Hair Dye Gone Wrong

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Do you dye your hair at home often?  There are so many at home options available these days that it can definitely be tempting to take the job on yourself.  However, there are some things that can go wrong with at home hair dyes, causing a hair dye gone wrong situation to arise.  We know no one wants to be faced with that kind of hair catastrophe, but unfortunately it’s something that can happen in certain situations.  Even if you’re careful and are sure to follow the instructions on the label of the hair dye product you’re using things can happen.

You may have a friend or known someone (maybe it was even you) who had a bit of a hair dye gone wrong situation happen.  Anytime you’re dying your hair there are so many different factors that can play into hair dye going in a negative way.  Since these are chemicals you’re working with, it’s important to make sure that you have the right information and products to use to try to avoid any hair dye gone wrong situations from happening.  Experts suggest that you’re more likely to have a troubled situation come up if you’re not quite used to dying your hair or really knowing how it tends to behave in situations.

Experts suggest that the most important thing to understand when coloring your hair at home is to fully understand the process that needs to take place in order to get your hair to the color that you’re looking to create before actually starting the process.  Not understanding the process is often what leads to some ladies trying to bleach their hair blonde and ending up with pink hair.  It’s important to make sure that you’re clear on your hair’s type and texture to make sure that you get the right type of hair dye products that will work with your hair as much as possible.  Not using the right process or products can lead to you having those hair dye gone wrong situations you’re trying to avoid.

If you do experience a hair dye gone wrong mishap, experts suggest trying to utilize a clarifying shampoo product as quickly as possible to eliminate some of the product from your hair before it sets in too much.  In addition, you’re going to want to make sure that you follow up that clarifying shampoo product with a deep conditioner.  Putting your hair through a lot with coloring and then trying to fix a hair dye gone wrong can put a lot of strain and dryness on your hair – adding some deep conditioning into your hair as quickly as possible will help get your hair back into the process of being treated and moisturized so you don’t deal with too much damage after.

Of course, if you experience a hair dye gone wrong and can’t seem to get the fix at home – it’s time to make an appointment with a trusted professional.  They can help ensure that your hair’s health is taken care of and help get you to a hair color place that you’ll be much happier with.

Experimenting With Dip-Dyed Hair

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Dip-dye and ombre colored hair have been quite popular for a few years now. The looks can be seen in both hi-fashion and street-style, and now you’re ready to give the trend a try too. You may be wondering what the difference is between dip-dyed and ombre colored hair; some of you might not have even known that there was a difference. Well, ladies, there is indeed a difference between dip-died and ombre hair! The easiest way to differentiate between the two is recognizing that ombre-colored-anything is the gradual process of once color smoothly blending into another. So when you look at ombre hair, you will notice that the chemically colored ends of the hair get gradually get lighter and lighter along the strands. Dip-dye, on the other hand, offers more of a solid transition from one color to the next – almost like a color block.

If you’re interested in dip-dyed hair, but aren’t ready to call your stylist and take the plunge at the salon that’s totally understandable. This bold look can be…well, bold. Which is why we’ve put together this step by step tutorial for you to experiment with dip-dyed hair at home. In doing so you should be able to get a good idea of how you feel about the look and if you think it’s something you’d want to consider more permanently.

  1. Before you go coloring your hair all shades of the rainbow, take the time to get inspired and figure out the color that you want. Even though this tutorial is only going to give you temporary color, it’s still going to stay put for a few weeks, so you’ll want to make sure that it’s a color you’ll be happy with.
  2. Once you’ve settled on a color, you’ll need to purchase a product that is labeled as “semi-permeate.” This will ensure that the color doesn’t last for months.
  3. In addition to the coloring product, those with darker hair may need to purchase a  lightening or bleaching product. The reason being that light colored tips is the key to achieving the actual color that you want; bleaching out the dark color from your hair allows the colored dye to set.
  4. When preparing to dip-dye, you should purchase more color than you think you need. It may seem silly, but the last thing you want to do is run out of color before you’ve completed coloring your hair. You should also purchase a pair of gloves, to avoid skin irritation and some sort of plastic cover-all for your counters.
  5. Be sure that you’re wearing an old shirt that you wouldn’t mind throwing out. Additionally, wrap your neck with an equally old towel to protect your skin from stain and irritation.
  6. Brush or comb hair that it already completely dry and set up all your products in front of you on the countertop. It’s easiest to do this in the bathroom that way you have a mirror right where you need it.
  7. Section by section, bleach the hair where you want the finished color to be. Because every bleaching product is different, it’s best that you follow the instructions for the product that you purchased.
  8. After you’ve rinsed out the bleach, repeat the same process with the color, directly on top of the bleached hair. You can either use a brush and paint it on, or you can literally dip each section of hair into the dye bowl and use your fingers to spread the color.
  9. After you’ve applied the color to each section wrap it in foil. This will help the product cure faster. Again, to ensure the best possible results from the product you purchased, follow the instructions on how long to let the product sit on the hair.
  10. Once the product has had enough time to color your locks, remove the foil wrappings and rinse the product out of your hair until the water runs clear. After the product is rinsed out wash your entire head of hair with conditioner only. Keep in mind that the more frequently that you wash your hair, the sooner the color will fade.

