So many people are overly concerned about their curl pattern. I can’t even count how many YouTube videos and picture charts I have seen that are focused solely on one’s curl pattern to determine a hair regimen or product suggestions. 4C, 3A, 3C, 4A, 4B, etc.…is all quaternary in determining the best hair care practices and products.Outside of styling, this really is not a hair trait that is an important contributor to you overall hair health. The characteristics that are important are:
vThe diameter of your individual hair strands (coarse, normal, or fine).
vThe density of your hair. Simply put, how many individual hair strands you have on your head per square inch. A person with normal density has about 2,200 strands of hair per square inch.(The picture below is a great visual representation of varying degrees of density even though it is depicting wig densities)
vThe porosityof your hair (low, normal or high). Your hair porosity determines how your hair absorbs substances. Knowing this…
DO YOU KNOW YOUR HAIR POROSITY?
The porosity of your hair is one of it's characteristics that
actual matter. It determines the processes it takes to care for your hair such
as water temperature, suitable products, styling options, etc. It is the characteristic
that truly determines if a product enhances the natural state of your
hair, or detracts from it. One can have low, normal or high porosity hair. Keep
reading to find out 3 different methods you can use to test your own porosity. THE CUP TEST
This test should be done on freshly shampooed hair to be
sure the hair is completely free from any product or buildup. You simply fill a
cup with room temperature water and place a strand of clean hair into the
water. After 2 minutes, check the location of the hair strand. ØIf the hair strand is sitting on top of the
water: LOW POROSITY ØIf the hair strand is sitting halfway down: NORMAL POROSITY ØIf the hair strand is sitting at the bottom:HIGH POROSITY
Does your hair seem to
always be dry no matter what you do?Do products seem to
buildup on your hair easily or sit on top of your hair and never fully absorb?Does it takes your
hair FOREVER to dry?When you used to get a
relaxer did it never “take”?
If you can relate to those last four questions, then you more
than likely have low porosity hair. For many people, dealing with their low porosity
hair is extremely frustrating. I’ve heard so many women threaten to go back to
the creamy crack because it is just too difficult to figure out. No worries! I’m
writing this article for you all out there!
In the previous article, (click
here to read) I listed 3 methods in which you can test the porosity of your
hair and the different levels of porosity: low, normal and high. In this
article I’ve compiled a list of tips and methods to use in each step of your
hair care routine if you have low porosity hair. Keep scrolling for more info. CLEANSING
-Use shampoo to clarify your hair. It can be a sulfa…