Hair Porosity + Protein

This past week I was blessed to be at a beauty conference.  Honestly, it's one of my favorite times of the year because I get to be around 8,000 women who love hair care as much as I do. The byproduct is: I always learn new things.

I was reminded not only of the importance of TRYING new shampoos and conditioners because your hair's goals and needs change...but also you might find something that your hair responds really well to!

But what if we could unlock the mystery of "trying?" What if we could get rid of trial and error.

Enter the conversation on hair protein and porosity.  Porosity is the hair's ability to hold moisture.

Your hair strand is made up of several layers, and depending on factors that are unique to you, your hair will be more or less porous than the average.

Want to know your porosity?  

Pluck a strand of hair from your head.  Add it to a cup of water.  Watch it for a few minutes!  

  • Sinks Quickly: High Porosity
  • Floats for a while and then sinks: Normal Porosity
  • Does not sink: Low Porosity

Low porosity hair is a proceed with caution situation with PROTEIN. It may take a long time for hair to dry, products don't absorb easily, and protein can make hair feel stiff and cause breakage.  It will be important to steer clear or protein makes and high protein products.

High porosity hair can feel more dry and frizzy, so you will need extra moisture, but protein won't be an issue.

Which type of hair is yours?  And are you using the correct shampoo, conditioner, and deep conditioning mask to match your hair's needs?  If you are struggling, consider porosity and perhaps ditch the protein.

It might be the switch you need to get results from your fancy shampoo.

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