If only I knew my hair texture and porosity then maybe would I have rescued it from the damage caused by those who took care of my hair during my childhood and myself when I reached the age of taking care of my hair? It is of utmost importance to know your hair type and porosity to know how to treat your hair and the best products to use that are compatible with your hair.
What is hair texture?
I would describe hair texture as the appearance, feel or touch of hair. Hair exists in a variety of textures and can also be further defined as; “the width or circumference of your hair strand. Professionals usually use words like coarse, fine, or medium to classify your hair texture. While coarse hair has the largest circumference, fine hair has the smallest. Medium textures fall somewhere in the middle in terms of their circumference and are often considered normal. The texture of your hair usually changes depending on your hair type. Your hair type varies depending on the curl and thickness of individual hair strands. Here’s a detailed look into the different hair types.
I heard about hair porosity a few years ago but just did not give much attention to it as there was no interest back then in knowing about it, but I got curious to know about it when I decided to return to my natural roots in 2017 and started reading about it up until I did the hair porosity test and got to know my hair type. It is quite an interesting test because of the way one’s hair reacts in water.
What is Hair Porosity?
Porosity is the ability of your hair to absorb and hold moisture; it determines how easily moisture and oils pass in and out of your hair. For most, porosity is genetic but can also be affected by external factors such as exposure to weather, heat, treatment and chemical processes. Knowing your hairs can help you choose the right products to keep your hair well moisturized, supple, strong and shiny.
Determining Hair Porosity:
The only hair porosity test I knew was the float test: where you take a strand of clean hair and drop into a glass of water if your hair floats you have low porosity and if it does not float nor does sink you have medium porosity and if sinks you have high porosity hair, but there is also the second method of which I just got to learn recently which is known as the slip ‘n slide test: you take a strand of hair and slide your fingers up to the shaft( towards the scalp). If you feel little bumps along the way, this means that your cuticle is lifted and that you have high porosity hair if your finger slips smoothly but with a few bumps then you have medium (normal) porosity hair and if your finger slips smoothly then you have low porosity hair.