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Your Hair Porosity & What It Means

by Ebony Crown 16 Sep 2020

What is Hair Porosity?

Porosity is a measurement of your hair's ability to absorb and hold moisture. You can also think of it as indicating how easily moisture can penetrate your hair. Porosity is determined by the structure of your cuticle- the outer layer of your hair.

How To Figure Out Your Porosity

Take a strand of your hair and put it in a bowl of water. Wait for 2-4 minutes.

It Floats.

If your hair strand floats it means that you have low porosity hair. Your cuticles are tight and the hair doesn't absorb moisture or water easily.  

It Floats in the Middle.

You have medium porosity hair. Your hair has a looser cuticle layer, allowing for a steady but moderate flow of moisture in and out of your hair. Your hair holds styles easily.

It Sinks.

If your hair stand sinks to the bottom you have high porosity hair. Your hair absorbs all water & moisture but doesn't retain any of it.

Best Products For Your Porosity

For Low Porosity

Low porosity hair requires heat to open up the cuticles to allow penetration of moisture.

On your next hair wash day don't forget to deep condition - Apply your deep conditioner and put on a shower cap. If you don't have a hooded dryer or arm will get tired from holding up your hair dryer (trust us we get it)..wrap your shower capped hair in a towel to use your body heat.

Ada Hair's Chebe Hair Mask is an all natural deep conditioner with Chebe to help saturate your hair with moisture to keep them soft and healthy.

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For Medium Porosity

Medium porosity hair is the easiest to maintain and essentially no restrictions. (Must be nice)! Even so, daily moisturizers will be your best friend. It’s recommended to wash your hair with warm water and to dry with cool air. Be careful with the heat temperature you use to avoid damage, frizz and drying your hair out.

Hair Milks are great for medium porosity hair! Dr. O's Beauty Hair Milks is made with plant products such as Shea Butter, Coconut oil, Argan Oil, Tea Tree Oil, Castor Oil, and Aloe Vera - great nutrients for shiny and healthy hair with amazing definition.


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For High Porosity

High porosity hair means the cuticles are always open. Limiting heat usage, rinsing hair with cold water and sealing the hair cuticles with heavier leave-in conditioners will help keep moisture locked in.

We recommend using Majenye's Fenugreek Butter. Fenugreek has high protein and nicotinic acid content, which are known to be beneficial against hair fall and dandruff, and in treating a variety of scalp issues like dryness, baldness and thinning.

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Part of this hair journey is figuring out what works for you! I hope this article helped you out and we'd love to hear your experiences.

Please leave your comments and questions below!

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