Understanding Hair Porosity and Product Selection

One of the key factors in achieving healthy hair is understanding your hair's porosity. Hair porosity determines how well your hair can absorb and retain moisture, which affects how it looks, feels and responds to different products. In this post, we will delve into the concept of hair porosity types and offer tips on how to select the right products. 

Section One: What is Hair Porosity? 

Hair porosity refers to your hair's ability to absorb and retain moisture. There are three main porosity types:

  • Low Porosity Hair - this hair type has a tightly bound cuticle layer, making it difficult for moisture to enter. It often feels resistant to products and make take longer to dry. 
  • Normal Porosity Hair - hair with normal porosity has a balanced ability to absorb and retain moisture. It's often the easiest to maintain and style. 
  • High Porosity Hair - high porosity hair has a raised cuticle later, allowing moisture to enter easily but making it challenging to retain. It tends to be more prone to frizz and damage. 

Section Two: Determining Your Hair Porosity:

Consider how your hair responds to products. Are they sitting on top of the hair? Or are they going in, but you still feel like it's dry? This can help you determine if you need something lighter or heavier to hydrate your hair effectively. 

Section Three: Product Selection for Different Porosity Types:

Now that you've identified your hair porosity, let's explore the best products for them:

Low Porosity Hair: 

  • Clarifying shampoos that remove product build-up. 
  • Lightweight, water based leave-in conditioners. 
  • Heat-activated deep conditioners that can open up the cuticle. 
  • Use protein treatments to strengthen the hair. 

Normal Porosity Hair: 

  • Balanced moisture-based shampoos and conditioners. 
  • Leave-in conditioners to maintain moisture balance. 
  • Occasional deep-conditioning treatments. 
  • Flexible styling products.

High Porosity Hair:

  • Moisture-rich shampoos and conditioners. 
  • Heavy, creamy leave-in conditioners to seal in moisture. 
  • Heavy butters (ex. Shea Butter). 
  • Frequent deep conditioning treatments. 
  • Use products containing natural oils for added moisture and shine. 

Section Four: Hair Care Tips for All Porosity Types:

Regardless of your hair's porosity, there are universal tips to keep your hair healthy. 

  • Regular Trims - get rid of split ends to prevent further damage. 
  • Heat Protection - use heat protectants before styling with hot tools. 
  • Gentle Detangling - be gentle when detangling to avoid breakage.
  • Protective Styles - implement protective styles to minimize daily manipulation. 
  • Balanced Diet - consume a nutrient-rich diet for overall hair health. 

Understanding your hair's porosity can be a game-changer in achieving your hair goals. After understanding how hair porosity works, you can make more informed decisions on the types of products you choose and your hair will flourish because of it.

Leave a comment