As no two hair patterns are alike, it’s necessary to know the porosity level of your own to get the most out of your hair routine. In other words, understanding the porosity of your hair is the first step in managing your specific hair type with the proper product regimen, so you get beautiful styling results every time.
Hair porosity simply refers to your hair’s ability to absorb and retain moisture, and here are three ways to determine where yours falls on the porosity spectrum- low, normal or high.
The Slip And Slide Test Strand Test
Gently stretch a tiny section of strands from different areas of your head, front hairline, nape, crown and temple. Place the stretched curl between your thumb and finger and slide it up the hair strand from the tip towards the scalp. If your fingers move easily up the strand and it feels dense and hard, you have low porosity hair. If it feels smooth, you have normal porosity hair. And if the strand feels rough or dry or it breaks, you have high porosity hair.