Today is all about hair and porosity because it’s something that has made a huge difference in my natural hair journey and is now the basis in which I choose most of my favorite hair products.
So, tell me, not sure which products are best for your hair? Keep reading because you’re about to learn why hair and porosity are two words that should always be in the same sentence when looking for the best products and techniques to care for your hair.
First… What Is Hair Porosity?
Your hair is made up of protein and that protein makes up these little shingle-like structures called “cuticles”.
Depending on your genetics and personal hair care practices, these cuticles raise and lower.
For example, washing your hair with hot water lifts the cuticles while cold water makes the cuticles lay flat.
Your hair’s porosity refers to how raised or lowered your hair cuticles are naturally.
This means, when your hair has been clarified and still has no product in it, will your hair have issues staying moisturized or do products seem to sit on top of your hair for hours after you’re done washing your strands?
Serious Money Saver
Knowing your hair porosity is going to help you save a ton of money (seriously) because you’ll be able to find the products that absorb into your hair if you’re low porosity, and find suitable products that help close your cuticles if you’re high porosity.
Different porosity means different hair needs. I know that since I’m a high porosity natural, I’ll need more products with protein and that my hair will thank me for sealing in the moisture I apply with a heavier oil, like castor, instead of a lighter oil such as avocado.
How many times have you bought a product only to find it didn’t work. Money wasted, right? Let’s stop doing that, shall we?
I’m sure there are plenty of other things you can spend money on.
Shorter Hair Care Regimen
When you realize how hair and porosity come into play, your hair care regimen will change for the better. It’s all about knowing what YOUR hair needs.
You’ll realize you don’t need to apply heat with your deep conditioner (unless you just want to) if your cuticles are naturally open and those who have issues getting products to absorb will realize they need to apply heat in order to get the most benefits from their oil treatments and deep conditioners.
Doesn’t cutting out the extra steps you don’t need and only taking steps that will actually benefit your hair sound so much better than spending an extra 40 minutes doing something you didn’t really need to do in the first place?
Improving your hair care regimen usually means you’ll be able to cut down the time you’re taking to get those coils just the way you like them.
When you’re browsing YouTube videos, you’ll be able to avoid recommendations from naturals that have a different porosity than yours because you’ll know the products they’re using are going to do the opposite of what your hair needs.
Fewer unnecessary steps in your hair care routine means shorter time spent taking care of your hair and more time you have to do other things, ya know, like the dishes or cleaning the bathroom shower. All the “fun” stuff, haha!
The sooner you can get out of the bathroom and out of your hair, the sooner you can get on with your life, right?
You’ll Gain Knowledge About Your Hair
Not only will learning your porosity help your wallet and hair routine, it’ll help you regain appreciation for the hair you have. Things will be less confusing because you’ll now understand a bit more about your hair.
The more you know about your hair, the better equipped you are to make decisions that will help improve the hair issues you may be having and you’ll be able to have fewer setbacks during your natural journey.
With new knowledge comes healthier hair habits and less frustration and “hair hating” experiences.
If there’s one thing you’ll notice about me, I’m all about “knowing your hair”.
I like to put emphasis on it being YOUR hair and YOUR journey because at the end of the day you can try all the best products in the world, but if you’re not choosing what’s right for your hair based on what you’ve learned about your crown, you’re not going to be happy in your hair journey and you’re going to have a hard time reaching your hair goals.
More Noticeable Results
Since hair porosity is something that affects the products you use and how well they work, when your product selection goes hand in hand with your porosity, you’ll notice the difference.
Even though you won’t be able to see longer hair in a day, you’ll notice a huge difference in your hair’s overall health, whether it’s moisture retention or less frizz.
Over time (because all hair growth takes time) you’ll know if you’ve been doing the right things because your hair’s ability to retain length will have improved.
Hair And Porosity: Don’t Forget Your Cuticles!
When I first started my hair journey, I thought all type 4 hair was the same and that whatever worked for another type 4 would work for me as well.
However, as I later learned, there are a lot of different characteristics we need to learn about our own hair that will determine which products will work and which ones won’t.
However, instead of putting soooo much focus on the external appearance of our hair, we need to take it a step further and pay much closer attention to what’s going on with our own hair on a less superficial basis.
Taking your hair porosity into consideration when trying new hair care practices is going to be one the most crucial things you’ll need to learn because it affects such a large part in the condition of your hair.
Do you know your hair porosity? How has knowing your hair’s porosity changed your hair regimen? Leave your comment below!