Beauty Hair Care

How to discover your hair’s Porosity

natural hair porosity explained chicoro

There are soo many articles and general talk about Porosity. Ever since Porosity was mentioned years ago, people have been obsessed with knowing their hair’s status. Many believe that porosity is more useful in determining products to use and how to manage hair, than hair type. The currently popular Maximum Hydration method even recommends steps for the method based on knowing the porosity of your hair.

How do you determine your hair’s porosity? Well, people used to take freshly washed hair and put it in water, watching to see whether or not it would float or how long it took to sink. However, it has been proven that those tests are not very accurate. One of my favorite natural hair authors created a video last year that I believe explains porosity and gives  a more reliable way to determine your hair’s status:

My photo results (post cleansing and deep conditioning):

porosity      porosity2

What do you think? High or low?

Unfortunately, the most reliable way to determine hair’s porosity is under a microscope. The other option is to just try products and techniques and see what works for you, which has worked well for me so far :-)!

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  • Reply
    February 19, 2016 at 11:13 am

    Just discovered your blog. Love love love it! slowly working my way through the archives. I have pretty much given up on knowing my hair’s porosity. Even the photo to look for beading. DO you take the photo post wash on product free hair or when you first jump into the shower like chicoro said. To me hair pre wash, hair post deep conditioning and hair post leave in /styling all have products that could affect porosity. Still tricky. Yay about to start on your 2015 posts!

    • Reply
      February 22, 2016 at 12:57 pm

      I say clean hair immediately post shampoo because as you said, products affect porosity. I’m so glad you are enjoying my blog 🙂

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