When I began my natural hair journey, hair porosity was one of the things that puzzled me because I was just learning all about moisture and protein balance.
One of the most important lessons in natural hair care is that everyone’s hair is different. In fact, all the hair on your head isn’t even the same.
My hair is a combination of 3C, 4A, and 4B textures. I also have a weird patch on the left side that’s 4C. I find it quite fascinating.
This is the same for most natural haired ladies and understanding the porosity level of your hair is one of the best ways to manage your curl type and build a hair care regimen that works for you.
What is Hair Porosity?
Simply put, porosity is your hair’s ability to absorb, retain and maintain moisture with the range falling between low, normal or high porosity.
This isn’t necessarily a bad thing. It just means you will need specific hair products and a proper regimen to achieve your hair goals.
This is why sometimes when you follow the regimen of someone you see on YouTube, your results may not be the same. This isn’t because the YouTuber’s regimen is bad.
It’s because it just doesn’t work for your hair type. Once you figure out this little nugget about your hair, you will be amazed at how quickly you achieve your hair goals.
How Can You Tell Your Hair Porosity Level?
There are two simple tests I recommend to determine the porosity level of your hair.
Test 1 for Hair Porosity Level
- Take a few strands of shed hair out of your comb.
- Drop the hair into a bowl of lukewarm water and watch what the hair does.
- Floating hair is a sign of low porosity, hair that sinks immediately is a sign of high porosity while hair that takes a while to sink is normal porosity.
Test 2 for Hair Porosity Level
When you style your hair, how long does it take for it to dry? If it takes forever and a day for your hair to dry, you have low porosity hair.
If your hair dries very quickly and feels like it needs additional products, you have high porosity hair. If your hair dries within a few hours, you have normal porosity hair.
Do you have a good idea what kind of porosity hair is now? The next thing to do is build a regimen with products that will work with your porosity type and not against it.
There is a lot of trial and error here and it will take some time to find the right type of product blends that your hair loves.
Low Porosity Hair Care Regimen
Since low porosity hair has a hard time letting moisture in, you want to raise the cuticle so you can get the right products in before sealing.
Heat is also a very good friend of low porosity hair as it helps open up the cuticles properly. Low porosity hair would probably do well with the Max Hydration Method.
Always close your cuticles with lukewarm water so you can retain the maximum amount of moisture.
Avoid protein-rich conditioners as they may cause build-up. Some good products for low porosity hair include:-
- Alikay Naturals Lemongrass Leave-In Conditioner
- Aphogee Curlific Moisture Rich Leave-In
- Camille Rose Naturals Curl Love Moisture Milk
- Carol’s Daughter Almond Milk Daily Damage Repair Ultra Nourishing Hair Mask.
Read 57 Best Hair Care Products for Low Porosity Hair for more product recommendations for low porosity hair.
High Porosity Hair Care Regimen
High porosity hair absorbs moisture quickly. Unfortunately, it’s hard to keep the moisture going. You need products that increase hydration that won’t dry out your strands.
Use as little heat as possible and rinse hair with cold water to seal cuticles, and seal with a good leave-in conditioner and natural oil.
By the way, hair treatments like overuse of heat and chemical hair dyes can increase the porosity of hair. Some good products for high porosity hair include:-
- Ouidad Advanced Climate Control Heat and Humidity Gel
- As I Am Curl Clarity Shampoo
- Beautiful Textures Moisture Butter Whipped Curl Crème
- Camille Rose Coconut Water Style Setter
Read 50 Best Hair Care Products for High Porosity Hair for more product recommendations for hair porosity hair.
Best Regimen for Normal Porosity Hair
Normal porosity hair doesn’t require a special regimen. Continue with regular deep conditioning treatments and a healthy regimen to maintain healthy curls.
Remember to listen to your hair on your journey. Don’t just replicate the exact same regimen someone else is following just because you like their results.
Abi delved into the world of hair care after suffering from a bout of severe hair loss. She is the founder of Healthy Natural Hair Products & Natural Oils for Hair and Health, as well as the writer of the Healthy Hair Care Series. She is also the creator of the The Self-Empowerment Network Portal. Read more…