High Porosity vs. Low Porosity

High Porosity vs. Low Porosity

What is Your Hair's Porosity?

 Your hair's porosity is simply your hair's ability to accept and/or retain moisture. 


Why is knowing your porosity so important?

Knowing your porosity allows you to treat and manage your hair effectively with the right hair care routine. It is the first step in managing your curl routine to get the health results you need.

3 Tests to Know your Hair's Porosity

Test #1- Water Spritz Test
Spritz a small section of your hair with water and watch how your hair reacts – does your hair absorb the water quickly (indicating high porosity) or does it remain on top (indicating a low porosity level)?

Test #2- Shedding Hair Test
Another way to check your hair porosity is to drop hair that’s been shed as a result of combing into a glass of water. If it floats, your hair is low porosity. If your hair sinks slowly, it has normal porosity, and if it sinks immediately, your hair is high porosity.

Test #3- Strand Test
Gently stretch a tiny section of curl strands from different areas of your head – front hairline, nape, crown and temple. Place the stretched curl between your thumb and finger and slide it up the hair strand from the tip towards the scalp. If your fingers move easily up the strand and it feels dense and hard, you have low porosity hair. If it feels smooth, you have normal porosity hair. And if the strand feels rough or dry or it breaks, you have high porosity hair.


Understanding Each Porosity

Low Porosity Medium Porosity High Porosity

Long time to dry. 

Product build up happens easy.

Takes longer for hair to fully saturate in water.


Full of bounce & elasticity.

Requires very little maintenance

Easily accepts & retain moisture in cuticle.


Often looks and feels dry.

Hair dries quickly.

Prone to frizziness. 

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