Rough and dry hair can be a major let-down. At times, even those lengthy hair care routines don’t work on your tresses, thereby causing moisture loss and dead locks. What is the reason, you ask? Well, if you want to reap the maximum benefits of your shampoos, conditioners, masks and other styling products, you first need to know your hair’s porosity level.
Once you know your hair’s porosity level, it will be easier for you to buy products that best suit your hair type and at the same time it’ll help improve the overall quality of your mane. Here’s all the dope on hair porosity and how it helps in maintaining the health of your hair...
Hair porosity and its types
Hair porosity means your hair’s ability to absorb and retain moisture in its cuticle layer. There are three different levels of hair porosity—low, normal and high.
Find out where your hair falls on the porosity spectrum...
High porosity: All those who have highly porous hair may find their hair to be more frizzy and dull. Reason being, highly porous hair has raised cuticles that absorb and release excess moisture, thereby causing your hair to lose life. This type of hair also tends to tangle easily.
Normal porosity: Normal porosity is the best porosity level to have because it absorbs and retains just the right amount of moisture. This level of porosity makes your hair healthy, luscious and bouncy. That’s not all! It also allows you to have fun with various hairstyles and haircuts and experiment with colouring processes.
Low porosity: This porosity level resists the entry of moisture into the hair as the cuticles are tightly closed and clamped down. Therefore, this hair type does not absorb oils and other hair treatments, thereby leading to dehydration and in turn, drab locks.
Ways to test hair porosity
Here are 3 easy-peasy ways to test your hair’s porosity level...
The float test
This test requires you to put a few clean strands of your hair in a bowl of water at room temperature and observe the hair strands for a couple of minutes. If you notice your hair sinking immediately to the bottom, your hair has high porosity. If it sinks slowly, it has normal porosity. And, if you notice your hair floating on the surface even after 2-4 minutes, it means your hair has low porosity.
The slide test
This test requires you to slide a hair strand between your thumb and index finger. Start from the tip and move towards your scalp. If you feel the slide to be bumpy, it means you have high hair porosity, whereas, if the slide is smooth, you have low hair porosity. If you feel the slide to be normal, it means your hair has normal porosity.
The H2O effect
This test requires you to spritz a small section of your hair with water and see how your hair reacts. If your hair absorbs the water immediately, it indicates high hair porosity, whereas, if the water droplets sit on the surface of the strand, it indicates low hair porosity. It’s normal when the water sits for some time on the surface of your hair and slowly gets absorbed.
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