Truly understanding the type of hair you have means putting time into understanding how your hair response to different circumstances so you can take action that will actually work for your hair and help you. Understanding the porosity of your hair is critical to keeping strong healthy hair. So what is porosity? Porosity is the state or property of being porous. About your hair, porosity is your hair’s ability to absorb moisture and product and can help you determine the type of chemical treatments your hair can withstand.
With that said it is a good idea for everyone to try a porosity test. For the porosity test, fill a bowl with water and place a single strand of hair in the bowl. If your strand sinks to the bottom, it has high porosity and is absorbing all the moisture. If your strand remains under the surface but floats above the bottom of the bowl, your hair is well balanced and is of “normal” porosity. If the strand of hair floats above the surface of the water, your hair has low porosity and does not absorb moisture easily. Hair with high porosity means there may be tears or damage around the cuticle, this can be caused by chemical hair treatments or heat damage, among other factors. It also means the hair can easily and quickly soak up product, meaning you usually need to apply more to feel or see its effects. Even with highly porous hair, it may absorb product quickly, but doesn’t necessarily mean it is hydrated or properly nourished.
For thin high porosity hair, it’s best to look for products that will help prevent breakage or shedding as well as stimulate growth and promote thickness. Looking for shampoos and conditioners with ingredients such as Vitamin E, biotin, and amino acids will help promote thicker, healthy hair.
For hair with low porosity, the cuticle lays flat on the outside blocking water or moisture from being absorbed into the strands. If your hair takes longer to dry or products seem to build up into the hair instead of blending in, these are signs of low porosity hair. To get the most out of products, try applying them while the hair is damp and ensure products are evenly distributed to prevent build-up. For coarse low porosity hair has a lot of texture and therefore, it is usually prone to frizz and dryness as this hair type does not retain water very well. For coarse hair, use moisturizing shampoos and conditioners, especially ones that contain Glycerin as this ingredient helps to hydrate the hair strands and lock in moisture. Using hair oils – especially those made of coconut or argon oil will also help to tame frizz. Look for sprays or serums with anti-frizz labels to help finish off your looks.
Now with the KIPOZI line of products you can experiment without damaging your hair for a refreshed look or sun-kissed dimension.