by Christine of Amor Artistry
Hair typing can be defined by the texture of your hair. Textures can range from 1 to 4c; in other words straight to curly. You can easily find out your hair type by examining your own hair and comparing it to any hair typing chart. Hair typing charts can easily be found on any hair blog or during a quick google search.
Porosity is your hair’s ability to absorb in water and moisture. Porosity is broken down into different categories.
1) High Porosity
The cuticles are lifted; this allows moisture to get in easily and also let out very easily. To find out if you have high porosity hair, take a strand of hair and drop it in a cup of water that is room temperature. If the hair drops to the bottom the bottom of the cup immediately, then you have high porosity strands. All this means is gear more towards products that help keep in that moisture, such as leave in conditioners.
2) Low Porosity
The cuticles in the hair are shut tight and moisture is not easily taken in by these types of strands. With low porosity hair, you may find build up on your strands. Have you ever watched a YouTube video and heard, “don’t worry; the white stuff/product residue will dry and go away”? Have you noticed that after doing the style you look at your hair hours later and the product is still there? You may have low porosity hair. To test this, take a strand of hair and drop it in a glass of room temperature water. If the strand takes more than a few minutes to sink then you have low porosity hair.
Let it go!
Now that you know the difference, you can let the hype of hair typing go! Yes, I said it. Let it go!
Instead of focusing on the hype of hair typing, you may want to focus on the actual health of your hair. Nothing is more important than healthy hair! We all know the journey to natural is not an easy one. Knowing the porosity of your hair can make it that much easier for you. This can also help further navigate anything from drying time, to which products and regimens work best for you!
Christine Amor is natural hair blogger from New York. With her own YouTube channel, she is very familiar to the social media side of natural hair. You can connect with her by clicking the following links below: www.youtube.com/AmorArtistry www.instagram.com/Amorartistry