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Know Your Porosity

Hair porosity refers to how well your hair is able to absorb and retain moisture. Knowing your hair porosity can help you choose the right hair care products and routines. Here are three common methods to determine your hair porosity:

  1. The Float Test:

    • Take a few strands of clean hair (without any products) from your brush or comb.
    • Place the hair strands in a bowl of water and observe for about 2-4 minutes.
    • If your hair sinks quickly, it has high porosity, meaning it absorbs moisture easily.
    • If your hair floats for a while before sinking, it has low porosity, indicating it resists moisture absorption.
    • If your hair sinks at a moderate pace, it has normal porosity.
  2. The Slip 'n' Slide Test:

    • Take a strand of hair and run your fingers up the shaft from the tip towards the root.
    • If you feel bumps along the way, your hair has high porosity.
    • If your fingers move smoothly with little resistance, your hair has low porosity.
    • If you feel a slight resistance but the texture is generally smooth, your hair has normal porosity.
  3. The Spray Bottle Test:

    • Spray a small section of your hair with water and observe how it reacts.
    • If the water is quickly absorbed and your hair feels wet, you likely have high porosity hair.
    • If the water beads up on your hair and takes a while to be absorbed, you may have low porosity hair.
    • If the water is absorbed at a moderate pace, you probably have normal porosity hair.

Remember that porosity can vary across different sections of your hair, so it's a good idea to test multiple strands from various parts of your head. Once you determine your hair's porosity level, you can tailor your hair care routine accordingly by selecting products and practices that best suit your hair's needs.

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