First Time Blonde

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If you haven’t yet noticed, blond is the hair color right now. From Kimmy K and Kylie Jenner to Miley Cyrus and Miranda Kerr, and even leading ladies of the silver screen such as Anne Hathaway and Emma Roberts have been spotted with lighter colored locks. Often times, we see these celebs with drastic hair color changes and assume that they went from chocolate brown to platinum during their lunch break, but this isn’t the case. Any colorist will tell you that going blonde is a process, and they’re not just pulling your leg. Depending on the natural color and type of hair you have, it can take anywhere from two to four salon visits to achieve the desired color. We’re not telling you this to discourage you, rather hoping that by reading this article you will be prepared for the blond transformation. Continue reading to learn more about what to expect and keep in mind during your first time going blonde.

Good Things Take Time
We talked about this briefly above, but we can’t stress enough that achieving blonde status doesn’t happen overnight. The main reason for this is to save your hair from detrimental damage. The darker hair you have to start, the greater amount of bleach is needed to get you to blonde. If your stylist left bleach on your locks for an extended period of time, you would leave the salon with a burning scalp and severe breakage – not to mention, it’s still unlikely that your locks would be the color you were hoping for. The take-home point of this is to have patience when it comes to achieving the color you want and keeping your hair healthy.

This isn’t a DIY Transition
Let’s be honest, dying your hair at home is risky business. Now, bleaching your hair at home, that’s asking for trouble. Chances are your hair will not turn out the color of your dreams, but it’s likely to turn various shades of orange, yellow, or even green. On top of that, often times the product in boxed color is much harder to alter or reverse in the event that you do try to lighten your own hair, only to realize that you need a stylist’s help.

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Because going blonde is a major commitment, it takes time, effort, and dedication to keep your tresses looking their best. A general rule of thumb is that the greater contrast between your natural hair color and the blonde hair, the less amount of time between root touch ups.

TLC is a Must
Regardless of how blonde you go, you’ll need to carve out some time in your beauty routine for regular blonde hair TLC. Since it’s not your natural color, you’ll want to use a purple or tonight shampoo to keep your hair from turning too yellow. Additionally, it’s important to keep your hair hydrated and protected from the heat to keep it looking its best. Thinks like SPF-fortified hair products and hydrating masks should be in your arsenal at all times.

All You Need to Know About Hair Texture

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When choosing a hairstyle, there isn’t a single thing more important to consider than your hair texture. Just about everyone has experienced either first hand or knows someone who has hair that is straight, wavy, curly, or frizzy/kinky. While this quad of adjectives does describe hair’s texture, these attributes are more-or-less changeable. On the contrary, understanding the attributes of your hair’s width and pattern, which are (for the most part) unchangeable, can help you truly understand your hair’s texture. No matter what shape hair holds – straight, wavy, curly, or frizzy/kinky – there is the possibility that is one of the three following widths of texture: fine, medium, or thick/coarse.

These width descriptors – fine, medium, thick/coarse – aren’t used to explain how the hair feels in your hands, rather it describes the thinness or thickness of each individual piece of hair. The standard measurement which is used to determine the width of texture is the thickness of a piece of sewing thread. If a single strand of hair is thinner than a piece of thread, then it is labeled as fine; If a strand of hair is the same width of a piece of thread, it is medium; if a strand of hair is thicker than a piece of thread then it thick/coarse.

So, what does this all mean? Well, a few things really; knowing the width of your hair can help you figure out why your hair “acts” a certain way, and knowing these common hair behaviors can help you style your hair so that it’s always looking its best.

