Hair Porosity: Part 2

Updated: Sep 30, 2020

Today we are talking about testing for your hair's porosity & certain ingredients in your hair care products to stay away from, based on what your porosity is.

Let's go into the ways you can find out your hair's porosity.

This test is probably the easiest test to do to find out what your hair porosity is.

It is as simple as getting a glass of water, filling it halfway, and getting a strand of hair from your brush or comb, I don't recommend plucking one from your scalp. Once you have your strand drop it in the water and see if it floats on the top, in the middle, or sinks to the bottom.

This test can be a bit more complicated, especially if you're not particularly keen on touch sensitivity. However, this is how you conduct this test take a strand of hair, and slide your fingers up the shaft (toward the scalp). If you feel little bumps along the way, this means that your cuticle is lifted and that you have high porosity. If your fingers slip smoothly, then you have low porosity hair. If it's mostly smooth with little to no bumps then you have medium porosity hair.

How to care for Low Porosity Hair

When you have low porosity hair, you may be tempted to apply a larger quantity of product, or more than one hair product at a time, in an effort to saturate your hair.

Because the cuticles are so close together, not much product will penetrate, no matter how much you apply. The key is to find products that have the right formulation for low porosity hair. These products will have ingredients that can help allow moisture to flow easier to the hair.

Another important tip is to apply products when your hair is damp and warm. Heat can lift the hair cuticle, allowing moisture to more easily penetrate the hair shaft.

If you want to know what types of ingredients and products tend to work well for low porosity hair, here are some suggestions.

Shampoo Shampoos that clarify and really deep clean your hair are what you need.

Remember with low porosity product build-up is one of the main issues with this hair type so you should look for products that contain aloe, honey, or glycerin.

These ingredients draw moisture from the air to keep your hair from drying out.

Some shampoos that may work well include:

Conditioner Try diluting your conditioner with a small amount of water when you apply it to your hair.

This can help make the conditioner more easily absorbable and less likely to just sit on your hair.

Some conditioners that may work well include: