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Porosity test explained in detail

There is a relatively simple test to determine porosity:

  • Bring a glass of water at room temperature.
  • Take a few samples of your hair (from your brush or comb, for example). They must be clean and dry, with no residues of styling products that would distort the test.
  • Place your hair on the surface of the water
  • Wait 3 minutes and look at the result:

There are 3 types of porosity, determinedby the shape and tightness of the scales (also known as cuticles):

  • Low-porosity/low-porosity hair: this type of hair has very dense, tightly closed scales. They can limit hydration and the proper absorption of hair care products.

Use of the ôtentik heated helmet helps to open up the scales.

  • Medium-porosity hair: the scales have a “normal” opening, allowing water and nutrients to circulate optimally. Hair looks shiny and feels soft without needing special care

  • Highly porous hair: the scales are very open and the cuticles are damaged, allowing moisture to enter and leave the hair much too quickly. Care products don’t have time to work properly, because nutrients are not sufficiently captured and retained.

The time spent under the heated helmet is cut in half (compared to low porosity), but it’s important to seal in moisture at the end of your treatments with strength oil as mentioned in the 4-step hair routine.

NB: Note that your porosity type may vary as you use the products in the Ôtentik range.

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