If you’ve only been looking at curl patterns to determine your regimen, you may be overlooking an important factor in how your hair behaves and reacts to water.
Changing your routine can be overwhelming, especially if you don’t have all the facts or you’re not sure about what your hair needs.
In this post, you’ll find out exactly what you need to know about hair porosity, so your natural hair can thrive. If you want to see what type of porosity you have, and how it affects washing and styling your hair, keep reading.
Hair porosity is a term used to describe how porous a hair strand is. It’s a crucial factor because it helps you determine how much liquid your hair absorbs.
Knowing hair porosity can make a huge difference in the way you care for your curls and how you apply your products. It will also help you foresee the effects that certain products like hair dye will have on your hair.
The three types of hair porosity are low, medium, and high. Here is a description of each:
See more specific traits of each porosity level below.
Here are three signs you have high porosity hair:
Here are four characteristics of low porosity hair:
Want an easy way to find out your hair type? See the Hair Porosity Test below.
Are you looking for a hair porosity test so you can know for certain which hair type you have? Try this easy water test.
Step #1: Place a clean strand of hair in a glass of room-temperature water. Make sure the hair strand doesn’t contain product or oils, or it will affect your results.
Step #2: Does the hair float, sink, or stay in the middle?
If your hair:
Did you figure out what type of porosity your hair has? Now, it’s time to work on a solution to get your hair in optimum condition.
Follow these tips:
Tips for High Porosity Hair. It’s crucial to repair your high porosity hair with protein treatments. Protein works to fill in the gaps in the shaft and rebuild the structure of the hair. Use protein treatments twice per month to see good results.
When you use protein, be sure to balance it with high-moisture products like Mango Moringa Moisture Max. Every protein treatment should be followed by a deep conditioning session. Protein and moisture work together to create a healthy, strong, and elastic strand.
Tips for Low Porosity Hair. When you have low porosity hair, your hair can become dry and brittle from lack of moisture. Using low, controlled heat will help to open the cuticles and get the shaft ready to receive hydration and nutrients.
Use your shower water to get your hair warmed up and then rinse your conditioners with cool water. Cold water will set the cuticles back to their original closed position and seal the conditioner inside the shaft.
Want to get the most out of your deep conditioning session? Apply your deep conditioner while you’re still in the shower and your cuticles are still open to receive nutrients. Place a plastic cap over your hair to create body heat, and then leave the mask in your hair for at least one hour.
Consider using a Turban Towel and plastic cap to keep your deep conditioner warm with body heat. Body heat increases absorption. Finally, rinse with cool water to leave some of the conditioner closed within the shaft.
Uncovering your true porosity may be one of the best things you do for your hair and wallet. Once you determine whether you are low, medium, or high porosity, you’ll be able to purchase the right products and give your hair the hydration and nutrition it needs.
Once you figure out your hair porosity, come join me for a moisture masterclass so I can show you how to get the best curly natural hair of your life!