Mischo Beauty School: Hair Porosity 101

Let's discuss the hair's porosity. Porosity means the ability of the hair to absorb and retain moisture and is used to describe the condition of hair. It falls into the following categories:

a. Very porous
b. Porous
c. Normal
d. Resistant

A “normal” porosity will mean that the cuticle is closed and smooth. Healthy hair will usually have a normal to resistant cuticle, depending on the texture. ”Porous” to “very porous” hair will have a roughened cuticle meaning that the hair is probably damaged. It usually loses moisture very easy and is easily damaged.

To determine the porosity of your hair, feel it - both when wet and dry. If it feels straw-like and rough when dry, or if it feels gummy or slightly rubbery when wet, then you probably have a problem with porous to very porous hair. You should consult your stylist before receiving any chemical services in order to prevent further damage. Haircolor will take much more quickly and strongly and perms and relaxers will process much faster in porous to very porous hair.

Porous to very porous hair can be caused by:

1. Over coloring
2. Bleaching
3. Permanent Waving
4. Relaxing
5. Flat/curling irons
6. Improper blow-drying
7. Environment (sun, salt/chlorinated water)

Love your hair.

Please feel free to e-mail me with any questions!



Anonymous said...

love your blog.
have a question on porosity. will the ojon products work to correct porosity or will only vitamin supplements better the condition of the hair. my daughters have natural hair and it is rough, looking for something to allow it to be smoother.

January 31, 2008 at 10:11 PM
Mischo Beauty said...

I'm not a dermatologist, but I'd suggest that those with overly porous hair (damaged from chemical processes) take the vitamin supplements along with regular deep conditioning treatments (protein & moisture).

Since your daughters have natural hair, I suggest using a hydrating shampoo and conditioner, deep conditioning treatments and maybe even a leave-in conditioner. As long as they don't have chemicals in their hair and it's not being damaged from heat styling, I wouldn't suggest the vitamin supplements for them.

My natural hair is thick and coarse and my mother had the hardest time with my hair because it was always dry. She would always use a leave-in conditioner after rinsing out the regular conditioner.

I love "Some of Marguerite's Magic" by Carol's Daughter. I have friends who like her "Healthy Hair Butter" as well...

I hope this helps!

February 1, 2008 at 11:48 PM

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