What is Your Hair's Porosity?
Your hair's porosity is simply your hair's ability to accept and/or retain moisture.
Why is knowing your porosity so important?
Knowing your porosity allows you to treat and manage your hair most effectively with the right routine for your strands. It is the first step in managing your curl routine so you can get both the styling results you want but the health results as well! So let's get into it!
3 Tests to Know your Hair's Porosity
Test #1- Water Spritz Test
Spritz a small section of your hair with water and watch how your hair reacts – does your hair absorb the water quickly (indicating high porosity) or does it remain on top (indicating a low porosity level)?
Test #2- Shedding Hair Test
Another way to check your hair porosity is to drop hair that’s been shed as a result of combing into a glass of water. If it floats, your hair is low porosity. If your hair sinks slowly, it has normal porosity, and if it sinks immediately, your hair is high porosity.
Test #3- Strand Test
Gently stretch a tiny section of curl strands from different areas of your head – front hairline, nape, crown and temple. Place the stretched curl between your thumb and finger and slide it up the hair strand from the tip towards the scalp. If your fingers move easily up the strand and it feels dense and hard, you have low porosity hair. If it feels smooth, you have normal porosity hair. And if the strand feels rough or dry or it breaks, you have high porosity hair.
Understanding Each Porosity
Long time to dry.
Product build up happens easy.
Takes longer for hair to fully saturate in water.
Full of bounce & elasticity.
Requires very little maintenance
Easily accepts & retain moisture in cuticle.
Often looks and feels dry.
Hair dries quickly.
Prone to frizziness.
So, now you know what your porosity is, what do you do?? Well, now you can be more conscious as to what you do with your hair and how you manage over time. You can now pay attention to what your hair's needs might be in the long term. Here are suggestions for what you can do to better treat your hair for each level of porosity.
For Low Porosity
HEAT IT UP
It’s hard to inject moisture into the hair shaft because of it's compact cuticles, although it does retain moisture once it absorbs. To raise the cuticle, we suggest HEAT. Use your deep conditioner under Glow by Daye Soft Hood Dryer Attachment for a gentle robust heat flow to help products better absorb and bind with the hair better.
Apply product to damp, not drenched hair.
Apply products evenly throughout hair, and make sure not to put too much on in one area.
For Medium Porosity
KEEP IT UP
Continue with consistent maintenance with deep conditioning regularly with the added benefit of heat.
For High Porosity
SEAL IT UP
Your hair can be hard to keep moisture levels so a few things to help you retain your moisture is.
1. Use minimal heat.
2. Rinse with cold water to close cuticle and prevent frizz.
3. Wear your Glow by Daye Satin Bonnet every night and even while chilling at home to retain moisture as much as possible.
You want to also keep in mind that sometimes certain sections of your hair might have different porosity levels. You will want to continuous want to study and learn different parts of your head of hair to find what really works to give you an all around great experience.