Want longer hair? I know we all do. However, achieving longer hair requires a number of necessary components. Undoubtedly, one component is moisture.
Moisture is probably the most important element required for grooming healthy hair. Hair without moisture is dry, brittle and breaks off easily.
However, some of us find that even when we moisturize regularly, there seems to be no change in the state of the hair. If this is what you experience, your hair porosity may be responsible.
Hair porosity is simply the ability of your hair to absorb and retain the moisture applied to it externally.
It is broadly divided into 3 categories :
1) Low porosity
2) Normal Porosity
3) High Porosity
To determine what category your hair belongs to, you need to carry out a simple porosity test. The steps are listed below:
1) Pick out 2 or 3 clean strands of your hair. You can take out the strands right after shampooing or you can wash the strands after picking them out.
2) Place the strands in a glass of clean water and leave for 5 minutes.
3) Examine the glass after 5 minutes.
If the hairs placed in the water float at the top of the water, your hair is low porosity.
If the hairs sink, your hair is high porosity.
If the strands remain in the centre, and doesn’t shrink or float, you have normal porosity hair.
What’s the implication of all this?
Hair that is low porosity does not absorb moisture easily. People with low porosity hair should avoid using hair products that contain petroleum jelly(petrolatum) and heavy sealants like shea butter which coat the hair strands heavily. Such products can weigh your hair down. They can also prevent more moisture from getting in to the hair, making the hair dry.
Alternatively, make use of oils such as olive oil, coconut oil. You can also seal your hair with a water based leave in conditioner.
If you have high porosity hair, it means that your hair absorbs moisture easily, but loses it just as quickly. People with high porosity hair should seal well moisturized hair with heavy sealants like shea butter, cocoa butter or a cream based leave in conditioner.
If your hair is normal porosity, keep it up girl! You’re doing good.