This Is Way More Important Than Your Curl Type...

 
 by Amanda

When people inquire about their hair type, they usually want to identify their curl pattern, which is probably the least important means of learning how to care for your hair. More hair care enthusiasts are switching the conversation to focus on porosity rather than curl pattern. Your hair’s porosity is determined by how quickly or slowly your hair absorbs and releases moisture, products, and chemicals. Knowing your hair’s porosity will help guide you in selecting products and also help your hairstylist determine how to approach your hair for color treatments.


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How to Condition High Porosity Natural Hair



Hair porosity does not get the same attention as hair length or curl pattern but it is essential to truly understand your texture. Porosity is your hair’s ability to absorb and retain moisture, oils, or chemicals like color. Low, medium, and high are different degrees of porosity. Due to damaging habits such as mechanical manipulation and color treatment, many naturals suffer with high porosity hair.

Why porosity matters

Low Porosity – the hair cuticles are tight and very resistant to opening for water and other forms of moisture. Women with low porosity often complain of products merely "sitting on their hair."

Medium (Normal) Porosity – the hair cuticles are raised enough to readily absorb moisture, oils, and chemicals. Normal porosity hair tends to hold moisture, shine, and absorb color and chemicals better than low or high porosity strands.

High Porosity – the hair cuticle that is highly raised or even chipped and therefore quickly absorbs moisture. The down side is that because it’s raised and remains raised, you can lose the moisture just as quickly as it was absorbed. Oftentimes this hair type is damaged from harsh chemicals, high heat, or harsh shampoos that strip the hair. Because the cuticles are aggressively raised, the strands catch onto each other and become easily tangled.

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Low Porosity Hair- Four solutions to help your strands absorb moisture.



Think of your hair like a sponge. Your curls have the same ability as a sponge: soak in and absorb moisture. Most of us add a zillion ingredients to help moisturize, define, hold, and add a little shine or an extra pop of color. On some occasions, our hair does not absorb certain products the way we want it to and we are left with dry, brittle strands and confused about why all the oils and creams that work so well for others do not work with our hair. Hair porosity is the factor that affects how much moisture your hair can absorb. It is the cuticle or outer layer of the hair that defines whether hair has high, normal, or low porosity.

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How to Dry Low and High Porosity Natural Hair



Before we delve into anything let’s do some quick educating for any new naturals out there. Hair porosity is the hairs ability to absorb water and hold onto it and is affected by the cuticle of the hair. However, since there are a number of articles about this you can visit this page about hair porosity that really helps to explain it all.

DRYING LOW POROSITY HAIR 
As a low porosity natural, you have probably spent hours locked up inside of your house because of hair that simply refused to dry or woken up to damp hair. This can be very annoying, so if you want to cut down on your drying time, here are some things to consider. 

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Hair Porosity and Your Natural Hair Regimen


by Precious Henshaw of PreciousHenshaw.com

Porosity is a term used to describe the hair's ability to absorb moisture. The higher the porosity, the more the hair absorbs.

Hair can be described as having low, normal or high porosity. In each of these types of porosities, the cuticle, or the outer layer of the hair, is a bit different.

In hair with low porosity, the cuticles are compact; they lie flat. Hair with low porosity typically does not absorb moisture very readily. Hair with low porosity tends to resist the absorption of hair color, chemicals, and heat, and is much more difficult to process than hair with normal porosity or high porosity. When the hair is exposed to water, the water may bead up on the hair before it actually begins to absorb.

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Applying Products to Low Porosity Hair



As a low porosity natural, product application can be a very long and arduous task. The foaming of products, the little white balls of product and literally having the product slide off of your hair and into the sink can quickly get annoying and layering is something one can only dream of.

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