Are you tired of using the wrong hair care products and not seeing the results you want? Building a hair care regimen based on your hair porosity can help you achieve healthy, beautiful hair that you can be proud of. In this blog, we’ll break down the steps to determine your hair porosity and build a customized hair care regimen that works for you.
Step 1: Determine Your Hair Porosity
Before you can build your personalized hair care regimen, you need to determine your hair porosity. Hair porosity refers to how well your hair can absorb and retain moisture. There are three levels of hair porosity: low, high, and normal. Knowing your porosity level will help you choose the right hair care products and techniques to help your hair look its best.
There are two common methods for testing hair porosity: the float test and our quiz on the website. For the float test, place a few strands of clean, dry hair in a bowl of water. Observe whether they float or sink after 2-4 minutes. If your hair floats, you have low porosity hair. If it sinks, you have high porosity hair. If it sinks and then rises to the top, you have normal porosity hair. Alternatively, you can take our quiz on the website to determine your hair porosity level.
Step 2: Build Your Hair Care Regimen
Now that you know your hair porosity level, it’s time to build your customized hair care regimen. Here are some tips and sample regimens for each porosity level:
A. Low Porosity Hair
If you have low porosity hair, your hair cuticles are tightly packed, making it difficult for moisture to penetrate your hair shaft. Use lightweight, water-based products to avoid buildup. Apply heat while deep conditioning to help open the cuticle and let moisture in. Use protein treatments sparingly to avoid protein overload.
- Pre-poo with a lightweight oil (e.g., sweet almond oil) before shampooing.
- Use a sulfate-free, clarifying shampoo to remove buildup.
- Deep condition with heat to maximize moisture absorption.
- Apply a leave-in conditioner and seal with a light oil.
- Style with a water-based, lightweight product (e.g., gel or mousse).
B. High Porosity Hair
If you have high porosity hair, your hair cuticles are widely spaced, making it easy for moisture to escape. Use heavier, moisturizing products to help retain moisture. Use protein treatments regularly to strengthen hair. Seal in moisture with heavier oils and butters.
- Pre-poo with a heavier oil (e.g., castor oil) before shampooing.
- Use a moisturizing, sulfate-free shampoo.
- Deep condition with a protein-rich treatment to strengthen hair.
- Apply a creamy leave-in conditioner and seal with a heavier oil or butter.
- Style with a moisturizing cream or custard.
C. Normal Porosity Hair
If you have normal porosity hair, your hair can both absorb and retain moisture well, so you can use a balanced approach to hair care. Maintain a healthy balance of moisture and protein in your routine.
- Pre-poo with a moderate oil (e.g., coconut oil) before shampooing.
- Use a sulfate-free, moisturizing shampoo.
- Deep condition with a balanced treatment, alternating between moisture and protein.
- Apply a leave-in conditioner and seal with a moderate oil.
- Style with a versatile product (e.g., styling cream or leave-in conditioner).
Step 3: Maintain Your Healthy Hair
Step 3: Maintain Your Healthy Hair Regimen
After building a customized hair care regimen based on your hair porosity level, the most important step is to maintain it consistently. It takes time to see noticeable improvements in your hair's health and appearance, so be patient and stick to your routine. Here are some tips to help you maintain your healthy hair regimen:
Wash and condition your hair regularly: how often you should wash and condition your hair depends on your hair type and texture. Make sure to use products that are appropriate for your hair porosity level and avoid using products that contain harsh chemicals that can strip your hair of its natural oils.
Protect your hair while you sleep: use a satin or silk bonnet or scarf to protect your hair while you sleep. This will help prevent your hair from becoming dry and damaged due to friction with your pillowcase.
Trim your hair regularly: trimming your hair every 6-8 weeks helps to prevent split ends and breakage. Make sure to trim only what's necessary to keep your hair healthy and avoid over-trimming, which can lead to hair loss.
Pay attention to how your hair reacts to products: not all products work for everyone. Pay attention to how your hair reacts to different products and adjust your routine accordingly. If a product is causing dryness or breakage, discontinue use and try something else.
Protect your hair from heat: heat styling tools can cause damage to your hair, so use them sparingly. If you must use heat, use a heat protectant and a lower heat setting to minimize damage.
Remember, your hair is unique, and so is your perfect hair care regimen. By understanding your hair's porosity and building a routine around it, you're on your way to achieving the healthy, beautiful hair you deserve. Consistency and patience are key, so stick to your routine and be gentle with your hair. With time and care, you'll see the results you want and be proud of the hair you have!