Do you know your hair porosity?
If you don’t, go ahead and google it right quick. I’ll wait for you to COME BACK, or you can just continue to read. I’ll give you some details, okay?
When I began my hair journey, I didn’t know anything about hair porosity. Matter of fact, I didn’t know my hair porosity until about 4 months ago. I know, I know shame on me! Any-who, let me tell you why it is so important to ME, and maybe it will help you with your hair regimen. But before we get started, let me get this off my chest real quick, knowing my hair type didn’t do anything for me. In the past, I tried to determine if my hair was 3c or 4a, b or c. I couldn’t figure it out. I have so many different curl patterns that I’m really not trying to keep up with al-lat.
Plus, knowing my curl type didn’t grow my hair, nor did it help with the HEALTH of my hair. So I’ll leave that at that and move on. And no, we are not about to go back and forth on this subject because I don’t have time. Lol
Back to the REAL topic at hand that will actually benefit you.
I’ll give you a little back information.
Hair porosity is how well your hair absorb the products you put in your hair, how well it absorbs water,and how it retains moisture.
There are 3 levels of hair porosity High, low and normal.
High: High porosity allows too much moisture into your hair which can cause frizz. You may even experience more tangling during wash days.
Low: It is hard for moisture to get into your hair. When you wash your hair, you probably will find out it is hard to get your hair soaking wet. You will see small water droplets just sitting on your strands. Also, it is prone to product build up as well.
Normal:This is the balance between high and low porosity. Medium or normal porosity is easier to maintain because just the right amount of moisture stays in the strands. This results in hairstyles holding up well and the hair can even take color easily. Just take it easy with the coloring and protein because you don’t want the porosity to increase.
How I found out my hair porosity was by doing one of the many hair tests. I took two strands of CLEAN hair, and placed them in water. My strands floated to the top of the cup. This was the simplest test to me. You can try it as well.
Since knowing my hair is low porosity, my entire wash day has changed! You know those memes that say rinse your hair in cold or cool water to close those hair follicles? Well with low porosity you don’t want to close them, you want to open those follicles for moisture to come in. So, rinsing with warm water is more beneficial.
Using lighter oils such as jojoba, olive oil, tea tree oil, and peppermint oil are good as well.
Now I’m sorry, but my hair doesn’t agree with coconut oil so guess what? It AINT make the list! (I’ll save that story for another day)
Moving on to applying products to my hair.
My hair has to be SOAKING wet when I apply my moisturizers and gels. I spray my sections with warm water and then go in with the products. I can’t style my hair on dry hair or barely damp hair. I tried and my hair turned out trash.
But do what works for you. I’m just telling you what worked for me and my hair. Again, I’m not a professional, so if you feel like you are then by all means… do you boo!
That’s it for now. If I figure out some more tips and tricks, I will definitely write another post. So until then, I’ll chat with y’all later. Peace!