Hair Porosity Test: Increasing Your Hair Care Regimen

Do you Know the Porosity of your Hair?

Learning hair porosity is equally enthusiastic, yet nerve-wracking.

Although many of us love protective styles, there's nothing like a head full of healthy, beautiful, natural hair.

So, read carefully gorgeous! I'm going to give you the key to learning the porosity of your hair while caring for and protecting it as well.

According to Diane Bailey, Ambassador of Shea Butter products and Master Natural Hair Stylist, “discovery, trial, and error are all a part of everyone's hair journey. As you experience your textured hair, you will discover new products that hydrate and embellish the elasticity of your hair, or you will find products that make it feel dry or brittle diminishing elasticity and moisture."

Knowing your porosity helps but you may get different levels of porosity in different sections of your head. No matter where you stand on the spectrum of hair care, knowing your porosity level is key to streamlining a daily regimen that's effective.

Before testing for hair porosity, let's look at exactly what it is.

What is Hair Porosity?

Hair Porosity is the hair's ability to absorb and retain moisture.

It’s broken down into three categories: low, normal, and high, which is a result of the way of the cuticle layer rest along the hair shaft.

The hair porosity test will quickly help you determine your hair's porosity and below we will provide you with proper treatment. There are two tests you can take to check how porous your hair is.

Hair Porosity Testing

You can easily test your hair porosity at home with the following three tests. Testing for hair porosity is similar to that of checking the cuticles on hair extensions. Take a few minutes and give it a try!

Test 1:

Take a strand of clean shred hair and drop it into a glass of water for about 3-5 minutes giving the hair enough time to develop results. If your hair floats you have low porosity hair and if it sinks you have high porosity hair.

Test 2:

Take a few strands of your hair and slide your fingers up the shaft towards the scalp. As you're sliding your fingers if you feel little bumps or lumps along the way, then you, in fact, have high porosity hair. On the other hand, if your fingers slip smoothly as a baby's bottom you have low porosity hair.

Test 3:

Spray your dry hair with a hair bottle filled with water. If your hair quickly becomes wet and quickly air dries it is high porosity. If your hair shows water droplets on the hair strand and your hair is dripping wet it is low porosity.


Low Porosity

Low hair porosity doesn't allow moisture in and out of the hair.

The cuticles of the hair strands are tightly bound, which can result in deep down to genetics.

The hair is usually left dry and resistant to water penetration despite how much effort you put into your hair.

To care for low porosity hair you want to use light products such as leave-in sprays and daily conditioners.

You won't need products with silicones because silicones keep the cuticle laying flat which it is already doing with low porosity hair. You also won't need oils or butter because they will build-up on the scalp or the hair strand.

You want to rinse out your conditioner with warm water to get the excess conditioner off unless it is a light leave-in conditioner.

Instead of using creams to style your hair use sprays, foams, or custards. You may not need to layer products, one styling product may do the trick!

So, while you're catching up on one of your weekly shows just throw some deep conditioner in your hair underneath a shower cap and a hooded dryer.

After letting the hair take in as much moisture possible for about 20 minutes, you can rinse your hair with lukewarm water. The challenge for this type of hair is to lock the moisture in, so it stays healthy.

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Here's a tip: Stick to protein free conditioners and moisturizers rich in emollients such as coconut oil, jojoba oil, and shea butter.

Normal Porosity

Normal hair porosity is low maintenance, shiny, and healthy.

Hairstyles usually last longer and hold up very well.

If you had average results from one of the two tests, then your hair is pretty healthy.

The cuticles aren't as tight allowing the perfect amount of moisture.

Therefore, normal porosity hair is predicted to hold styles well, it can be dyed and relaxed with a great outcome if done correctly.

With your hair being in such an awesome condition it's best not to over-process it. Occasionally protein treatments can benefit your hair but, don't make this a daily habit.


High Porosity

High hair porosity cuticles are spread wide sometimes gaping with holes.

It allows too much moisture to penetrate it and releases the moisture just as fast.

When your hair is highly porous, you may wash your hair every 1-2 weeks to get your scalp clean. You may use sulfate-free shampoo or shampoo that contains fewer surfactants.

The hair will lose moisture quickly, so the goal is to use leave-in conditioners and sealers to hold moisture and fill the gaps within the damaged cuticles.

Having high hair porosity means that your cuticles are open. To cater to this doing a protein treatment every 6-8 weeks, which will give the hair more strength.


What Damages Your Hair Porosity?

Want better results the next time you test your hair porosity?

You also have to know what is damaging your hair.

Let's look at a few causes of hair damage.

Over Processing with Color

Yes, we all love a splash of color in our hair. It makes us stand out and unique!

You have to be very careful with how often you color your hair and the chemicals used to do so. We always suggest working with a licensed stylist that is an expert in color.

Give your hair a break from bleaching, relaxers, and chemical treatments from time to time to keep it healthy.

Light Exposure

The UV rays of the sun can do more than just damage your skin.

Overexposure to the sun or UV light can hurt your hair and will begin to dry out and become more course.

Going to be in the sun for extended periods of time? Consider bringing along a scarf or hat to give your hair a break.

Proper Care

The key to success is to be consistent with your daily care. It sounds simple, and it is.

Use the best hair products for your hair and create a daily routine and stick with it.

After a month test your hair and see if it is improving. If not, consider testing some other hair care products.


Get Familiar With Your Hair

Many of us don't realize how essential and beneficial it is to know the porosity of our hair.

After chopping it off or just challenging yourself to take better care of it these few simple steps can produce a head full of healthy hair.

How well you treat your scalp is the determining factor of how long your hair will grow.

No matter where you landed on the hair scale, you're aware of the daily needs of your hair, and you can proceed with the correct products to ensure your hair and scalp are healthy.

Determining your hair's porosity is key to selecting the right products that will work in your favor and not against you.

Private Label Extensions takes pride in providing substantial information for your hair care journey. We understand how important your hair is to you and we want to assist you in reaching your hair goals by any means necessary.

We hope this article encourages you to continue strong with your hair journey.

Hair Porosity Questions

Have any questions about how to test your own hair? Just leave a comment below and we can help!
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