What porosity means for your curls

Ever wonder why some products work miracles on others' curls but not on yours? The answer might just lie in understanding your hair's porosity.

Let’s dive into what porosity means and how it can totally transform your approach to curly hair care.

What is hair porosity?
Hair porosity refers to your hair's ability to absorb and hold moisture. This can majorly influence how well products work with your curls. There are three types of porosity: low, medium, and high.

1. Low porosity
Characteristics: Cuticles are tightly packed and closed, making it hard for moisture to penetrate.
Tips: Use heat (like a warm towel or steamer) when conditioning to help open up the cuticles. And avoid heavy creams and oils. Heavy products can just sit on top of the hair rather than penetrating it. This can lead to build-up that weighs down the curls and makes them look greasy or limp.

2. Medium porosity
Characteristics: Cuticles are looser, allowing for easier moisture absorption.
Tips: You’re in luck –  most hair products are formulated for you! Continue with regular conditioning treatments to maintain your hair’s healthy balance.

3. High porosity
Characteristics: Cuticles are open or even damaged, leading to quick absorption but also rapid moisture loss.
Tips: Use leave-in conditioners and creams to keep moisture locked in. Your hair can handle heavy creams!

The float test: Find your porosity
Want to know you hair's porosity? Try the float test! Simply drop a clean strand of your hair into a glass of water. If it sinks immediately, you likely have high porosity. If it floats for a while before sinking, you have medium porosity. If it stays floating on top, you have low porosity.

Understanding your hair’s porosity can revolutionise your hair care regime, allowing you to choose the most effective products and techniques for your curls. Embrace this knowledge and watch your curls thrive like never before!

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