All you need is a glass of water.

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What you do is put a strand of clean hair into a glass of water – it’s important that it’s clean because if you have oils or products on the strands it could alter the results. If it floats, your hair is in good condition. If it sinks, you have a “high porosity” issue.

High-porosity hair has gaps and holes in the cuticles (often caused by chemical processing, heat tools and even environmental damage) so this means the water floods it, causing the strands to sink in the test. Why it’s a bad sign? Unfortunately this type of hair is more prone to frizzing and tangling and could also lead to that dye-job fading a lot quicker than you might’ve expected.

Another way of testing out the porosity levels is the “slip’n’slide method”. Take a strand of hair and slide your fingers up the shaft (towards your scalp). If it feels bumpy then you have high porosity, if it’s smooth your hair is in top shape.

Good news: the solution is easy. Add a hydrating hair masque to your weekly routine that works to lock in moisture, be sure to use a heat protector to stop further damage and head to the hairdressers for regular trims to stop split ends travelling up the hair.

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