We all want to have naturally beautiful hair which is why we are always buying products to maintain a flawless hair. But what if I told you that that 500 EGP shampoo can do more harm than benefit your strands. What might have worked for your best friend and sister may not work for you. Each hair has a different personality, your hair personality is known as porosity.
What is a Hair Porosity?
Porosity is your hair’s ability to absorb moisture and is broken down into three categories: low, normal and high.
How do you Test it?
Take a couple of strands of hair from your comb or brush and drop them into a bowl of water. Let them sit for 2-4 minutes. If your hair floats, you have low porosity. If it sinks, you have high porosity.
Hair with low porosity has a tightly bound cuticle layer with overlapping scales that lay flat. This type of hair is usually considered healthy, and is often very shiny, especially when it’s dark in color. Low porosity hair repels moisture when you try to wet it and is hard to process since it resists penetration of chemicals.
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High porosity can be either an inherent property of hair or the result of damage from chemical processing, rough treatment or environmental damage. High porosity hair has gaps and holes in the cuticle, which let too much moisture into your hair and leave it prone to frizz and tangling in humid weather.
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Hair with medium porosity often requires the least amount of maintenance. The cuticle layer is looser, allowing just the right amount of moisture to enter while preventing too much from escaping.
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