What is hair porosity?

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What is hair porosity?
Hair porosity simply refers to your hair’s ability to absorb and retain moisture.

The Hair Porosity Test
The easiest way to find out your hair porosity is to get a glass of water and put a clean strand of hair into the glass

Neat Trick for Determining Hair Porosity

  • If it floats after a while, your hair is low porosity  
  • If your hair sinks slowly, it has normal porosity 
  • If it sinks immediately, your hair is high porosity

Yes, you can do this test even if you are not completely natural.

While the test is a good place to start in determining your hair porosity-level, there are other tell-tale signs you should look out for:

Characteristics of Low Porosity Curly Hair
•Curls take a long time to dry.
• Products tend to build up on curls rather than absorb.
• Natural oils don’t readily penetrate, but rather sit on your hair.
• Curls take much longer to get fully saturated when you wet them.
Characteristics of Normal Porosity Curly Hair
• Curls are full of bounce and elasticity.
• Requires very little maintenance.
• Easily accepts and retains moisture inside the cuticle.
• Holds styles well and can be colored with good results.
Characteristics of High Porosity Curly Hair
• Curls easily absorb water, however, it requires more products.
• Curls often look and feel dry.
• Curls are often frizzy.
• Curls dry quickly.
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