So in today’s post l will gladly share my thoughts and understanding on how best we can retain moisture formerly known as Hair Porosity. In my previous post, l did a brief introduction on porosity but now we will unfold the issue.
Generally as natties we struggle with which products our hair will love, how to start a hair regime, how to combat dryness, sealing in moisture etc… Well have you ever thought that, your diet, the external environment, genetics all contribute to how your hair thrive. Remember, one hair strand is made up of layers so knowing the structure of your hair cuticle is essentially important.
What is Porosity
Hair Porosity is the ability for your hair to hold or absorb moisture – simple as that! Again a hair strand is made up of layers so..Knowing your hair’s porosity is a great deal on how best you will care for your hair – as a result you are able to know which hair products work best for you. Wouldn’t that be a life-saver just knowing what products your hair will thrive in because after all, we want our hair to grow..Below l briefly explain the three main categories of hair porosity.
High Porosity has holes and gaps in the cuticle which allows too much moisture into the hair and the moisture escapes fast. This type of hair is prone to frizziness, looks dull easily tangles in our humid African climate.
- Women with high porosity should use leave-in conditioners, butters and creams to seal moisture and help fill gaps in the cuticle.
- Using anti-humectants in our dry and humid is also is an advantage as this will help to retain moisture and seal damaged cuticles.
- Ideally the LOC method would work best with porous hair.
Medium Porosity hair is what every woman would aim to achieve. This is when there’s a balance of moisture in the hair and the cuticle layer is loser. The right amount of moisture enters whilst preventing too much moisture from escaping. Least amount of maintenance is required and hair can hold styles for long.
- Occasional deep conditioning is required but not daily
- Women with normal porosity just have to stick to their regime
Low Porosity this type of hair repels moisture meaning moisture fails to penetrate through the tightly cuticle. Hair is prone to build-up because the cuticles are closed up so products end up sitting on the hair.
- Women with low porosity would need to use moisturiser’s rich in emollients e.g. shea butter, coconut oil, mineral oil etc would be a good start.
- Products that are liquid based are essential because they prevent heaviness on the curls and able to moisture the curls. Preferably look for products that have ingredients that list water first
- Due to product-build, minimise protein conditioners that will leave the hair feeling stiff-like.
- Using light-weight oils is an extreme bonus because the oils will easily penetrate through the closed up cuticles e.g. argan oil, grapeseed, olive oil
- Using moderate heat, incorporating hot oil treatments will work with low porosity hair as this will allow the tightly bound cuticles to open and allow moisture in.
Below is a guideline, on two tests that are normally used to assist in realising where your hair porosity level falls under.
Strand Test– take two fingers, run them through your hair, if you feel any bumps that indicates that your cuticles are open and you likely have high porosity.
∗if your fingers glide smoothly you likely have normal porosity
∗if fingers glide quickly on strand and strand feels slick you likely have low porosity
Float Test (only works on freshly washed hair no conditioners, just washed) – take different strands of hair from different areas of your head and place each strand in a glass of room temperature water. Wait for 5mins,
*if hair sinks within 3mins – High Porosity
*if hair floats – Low Porosity
*if hair stays mid-way of the glass- Normal porosity
So that’s a wrap on today’s post, l’m sure hope l have brought some light..Remember your hair porosity level can change overtime due to different factors so just be aware of your hair changes. Knowing your hair porosity and your texture plays a crucial role in hair product selection.
**Just let me know below, the porosity of your hair and which products work well and if you tried the porosity test, was it helpful?**
With Love ♡♡