Hair porosity

Hair porosity

This has always been a tricky to figure out because there is enough information about it but it still can be confusing. Porosity is the amount of water that your hair can absorb and retain. Based on how you have treated your hair in recent years, you can find out which one you have low – medium or high porosity.

Earlier this year we found Manes by Mell youtube video talking about hair porosity from a hairstylist perspective. And we think that this video is right now the most clear way to determine what your hair porosity is without getting to much confused.

Manes by Mell – how to test your porosity properly

We highly recommend you to watch this video because several porosity hair tests that you can find online never felt to us that they were very reliable

Porosity recommendations

Low porosity
– Use a deep conditioner

ℹ Deep condition your hair every 1-2 weeks

Use a heatcap or steamer for an intense deep conditioning

Medium porosity
– Hair mask > deep conditioner
– Using flat/curling iron heat protector products could reduce the damage

ℹ Heat cannot damage your hair unless it gets above 100 degrees celsius (boiling)

Make sure your hair is dry enough before apple heat

High porosity
– Make sure to use leave-in products to maintain enough moisture in your hair
– Hair mask

ℹ Hair in this state is more fragile. prevent hair breakage by using a protein treatment every 1-2 weeks.

Make sure to use leave-in products to maintain enough moisture in your hair

Manes by Mell
Madisen, naturallymadisen
Isabel Calkins, Cosmopolitan