You may be asking what is Porosity, to begin with. Porosity determines how well your hair takes on or absorbs water. Depending on how permeable or absorbent your hair is, this will be the deciding factor on if your hair texture classifies as high, low, or medium porosity. In addition to that, it also refers to how open or close the cuticle layer of your hair is. This is very important to know especially when you are creating your own DIY products or purchasing products from other brands.
The reason being is your hair is like a juicy piece of fruit. When you tend to it and water the seeds, the fruit will then grow and gain its beautiful color in addition to becoming juicy and succulent when you bite into it. The same reasoning can be applied to your hair when you know your porosity type. By knowing this information, not only will your hair texture be moisturized and your curls look juicy and succulent like the fruit, but you’ll also be able to maintain consistent growth and prevent damage within your hair strands.
Now How Can You Determine if You Have High Porosity Hair
There are a few tests you can run on yourself to determine if you fall into this category. First off, when you wash your hair do you notice that the time it takes to air-dry your hair is non-existent. How about when you add products to your hair? Do you notice that your hair absorbs product really well and your strands tend to not feel greasy or stringy? What about when you do a protein treatment? Do you notice that your hair strands feel thicker or stronger and are less likely to fall off like a feather? If you answered yes to any of these questions then welcome to the high porosity hair club.
Now if you’re still on the fence about categorizing your hair into this category then that’s fine because doing the “Strand Hair Porosity Test” will 1000% confirm my theory. Take a bowl of water with a strand of your hair. Then take that strand and place it into the bowl of water. If you notice that your hair sinks completely to the bottom then “volah”, you have High Porosity Hair.
*Please note if you are going to try this test, make sure your hair doesn’t have a lot of products in it. Also, we recommend thoroughly washing or rinsing out your hair prior to performing this test to get the most accurate results.
However, if you still don’t believe me then I guess you’re just a tough cookie to crack but that’s ok. Since I’m sure after you read these next two characteristic traits that your hair porosity will be confirmed.
Has the comb ever got stuck in your hair while you were combing it? What about the detangling brush? Has it ever broke in half while you were detangling your knots or mangled hair? I know it’s embarrassing to admit this but take it from someone who’s had this happen to them quite a few times. It’s ok and there’s nothing to be embarrassed about because it’s not our fault that our hair has a mind of its own. Once you realize that then combing out your hair becomes less stressful and frustrating. But for those of you who answered yes the same way I did to any of the following questions, then you definitely fall into the high porosity category.
Lastly, does your hair have the following traits?
- Absorbs oils/ Product really well
- Prone to breakage
- Has a tendency to look dull and/or lackluster
Well, my friends, if you answered yes to any one of these characteristics then it’s time to join the high porosity team because this is definitely your hair type.
So Now that you can Categorize your Hair, Let’s Look at What Oils, Butters & Natural Products work well on this Hair Type
Since this hair type is prone to breakage, utilizing products that contain protein and keratin are great tools to strengthening your hair and protecting its overall structure. So creating your own DIY protein treatment, hair cream, and/ or hair mask will help to add more texture to its overall structure. Also since this hair type is very porous, meaning the curl pattern is very loose, protein essentially closes the holes temporarily in order to allow this curl pattern to thicken and feel more healthy over time.
Here are some Protein Based Butters :
- Almond Split End Protein Butter
- Silk Powder
- Chia Seed Paste
- Aloe Paste
- Regrowth Ginseng Sage Horsetail Butter
- Add Quinoa Water to your DIY masks since Quinoa contains 8 grams of protein
For Moisturizing, Adding Shine, Detangling, and Preventing Frizz, here are some tricks you can do :
Add butters like the following to add moisture to your strands and seal your split ends.
- Shea Butter
- Cupuacu Butter
- Mango Butter
- Sal Butter
- Tamanu Butter
- Kokum Butter
Not only is this hair type prone to drying out which then causes breakage but it can also be a pain in the ass to manage because it literally can be soft and hard all at the same time. Plus the tangling and interlocking of your hair strands don’t make combing your hair the easiest thing to do. It instead makes combing your hair feel like one of the most dreadful experiences of your life. Trust me I would know especially since I have this hair type. I can literally remember running away from the comb or just running away from doing my hair in general like it was yesterday because I was just too tender-headed. For those of you who don’t know what it means to be tender-headed. Basically, it’s when a person can’t take the pain of combing their hair because of all the pulling that the comb does, in order to get the mangled hair to be malleable. However, utilizing these natural butters was my savior because it helped me & my mom comb through my hair without feeling any pain. Not only that it detangled, moisturized, and controlled my frizzy hair. Now instead of my hair making an entrance before me because I was looking like a fury hairball. It’s making an entrance because my curls are so popping and beautiful it can’t be tamed lol.
Furthermore, these butters also contain oleic acid, linoleic acid, and stearic acid which are known for nourishing the hair, promoting growth, and lastly preventing breakage which is something we high porosity people deal with all the time, unfortunately.
If you are someone who doesn’t like to use butters on your hair, here are some oils that will have the same effect:
- Olive Oil
- Jojoba Oil
- Peanut Oil
- Jamaican Castor Oil
- Pumpkin Seed Oil
- Hempseed Oil
- Raspberry Seed Oil
- Blackberry seed Oil
- Coconut Oil
- Rice Oil
- Sweet Almond Oil
In addition to that if you don’t want to use these oil examples, then make sure to use oils that are polyunsaturated and monounsaturated. Now if these words went over your head that’s ok because it went over mine the first time I heard them too. Basically, polyunsaturated is just the scientific way of saying these oils contain acids within them that promote hair growth, add shine, and soothe the scalp. Monounsaturated is a fancy way of saying these oils maintain the hair’s softness and adds shine. An example of this would be avocado oil.
Lastly, stay tuned for our DIY recipe page for Different Porosity Types. Also, if you haven’t checked out our post called How Much Do You Know About The Different Hair Types, Natural Oils, and Essential Oil Functions, and take our 2 min survey then what are you waiting for. Take the survey since you have nothing to lose. Plus it’s only 2 mins of your time.
Also, stay tune for our post on growth oils and be sure to like or leave a comment if you found this post to be helpful.