Fine Hair
Typical behaviors of fine hair include not holding styles (i.e. curls) for very long, is easily weighed down by heavy product or too much product, often looks thin, and has a tendency to break easily. While it might not always seem like it, individuals who have “fine” hair texture actually have more hair than those with thick hair. Those with fine hair may also notice that their hair gets oilier faster than others. If you find that achieving volume is a struggle, you should try out either a texturizing powder or a dry shampoo. Both products contain ingredients that absorb oils and bond to the cuticle of the hair, giving it a temporary thickness without weighing it down like most products.

Medium Hair
Typical behaviors for medium hair include the ability to maintain style; a tendency to cover the surface area of the scalp; and it’s typically resilient to breakage. Those with medium hair will find that because their hair is less prone to breakage that it can hold just about any style. One thing that individuals with medium hair may struggle with is dehydration or dryness of the strands. To cure and prevent dry hair you should use a leave in conditioner after washing and get into the habit of using a conditioning mask on a semi-regular basis.

Thick or Coarse Hair
Typical behaviors of thick/coarse hair include a dense, full appearance; the ability to maintain styles with little hair spray; a high heat tolerance; and it is often unwilling to take to chemical hair color. Those with thick or coarse hair may never need extra-hold hairspray, but they do need some sturdy hair elastics. Unlike fine and medium hair, thick or coarse hair contains three layers: the cortex, the cuticle, and (the additional layer) the medulla. Although the medulla is filled almost entirely with air, it’s the protein in its composition that gives it the extra strength. If you find that your hair is resilient to hair color, talk to your stylist about a color compositing shampoo which will prevent the color from fading.

Transitional Hair Care

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After years of chemical hair treatments, including coloring, dyeing, bleaching, relaxing, perming, and the like, many women choose to embrace their natural beauty and make the transition from chemically treated to natural hair. Making the transition can be tricky; women may find themselves wondering how long to wait until the chop off the damaged hair, others might be unsure of how to care for their hair during this time. To help with the confusion, this article tells of all the tips and tricks when embarking on transitional hair care.

  • Go big or go home: Plenty of women have multiple chemical treatments done throughout the course of a few months or years. For example, one woman may highlight her hair and get regular body waves, while another may color her hair and be a hair-relaxer regular. While there is nothing wrong with using beauty advancements to their fullest, when making the transition to natural hair, it’s important to stop all chemical treatments. Seriously, all of them.
  • Practice patience over prescience: When transitioning hair from treated to natural, it’s important to give the hair time to grow out and reclaim its natural shape. It takes an average of four-to-six months to let the natural hair grow out. With that said, it’s bound to take more or less time depending on the person. Remember to be patient; show your hair love by allowing it to do its own thing.
  • Chill out: Chemical treatments are known for damaging hair, unfortunately, so is the heat. With the hair in such a fragile and manipulative sate, heat tools (such as blow dryers and flat irons) are likely to cause more damage, and even prevents healthy regrowth. Instead, opt for air drying styles or absorbent hair towels.
  • Snip the snapped: As new healthy hair begins to grow, split and snapped ends will become more apparent. If they are bothersome, visit the salon for a trim. A stylist will be able to assess the hair, cut off whatever is dry and excessive, and suggest the best growth and trim timeline.
  • Start at the bottom: Brushing and combing through transitioning hair can be a pain, to say the least. Rather than starting at the crown of the head and pulling the brush down, start at the bottom. Begin by brushing the lowest three-to-six inches, once detangled, work on the above few inches. This makes the brushing process easier and less painful.
  • Take care when wet: It’s no secret that hair is easier to detangle when it’s clean and wet, this doesn’t change whether hair is chemically treated, natural, transitioning. It’s important to apply nourishing conditioners while in the shower. After letting the conditioner sit for a while, it is also an optimal time to comb through the hair with a wide-toothed comb. This helps to work the nourishing ingredients throughout every last strand.
  • Repair and prevent: As chemically treated hair is growing out, it’s important to continue caring for and showing it live. This will make the process much easier for a multitude of reasons. Additionally, it’s important to protect the new growth with leave in conditioners.

Safe Options For Tinting Your Eyebrows

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It seems that girls and women everywhere are obsessing over facial hair. No, not the jawline peach fuzz (which each and every one of us has, by the way), rather ladies are going crazy over stepping up their eyebrow game. Not only do defined brows give a woman a powerful demeanor, but they also frame the face, which means that defined brows will help you look pulled together even on your no-makeup days. Not only are there countless ways to groom and maintain your brows, but there are umpteen different ways to color your brows. With so many options to choose from, this article provides you with the information you need to know about the safe options for tinting your brows.

