How to work with your hair’s porosity: What is hair porosity?

One of my lovely readers recently asked me how she could manage her low porosity hair. To be honest, I haven’t really paid much attention to low porosity hair because I think my hair is high porosity. I decided to do a little bit more reading on hair porosity.

First up, a brief definition.

Hair porosity is a measure of how easy it is for your hair to absorb and retain moisture. Hair porosity is usually classified into 3 categories: high, medium/normal and low porosities.

  1. High porosity hair: This type of hair absorbs moisture easily. However, it doesn’t retain it for a long time. You can develop high porosity hair as a result of some of the following: relaxers, hair dyes, excessive combing or brushing, heat appliances, etc. High porosity hair often feels dry because it cannot retain moisture. 
  2. Low porosity hair: This type of hair takes a longer time to absorb moisture but retains it easily. This hair type often feels dry because it doesn’t absorb moisture very readily. The good thing is that when it does absorb moisture, it retains it better than other hair types. 
  3. Normal/medium porosity hair: This category falls somewhere in between high and low porosity hair. It absorbs moisture fairly easily and also tends to retain it well.

You should also note that:

Even though your hair may be predominantly one type of porosity, some strands would be a different porosity. Secondly, one strand may be one porosity at the roots and another at the ends. For example, I think my hair is mostly high porosity but there might be some normal porosity strands. I have also noticed that my roots are normal porosity but my ends are high porosity. Hair care can be so confusing! 

In my next post, I will be talking more in-depth about determining your hair porosity and after that managing each of the porosity types. 

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About the author
Dr Fomsky

Nigerian-born Dr Fomsky is a God-lover, a wife, a mom of three, a medical doctor by day. Plus she owns a Nigerian-based online hair product store called Sizzelle.
Dr Fomsky is very passionate about hair, skin and weight management. Since she's had her babies, she's been struggling to keep her weight and her tummy down!
At night, she likes to read books, write blog posts and leave comments on other blogs. She lives in Alberta, Canada and is also the author of Solving your relaxed hair breakage book .
DR FOMSKY'S HAIR TYPE: Relaxed hair, High porosity, Fine hair strands, low to moderate density
CURRENT HAIR LENGTH: Between shoulder and armpit length
FAVOURITE DEEP CONDITIONER: ??
LONG-TERM PLAN: Grow out the front and crown hair sections to match the length of the back and sides.

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