Knowing your hair porosity makes all the difference in choosing the right products for your natural hair. Whether doing high or low mainpulation techniques, using creams, mousse or liquids, knowing your 3a-4c type hair’s porosity levels is key in volume, manageability and daily styling. If you’ve been only going by your curly hair type and still seem to struggle with finding the best products for you even when protective styling, keep reading as we break down understanding your hair’s porosity levels.
What is Hair Porosity?
Hair porosity describes how well your hair is able to absorb and retain moisture. Porosity is categorized into three types: low, normal and high. Understanding your hair at its deepest level will dramatically affect your hair routine.
How do I Find My Porosity?
One of the most popular and easiest way to determine your hair’s porosity level is the float test. For the float test you will need a glass of room temperature water, and clean hair with no product. Take one or several strands of your hair and place them in the glass of water. Let your strand(s) sit for 10-15 minutes. If your hair sinks to the bottom of the glass, you have high porosity hair. If your hair floats in the middle of the glass, your hair is normal porosity. Lastly, if your hair sits or floats at the top of the glass you have low porosity hair. Hair that sinks is considered high porosity, whereas normal porosity hair sits in the middle. (See Image Below).
In addition, to the float test there are other methods used to determine hair porosity. Check out this video:
I Know My Hair Porosity, What To Do Now?
Once you determined your hair’s porosity you can begin finding the best hair products for you. Most brands include helpful information and are categorizing products based on porosity level. Below we provide you with some of our best products that can help you towards your hair goals.
Low Porosity Hair
Low porosity hair typically has a tightly bound cuticle and it is harder for water to penetrate. However, once water does penetrate the hair shaft, it can stay moisturized for long periods of time. Low porosity hair can often suffer from product buildup, especially from protein-filled products. The best products to use for low porosity hair are products that are lighter and liquid-based that contain humectants such as honey which draws in moisture, and moisturizers that have emollients such as coconut oil, jojoba oil, and shea butter. Our Butter Cream Daily Moisturizer is a good leave-in for low porosity hair as shea butter is the leading ingredient, it keeps hair moisturized, reduces frizz and flyaways, and improves shine and softness. Our Curls and Roses line also works great for low porosity hair! The Rose Water Curl Defining Mousse is a great way to achieve curls without hair being weighed down. A good leave in to use for low porosity hair is our Rose Water Leave In Conditioner with Rose Water and Acai Berry. The sweet smelling conditioner works to lock in moisture while conditioning hair. For further moisture retention, we recommend sealing the hair with our Argan Replenishing Hair & Body Serum.
Medium Porosity Hair
Our moisturizing collection works great for hair that falls in between high and low porosity. The Twist and Define Cream works great for this hair type. Infused with coconut oil, our twist and define cream keeps hair smooth and shiny while hydrating dry strands and reducing frizz and flyaways. Another great product to use for medium porosity hair is our Honey Miracle Hair Mask. Honey is a natural humectant and draws moisture to the hair. Our Sweet Honey Hair Milk infused with raw honey and agave nectar is also a great choice for conditioning and moisturizing medium porosity hair.
High Porosity Hair
High porosity hair has holes and gaps in the hair cuticle that can often be caused by damage to the hair shaft through treatments or day to day wear and tear. Due to the gaps and holes in the hair shaft too much moisture can be let into the hair which makes it easily susceptible to tangling and frizz when in humidity. Even daily activities like showering can cause problems for high porosity hair as overexposure to moisture can lead to breaking. While high porosity hair takes in moisture very easily it also loses it easily. The best products to use for high porosity hair are anti-humectants, protein treatments once a month, shea butter, olive oil, castor, and avocado oil. These allow moisture to stay in hair without oversaturating. Our Miracle RepaiRx Curl Food also contains shea butter and restores nutrients in hair, while hydrating dry hair and promoting healthy hair growth. The Miracle RepaiRx Curl Protein Reconstructor works to deeply detoxify hair while removing buildup and strengthening strands making it the solution for high porosity hair.