Friday, 9 January 2015

Hair Porosity Levels & Test

Hello Beautifuls!! I hope this New Year has been pleasant for you all. So today I want to talk to you about your hair porosity, different types and what it means for you. You might have heard the phrases ‘I’ve got really high porosity’ or ‘My hair retains moisture very well’ This might seem all random and confusing to you so here I’ll take you through everything you need to know.

What Is Hair Porosity?
Porosity is how well your hair strands are able to absorb and actually retain moisture.

The Porosity Test:
The Float Test: Take about 4-5 strands of hair from the shed hairs either in combs or brushes etc from different sections of your hair (preferably front hairline, side hairline, crown and nape area. Now drop them into a bowl of water and let it sit for 2-3mins. If the hairs sink, you have high porosity hair and if the hairs float you have low porosity hair.

Low Porosity
Low Porosity hair is resistant to absorbing moisture into the hair and products mainly just sit on top of the hair. This is because the cuticles are very compacted and overlap however, once it receives the moisture it retains it very well. This hair often looks healthy and shiny but lacks good elasticity. Click here to see:
How To Get Moisture into Low Porosity Hair
Medium/Average Porosity
Hair with medium porosity is the most ideal to have. The layer of the cuticle is looser than low porosity and therefore absorbs and retains moisture adequately. The hair looks healthy and is full of elasticity and bounce. It also tends to require the least maintenance compared to the other two and holds styles well.

High Porosity
The cuticles of high porosity strands have a lot of gaps in them therefore absorbing too much moisture and also leaks out all the moisture due to poor retention. This hair is usually damaged, lacks shine and is prone to frizz.  

Hope this helps to break down everything you need to know and I will definitely recommend you checking out the links for treating and maintaining low and high porosity hair.
Catch you later x


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