Hair Type & Porosity

HAIR TYPE

Hair type is determines by the follicles and giving credits to genetics follicles vary in size, shape and thickness, which determines your hair shape and thus hair type.

Whatever type or category your hair falls under, all comes in 3 major textures and can have a combination of all 3 on different parts of your head.

1. Coarse 

2. Medium

3. Fine

The Driest <———————————————————————————————-Dryness Factor———————————————————————————-> The Least Dry
Hair Texture  Kinky Curly Wavy Straight
Coarse Type 5 Type 3 – 4 Type 2 – 3 Type 1 – 2
Medium Type 4 – 5 Type 3 Type 2 Type 1
Fine Type 4 Type 3 – 2 Type 2 Type 1

 

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HAIR POROSITY

Hair texture is not an indication of porosity but more so of hair type, although that varies in terms of environmental stressors or types of products used. Hash chemical treatments may also increase one’s hair porosity regardless of your hair type.

HIGH POROSITY

Hair easily absorbs water and products with the highest tendency to lose moisture- thus usually appear or feel dry. This type of hair porosity is usually a result of environmental or mechanical stressors, and types of products used. This type of hair porosity usually needs lots of detangler to untangle.

Products that highly balance moisture between the atmosphere and hair are highly beneficial to this hair type. With regular deep conditioning treatment to smooth down hair cuticles repair damages in some instances and bring moisture balance back to hair.

NORMAL POROSITY

Hair is normally balanced with the atmosphere. The cuticle is compact and slows down moisture from leaving or entering it, thus doesn’t become overly dry or oily. This hair porosity needs little to minimal detangler to untangle. When the right products are used, it will readily absorb and retain them.

LOW POROSITY

Hair’s cuticle is very compact. It is resistant, and does not permit moisture to enter or leave the hair shaft. This hair porosity type usually needs very little product to style or maintain. It easily and readily absorbs and retains products.