Strange and weird-sounding term ‘hair porosity’ is not the name of any disease. It determines the condition of our hair. The more damaged the strands are, the higher the porosity level is. Hair porosity can be distinguished by checking how tightly the cuticle layer is bound. The more the scales are raised, the worse the condition of hair. The tighter they are, the better the condition. Healthy, low porosity hair with overlapping scales that lay flat, is thicker, more resistant to damage, absorbs water very lowly and dries even slowler. Hair with loose cuticle layer is delicate and very easy to damage. Its resistance is negligible. Hair like that needs a lot more care and intense nourishment.
The knowledge about hair porosity is extremely important, helps to match appropriate treatment and determines the proper way of caring for such hair. Therefore, you will know with WHAT and HOW to nurture your hair.
The best regeneration and nourishment for hair is provided by hair oiling. It is a hair treatment known for ages. However, only recently it became very popular thanks to the spectacular effects it provides.
However, to benefit from hair oiling as much as possible, you must know the porosity of your hair. This will allow you to select the most suitable oil that will fulfil the needs of not only your hair but also your scalp. Not every oil is suitable for every type of porosity. Why? Because each oil is made of different sizes of particles. Bigger particles will not be able to penetrate through small, tight scales of low porosity hair. Such particles will be a perfect match for high porosity hair that has gaps and holes in the cuticle.
Due to the fact that oils have different sizes of particles (which depend on the type of fatty acids contained in oils) and hair has different levels of raised scales – knowing the porosity of our hair is simply a must. Therefore, we are able to match oils with appropriate particles.
LOW POROSITY HAIR
Must receive particles of saturated fatty acids. Such acids are present in coconut oil and palm oil.
MEDIUM POROSITY HAIR
Must receive particles of omega-7 and omega-9 fatty acids, which are dominant in the following oils: almond, macadamia, peanut and argan.
HIGH POROSITY HAIR
Must receive particles of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids. Those are the majority in sunflower, grape, black seed and corn oil.
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