Do you know your hair porosity and density? On the last article we discussed the importance of identifying your curl type. Some of the benefits of knowing your curl type are being better able to identify the products and techniques most appropriate for your hair to help your curls look and feel its best. The same benefits apply to hair porosity and density.
Let’s define these terms:
Hair density: This is the number of strands in your hair per square inch.
Hair density test: How do you identify your hair density? Take a look at your scalp when your hair is in its most natural state, if you can see your scalp without parting your hair you have low-density hair, if you can see your scalp by moving your hair a little you have medium density, if it’s difficult to see your scamp even after moving your hair you have high density.
Hair porosity: How well your hair absorbs and retains moisture.
Hair porosity (H2O) test: Take a spray bottle and wet a section of your hair and see how your hair reacts to the water. If your hair absorbs the water quickly and the water dries quickly then you have high porosity hair. If your hair does not absorb the water and the water just sits on top, then you have low porosity hair. If your hair absorbs the water and it dries within a reasonable time, then you have normal porosity.
I challenge you to take some time to play with your curls and identify your curl type, your hair density and your hair porosity. This will aid you in helping your curls reach their healthiest state and look bouncy, shiny and defined.
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By: Jiolka Peralta