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Understanding Hair Porosity: The Key to Healthy Hair

Hair porosity is all about how your hair absorbs and retains moisture. It’s like a secret handshake between your hair and the products you use. By understanding your porosity, you can create a personalized hair care routine that keeps your hair healthy and happy.

The Three Types of Hair Porosity

There are three main categories of hair porosity: low, medium, and high.

What is Hair Porosity?

  1. Low Porosity Hair: This type of hair has a tightly closed cuticle layer, making it difficult for moisture to penetrate. As a result, products often sit on top of the hair rather than being absorbed. Low porosity hair can be prone to product buildup and may take longer to dry.
  2. Medium Porosity Hair: Hair with medium porosity has a slightly raised cuticle layer, allowing moisture to enter and be retained adequately. This type of hair is generally healthy and manageable.
  3. High Porosity Hair: High porosity hair has a highly raised or even damaged cuticle layer, which allows moisture to enter easily but also escape just as quickly. This type of hair tends to be dry, frizzy, and prone to breakage.

How to Test Hair Porosity

The Float Test: Fill a glass with water and gently place a strand of hair in it. Low porosity hair will float for a long time, medium porosity will sink after a while, and high porosity hair will sink quickly.

Why Porosity Matters

Knowing your hair porosity is crucial for choosing the right hair care products and techniques. The wrong approach can leave your hair feeling dry, frizzy, or weighed down.

Hair Care Routine Recommendations by Porosity

Low Porosity Do’s

  • Use gentle clarifying shampoos to remove product build-up.
  • Apply heat with caution, using heat protectant.
  • Deep condition regularly with products containing humectants like glycerin.

Low Porosity Don’ts

  • Use heavy products that can weigh down your hair.
  • Over-shampoo, which can strip away natural oils.
  • Skip conditioner – it helps lock in moisture.

Medium Porosity Do’s

  • Use a balanced cleansing and conditioning routine.
  • Deep condition occasionally to add extra moisture.
  • Experiment with different styling products to find what works best.

Medium Porosity Don’ts

  • Neglect heat protection, especially when using hot tools.
  • Use products that are too heavy or greasy.
  • Skip out on regular trims to remove split ends.

High Porosity Do’s

  • Use protein treatments to strengthen hair strands.
  • Layer leave-in conditioners and hair oils to seal in moisture.
  • Air dry whenever possible to minimize heat damage.

High Porosity Don’ts

  • Use harsh shampoos that can be too stripping.
  • Skip conditioner – it’s essential for high porosity hair.
  • Overuse heat styling tools without proper protection.

By understanding your hair porosity, you can unlock the door to healthier, more manageable hair.

Do you have any questions about hair porosity or need help creating a routine for your hair type? Simply reach out to us! 🙂