High VS. Low Porosity Hair

Knowing your hair porosity level is kind of a big deal. Hair porosity gives you an idea how to apply and keep moisture in your hair. I’m just going to tell you the basics because there are thousands of YouTube videos and blogs about this topic. I really didn’t wanna write it, but there may be someone out there that doesn’t know about it. So if you have no idea what hair porosity is … THIS ONE IS FOR YOU! lol

  1. Low Porosity

    1. Hair cuticles are tightly bound which makes it hard for moisture/color to get in
    2. If you carefully and softly run your hair down one strand of clean hair it should feel smooth.
    3. Strand Test: put a strand of hair in a cup of water. If it floats, it’s low porosity (leave hair in water for 3 minutes)
    4. Use steamers and thermal conditioning caps to open hair cuticles

2. High Porosity

  • too much moisture gets in hair cuticle. It also loses moisture quickly.
  • Usually is result of some sort of damage
  • If you carefully and softly run your hair down one strand of clean hair it should feel bumpy
  • Strand Test: put a strand of hair in a cup of water. If it sinks, it’s high porosity (leave hair in water for 3 minutes)
  • Use oils and butters to lock in moisture


I have low porosity hair. I’ll post all about how I take care of my low porosity soon πŸ™‚

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      1. Ok so after much testing lol I have come to a conclusion that I don’t know my hair porosity πŸ˜­πŸ˜‚. I thought it was high but I tried a different test and I got low porosity. But what helps me retain moisture is the LCO method. LOC never worked for me.

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      2. Finding hair porosity can be kinda tricky but once you know what it is , your life gets a easier . Shea moisture website has this quiz you can take to figure out or at least give you an idea or what products to use . You should check it out

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