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4 Tips for Understanding Hair Porosity

4 Tips for Understanding Hair Porosity

Hermanas, fall is here and with the cooler weather comes changes in our curly care routine. Today, we’re going back to the basics to share how understanding hair porosity can help you reach your hair goals.

What is Hair Porosity? Hair porosity refers to your hair's ability to absorb and retain moisture. It's categorized into three types: low, medium, and high. Knowing your porosity level is like having a secret key to unlocking your hair's potential.

Here are 4 key things to know to understand hair porosity for your curls:

1. The Porosity Test: A simple test involves dropping a strand of your hair into a glass of water. If it sinks quickly, you likely have high porosity hair, if it floats, it's low porosity, and if it hovers in between, you are medium porosity.

  • Low Porosity Hair: Water-resistant cuticles make it hard for moisture to penetrate. Use lightweight, liquid-based products to avoid buildup. Steam treatments can help open up the cuticles for better moisture absorption.
  • Medium Porosity Hair: Holds moisture quite well. Balance is key – products with a mix of moisture and protein work great. Regular conditioning is essential.
  • High Porosity Hair: Cuticles are more open, leading to moisture loss. Curly creams will help seal in moisture effectively. Consider protein treatments to strengthen your strands.

2. Temperature Matters: Hot water opens cuticles, and cold water seals them. Rinse with cold water to lock in moisture and shine.

3. Consistent Moisture Routine: Create a routine based on your porosity level and be patient. It might take some time to find the perfect balance.

4. Trimming and Protection: Regular trims to remove damaged ends and protecting your hair from harsh elements is key to maintaining healthy curls.

Remember, the journey to gorgeous curls is all about learning, so enjoy the process and embrace who you were born to be, hermana!


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