Story written by Michaela Cammack, Dailyflipz Health Reporter
Luscious curls, bone straight hair, kinky coily hair are all types of natural hair an individual may have. Some may contain too much moisture and become oily, or some may be very dry and hard to manage.
Knowing your hair porosity can help better retain the right amount of moisture that’s good for your hair.
According to Pramae Glinton, a managing cosmetologist graduate from Carousel Beauty College, hair porosity is:
“The ability of the hair strand to absorb moisture.”
Each hair strand has pores, and the tighter the pores, the less moisture it allows in. Glinton said that highly porous hair may easily absorb moisture which also makes it easy to lose moisture.
“It is important to know your [hair’s] porosity so you can better manage its moisture intake,” she said.
Glinton added that in order to maintain your hair in a way that is specific to you, you must know your hair's porosity.
According to naturallycurly.com, there are two ways to determine your hair porosity in the comfort of your own home. These methods are the “float test” and the “slip n’ slide test”.
With the float test, you take a few strands of your hair (don’t rip them out!) and a glass of water. If the strands stay afloat in the glass, your hair has low porosity. If the hair strands sink, you have highly porous hair. But if it simply floats in the middle of the glass, you have medium porosity hair.
Two methods can be used to moisturize the hair strand. The LCO method (liquid, oil, cream), which, according to naturalhairrules.com, is the best when working with low porosity hair to help retain the moisture that is being absorbed. For high porosity hair using the LOC method would be best.
Watch the video below to learn more about hair porosity!
Story edited by Health & Business Editor Taylor Whitney