What's your hair Porosity?
The definition of porosity in the natural hair context is how much moisture that your hair can hold. Our hair needs to stay hydrated consistently for it to flourish to it’s highest potential. And, for us to get there we have to know our hair’s porosity level. Depending on how much the hair can hold, you will be placed within the categories of low, medium or high porosity hair.
HOW TO DO A HAIR POROSITY TEST:
Step 1: Fill a bowl or container with room temperature purified water. The temperature and purification of the water allow us to see where the hair will fall without any factors affecting it.
Step 2: Pull a couple of strands from your scalp or take hairs from your brush or comb.
Step 3: Place the hair into the bowl of water and let it sit for 5 minutes or more.
Step 4: Watch where the hair floats and then read below to determine your hair’s porosity.
If your hair is floating at the top of the water, then you have low porosity hair.
Low porosity hair cuticle layers are tightly closed. Hence, no moisture can leave or enter the strands. This usually results in the hair staying hydrated for a while. However, if the hair is dry and needs to re-moisturized applying a moisturizer on top of the hair would result in product build-up as the moisturizer cannot enter the hair strands.
If you want the hair to be efficiently moisturized, you have to use warm water to open the cuticles. Next, apply the moisturizer to hydrate your curls. Then, seal it in using cold water or a cream-based product.
If your hair is floating in the middle, then you have medium porosity hair. This means that your hair is slightly opened so it will let moisture into the strands. As well as, it will not allow moisture to leave once it is sealed in. Medium porosity hair is the best porosity hair to have. Even though it’s the best, it’s not common within the natural hair community.
If your hair falls to the bottom, then you have high porosity hair. This means that the cuticles on your strands are always open. Hence, the moisture that is applied to it doesn’t usually stay there for long. This usually results in frizzy hair, single strand knots and even split ends. If you want the moisture to stay in or “be sealed in”, you would have to apply cold water to your hair or use a cream-based styler. This will keep the cuticle layers closed so that no
Knowing your hair porosity is only half the battle.
Now, you have to moisturize your hair accordingly to your hair porosity and it’s needed. Once this is done, your hair will stay hydrated for a long time which is usually throughout the life of the hairstyle. Remember hydrated hair is healthy hair.