If your hair wastes no time and sinks to the bottom of the cup then you have high porosity, if your hair kinda hangs out in the middle of the water then consider yourself normal. If you want more information on this test, check out this post.
Why knowing your hair porosity matters
Now that you have done the test and you have discovered that you have highly porous hair, what does that mean? Knowing where you fall is very important because it determines how you care for your hair from this moment on.
Note that if you have highly porous hair you can try to fix it using frequent protein treatments because protein does fill in those gaps and holes that are causing your hair to lose moisture fast. But we also want to note that if your hair is color treated or relaxed then your hair is considered naturally highly porous.
The color and chemicals from the relaxer removes layers from the strand causing it to be seriously depleted, which means that women who use chemicals should treat their hair with protein very often. You see what we did there, we determined that the strand was highly porous and then made the determination that protein is one of the things you will need to ‘fix’ it. This is why knowing your porosity matters!
If your hair is porous the worst thing you can do is choose a product that easily strips your hair when it is dry already. Choosing a shampoo is important in any regimen, but don’t just go picking one off the shelf all willy nilly, make sure that the one you choose is sulfate free and moisturizing.
The cosmetic industry is starting to listen now, they know we know what is good for our strands and what isn’t, so there are a variety of choices on the shelves so that you can pick what is best for the condition of your hair.