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When people talk about hair, the conversation centers around a few things.
They might compare inches.
They might compare colors.
You might hear women go back and forth about whether their hair is relaxed or natural.
For women who are natural, they probably discuss their hair types and compare whether they are 4A, 4B, or 4C.
Have you ever talked to someone else about how much moisture your hair can hold?
Grab your brushes and your comb, because we’re about to shed some light on high porosity hair.
Definition: What Is High Porosity Hair
If you hear the word “porous,” what do you think of?
To help define high porosity hair, something that is porous is full of tiny holes.
If something is full of holes, you can imagine it would be pretty hard for it to retain water, right?
When dealing with all things life, water is equal to moisture.
For hair, it’s water plus a ton of other projects to help along the way.
With words like high porosity leading the way, you could deduce that high porosity isn’t able to hold moisture.
If you guessed this, then hooray for you!
High porosity hair is when your hair has tons of holes and breaks.
Because of this, your hair is able to absorb moisture quickly however it is unable to retain moisture and is more prone to breaking off.
You can kiss that length goodbye!
High porosity hair isn’t something that you can really change unless you’re rocking a wig or a sew-in.
As with anything else, there are tips and tricks to managing this type of hair.
Here’s all you need to know about high porosity hair and dealing with it.
How to Test for Hair Porosity
You can’t really look at someone’s hair and automatically be able to tell if they have high porosity hair or not.
You would, however, be able to guess on the porosity of your hair.
Do you feel like your hair dries out quickly?
Are constantly applying oils to your scalp?
While this is a good indication, you won’t know for sure how porous your hair is without a test.
Are you checking to see whether your hair is highly porous?
There are multiple methods you can easily try at home.
Method one, all you need is a cup of water and a few strands of clean hair, so do this after a wash day!
Run your hands through your hair to collect a few strands.
Get a clear glass and fill it with water. Drop your hair into the glass and watch what happens.
If you have low porosity hair, your hair will spend a long time floating at the top of the class.
If you have normal porosity hair, you’ll notice that your hair will slowly sink to the bottom of the glass.
For those with high porosity hair, your hair will quickly sink to the bottom of the glass.
If you’d rather not purposely lose a few strands of hair for this experiment, you can try method two.
Take a spray bottle and fill it with water.
Lightly spray your hair. Just a few sprays!
If you have low porosity, you’ll notice that the water will look like it’s sitting on top of the strands versus actually being absorbed.
If you have normal porosity hair, you’ll notice that while the water will sit on top of your hair initially, it will eventually be absorbed into the hair.
For those with high porosity hair, the water will immediately be absorbed into the hair.
As I said before, high porosity hair can absorb the water, but because it’s so porous, it won’t retain any of that water.
Characteristics Of High Porosity Hair
While you won’t always be able to spot it, there are a few glaring characteristics of high porosity hair.
One characteristic is that the hair might look or feel dry. Or both!
Since high porosity hair isn’t able to retain water, this leads to very dry locks and dull looking hair.
Another characteristic is that this type of hair gets tangled very easily.
Because of the lack of moisture, the hair rubs together causing friction high leads to tangles.
While a few snags is manageable, there’s nothing worse than spending hours detangling your hair.
One easy characteristic to spot in high porosity hair is that your hair dries fast.
You might notice that during your showers or wash days that your hair easily gets soaked.
If your hair is drying equally as fast, this is another marker of high porosity hair.
Our last characteristic of high porosity hair is that your hair is frizzy.
Obviously there are things like humidity that can often play a role, but if you tend to say that your hair is “naturally frizzy,” you might be leaning towards high porosity hair.
What It Means to Have Low or Normal Hair Porosity
Sometimes it’s easier to understand things when you have something to compare them to.
With low, normal, and high porosity hair, there’s no clear spectrum of bad to worse.
Rather, you want to be in the middle of both extremes.
Low porosity hair might not seem extreme, but it can cause a big problem for people with this hair type.
Similar to those with high porosity hair, low porosity hair also tends to be very dry.
This is because low porosity hair is unable to absorb moisture well.
Because the cuticles in the hair are packed so tightly together, there is no room for absorption and the water just tends to roll right off.
Normal porosity hair is where everyone should want to be.
In comparison to low and high porosity, it’s exactly what you might expect.
There is enough room between the cuticles that moisture is able to seep through.
You also don’t have to worry about too many holes that the hair is unable to retain moisture.