Regardless of where you are in your hair journey, the word "porosity" has crossed your radar at one point or another. Best defined as how your hair receives moisture, it's important to know where you fall on the porosity spectrum, especially as the weather warms up and your routine is bound to change.
According to Mahisha Dellinger, CEO and founder of CURLS, "Some hair types absorb moisture easily and readily. Others have difficulty retaining moisture, and there are also types that are somewhere in between. All hair types are protected by the hair shaft, which has tiny pieces of shingle coverings also known as the cuticle layers. Raised cuticles allow moisture in, while a flat cuticle, holds moisture in."
Keep reading to find out not only how porous your hair is, but how to keep it under control throughout the humid summer months.
Low Porosity Solution
This hair type's outer cuticles lay tightly together like new roof shingles, which makes it difficult for moisture to be enter the hair shaft. Dellinger says it's best to condition this hair type with moisturizing agents, rich emollients and humectants.
Curls™ Blueberry Bliss Reparative Leave In Conditioner
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Use a moisturizing leave in like CURLS Blueberry Bliss Reparative Leave In Conditioner daily, to soften the hair over time.
Medium/Normal Porosity Solution
If your strands fall somewhere between high and low porosity, they readily receives moisture without allowing too much to escape. Dellinger adds, "It can hold a style for a lengthy amount of time and can protect itself from the elements. Opening the cuticles simply requires using warm water or a heated cap while conditioning."
CURLS Blueberry Bliss Reparative Hair Mask
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Close the cuticle with cool water to hold in moisture. For this hair type, a hydrating, strengthening treatment is the ideal solution. Use CURLS Blueberry Bliss Reparative Hair Mask once every 3-4 weeks to maintain balance.
High Porosity Solution
According to Dellinger, "This curly hair type takes in and releases moisture at a rapid rate, so regular conditioning and strengthening treatments are needed to keep the cuticle in tip top shape for retaining moisture."
It's also prone to chemical and heat damage and needs extra care. Deep condition often, and utilize the L-O-C method, which consists of using a Leave In Conditioner, Oil, and Cream, like the Blueberry Bliss Reparative Leave In Conditioner + Blueberry Bliss Hair Growth Oil + Blueberry Bliss Twist N Shout Cream. The leave in will add moisture, and the oil/cream combination will seal in the goodness!
Porosity problems SOLVED! And if you still have no idea what your hair's porosity is, try the water test for fast answers.