Hair Porosity and Natural Hair
Hey, my blessed naturals,
I hope you all are having a great Wednesday. Today, I wanted to discuss hair porosity and natural hair because identifying your hair porosity can help you find the right hair products and regimens for your hair.
What is hair porosity?
Hair porosity refers to your hair's ability to draw in and reserve moisture. Your hair can be one of the following hair porosity types: low, normal, and high.
Low porosity means that the cuticle layers of your hair shaft are densely packed together. As a result, your hair retains moisture for a longer period of time. However, you will have to use products and/or techniques that lift the hair cuticle to allow moisture to penetrate. For example, after applying my conditioner, I use a heating cap to lift my hair cuticles to allow moisture to get through.
Normal porosity hair means that your hair cuticles overlap, but they are open enough to allow moisture to enter and exit your hair in a balanced way.
High porosity means that the cuticle layer of your hair shaft is open and is often chipped. As a result your hair absorbs and loses moisture easily. High porosity hair is usually the result of chemical processes like perms and coloring, heat damage, or heavy manipulation. The hair is usually dry.