What is low porosity hair?
The whole ‘porous or non-porous’ hair conversation can seem complicated, but it’s actually really simple. The porosity of your hair just means how easily it absorbs moisture. Highly porous hair is like a sponge; it takes in water quickly. Non-porous hair doesn’t take in moisture so easily.
There’s a simple way to test how porous your hair is. Put a strand into a cup of water. If it sinks, your hair is quick to take on liquids; it’s porous. This is because your cuticle – the protective layer – is standing away from the hair shaft, allowing moisture to move in and out freely. If it floats, then your hair is non-porous; it doesn’t hydrate easily.
Those of us with low porosity dry hair might notice hair takes ages to get wet, requires lots of product, and dries slowly. This is because the cuticle layer is like a closed door, not letting any moisture in or out.
Let’s talk about hair porosity: How to moisturize low porosity hair
What is low porosity hair and what does it need? Figuring out your hair porosity and adjusting your routine accordingly is one of the ultimate hair hacks for keeping your locks healthy, manageable, and looking their best. Find out how to keep low porosity hair moisturized with some simple tricks, products, and a little bit of heat.