means that your hair tangles pretty easily, because your hair cuticles are getting caught within one another and retaining so much moisture. Quick drying and frizzy hair are also signs of high porosity.
The best combination for high porosity hair is… Leave in Conditioner (liquid) → Oil → Cream – So you’re locking in that moisture just in case it slips out easily.
What porosity are you?
So, by reading the different categories of hair porosity, do you know what porosity your hair is???
Here’s a way to find out… the Porosity test
Things you’ll need:
A cup filled half way with water
Take a strand of your hair, place it in the cup for about 10-15 minutes and watch the magic work!
If your hair strand floats and stays at the top of the water – this means your hair does not easily allow moisture in nor does it easily allow moisture out.
If your hair strand floats mid-way of the water – this means your hair does allow moisture in and retains it for a good amount of time.
If your hair strand sinks to the bottom of the water – this means your hair easily allows moisture in and out because of damage or widely gapped hair cuticles.
Which one are you??! Comment down below and let me know!