Let’s Chat| 411 on Hair Porosity

Hey loves,

It’s that time to start really talking about hair since I have just kind of introduced it and left it hanging. So bear with me because as I am learning things and then I will be sharing with you all. (I will try to keep them as short as possible…this one however is not) All of my sources are down below because without my fellow bloggers this info could not be relayed to you all.

What is Porosity?

In the simplest way to explain it, porosity is your hair’s ability to absorb water, hair products and pretty much moisture. You can have high, low, or normal porosity.

How to Test?

In order to really understand your hair you have to first perform a test on it. DON’T WORRY. It’s super easy to do. The next time you wash your hair just take a strand of it and drop it in a class of water. If your hair sinks to the bottom immediately, well my dear you have high porosity hair. If it floats kind of in the middle with ease, then its normal porosity. AND if it decides it wants to just flow on the top never really sinking then your hair is low porosity hair. Naptural85 did an awesome video about it as well.

What does low porosity mean?

It means you have tight cuticles and it also means they are pretty resistant to opening up for water and moisture. Don’t fret or anything this is usually genetic and not something to stress about. For my low porosity ladies this usually means that you may feel like the product is just sitting on your hair and not being absorbed. Have you ever just watched the water bead up and fall off your hair when trying to wet it? This also unfortunately means that sometimes your hair may resist color, chemicals (yucky) and even heat. So here are some ways to help your hair open up and be more loving to that moisture:

  • Stay away from products with a low pH (high acidity) because those are geared towards closing your cuticle. Look for more alkaline (basic High pH) because they will “lift” your cuticle.
  • Glycerin is great to help with you retain moisture.
  • From the research that I have done it is recommended that you stay away from products that are loaded with oils because they act as a sealant for the cuticle and therefore again will be working to aid your struggle instead of helping it.
  • Steamers are great for cuticle lifting.
  • Try applying products to damp hair instead of dry hair

Now what about normal porosity?

For those with normal porosity hair …lucky you it means you have no problem getting that moisture absorbed into your cuticle and have the added bonus of retaining it much better than the other types. However make sure you keep your hair healthy so that it will not turn into high porosity hair.

What does high porosity mean?

High porosity hair means that your cuticles have been exposed to severe amount of damage. This damage can be from environmental issues or from overuse of heat and/or chemical processes. For those with high porosity hair you may feel as though your hair stays wet FOREVER and you may also feel that your hair is always “thirsty” no matter how much moisture you give it. Your hair also tends to be more tangled due to the raised cuticles catching each other. So here are some ways to help your hair close up:

  • Thicker butters and products that are more oil based are your friends. They are a great sealant and will help to provide another layer on your hair.
  • As opposite to the low porosity ladies, you want to try for products with a lower pH to help tighten the cuticle.
  • Some even suggest sealing your hair with pure Aloe Vera after applying your leave in would work wonder.
  • Regular detoxing (i.e. Apple Cider Vinegar Rinse) could help detoxify any pollution and also help seal the cuticle.

Sadly there is no way to permanently repair damaged over porous hair. So just get regular trims and focus on that new growth so you can keep them from damage.

Sources:

http://www.naturalhairrules.com/moisturize-low-porosity-hair/

http://www.curlynikki.com/2013/12/hair-porosity-and-your-natural-hair.html

http://www.transitioningmovement.com/hair-porosity-101–what-it-means—how-to-repair-it

http://curly2kinky.com/hair-assessments/porosity/

http://blackgirllonghair.com/2013/05/5-ways-to-get-moisture-into-low-porosity-natural-hair/

http://www.naturallycurly.com/texture-typing/hair-porosity

http://www.blackhairscience.com/porosity-concerns/

Thank you guys so much for reading and until the next time….ADIOS

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