Hair Tips

What’s Your Hair Porosity?

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So what is hair porosity for starters? Well, porosity, in this case, refers to how your hair takes on moisture. This process is affected by the outer layer hair, called a cuticle, and dependent on this layer, your hair will absorb moisture differently. Secondly, why is it important to know your hair porosity? Even though your hair porosity is due to genetics in most cases, it can also be affected by your environment. Finally, when you have a knowledgeable background of your hair’s moisture retention, you can find products that help with caring for it properly. 

If you aren’t sure what your porosity is or what you can do for it, don’t worry. We have some tips for testing your hair’s porosity at home and specific tips for your hair type.

Finding Your Hair Porosity

There are a couple of ways that you can find your hair porosity easily at home. Here are two easy tests that you can do:

  1. The Float test: You will need clean hair with no product in it and clear glass filled with room temperature water. Go ahead and drop a strand of hair into the water and wait about 15 minutes. After this time has passed, take a look at the hair strand. If it is still floating at the top of the water, then your hair is low porosity, if it has sunk into the water, then your hair is high porosity, and if it stayed on top of the water and after a while sank, it is medium porosity. 
  2. The H2O Test: You can test your hair’s porosity to mist your hair with some water. If the water stays on top of your hair, then this means it is low porosity. Of course, if your hair quickly takes in the water, it is high porosity, and it takes some time to sink in, then it is medium porosity. 

Okay, so you know your hair porosity; what do you do now, and how do you take care of it? 

Low Porosity

Low porosity hair is characterized by the fact that your hair cannot take in and absorb moisture easily. The reason why it’s so hard for the hair to receive and obtain moisture is that the cuticle is tightly compact. Even if your hair is not able to easily take in moisture, once it grabs hold of it, it surely won’t let go. If your hair is low porosity, you will undoubtedly have trouble getting products to penetrate your hair, and you may have issues getting your hair clean from oil and build up on wash days. 

With your hair, water won’t help get deep into the nitty-gritty, and you may need some assistance in getting your hair care system to work its magic. We suggest using a pre-poo, like the ONE Strawberry and Banana Hair Smoothie. This will help penetrate your strands and get your wash day off to a good start. 

Medium Porosity

With a looser cuticle layer, hair with medium/normal porosity is easy to take in maintenance. It’s easy for hair with this type of porosity to keep in moisture for a long time without getting dry or greasy. You can keep up this hair type’s health by using the occasional deep conditioner or even incorporating a rejuvenating conditioner, like the ONE Rejuvenating Conditioner, into your weekly wash days.

High Porosity

If your hair tends to be dry and prone to frizz, you may be dealing with high porosity hair. High porosity hair, takes in water quickly, but due to its cuticle structure, it loses all that water and moisture incredibly fast. This doesn’t mean that your hair is unhealthy, though, it just means that it needs a little extra love and attention. With high porosity hair, it requires you to be diligent about moisturizing your hair.

A great way to get the moisture into your hair, especially in the summertime, is by treating your hair with a deep conditioning treatment on your wash days. Our ONE Avocado hair smoothie is the perfect way to get that moisture back into your hair.

No Matter what porosity your hair is, there are plenty of ways for you to take care of it so that it stays healthy and happy. 

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