What’s Your Hair Porosity Type?

If you’re reading this, I’m sure you are familiar with “hair porosity.” Hair porosity is about your hair’s capacity to absorb and keep moisture.

Your hair’s porosity communicates how effectively oils and moisture travel through the outermost layer of your hair, known as the cuticle.

Hair porosity has three major categories:

This article will take a deeper look at what impacts your hair’s porosity, how you may find out the type of porosity you have, and how best to treat your hair based on your porosity.

What does hair porosity mean?

To grasp the concept of hair porosity, everyone must know something about the hair structure, which consists of three layers. These layers include:

To maintain the health and hydration of your hair, water, oils, and other moisturizing ingredients must be able to penetrate the cuticle and reach the cortex.

However, water and oils have difficulty penetrating the hair if the cuticles are too close together, making it more difficult for your hair to obtain the necessary moisture.

Additionally, your hair will have difficulty absorbing moisture if the cuticles are too wide apart.

What causes low or high porosity in hair?

Heredity plays a determinant factor in your hair’s ability to absorb and retain moisture. Therefore, if low porosity hair runs in your family, there’s a significant chance you’ll also have it. However, while genetics can influence porosity, it is not the primary determinant.
Over time, blow-drying, bleaching, straightening, over-washing, and harsh treatments harm the hair and cause the cuticles of your hair to become open, making it more difficult to retain moisture.
In addition to hair treatments, excessive UV exposure can also cause an increase in your hair’s porosity. So, wear a hat or head covering outdoors to protect your hair from the sun.

A simple method to determine the porosity of your hair?

Using a glass of water to determine your hair’s porosity is one of the simplest methods. Here are the steps:

The properties with low porosity

With hair with low porosity, the cuticles are densely packed and close together—making it more difficult for water to enter the hair shaft.

You may have hair with low porosity if:

The properties with medium porosity

The cuticles are neither too closed nor too open with medium or regular porosity hair and facilitate the penetration of moisture and water retention for longer.

You may have hair with medium porosity if:

Over time, heat damage and other chemical activities can alter the porosity of usually porous hair.

The properties with a greater porosity

Whether owing to heredity or hair damage, hair with high porosity quickly absorbs moisture into the hair shaft. However, it cannot hold water for an extended period because the cuticle often has gaps.

You may have hair with a high porosity if:

Can the porosity of your hair be altered?

If your hair porosity is high or low owing to genetics, you may be unable to alter it. But, according to specialists in hair care, there are steps you can do to make your hair healthier, more manageable, and simpler to style.

For low porosity:

For high porosity:


Hair’s porosity may or may not be a phrase you hear frequently. However, understanding hair porosity will help you better manage, treat, and care for your hair. And this will result in stronger and healthier hair.

If you’re curious about your hair porosity or if you’re struggling to find the right products for your hair type, be sure to check out Hairs My Experience. Dedicated to helping people of all hair types find the best information and products for their individual needs.

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