Understanding low porosity hair
Hair porosity is a term used to Determine how well hair absorbs moisture and oils. Having Low porosity hair is when your hair cuticles are close together.
The close cuticles make it hard for your hair to absorb moisture as the structure of the cuticle doesn’t allow moisture to dissolve in your hair.
Characteristics of low hair porosity?
There are several characteristics of low hair porosity.
I have narrowed it down to the most common ones.
- Water beads settle on your hair
- Washing and drying time takes longer
- Products, such as hair oils and or conditioners, remain on the surface of your hair.
- Your hair is resistant to moisture and oils, so they have a hard time entering and or exiting the cuticle
Now that you know the characteristics of low porosity we will now discuss how you can find out if you have low porosity hair.
There is a simple test you can do called the float test.
The 2 steps of the float test?
- Fill the bowl with water and leave the hair to sit in the bowl for 2-4 minutes.
- Take a few strands of hair from your comb or brush and place it in a bowl.
If the hair floats right to the top of the bowl, then you have low hair porosity. The hair float to the middle of the bowl, you then have medium hair porosity. If the hair sinks to the bottom of the bowl, you have high hair porosity.
Now that you know what low hair porosity is, its characteristics, and how you can test for it, it is also important to know how to care for it.
How to care for low porosity hair
- Steam your hair
One way of caring for low porosity hair is to steam your hair. Now, this is important because the steam opens the hair cuticles, thus allowing moisture to enter.
Bonus tip, the heat that comes from steaming your hair can aid in hair growth as it encourages the circulation of blood flow.
A simple way to steam your hair at home, without a steamer, is to wrap your hair in a shower cap. Place a towel in the microwave for a few minutes. Put the hot towel over your shower cap, once its done.
- Wash your hair regularly with shampoo
Washing your hair will help remove any product build-up and provide a high chance of any new products to be absorbed, don’t only rely on co-washing.
- Wash your hair with sulfate shampoos.
We are told to stay away from sulfate, but when you deal with hair that has low porosity, sulfate-free shampoos are not your best option.
Rather go for shampoos that have sulfate as they are great for removing product residue that other shampoos don’t remove.
- Deep condition your hair with heat.
Adding heat to your deep conditioner is a simple trick that helps your conditioner bind to your hair, thus allowing you to get more benefits out of the treatment.
Although its good to know your hair porosity, knowing and understanding low porosity hair is also important understand how to treat it.
5 Benefits of knowing your hair porosity
°Allows you to treat your hair better
°Allows you to understand what products are best for your hair.
°Teaches you how to effectively moisturize your hair
°Knowing your hair porosity means knowing the structure of your hair
°Helps you understand how to maintain and keep your natural hair healthy.