Hi cousins! Do you know what your hair porosity is? Not sure? Don’t worry, we're here to help you out.
Porosity is the condition of the cuticle of your hair strands. So your hair porosity determines how well your hair can observe and hold moisture. This is helpful to know so you know which products to use, how to style your hair, and to not dry out your hair. Your porosity can change with new growth and regular trims, so checking your porosity yearly is a good practice or if you notice changes in your curls.
There are 3 porosity levels: low, medium or high.
Low porosity hair means your hair cuticles are closed shut. Low porosity is usually a result of minimal heat styling, not color treated or processed and has suffered very little damage. So it’s harder to retain moisture, but the good news is, once moisturized, it stays that way!
Signs of Low Porosity Hair: products sitting on your hair and not blending in and product build up, doesn’t take hair color easily, takes a long time to fully wet hair, takes forever to dry, and thick products make your hair feel greasy.
How to Manage Low Porosity: Use steam to deep condition. Similar to pores on your skin, the cuticle of your hair will open with steam and allow the conditioner to penetrate and hydrate your curls. Always rinse with cool/cold water to seal in moisture!
With medium porosity, the hair cuticle has small fissures or cracks that allows moisture to be absorbed and retained. Regular deep conditioning will help this porosity level maintain moisture, replacing what is lost over time through the cracks.
High porosity hair is when your cuticles are wide open, which means moisture can enter very easily. But that can also mean moisture can leave just as easily. So you have to style your hair and add products a little bit differently to benefit from the products.
Signs of High Porosity Hair: damaged or highly processed hair, tangles very easily, hair dries quickly, and is always frizzy.
How to Manage High Porosity: Use the LCO method! Which means Leave in, Cream, Oil (in that order). Leave in will give you moisture, cream will give you moisture, and Donna’s Recipe Hair Strength Oil will help retain, lock in and seal the moisture.
Still not sure what your hair porosity level is? Here are 3 easy tests!
- Take a cup of water, take a strand of your CLEAN and NON PRODUCT APPLIED hair and just place it in the cup. Wait about 2-4 minutes. If your hair is floating, that means you have low porosity. If it’s medium porosity, it just floats in the middle of the cup. And if your hair sinks all the way to the bottom, then you have high porosity.
- Fill a spray bottle with water, and spray your hair. If you notice there are small beads of water just sitting there, then you have low porosity hair. However, if the water instantly absorbs into your hair, you might have high porosity hair.
- If you grab (not take out) one strand of hair, slide two fingers with your other hand up and down, if it feels smooth and straight, then you might have low porosity hair. However, if you feel small little ridges or bumps that means your cuticles are open and you have high porosity hair.
Now it’s your turn! Take the test and let me know what your porosity level is!