Whether its at the beginning of your natural hair care journey or towards the end of it, every natural bevy should know what her hair’s porosity is. I think the majority of natural women tend to fixate on what their curl pattern is especially towards the beginning of their natural hair journey. However, curl pattern is more concerned with how your natural hair looks aesthetically and less with what products and routines work well for it.
For those naturals that are unfamiliar with what porosity means its basically how porous or absorbent your hair is to water. To find out what your porosity is then I would suggest doing the good ole strand test. To begin, you want to make sure you use a strand of your hair that is freshly washed preferably clarified so that there is no buildup on your strand. Then you want to get a glass of water and place the freshly washed strand in it,
If the strand sinks to the bottom then you have high porosity hair. High porosity hair is characterized by hair that is overly absorbent to moisture. High porosity hair tends to be shiny and absorbs moisture very well but also loses moisture very easily because of how open the cuticles of the stand are. If the strand floats somewhere in the middle then congratulations you’ve hit the jackpot! LOL! Just playing! We high porosity and low porosity girls envy you all. With this type of hair, you pretty much need a moderate amount of moisture during wash day and afterwards.
Now, if your hair is walking on water like Jesus then you have low-porosity hair. When I did the strand test, not one part of my strand was under the water. I was pretty fascinated by how it defiantly floated on top. In a few short seconds, I realized why my hair never seemed to be absorbing the moisture it needed. Low porosity hair is the most difficult type of hair to moisturize, at least initially. However, when we do get moisture into our locks it stays like white on rice.
If your not by a glass of water and your hair isn’t freshly washed but your curious about what the traits of high porosity and low porosity hair is then I’ll give you a few clues. High porosity hair tends to be shinier and when you wet your hair it gets completely wet. Your pretty much a wet doggie when its all said and done. High porosity hair is also more prone to damage because of the open cuticles. With this type of hair, you’ll have to frequently moisturize your hair but it will be supple and shiny.
Low porosity hair tends to have a dull or lackluster appearance. The strands of the hair can almost appear straw-like especially if not given the appropriate type and amount of moisture. When you have low-porosity hair, your hair tends to take longer to wet. You could have fully submerged it but could have just a few droplets coming down your hair. On the other hand, low porosity hair is less prone to damage because of how tightly closed the cuticles are. With this type of hair, sealing moisture into the hair on wash day will be very important.
Okay, kinkers are you still with me? I know it seems like being natural is a task and a half but trust and believe me, you will get a routine down that makes your hair thrive. Okay, now were back to porosity ladies but I promise you we are at the tail-end of everything now. High porosity hair thrives on butters and oils. Thick and heavy is generally good for you ladies because your hair is so porous. Low porosity hair usually appreciates wet products. Look for light products that have water as the first ingredient on the list. Low porosity hair also likes heat, such as that from heat caps or steamers to open up the cuticle.
I hope my information was helpful ladies. From personal experience, I would say experiment! Use the guidelines I have suggested and create your own routines that you find beneficial. Also remember that no matter what your porosity is, you have the ability to keep your hair healthy and soft with the proper knowledge and implementation. I love you ladies. Stay natural, beautiful, and blessed.