Hair Porosity – Why does it matter?
Hair porosity refers to how well your hair is able to absorb and hold moisture. There are 3 main levels of hair porosity: low, medium and high. In low porosity hair, the hair’s ability to absorb and retain moisture is poor. This type of hair does not absorb oils and other hair treatments easily, causing a lot of product to build up on the scalp. Medium porosity hair is typically desirable as it absorbs and retains just the right amount of moisture, which can lead to shiny hair which many might find easier to experiment a wide range of products and styling with. High porosity hair absorbs moisture easily, but also loses it just as easily. It is typically tangled up and forms knots easily.
Knowing your hair porosity can help you understand what products are most suitable for you to use, as well as what techniques to use in your hair nurturing/grooming process. It is important to note that for many people, porosity is genetic trait, but like many physical attributes of the body, it can also be affected by nurture and the external environment. Factors such as exposure to the sun, heat treatments, products used and chemical processing are among those. Now, how can you measure your porosity?
The easiest/common methods is the float test:
- Take a strand or two of your hair and put it in a bowl of water at room temperature (make sure the hair is clean as residue can affect test)
- Keep the strands in the water for 2-5 mins and observe closely
- If your hair sinks immediately to the bottom, it means your hair has high porosity
- If it sinks very slowly, it means you have normal hair porosity
- If your hair is floating on the surface or in the middle of the water even after the 5 mins, it is likely that your hair has low porosity
How to best look after your hair depending on its porosity level
Low Porosity Hair Care:
Since low porosity hair is moisture-resistant, it does not retain moisture well. Here’s what you can do:
- Low porosity hair requires moisturisers rich in emollients such as shea butter, jojoba oil, coconut oil and mineral oil.
- For best results, heat the oil for a few seconds before massaging it onto your hair and scalp.
- Pamper your hair every two weeks with conditioning hair masks that contain avocado, banana, and olive oil.
- Use a clarifying shampoo once a week to remove all the product build-up on your hair and scalp.
Medium porosity hair care:
Medium porosity hair absorbs and retains the right amount of moisture. It responds well to styling, colouring, and other chemical treatments. However, overuse of chemical treatments may damage your hair, increase its porosity and cause your hair fall. Use delicate products that are not harsh on the hair, and a hair shampoo that will not strip off your hair’s natural moisture/oils. Occasional deep conditioning treatments with protein conditioners can benefit medium porosity hair, but proteins should not be included in your daily regimen.
High porosity hair care:
High porosity hair requires extra care as it is susceptible to breakage, damage, dryness, frizz, and tangling. It can be either an inherent property of hair or the result of damage from chemical processing, rough treatment or environmental damage. Here’s what you can do to nourish and protect it:
- Use a leave-in conditioner every alternate day to retain the moisture and prevent your hair from drying out.
- Massage your hair and scalp with shea butter to fill the gaps in the hair cuticles and prevent further moisture loss. You can also use Coconut Oil jojoba oil, olive oil or avocado oil regularly to nourish and moisturise them.
- Avoid using heat styling tools, serums, and hairsprays.
Masodi Products to make your hair journey easier:
1. Masodi Moringa Oil contains Moringa Herb and the following Oils:
- Jojoba Oil
- Argan Oil
- Vitamin E Oil
- Castor Oil
- Other essential Oils
2. Masodi also has other beneficial products for hair care:
- Coconut Oil
- African Black Soap Shampoo (chemical free)
- Shea Butter
- Hair Conditioner (Rooibos Tea and Coconut Oil)
- Castor Oil
Happy Hair Care!