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Know Your Hair Porosity

Posted by Teonna Ealy on

Healthy hair is a must for everyone but it is a major key for us natural girls especially. On my hair journey I’ve experienced a lot of unnecessary damage  and shedding, that made it hard for me to reach my hair goals. Eventually I figured out that I was taking care of my hair all wrong. It's easy for us naturals to fall under the well her hair looks like mine so I can use the same products she does trap. So the best advice I could ever give you is to learn your hair porosity. I found out my hair porosity with a little science experiment called sink or float. Basically you take a clean strand of hair and place it in a clean glass of water. If it floats its low porosity if it sinks its high and if it sits in the middle, you have medium porosity hair.

What is hair porosity?

I thought you’d never ask. Hair porosity is the extent in which your hair absorbs moisture. Depending on the porosity of your hair there are some products that work best for you and when you know your porosity you know how to keep your hair hydrated and healthy, and for us that are searching for some extra length this could be what's holding you back. Hair can fall into three porosity categories and depending on those categories you must care for your hair differently.

Low Porosity Hair

Low porosity hair is hair that doesn’t really absorbs moisture easily. This type of hair is easy to get damaged because of the lack of moisture. If you have this type of hair it's best to use water based products.  

Medium Porosity Hair

This is where we all wanna be. Medium porosity hair is normal it holds moisture easily and is easy to maintain.

High Porosity Hair

Now this hair can absorb moisture easily which is a good thing but it also receives a lot of build up. Apple Cider Vinegar rinses are your friend !

Shea moisture has a line that makes catering to your hair porosity easy that I personally love. They have lines for both high and low hair porosity.

Don’t fall for the trap where you compare your hair to someone else's. Learn your hair girls! You can use this link to take Shea Moisture’s Porosity quiz to find out what's your hair porosity. http://www.porosity411.com/#whats-your-porosity


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2 comments

  • Hey ADillard! There may be several reasons your hair is still dry. Reasons for dry hair: not deep conditioning, using products with a lot of harsh sulfates, or products with mineral oil or petroleum. If you make a few corrections you will see an almost immediate change. You can change the porosity of your hair.

    Eyona on
  • I think I have low porosity hair because my hair is always dry no matter how much product I put in it!

    ADillard on

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