Do you find yourself constantly battling with frizz and dryness? Does your hair take forever to dry after you have washed it?
A lot of the above could be driven by the porosity of your hair. From retaining excess water to uneven hair colour, porous hair can seem a little too much to manage at times. However no need to worry, by understanding your hair’s porosity level and putting a plan in place to help improve it, there is definitely a way to manage it.
WHAT IS HAIR POROSITY?
The short answer is that your hair’s porosity refers to how much moisture it can retain. Certain hair types like curly hair may be impacted by porosity more than others due to a lack of moisture, but porosity can impact other hair in different ways. To get a better feel for what it means, hair porosity types are typically broken down into three categories.
WHAT EFFECTS POROSITY OF YOUR HAIR
You may be wondering what contributes to your hair’s state of porosity. While your natural base level of porosity can be hereditary, chemical treatments and frequent heat styling can also be a factor. This can cause porosity because it creates gaps and tears in the hair that make it possible for the cuticle to stay open and moisture to escape through.
HIGHLY POROUS HAIR
In highly porous hair, the cuticle is raised, hair suffers from breakage and is generally weaker. Signs of high porosity include hair that retains excessive amounts of water and grabs onto color quickly causing it to look uneven.
Medium porosity is the sweet spot for hair because it lets moisture in and keeps water out.
Then there’s low porosity, where the hair’s cuticle remains flat and closed. Because of this, it can make it difficult for hair to absorb moisture as products tend to just coat the outer layer of the hair rather than sink in.
HOW TO DETERMINE YOUR HAIR’S POROSITY LEVEL
The journey to healthy hair is all about knowing your hair inside and out. Porosity is no different and can be the key in solving some of your hair problems. To test your hair’s porosity level, start by taking a dry, clean strand of your hair and place it into a cup of water. If it takes a few minutes to sink to the bottom then your hair ranks on a medium level of porosity, so you’re in the clear. A strand that floats to the top is likely low in porosity, whereas hair that sinks to the bottom right away is highly porous.
WHAT PRODUCTS SHOULD YOU BE USING ON HIGHLY POROUS HAIR?
Porosity of your hair can be reset by using the right hair care. For instance hair that has a low porosity tends to have product build up, due to lack of absorption. So the first step to treat this type would be using a clarifying shampoo to remove product build up that will help with proper absorption of the products. The Redken Micellar shampoo is a great choice. Micellar technology effectively removes the product build up yet gentle enough for daily use.
For damaged hair that’s highly porous, turn to Redken Extreme Anti Snap which can help reduce split ends and breakage thanks to the soy protein found in the treatment.
For hair that’s low in porosity which may be protein sensitive consider treatments like Blonde Idol BBB spray which can help hair that’s been stripped of essential amino acids. A leave-in conditioner like One United can also help with moisture and making hair more manageable so that you don’t have to wrestle with your brush when it comes to detangling.
By understanding your hair’s porosity level, you can begin to personalise your haircare routine for the better. Hair will look healthier, smoother and also better colour results.