So what’s the hype about porosity? Porosity refers to how well your hair absorbs moisture and if you don’t know anything else about your natural hair you know that moisture is very important. There are three levels of porosity ranging from low, medium/normal and high. There’s a simple test to find out your hair’s porosity. Simply place a product-free strand into a glass of water and watch to see if it floats at the top, floats in the middle, or sink to the bottom. What happened?
If your hair floated at the top then you have Low Porosity hair. This means the cuticles of your hair are compact or tightly bound making it difficult for moisture and chemicals to easily penetrate and be released. To get moisture to penetrate the hair, use heat such as a steamer, heat wrap, or hair dryer when applying deep conditioners. The heat lifts the cuticle, which allows the deep conditioner to penetrate the cuticles of your hair and absorb the moisture.
If your hair floated in the middle, you have Medium/Normal Porosity. This means your cuticles are slightly lifted to allow moisture in your hair. It also means your hair is the easiest to manage because it easily absorbs moisture and chemicals. Be sure to take good care of your hair via a healthy hair care regimen to maintain the normal porosity of your hair. Medium/Normal Porosity hair can change over time especially with the overuse of heat, manipulation and chemical processing.
Last but not least, if your hair sank to the bottom your hair has High Porosity. This means the cuticles of your hair has gaps and holes that allows it to quickly absorb moisture and chemicals; as well as; quickly release moisture and chemicals. Damaged hair often has high porosity because over processing the hair can damage and tear the cuticle of the hair allowing for moisture and chemicals to quickly absorb and release. High porosity hair cannot be completely repaired; however, there are temporary treatments to help fill cuticle gaps to make the hair more manageable such as: protein treatments, apple cider vinegar mix, and aloe vera gel.
Bianca has low porosity hair. What’s your hair’s porosity? Comment below…