When we think of pores, most of us think of the pores on our skin; We are all familiar with the pores on our face, but what if we told you that our hair also has pores? Don’t worry, we don’t need to fight these pores!
For healthy and well-groomed hair, we want the products, moisture and oil to penetrate the hair, that is, to pass through the outer layer and reach the inner layer. This is where pores come into play. According to the frequency of the small structures that make up the outer part, pores are formed and affect how much substance goes into the inner part. If these pores are tight, it becomes difficult to absorb the product, and if it is sparse, it becomes difficult to retain moisture.
It is possible to get to know your hair better with a very short and simple test. A glass of water and one strand of hair will be sufficient for this test.
Take a strand of clean, untreated and dry hair, put it in a glass of water and watch its movement. If the hair is floating on the water surface for a while before it sinks, we can say that it is less porous, if it sinks immediately, it is very porous, if it hangs in the water, we can say it is medium porous.
So what do these mean?
The structure of our hair is largely determined by our genetics and we cannot completely change it, but we can recognize the structure and needs of our hair and shape our routine accordingly.
On less porous hair, it will take longer for products to absorb and dry. That’s why:
- Using products aimed at moisturizing while your hair is wet can facilitate absorption.
- Protein-containing creams are more difficult to absorb, so you may not prefer them.
- You can turn to products containing glycerin rather than oils that are more difficult to absorb.
A very porous hair, on the other hand, accepts products more easily from the outside and loses its moisture more quickly. Therefore:
- You can make it easier to moisturize your hair by choosing your shampoos and creams with oil content.
- You can ensure that the moisture is trapped in the hair with leave-in conditioners.
- You can protect the structure of your hair by keeping your hair away from heat treatments as much as possible and using heat protective products.
If you have medium pore hair, congratulations, you have the ideal hair structure!
Valencia Higuera. “What Type of Hair Porosity Do You Have?” Şuradan alındı: https://www.healthline.com/health/hair-porosity (22.08.2019).