What Hair Porosity Means For You | Salon Secret Africa

Decoding hair porosity and what it means for you

Salon Secret
22 November 2018
African woman scratching hair and scalp

There’s nothing worse than trying to manage unruly hair, especially when you have no idea what’s causing it to be such a nuisance in the first place! Frizzy, dry hair is the pits. And don’t even get us started on hair that takes hours to dry! There is one common factor that could be to blame and that’s porous hair.

If you suffer from uneven hair colour, and locks that are impossible to tame – it’s likely your porous levels are high! But what exactly does that mean? Don’t fret – we’re here to explain. Plus, we’ll throw in a few product recommendations that are sure to solve all your hair woes!

Decoding Hair Porosity

Put simply, your hair’s porosity refers to how much moisture it can retain, and there are three types: high, medium and low.

High Porosity

In high porous hair, the cuticle is raised which means this type of hair is unusually weak and prone to breakage. For this type of hair, we recommend Redken Extreme Anti-Snap Leave-in Treatment – its formula repairs the hair, strengthens it and protects its shine.

Medium Porosity

Those with medium porosity have hit the jackpot, maintaining a perfect balance of letting moisture in, while keeping water out. To best care for that perfect mane, try Mizani 25 Miracle Milk – the best multi-use haircare product for natural, no-frizz beauty.

Low Porosity

Unsurprisingly, in low porous hair, the hair’s cuticle remains flat and closed. It’s therefore difficult for hair to absorb any moisture, with products simply coating the outer layer instead. Use a product like Dark and Lovely Au Naturale Moisture-Replenishing Shampoo to bring moisture back to your hair and scalp. 

How to Test

A pretty nifty way of testing your hair’s porosity level is by taking a dry, clean strand and placing it into a cup of water. If it takes a while to sink to the bottom – you’ve been blessed with medium porous hair. If the strand floats to the top – it’s likely low in porosity and if it quickly sinks to the bottom, it’s high.

We hope by now we’ve given you one less thing to worry about. No matter what hair type you are, with the right products, your hair will be back to a perfectly manageable state in no time!

There is one common factor that could be to blame and that’s porous hair.

Hanson Ndabeni Dark and Lovely National Field and Education Manager

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