Eyebrow Dye
The beauty technique hitting the market these days is eyebrow dye. When the brows are dyed you are likely to have not only darker brows, but you will also have thicker, fuller looking eyebrows. The majority of women who dye their brows are looking for a darker, more dramatic look. However, some women will use this method to give their brows natural looking full appearance. The thing to remember about eyebrow dye is that it may not be totally safe. Over the past few years’ salons started  dyeing client’s brows with an untested and non-FDA approved method and product. Today there are umpteen DIY eyebrow dye tutorials on the internet – which by the way are the furthest thing from FDA approved. The one way to make sure that you are safe when having your brows dyed is to not do it. There are dangers when drying your brows, which is why this method – as great as it seems – is not approved. With that said, there are other options to tint your brows which are both safe and FDA approved.

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Eyebrow Pencil
Yes, that’s right, the classic eyebrow pencil is still the safest and most used eyebrow tinting method today. When choosing an eyebrow pencil, there are a few things which you should keep in mind: first, be sure to choose a color which will match your hair color, with that said, most eyebrow pencils are only manufactured in a few different colors. If you are unsure, bring a friend with you to help you out, if you alone, ask an employee at the beauty counter. Second, opt for a roll/twist up pencil, rather than one that you have to sharpen. When applying eyebrow pencil, it’s best to outline the brow first, then go back and fill everything in. Finally, use a round eyebrow brush to brush the brows out in a feathering motion, giving it a natural look.

Eyebrow Powder
For those who wish to have more of a build-able color when coloring brows, eyebrow powder is the way to go. Just as with an eyebrow pencil, you’ll want to choose a color that coincides with your hair color. If you’re blonde, choose a light brown shade. The key to proper eyebrow powder application is the brush; it should be a small brush, almost like a lip or eye lining brush, except it the bristles will be flat against one another and be positioned at an angle. Look at reviews of brushes online if you’re contemplating which one to get.

 

Removing Brassy Hair Tones

Any woman who’s ever colored or highlighted her hair blonde knows that the fresh-from-the-salon color doesn’t stay along for all that long. All it takes is a week’s worth of showers before your light and ashy strands start to lose their luster. Only a few short days-to-weeks later (depending on your lifestyle and environment) your highlights that were once as blonde as Brittany Spears’ are now yellow and brassy. Some women are okay with the brassier tinted shades, specifically those who go with a darker or caramel shade of blonde because the shifting of shades isn’t as noticeable. However, those who prefer a beachy bleach blonde shade, or even silver shade, will notice the color change almost immediately. Although the yellow hue is annoying, it’s almost guaranteed to happen. Luckily, it’s also easily to fix and prevent! Read on to find out what causes brassy hair tones and how to remove them!

Woman with brassy hair.

From Ashy to Brassy
Even though we use the name of one color to describe the color of our hair (i.e., brown, blonde, red), it’s actually a variety of warm and cool tones which alternate to create a dimensional appearance. Regardless of your hair color, the warm tones contribute to the hair’s appearance by giving it depth or darkness. The cool tones, on the other hand, balance the warm tones to give it the neutral color you see when you look in the mirror.

Of course, everyone’s hair color is a bit different from the next person’s; you could have 100 brunettes in the same room and have difficulty finding two people with the exact same shade of brown. If these 100 women bleached their hair to become blonde, however, those with naturally darker hair would be more susceptible to brassiness. The reason being that dark hair needs to go through a lightening process which changes the hair from brown to deep red, then to a pale yellow. When the hair becomes yellow it will then be toned with a dye to reach a natural looking ashy blonde color.

Now, take a moment to consider what happens after a naturally blonde haired woman dyes her hair brown, and then takes a few showers…the brown dye will ultimately start to fade. This is exactly what is happening to natural brunets when their blonde turns brassy – the toning dye is fading, but the result of the bleaching remains. Thus turning ashy blonde strands to golden and brassy yellow.

Woman with ashy blond hair.

From Brassy to Ashy
Knowing that bright blonde tresses dull due to the fading of toning hair color, wouldn’t it make sense to recolor the blonde strands? Well, it’s just that simple! When you tone, (a.k.a. add a toning color) to brassy hair, you are adding cool dimensions to your hair. This works to neutralize the hair by ridding copper and brassy tones and replacing them with silver ashy tones.

