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What is hair porosity?

A crazy thing to think about is how little many people actually know about the health of their hair. We whizz into the shop, grab a shampoo that looks or smells nice. We often don’t give a thought to whether it is the perfect shampoo for.




The first place to look when it comes to the health of our hair is our hair porosity. Hair porosity simply means your hair’s ability to absorb and maintain moisture. Are there many pores in your hair that are open and available to allow oils and moisture? Or does your hair have fewer pores that are closed, for the most part, locking moisture into your hair?




Which is better, high porosity or low porosity?


At a quick glance, low porosity hair is usually considered in better health than high porosity. Low porosity hair requires less maintenance, with only one necessary treatment per week, whereas high porosity hair needs more tender loving care in order to seal in moisture. So many of us don’t really have time for this, leaving our precious locks dry and brittle.


Although low porosity is generally considered healthier, it is important to note that this is not always the case. Not only can low porosity hair be resistant to treatments, but it can also cause oil to become trapped at the root near the scalp causing oil build-up that needs to be brushed down and spread across your hair. It can also be more difficult to add moisture to your hair as the pores are on lockdown.


Can I change the porosity of my hair?


Long story short, yes you can. It’s important to realise that your basic hair porosity is genetic, meaning you inherited it from a family member, but this isn’t where it stops. The environment that your hair is exposed to and what you put in your body has an effect on your hair porosity too.


Exposure to heat treatments, chemicals, pollution in the air, harmful oils, and lack of nutrition can raise your hair porosity. If you think about it, your hair is kind of like a record or a record of everything that you experience while it’s growing on your head. If you’d like to lower your hair porosity consider using lightweight oils, using heat when deep conditioning your hair to lock in moisture, being aware of the ingredients your favourite shampoos are using, and improving your physical health by changing up your diet.


It is so important to be mindful of what we treat our precious hair with and to be conscious of the health of our locks. The bottom line is, we need to know where our hair falls on the porosity scale and respond accordingly by choosing the products and treatments we use wisely. We need to know what companies are putting in our hair products and choose to use organic, silicone-free, vegan, and sustainably sourced products instead. Take a look at our Be Organical Hair Products that can help your hair to look better than before!

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