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What is High Porosity Hair and What It Means to Have High, Low, or Normal Hair Porosity?

If you have no idea what high hair porosity is, this is your lucky day cause you have found this article. Today, we will be talking about high porosity hair and what does it mean to have high, low, or normal hair porosity. So keep scrolling!

Karen Cruz
Karen Cruz

When we talk about hair, we usually talk about how often do you have your hair treated and trimmed, what color is your hair, have you tried such hues, or how do you manage and maintain your afro hair. But we seldom (or never) talk about high porosity hair. Um, what does that even mean?

If you have no idea what high hair porosity is, this is your lucky day cause you have found this article. Today, we will be talking about high porosity hair and what does it mean to have high, low, or normal hair porosity. So keep scrolling!

What is High Porosity Hair?

To begin, hair porosity is a term that is used to talk about the ability of your hair to soak up and retain moisture. Your hair can be classified as having high, normal, or low porosity depending on how porous it is. If you have high porosity hair, it means that water, oils, and different hair products are easily absorbed by your tresses and may not be able to retain moisture.

How to Know Your Hair Porosity?

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The problem with determining your hair porosity is it can be difficult to know if you have high porosity, normal, or low. The characteristics of high porosity hair are the following:

  • Your hair looks and feels dry.
  • It tangles easily.
  • It tends to be frizzy and is prone to breakage.
  • It absorbs products and air dries quickly.
  • It does not look shiny.

If your hair has these conditions, then it probably has high porosity.

Here's what you need to do to know what type of porosity you have.

This is a very simple hair porosity test you can do at home to determine what type of porosity your hair has. You only need a dry, freshly washed strand of your hair and a clear glass or bowl of water.

First, fill the clear glass or bowl with water. Put a strand of your hair in the water and watch how fast it sinks to the bottom. If it sinks to the bottom quickly, then you have high porosity hair. If the strand floats in the middle of the glass for a while then sinks to the bottom, you have high porosity hair. And if the strand floats at the top for some time and slowly sinks, then you have low porosity hair.

What does it mean to have low or medium hair porosity?

Everything that is too much is not good. So it is better to be always in the middle. Now that you know that high porosity hair is not a good thing, it is also important to note that having low porosity hair can also cause a problem for people with this hair type. Similar to high porosity hair, low porosity hair can also be very dry because the hair cannot absorb moisture well as the cuticles in your tresses are packed so tightly together. There is no room for absorption and the water, oils, and other products just tend to roll right off.

Having medium hair porosity is the best among the three. There is enough room between the cuticles so moisture can seep through and can retain moisture.

How to care for high porosity hair?

When caring for high porosity hair, you should include reducing damage to the cuticle to your goals. Also, it is also important to make your hair retain moisture. You can use products with the right formulation for this hair type to help repair, nourish, and moisturize your hair.

For shampoo, you can use Devacurl No-Poo Decadence Milk Cleanser that is made with quinoa proteins to help moisturize and soften porous hair. For conditioner, use SheaMoisture Manuka Honey & Mafura Oil Intensive Hydration Hair Conditioner. This product does not contain sulfates so it is a great choice for porous hair. Its ingredients like shea butter, honey, mafura oil, and fig extract can help moisturize and strengthen hair. Using a deep conditioner at least once a week is also helpful. SheaMoisture High Porosity Moisture Correct Masque is made with apple cider vinegar, hemp seed, and baobab proteins that can help coat and cushion the hair.

Now that you know about high porosity hair and how to determine the type of porosity your hair has, I hope this guide will help you care for your hair. If your tresses continue to break or lack moisture, you can talk to your hairstylist or a hair professional on how you can improve your hair's overall health.

We would love to know your thoughts. Share them with us in the comment section. If you want to get more beauty advice and some hair care tips for dark-skinned women, check out Black Lifestyle.