Porosity & Your Hair
I’m so sick of this frizzy hair! All my hard work on a beautiful twist out turned into fuzz right before my eyes. Is your hair extra fluffy, frizzy, and just out of control, too? If your hair has trouble holding any style, I can tell you the problem.Your hair is porous and you use the wrong products. The wrong product on porous hair is a real nightmare. I’ve suffered from “ashy” or dull hair color, and you shouldn’t have too! Today beautiful, you’re in luck! I want to tell you about the porosity of your hair and what to do about it.
So, what is porosity? Porosity is the amount of moisture your hair retains throughout the day. Simply put hair porosity is the hair’s ability to absorb and retain moisture. Hair porosity can be confusing to understand, but it’s actually rather simple. Porosity is broken into three categories: low, normal and high. It’s best to learn your hair’s porosity while transitioning or anytime.
The Test: Many, many people on the internet have tried simple tests for porosity. Of all the methods I have seen, I think the following method gives you most accurate results. To determine your hair porosity level using water, spritz a small section of curls with water and watch how your hair reacts – does your hair absorb the water quickly (indicating high porosity) or does it remain on top (indicating a low porosity level).
Normal Porosity: These are the lucky curls. It accepts and retains moisture inside the cuticle. The curls are full of bounce and elasticity and hold styles well. This hair can be dyed easily, and usually requires very little maintenance. Avoid using heat styling tools. When you do use hot tools, use a thermal protectant. Natural or Sulfate-free shampoos and conditioners are good to use. Leave in conditioners can be used to cure fly-aways.
High porosity: I used to have highly porose hair. High porosity hair can be a real pain. Symptoms of high porosity hair could be that your curls dry too quickly and very fuzzy. More often than not, your curls look and feel dry. Your curls are often frizzy and you have a lot of split ends. Hair that has ‘high porosity’, means that due to its raised cuticle layer it can absorb too much moisture making it very heavy when wet. Also, it leaks out moisture so natural oils are never retained. Parched, thirsty hair needs products that help it retain as much moisture as possible, so here are some tips to increase hydration.
- Use minimal heat. It’s best to air dry your hair, if possible.
- Use deep conditioning treatments regularly. Incorporate regular deep conditioning treatments into your curl care routine. Protein treatments may be needed for severely damaged hair.
- Rinse with cool water to close the cuticle and prevent frizz.
- Detangle from the bottom to the top to prevent hair loss and reduce hair breakage.
- Use leave in conditioners or serum to help seal in moisture and combat frizz.
Low Porosity: Low porosity is hair the opposite of the curls above. This is where my hair is at the moment. Offenders of LoPo hair are that your curls take a long time to dry. I mean a long time. You find that no matter how you add products, products tend to build up on curls rather than absorb. No, not again! Ashy hair color strikes! Natural oils don’t readily penetrate, but rather sit on your hair. Curls take much longer to get fully saturated when you wet them. You feel “waterproof” when trying to wash your hair. Moisture has a hard time penetrating your hair. The fact is that low porosity hair has very compact cuticles, so it’s hard to inject moisture into the hair shaft. Although it does retain moisture once it absorbs.
To get that moisture deep in the cuticle, follow these tips:
- Use heat. Hot oil or deep conditioning treatment under a hooded dryer, steamer or even a warm towel or shower cap, to help products better absorb and bind with the hair better.
- Use a small amount of product at a time. Always distribute products evenly throughout your hair making sure not to put too much on.
- Apply products to damp, not drenched hair. No point in getting products in your eyes. Blot dry or use a scrunching motion to remove excess water. I like to use microfiber towels because they are very absorbent and soft. It doesn’t pull my hair like cotton towels.
- A clarifying shampoo can remove product residues easily. Use sulphate-free shampoo and rinses such as apple cider vinegar or baking soda treatments to rid your hair of product build-up.
Knowing your hair’s porosity will really help you in your journey to healthy beautiful hair. I hope this information helped you and you can share this with your friends. If you need help with transitioning hair, feel free to contact me.