What is Porosity? Porosity is the quality or state of being porous. Porous means containing vessels and permeable to fluids. So basically how well does your hair absorb moisture and products, So let’s talk about Hair Porosity…
Low porosity hair is when the cuticle layer of the hair shaft is smooth and tight around the cortex which makes moisture and products hard to get in.
~It’s usually protein sensitive.
~Using lighter oils (argan, grape seed) will not weigh the hair down and can be used as a sealant.
~Deep conditioning with heat raises the cuticle so that it can do it’s job properly.
~Using products with humectants will attract moisture to the hair.
High porosity hair is when the cuticle layer of the hair shaft is raised (bumpy), so moisture comes in but leaves just as fast.
~ Prone to breakage and damage
~Use minimal heat
~Deep condition regularly
~Use heavier products (butters,oils)
~Seal hair with oils (coconut, olive oil)
The two methods of finding out your hair’s porosity are very simple and can be done in minutes. The first method is the most well known;first take a strand of clean hair and place it in a glass of room temperature water wait for a couple of minutes if the hair floats you have low porosity if hair sinks you have high porosity. For the second method take a strand of hair, gently slide your fingers up towards your scalp. If you feel little bumps you have high porosity. If your hair feels smooth then you have low porosity.