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Today I want to talk a little bit about porosity and what we should be doing to enable ultimate moisture of our beautiful black, kinky, coily, afro (whatever you wanna call it) hair.
What is Porosity? 

In short, porosity is the hairs ability to absorb and release moisture.

Our hair strands have cuticles, these pores open and close or sometimes they stay open or closed. Check out details on Green Beauty Channel

Hair cuticles that stay open are known as high porosity and hair cuticless that stay closed are low porosity and those that open and close are known as medium porosity.

It is really good to know your porosity levels in order to know how best to care for your hair. As well as knowing the density of products that are good for your hair.

How do you identify your porosity?

Well there is this really famous way that has been trending. Basically, you simply take some of the hair that has naturally shed from your scalp and put it in a room temp glass of water and leave for 2 minutes or so.

  • If it sinks – High porosity
  • If it stays close to the top – Low porosity
  • If it sinks really slowly – Medium porosity

Now I have been doing research cuz your girl had some reservations about this method and I wasn’t very surprised when my girl westafricanbaby talked about how this test is bogus. She raised a very valid point.

How can all our hair be low porosity, as she reported that a lot of her followers said they had the same low porosity as she did.

So I thought about it and here is what I came up with:

  1. If you never or very rarely apply heat to your hair like most naturals these days then your hair will be low porosity or maybe medium… why?
    • ….because you have no damage.
  2. If your hair is bleached it should still only be low to medium porosity as when done well, your hair should still be able to handle colour as it is in its strongest state (natural).
  3. If your hair is natural and it is high porosity then most likely you are doing way too much to it. I personally do not know any natural sista who has high porosity….it simply doesn’t make sense.
  4. High porosity hair is really a characteristic of extremely damaged hair (relaxers, multiple bleaching, excess heat)
  5. If your hair is not 100% dry which it probably isn’t if it is not breaking every time you touch it you probably have medium to low porosity depending on how you wash and style your hair.

That being said I agree with WestAfricanBaby, all our hair cannot be the same so the hair sinking test may not be 100% accurate.

Another way to test porosity is:

The Slip’n’Slide Test – Take a strand of hair and slide your fingers up the shaft (toward the scalp). If you feel little bumps along the way, this means that your cuticle is lifted and that you have high porosity. If your fingers slip smoothly, then you have low porosity hair.

I don’t trust this method either but it is a good indicator. I’ll tell you why – Your hair is natural with coils and bends all over, chances are your hair will always feel bumpy which ever way you are going. Mine feels bumpy but I know that my hair is low porosity.

How I know my porosity?

Now one way that I know my hair is definitely low porosity is that it literally takes my hair forever to get wet in the shower or even in the rain.

Another really good way to know your porosity is if you are super sensitive to protein. For example, if you find that your hair gets really crunchy or hard when you use coconut oil then you are likely to be low porosity.

Hoever, some lucky people with low to medium porosity do not have this problem and swear by Coconut oil…good for you!

Okay okay so now for the good stuff, how do you treat your gorgeous hair to ensure moisture gets in?

  1. Use hot water from start to finish
    • so regardless of what you think your hair porosity is you should be using hot water to wash your hair. Okay not like scolding hot but as hot as you can stand. My shower has a temperature gauge and I set between 42 to 45 centigrade throughout my hair wash, which includes the following steps:
      • rinse/detangle
      • cleanse
      • rinse thoroughly
  2. So after that, i never apply cold water, I simply get out of the shower and apply my HCN Hair Cream.
  3. Finish.

From my experience,  if you apply cold water at any point you will be closing your hair cuticles to the moisture from your hair cream, which is really the most important step because when you are done with that, your HCN Hair Cream will serve as a sealant to keep it all in.

So thats it, if you have any questions of comments let me know!

Remember, Nature Made it so you can enjoy it!

Remain Blessed, xx

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