You may be asking what is Porosity to begin with. Porosity determines how well your hair takes on or absorbs water. It also refers to how open or close the cuticle layer of your hair is. This can be something that is giving to you genetically and changes as a result of heat or chemical damage. However knowing your porosity type is very important especially when you are creating your own DIY products or purchasing products from other brands.
Just think about it, your hair is like a vegetable garden. If you have a green thumb and know how to care for it then the veggies will grow and sprout. But if you don’t know what you’re doing and you continue to neglect it or guess on how to take of care it then it will never reach its fullest potential causing it to die.
The same logic can be applied to your hair. When you know your porosity type, not only will you have more success when using products or creating products for your own hair; but you’ll also notice that over time your hair will start to reach its fullest potential. Meaning the volume, curl pattern, hydration, and health you were looking for, will be obtained which is what we all want at the end of the day, unless you’re loco.
So What are the Characteristics of Medium Porosity Hair
- It’s easy to style and hold styles really well
- Tends to look shiny, have luster, and glossy as it retains moisture well
- Absorbs water fairly quickly
- The cuticles tend to be looser and are slightly raised, which allows moisture into the strands for longer periods of time
- Does not take protein treatments well
- Has minimal breakage and is less prone to obtaining split ends
I’m sure we can all agree after reading these characteristics that this hair type is the lowest to maintain when categorized correctly. Can you imagine just being able to comb your hair without the comb getting stuck or just washing your hair and not having consistent dryness. I know I couldn’t for a long time until I started learning about my hair type and using natural products. Plus, I’m pretty sure many of you High and Low Porosity people know the struggles I’m talking about. Like who can forget those painful days when you’ve tried every product on the shelf and none of them worked on your hair because it was like your hair was telling you we’re not doing this today so get that out of here. I know I definitely can and I’m guessing you can too if you’re here reading this post.
However, even though this hair type is the easiest to maintain. It tends to get mislabeled which can make it the hardest to treat. Reason being, some of the characteristics are similar to low & high porosity hair. For example, this hair type can not take protein similar to low porosity hair and absorbs water rapidly similar to high porosity hair.
What Test can you Perform to get this Hair Type:
Do the “Strand Hair Porosity Test” since it’s a simple way to get your answer. If you’ve already read my other post on Low and High Porosity Hair then you already know what this is. But for those of you who haven’t no worries, I’ll go ahead and explain. Take a bowl of water and a strand of your hair. Then place that strand within that bowl of water. If your hair sits right in the middle of the bowl then bravo you’re officially apart of the medium porosity club.
*Please note if you are going to try this test, make sure your hair doesn’t have a lot of products in it. Also we recommend thoroughly washing or rinsing out your hair prior to performing this test to get the most accurate results.
Now that you can figure out your hair type. Let’s talk about how to treat it
Do non- penetrating Oil treatments. If you’re asking why non-penetrating oils? Non-penetrating oils sit on top of the hair and works as a hair protectant, which is needed when working with this hair type as a result of its cuticles being loose.
If you’re wondering why the cuticle structure matters? Just remember healthy hair tends to have closed cuticles.
Another method is doing a non-heat/ non-protein conditioning treatment using natural butters and essentials oil.
These types of treatments, will not only soothe the scalp but will also add shine and luster to the hair. It will then strengthen the strands making it less susceptible to damage and preventing breakage.
Some Non- Penetrating Oils that will Work for this Hair Type Are:
- Macadamia Oil
- Jojoba Oil
- Castor Oil
- Argan Oil
- Sesame OIl
- Apricot Oil
- KuKui Nut Oil
- Moringa Oil
- Hazelnut Oil
Here are Some Natural Butters that will work on this Hair Type.
- Coco Butter
- Cupuacu Butter
- Mango Butter
- Tamanu Butter
- Shea Butter
- Sal Butter
Well that’s it. Let us know if you found this post to be helpful and stay tune for more info on these oils and butters. Also don’t forget to subscribe to this page and follow us on all social media.