Porosity is the measure of the hair’s ability to ABSORB moisture! Most people tend to think that when their hair is dry, it because they aren’t moisturizing it so often this may not always be the case, it could just be that you have porous hair so the moisture you always put in come’s out! Read Moisturise and Seal to learn a more effective way to keep the moisture in!!
Read This Fantastic Article By Cipriana of Urbanbushbabes.com she really breaks it down!
Your real hair can be a challenge to deal with (depending on thickness, length and the time you have available), but add high porosity levels to the mix and you have a whole new game. Stay with me as I break down the three hair porosity levels and offer three helpful tips that will ensure some successful results in maintaining your hair!
Porosity simply refers to the condition of the cuticle layer. There are three levels of porosity… low, normal and high.
Low porosity hair is when the cuticle of the hair shaft is very compact and does not allow moisture to easily enter or leave. The overlapping scales (in the photo above) make up the outer layer of the strand, with the cortex layer inside. Hair with a low porosity level is more resistant to chemicals and tends to reject product rather than absorb it. This explains why some individuals have to wash their hair more frequently because they experience much more buildup from products that will just sit on top of the strands rather than being absorbed by it.
Normal porosity hair permits moisture to pass through the shaft into the cortex as necessary, but not too much.
Now High porosity strands typically results from irreparable damage to the cuticles caused by chemicals, heat and harsh treatment. The damage creates holes and spaces along the hair shaft. High porosity strands are capable of soaking up drastically higher amounts of water. This can spell disaster for the strands when wet because the weight of the water absorbed by the hair causes it to lose elasticity which leads to breakage.
Strand Water Glass Test
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Tip 1: Minimal to no Heat
Your cuticles have already been compromised and you are only risking breakage by using heat. Applying heated tools to your hair absorbs moisture from your strands and for high porosity hair this is ground that shouldn’t even be treaded upon. Remember, improper use of heat on your hair on just one occasion can cause irreparable damage to your strands.
Tip 2: Dry Detangling.
Now since high porosity strands equal weak hair, wet detangling may not be a good option for you. Wet hair, regardless of hair type, is at its weakest state because of some loss of elasticity due to water weight. Add on top of that the stress that is enforced when you are pulling on your strands to detangle knots and you have a high probability of breakage. Just remember when you dry detangle to use your favorite oils, butters or both to aid in the process. Use as much oil as needed to give your strands plenty of slip.
Tip 3: Finger Detangling
With normal porosity strands I am utterly in love with this method, and for individuals with high porosity strands this could mean huge improvements in length and density. Since your fingers are a part of you they literally can feel more tangles within your hair than a comb which might simply break those strands. If you don’t want to completely throw away the wide tooth comb just do some good old fashioned finger action on a tangled section before you use that wide tooth comb. It will decrease the amount of hair you lose after your detangling sessions.
If you have high porosity hair your strands can survive but they’ll need extra help. Protein Treatments are a good way to fill in/bind to the cuticle (although they won’t fundamentally ‘fix’ the strand). Make sure you implement a regular routine that really places moisture into your hair since high porosity strands not only can absorb moisture quickly but lose moisture just as fast.