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Hair Porosity


The more you know, the more you grow..literally! When it comes to your locks, the porosity of one’s hair (essentially how well it’s able to absorb moisture) plays a large role in the overall health of the hair and scalp. If you are someone with naturally curly hair, awareness of the porosity is of even greater importance as curly hair usually requires the most moisture to maintain it’s look.

“There are three porosity types: low, medium, and high. Typically, hair with high porosity is prone to damage, breakage, and gaps. This allows the hair to absorb moisture quickly but also release it just as fast. Low-porosity hair, on the other hand, has a tendency to be on the stubborn side. This type experiences buildup, and has trouble retaining moisture and absorbing natural oils. Basically, products sit on the hair, and your tresses take a longer time than normal to dry. It might look healthy on the outside, but it lacks in the elasticity and volume department. Strands that fall in the middle take in and hold moisture for a good amount of time.”

Hair porosity is usually a result of an individual’s genetic makeup, however many other factors (ie: stress, environment, etc.) can affect it as well. The best way to test the porosity of your hair is to use the ‘hair in a cup of water test’. “Some women like to test their strands by dunking one of their freshly cleaned loose strands in a cup of water to see if it floats or sinks,” Celebrity hairstylist Lacy Redway explains. She adds that using clean hair is important, as dirty strands will alter your results. “If your hair sinks quickly, it’s high in porosity. If it floats, it’s low-porosity. And if it takes longer than a couple of minutes to sink, you most likely have medium porosity.”

To further test the porosity of your hair and keep it always looking and feeling it’s best, make sure to visit your Ottawa hair stylist regularly. They will be able to help keep hair of all types as healthy as possible.