If your hair is already very brassy, the best thing you can do to cool the warm tones is to get a toning treatment. Whether you make an appointment to get it done at the salon, or you purchase an at home tonight treatment, you’ll get similar results. If you go to a salon, they are likely to use a gentle semi-permanent color which deposits the needed pigment into your strands to prevent damaging already weak hair. If you prefer to perform this process at home and are confident in your hair’s strength and stability, then you can find a brass-eliminating treatment where you would typically buy an at-home hair coloring kit.

If your hair is only slightly brassy, or even if it still has the majority of its ash, you can prevent the copper hue from ever making an appearance by investing in a high-quality toning shampoo. These shampoos are typically a bright purple or violet color. The purple color works to neutralize brassiness in its tracks. When using a toning shampoo one should take extra care to use an ultra-repairing and hydrating conditioner, the reason being that even the best purple shampoos are known to dry out healthy and hydrated strands.

Your Dream Color Is In A Box

 

Women dying her hair

While we almost always recommend that you see a professional when you’re in need (or in want) of a new dye job, we totally understand that there are instances that occur from time to time that leave you no other choice than to make a trip to the drugstore and journey down the boxed hair color isle. Since we know how difficult DIY dying seems, we’ve provided you with the necessary information you need to achieve your dream color when using boxed, at home color.

Before we get into it, it is important to understand that extreme color changes should not be attempted over the bathroom sink. If you are hoping to go from chocolate brown to bombshell blonde, we sincerely hope that you won’t attempt such a transformation at home. However, if you’re hoping to go only a few shades lighter or darker, then you’ve totally got this!

Know Your Natural Color
It’s essential that you know your natural color when deciding which boxed color to go with. You know the panel of colors on the side of the box? It shows the starting color next to the adjusted color after it’s been dyed. They think that many people don’t know that the starting color is what you should be basing that panel off of, not your current color of dyed hair. Choosing the box based on your natural color will increase your chances the dye doing exactly what you want it to do.

Play Dress Up
Have you ever seen a friend all dressed up in a Hallowed costume, wig and everything, and noticed how great they looked with the wig on? It happens more than you might think. While some people may notice how great a color looks on them by accident, that doesn’t mean you can’t figure out on purpose. If you’re thinking about changing the color of your locks, but scared that even a small change will make you look totally different, pay a visit to your local wig shop. Not only are you guaranteed to have fun trying out a plethora of hairstyles, but you’ll also get the opportunity to see exactly how the color you’re thinking about will look on you!

When In Doubt, Lighten Up
Even if you want your color to be a deep, vibrant shade, you should always buy the boxed color that’s a bit lighter than your desired shade. It doesn’t take a professional to know that boxed color doesn’t always come out as planned. Not to mention, the times that the color disappoints typically happen when it comes out darker than planned. It is this very reason that you should choose the color that is a bit lighter than what you actually want. If it turns out that you still want to go darker, it will be much easier than trying to lighten up.

Double Up
The longer hair you have, the more color you need. Many boxes give the suggested amount of dye that you will need in correspondence with hair length, which is undoubtedly every helpful. However, if you have a heavy hand or thicker hair than average, you may find that you’ll need more than the recommended amount. Make sure that you don’t run out of color by buying an extra box. If you don’t end up using it, you can keep in on hand to care for your roots or you can return it.

Eighties HairStyle Makeovers

Women rocking a 80s inspired hairdo.

“Whatever happened to chivalry? Does it only exist in 80’s movies? I want John Cusack holding a boombox outside my window, I wanna to ride off on a lawnmower with Patrick Dempsey. I want Jake from Sixteen Candles waiting outside for me. I want Judd Nelson thrusting his fist into the air because he knows he got me. Just once I want my life to be like an 80’s movie.”
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Ahh yes, the days when strategically folded notes were passed across the classroom, Ferris Bueller and his squad we’re the only people you could imagine fitting in with, and neon eyeshadow and acid wash jeans were, like, totally cool. Okay, so maybe actress Emma Stone hits it right on the mark in her 2010 film as she talks about the beloved eighties films that remain the best representation of the era. There’s no shame in still wanting and wishing for that John Cusack moment, even if the guy you’re interested in has so clue where to find a boombox, much less how to play music on it. But very much unlike Sixteen Candles star Jake Ryan, there are a few things which we thought were better left in the past. Yes, we’re talking about those awful eighties hairdos. However, as all trends do, those eighties hairstyles have come full circle and those eighties hairstyles are back again, this time with a totally wearable and non-embarrassing twist. Check in out!

