Friday, June 6, 2014

What is your Natural Hair Porosity level?

Natural Hair Porosity

What is your Natural Hair's Porosity level?

Moisturizing our natural hair and keeping it moisturized is a big problem for most of us naturals. But before we can effectively moisturize our hair and retain that moisture, we must first understand natural hair porosity and what category your hair falls in. Most naturals tend to be caught up with hair typing 'am I a 4a, 4b, 4c, etc'; but hair typing is the last thing you should be worried about. Find out what is your natural hair's porosity level.  


So what is natural hair porosity? 

Porosity is the hair's ability to absorb moisture and retain it. There are 3 levels of hair porosity: low porosity, normal (medium) porosity and high porosity. Knowing what level applies to your hair is crucial in how you moisturize your hair and what products you use. 

Low porosity Hair 

This type of hair tends to have difficulty absorbing moisture. Have you ever stood under the shower on wash day and realize that your hair takes forever to completely be wet and saturated with water? If yes, then you probably have low porosity hair. The bad news about low porosity hair is that sometimes products simply sit on top of the hair and does not enter the hair shaft at all. However there is good news. When you do get moisture in, it STAYS. Yup, low porosity hair retains moisture well after it's been effectively moisturized. 

So how do you moisturize low porosity hair? Apply heat to open the hair's cuticle so moisture can get in. Those with low porosity hair need to deep condition with heat ALWAYS. This way you can get most of the benefits of your conditioner. I know you've been told by many bloggers, YouTube Gurus and even product makers that you should rinse with cold water. Well that does not apply to you Hunny. You want to keep your cuticles lifted so that it you can get as much moisture in as possible. 

After rinsing your hair, you want to towel dry your hair so you get as much water out as possible. Why you ask? You do this so that you can have room in your hair shaft to absorb your moisturizer. Your hair shaft can only take in so much moisture and no more. The rest sits on top of your hair. After you have moisturized your with a water based product you can seal with an oil or butter and you’re done. You will realize that your hair stays moisturized for at least a few days. 

Tip: Before you spritz your hair with your spray bottle, run the bottle under warm water to heat it up a little. Remember I said that heat open up your cuticles? I wasn't kidding. Get the most out of your products and your time by trying these tips. 

Normal or Medium Hair Porosity

This type of hair absorbs and retains moisture well. Girl if you have normal porosity hair, then I envy you. You have zero trouble moisturizing that hair. Oh, how I wish that I was you. 

High Porosity Hair 

This type of hair absorbs moisture well but does not retain moisture very well. Do you wash and moisturize your hair and then the next day or two your hair looks thirsty as if you never moisturized it? Then chances are, you have high porosity hair. You need to focus more on closing your hair cuticles and sealing that moisture in. 

After you have washed and conditioned and moisturized your hair effectively, you notice it's soft and supple and just nice. But you need to lock that moisture in properly or you will be in the mirror everyday moisturizing your hair. Practice the LOC method of moisturizing your hair. After you have moisturized with a water based moisturizer, you should then seal with an oil or oil mixture. Lastly, you need to seal even further with a cream or butter that is not water based like a shea butter mix for example. It is also very important that you make sure that all of your hair is fully coated with products from these three steps. 

Finding where you fall on the porosity scale is important. Everybody's hair is different and you have to tailor your hair care regimen for your hair needs. 

There is a test you can do to find out your natural hair's porosity test. Some say it works some say it doesn't. Personally it was not accurate for me so I simply listen to my hair and give her what she needs. But you can try it here: http://www.blackhairinformation.com/growth/deep-conditioning/the-porosity-test-how-to-find-out-your-porosity-status-and-what-to-do-about-it/

What is your natural hair porosity level? And how do you moisturize your hair?



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