Salon Bhaiya Mentioned Hair Porosity & You're Clueless? We Asked Experts For A Guide

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Have you ever gone to a salon and the technician has spoken about the porosity of your hair but you didn’t know what it meant? Well we’re here to help you, and we got the hair experts to help you understand. 

What is hair porosity?

“Hair Porosity measures the hair’s capacity to absorb and retain moisture, and is directly linked to the quality of the hair,” says Melissa Hughe, National Technical Head at Schwarzkopf Professional India.

She adds, “The porosity of one’s hair affects how moisture and hair products pass in and out of the outermost layer of the hair called the ‘cuticle’. Therefore, porosity has an impact on the final result, uniformity and lastingness of hair treatments and products used.” 

Porosity is divided into 3 categories:

1. Low porosity characterized by closely packed cuticles. 

2. Medium porosity found in hair with less tightly bound cuticles.

3. High porosity wherein the cuticles are widely spaced and may not be intact.

How to test hair porosity

The easiest way to test for hair porosity is to take a glass of water and drop a strand of your hair into it (preferably when your hair is clean). 

If your hair sinks to the bottom you have high porosity hair; if it floats in the middle, you have normal hair; and if it floats at the top, you have low porosity hair. 

How to look after low porosity hair

While having medium and high porosity hair is a good thing, low porosity isn’t. If your hair is low porosity, it means that it isn’t absorbing nutrients from products. Wondering how to look after your hair? Justin Dayalu, Technical Educator-Hair at Enrich Salon, Mumbai shares his tips:

1. Pick the right shampoo

Shampoos that don’t leave a lot of residues are your best bet. Look for products that contain honey or glycerine. These ingredients are more easily absorbed and can penetrate the hair cuticle more easily than products that contain oils.

2. Dilute your conditioner

Dilute your conditioner with a small amount of water when you apply it to your hair. This can help make the conditioner more easily absorbable and less likely to just sit on your hair shaft.

3. Mask up

Use a deep conditioner once a week to give that extra boost of moisture to your hair. It can help if you use a steamer, thermal cap or hooded dryer as heat opens up the cuticle and allows the conditioner to push moisture into your hair.

Photo credit: lead: Instagram/shraddhakapoor, social Instagram/janhvikapoor  

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