Women with stylish 80s inspired high ponytail.

High Ponytails
Oh yes, these puppies have made there come back, and even celebs (such as Queen B) are taking a liking to the updated look. Simply secure your hair into an ultra-high, sleeked back ponytail. Then take a small section of hair and wrap it around the elastic so that it’s no longer to be found. Use bobby pins to secure the wrapped hair to the base of the pony. Then add in a few loose curls throughout the ponytail, give it a good dose of high-shine, strong-hold hairspray, and you’re good to go. We think DJ Tanner would be very proud.

Neon
While neon sweatbands remain a thing of the past, bright colored highlights are showing up in girl’s hair all over the country. If you want to pay homage to the hi-hue neon days, but don’t want to commit, neon colored hair chalk or spray is a great way to rock the newly modern look.

Women with trendy side ponytail hairstyle

Side Ponies
As if this trend ever died, girls have been rocking the side pony to pilates and hot yoga for years, but only recently has it been re-accepted to wear this look outside of the gym. Lazy girls, dry shampoo lovers, and wake up late rushers, this style is back and it may even be here to stay.

Sassy Shaved Patterns
Maybe your beau-thang rocked these in the eighties, but this time around women are sporting the sexy fade accented with geometric patterns. We think Riri had something to do with jump-start of this trend.

January Jones with the latest headband hairstyle

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Headbands
The fashion and beauty world it a bit torn about when or who brought this style back, but if you ask us, we think the popularity is owed to Gossip Girl’s leading lady Blair Waldorf, as her headband was her crown. Although the show ended a few years back, the fan following continues to grow and so does the popularity of the headband.

Understanding Hair Porosity

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Although the term “hair porosity” seems intimidating, it’s really quite simple! Hair porosity can be easily understood as the hair’s ability to engross and maintain hydration and moisture. When one’s has high porosity it’s cuticle is often more vulnerable to damage and breakage. Even more, hair that has high levels of porosity is more likely to develop cracks and cavities, which fail to prevent moisture from taking over the hair structure. When this happens, the hair becomes tangled and frizzy, feeling dry and gnarly.

Similarly, yet not exactly the same, those who have hair with low porosity levels have hair, which is ultra sensitive to protein, causing it to feel dry, dehydrated, and easily breakable. This is because hair with a low porosity is made up of cuticles, which rest flat as they constrict the hairs cortex. This constriction prevents the hair from becoming moist and hydrated, which leads to hair product build up, causing the hair to feel dry and fragile.

Clearly, the circumstances of both high and low porosity are far from optimal. Contrary to the previous, hair with a normal porosity has the ability to absorb the hydration it craves, and even maintain this hydration. Since the hair cuticle is in an ideal condition, it feels healthy and smooth, looks shiny, and is able to maintain volume.

How Porous Is Your Hair?
If you’re not sure where your hair falls on the porosity scale the “float test” an east way to find out.

Start be filling a small bowl with room temperature water. Put a few strands of clean hair into the water. You can gather this from the hair that slips onto your comb or brush when you’re detangling your hair post-shower; It’s important that the hair is clean to achieve the best results. Let the hair rest in the bowl or water for about three or four minutes, being sure to watch it the whole time. If your hair sinks to the bottom of the bowl, it has high porosity. Consequently, if your hair remains to float after four minutes or so, it has low porosity. Finally, if your hair sinks at a slow, steady pace, it has a normal porosity.

Managing Porosity
Now that you have a solid understand of what hair porosity is and how to figure out just how porous your hair is, here are a few tips on how to manage your hair, regardless of its porosity levels.

  • If you have low porosity: you should be focusing on opening the hair cuticle to let moisture in! An awesome (and relaxing) way to do this is by throwing a towel into the clothes drier while you saturate your locks with an argan oil or grapeseed oil based hair mask. Warp the heated towel around your head to make sure the oils reach their full potential.
  • If you have normal porosity: keep doing whatever you’re doing – it’s working! Do you have any tips to share? Post them in the comments.
  • If you have high porosity: you need to focus on deep conditioning treatments. Some options include an aloe and coconut oil hair mask, or a raw egg mask. Try to use hair products which are meant to hydrate and restore dry and damaged hair.