Hair porosity – ever heard of it? It doesn’t get talked about as much as hair texture or structure, but mastering yours is the key to attaining luscious, hydrated locks. The good news is that it really isn’t that difficult.
Let’s dive in as we cover all things hair porosity: what it is, why it matters, and how you can determine your natural hair porosity to unlock your best hair.
Let’s start by defining what hair porosity is. When it comes to determining the true identity and “personality” of your natural hair, there are three things you need to know: texture, structure, and porosity. Texture and structure refer to the shape and pattern of your hair.
Porosity differs from texture and grit. It’s directly linked to the amount of moisture your hair can absorb – the rate at which it does. There are three things that are considered when you’re looking at porosity: the cuticle, the cortex, and the medulla.
There are three general types of hair porosity: low, medium, and high.
Finding your natural hair porosity is a simple process. Start by washing your hair. Skip the conditioning this time. Fill a glass with water, then drop a single strand in the glass. Here’s what you might see:
Keep in mind that hair porosity is determined mostly by genetics. However, overwashing, heat styling, chemical treating (i.e., coloring), and product buildup can all affect your natural hair porosity.
Whether you’ve got low, medium, or high porosity – there’s a haircare routine that will work for you. The key is to determine your natural porosity and find products to complement it. Remember: the more porous your hair is, the more moisture it will absorb. Finding that perfect balance will help you achieve voluminous, moisturized locks for life.
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