assert Hair Porosity Test - Water Float Test & Identifying your Hair Type

Hair Porosity – How to Identify Your Hair type

Understanding hair porosity is the key to understanding how to adapt your hair care regime to your hair type. With high hair porosity the cuticle is raised and ragged. Whilst with low hair porosity the hair cuticle is neatly arranged and lies smoothly, like the tiles of a roof.

Hair Porosity Tests

A very easy test for hair porosity, is to take one stray strand of hair. Place the strand in a bowl of water, if in a few minutes the hair has sunk, this demonstrates high hair porosity. Alternatively, if the strand remains afloat it is of low hair porosity. If you are receiving mixed results with some parts of the hair afloat and others sinking this will signify an uneven texture. Such instances can be prevalent in coloured or relaxed hair where the ends have become extremely damaged, resulting in higher hair porosity. A simple demonstration of the hair porosity test is made by the lovely Lady Tanglez on Youtube.

Assessing Hair Porosity by Observation

Try to be vigilant, hair porosity can be assessed by observing how it reacts in certain situations. Increased hair porosity will tend to feel rough and uneven when dry. For example, curly hair is of a low hair porosity as the natural ogee of the hair cause the cuticle to raise, leaving the cuticle open and more porous. Conversely if water appears to roll off your hair easily, like water off a duck’s back this will signify you have low porosity hair as the cuticle is smooth. The perfect hair type would allow moisture to reach the cortex whilst ensuring the hair is sufficiently sealed against the elements.

Your hair is unique as you are, embrace it!

Once you have established whether you hair is of low or high hair porosity, you can act on perfecting your hair care regime. In the same way, we all have different personalities we can all have different hair types. Inherent hair factors included in the mix are the hair’s coarseness, elasticity, density, porosity, texture and depth of curl. Whilst external factors such as colouring, bleaching, perming and so on, can further complicate your hair’s needs. It is time to embrace your hair’s uniqueness! Now you are armed with understanding your hair type in terms of hair porosity – you can seek the appropriate product for your hair type. Our next blog post, will detail which products can be used to mask your hair porosity. We will also look at simple alterations to your hair care regime which will lower hair porosity and thereby minimise the likelihood of damage.



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