I have been natural for 3 plus years and I never really thought about hair porosity. When I first did the Big Chop I had never even heard of hair porosity. Over the last 6 months I have been trying many new products. In the midst of trying these new products I really paid attention to how dry my hair was. One night while I was watching videos on Bentonite (Indian Healing) Clay the girl in the Youtube video mentioned that everyone needs to do a porosity test on their hair. The next day I decided to do a porosity test on my hair.
The Reason to do the Test
When a porosity test is done correctly it will tell you your hair strand’s ability to take in moisture. Moisture could come in the form of water, a hair coloring dye or other liquid. If you have low porosity hair your strands do not absorb liquid well. The product or liquid will just sit on top of the hair. Normal porosity is the type of hair that we all want; it absorbs moisture like is needs to. High porosity absorbs water really fast because the hair shaft had open pores so the moisture also evaporates quickly. Wouldn’t you know that this is the type of hair that I have. Since this is my hair type I have several products I will recommend for high porosity.
- Fill a glass with water
- Drop a strand or two of CLEAN hair in the glass
- Watch what happens next
- If the strand(s) stay at the top then you have low porosity hair
- If the strands float in the middle then Lucky You you have normal hair
- If the hair drops to the bottom then you have high porosity hair
If you have low Porosity hair coconut oil may be your enemy. Coconut oil has protein in it and it is not good for this hair texture. Allowing steam from the shower or a steamer before adding products will help with moisture retention. Always use the LOC or LCO method when styling hair!
When you have normal porosity hair it feels smooth to the touch. Normal hair also floats in the middle of a glass of water. Your hair type can also used almost any product. Your type holds styles well and color.
If you have high porosity hair you need to moisturize it in a stretched state as often as you can. I use Spectrum Essentials Organic Coconut Oil and eggs they are great for high Porosity hair because of the protein. When I wash my hair there are a few Staple products I use most of the time. I love the Giovanni Eco Chic Smooth as Silk Shampoo & Conditioner Deep Moisture combo. This deep condition gives my hair so much slip. It makes the detangling process much easier. I also love Ouidad Curl Recovery Ultra Nourishing Cleansing Oil. It cleanses but it also moisturizes; it does not strip your hair of moisture because it contains several seed oils and butters.
When I do my Two-Strand Twist, I do a partial Blow-Out using the tension method. When I say partial, I just mean that my hair may still be damp. After I finish I put my hair in 6 sections and then I apply my products using the LCO method to each section. I first apply my Alikay Naturals – Lemongrass Leave-In Conditioner. It is my Liquid (L). Then I apply my Ouidad Advanced Climate Control Heat and Humidity Gel. It is my Cream (C). I use a gel instead of a cream because it give more definition. This particular gel is light and it has anti-frizz properties. Living in MS this is a must! Lastly I apply my Alikay Naturals – Shea Yogurt Hair Moisturizer to seal in the moisture. It is my Oil (O) of the LCO method.
Whatever your hair type, you have to take care of it. Your hair is an extension of your body so without proper care and nutrients it will become fraile and brittle and possibly break off. When deciding to go natural do the research and learn what works best for your hair. Your hair is unique just like you so Do You because no-one else can!