Do you Know the Porosity of your Hair?
Learning hair porosity is equally enthusiastic, yet nerve wrecking.
Although many of us love protective styles, there’s nothing like a head full of healthy, beautiful, natural hair.
According to Diane Bailey, Ambassador of Shea Butter products and Master Natural Hair Stylist, “discovery, trial, and error are all a part of everyone’s hair journey. As you experience your textured hair, you will discover new products that hydrate and embellish the elasticity of your hair, or you will find products that make it feel dry or brittle diminishing elasticity and moisture.”
Knowing your porosity helps but you may get different levels of porosity in different sections of your head. No matter where you stand on the spectrum of hair care, knowing your porosity level is key to streamlining a daily regimen that’s effective.
Before testing for hair porosity, let’s look at exactly what it is.
What is Hair Porosity?
Hair Porosity is the hair’s ability to absorb and retain moisture.
It’s broken down into three categories: low, normal, and high, which is a result of the way of the cuticle layer rest along the hair shaft.
The hair porosity test will quickly help you determine your hair’s porosity and below we will provide you with proper treatment. There are two tests you can take to check how porous your hair is.
Hair Porosity Testing
You can easily test your hair porosity at home with the following three tests. Testing for hair porosity is similar to that of checking the cuticles on hair extensions. Take a few minutes and give it a try!
Take a strand of clean shred hair and drop it into a glass of water for about 3-5 minutes giving the hair enough time to develop results. If your hair floats you have low porosity hair and if it sinks you have high porosity hair.
Take a few strands of your hair and slide your fingers up the shaft towards the scalp. As you’re sliding your fingers if you feel little bumps or lumps along the way, then you, in fact, have high porosity hair. On the other hand, if your fingers slip smoothly as a baby’s bottom you have low porosity hair.
Spray your dry hair with a hair bottle filled with water. If your hair quickly becomes wet and quickly air dries it is high porosity. If your hair shows water droplets on the hair strand and your hair is dripping wet it is low porosity.