Welcome to the world of hair care, where there are countless options and hair care products to choose from. As someone with curly hair, you may have struggled with finding the right products that work for you. Hence, one common mistake people make is relying solely on their hair type to determine what hair care products to use. However, there's another important factor that is often overlooked: hair porosity.
Porosity of the hair
Porosity refers to your hair's ability to absorb and retain moisture. There are three types of porosity: low, medium, and high. Low porosity hair has tightly packed cuticles, making it difficult for moisture and products to penetrate. High porosity hair, on the other hand, has cuticles that are raised and easily absorb moisture but struggle to retain it. Medium porosity hair falls somewhere in between. Therefore, your hair’s porosity will help you to determine which hair care products you should be using.
Choosing the hair care product
Knowing your hair's porosity is crucial in determining the right hair care products and routine for your hair. Wonder Curl, a popular hair care brand, recommends their products based on porosity. For those with low porosity hair, we suggest using the clarifying charcoal shampoo bar with the detoxifying clay cleanser. They can also use clay cleanser as a conditioner. For those with medium porosity hair, we suggest using just the detoxifying clay cleanser, which serves as a cleanser, conditioner, and detangler all in one. And for those with high porosity hair, we suggest using the detoxifying cleanser with the restoring hair treatment on wash day.
Wonder Curl also offers a quiz on their website. We call it the "Curly Quiz." It asks just four questions and is based on what we call the "four pillars of hair": porosity, structure (strand size), density (how much hair you have on your head), and type (curly, wavy, etc.). Understanding these four things about your hair is crucial in making the best decisions for your hair care routine. For example, someone with 4C hair that is high porosity and low density will require different hair care products and techniques than someone with 4C hair that is low porosity and high density.
hair porosity is a critical factor to consider when it comes to choosing the right hair care products and routine. Knowing your hair's porosity will help you understand how your hair absorbs and retains moisture. This will allow you to choose air care products and techniques that work best for you. Don't solely rely on your hair type - take the time to understand your hair's porosity. Then you'll be well on your way to achieving healthy, moisturized curls.