What is High Porosity Hair?
Porosity is simply your hair’s ability to absorb and retain moisture. If your hair is High Porosity, all this means is it has the ability to take in more moisture quickly. However, it also means that your tresses will lose the moisture just as fast as it takes it in. This is due to gaps and tears in the cuticle (outside) layer of the hair.
We can normally see clues in our hair characteristics which turn out to be High Porosity. Some of these signs are:
- Hair tends to easily frizz and tangle in humid weather
- A quick look and feel of dryness after moisturising
- Lack of shine and sheen
We usually get asked what is the best way to check if hair is High Porosity or not?
The first thing to note is that your hair’s porosity isn’t necessarily the same all over your head. It can change depending on where it is on your head and along the actual strand. There is a simple test that can be done demonstrated in the image below. When doing this test however, always select 3-4 strands from different areas.
Once these have been chosen, place a CLEAN strand of hair in a glass of water and leave for several minutes If your hair sinks to the bottom (seen in diagram 3) then it is High Porosity.
There are several causes of High Porosity hair and most of them are self inflicting:
- Chemical processing- especially over-processed hair
- Applying heat too frequently or having temperature to high
- Sulfates used too often
- Oftentimes Transitioning Hair
Fear not! All is not lost. We recommend these hair care tips for you to consistently apply to assist you:
- Cut out heat appliances. Yes even you favourite ones
- Apply Protein treatments to strenghten your hair. Make sure your check the level of strength you need
- Weekly Deep Conditions
- Use Heavy Butters as sealants
- Apply Anti-humectants (especially when humid) such as Coconut oil, Olive oil
- Throw away any sulfares you have in a product that’s not a clarifying shampoo.
Another tip would be to use Aloe Vera and Apple Cider Vinegar. Both of these will adjust the pH balance of your hair due to the acidity. In addition, using them will help flatten the cuticle and seal in moisture. Why not try an ACV/Tea Rinse after rinsing out your Deep Conditioner. Or, you can add Aloe Vera Juice/Gel to your leave-in or spray bottle.
Finally, take extra care when adding moisture to your hair as you are mire likely to experience breakage from Hygral Fatigue. This is where the cuticle is damaged when excessive moisture causes it to swell and contract as it dries. Thankfully we can avoid this with protein, pre-poo, sealing and low pH ingredients.