High vs Normal vs Low…Porosity Hair

It took me FOREVER to determine if my hair was high porosity, normal porosity or low porosity. Just looking at those words made me confused. I searched and searched and searched for a simple and straight forward explanation of what each of these terms means and how to determine which type of hair I had/have. 

Want to know what type of hair you have? Keep reading!

**DISCLAIMER: I am not a hair expert. These tips come from trial and error tests done on my own hair.**

What is hair porosity? Hair porosity is your hair’s ability to absorb and retain moisture. Hair porosity falls into three categories: high, normal and low. 

High Porosity

  • shea 17Curls easily
  • Absorbs water
  • Requires more product
  • Curls often lack shine and feel dry
  • Curls are often frizzy
  • Curls dry quickly
  • Hair tangles easily
  • The cuticle has been exposed to severe amounts of damage, such as, but not limited to  overuse of heat, harsh combing or brushing, or chemical processes (relaxers, texturizers, colorants)

High Porosity FYI: Caring For Your Curls

High Porosity hair needs products that help it retain as much moisture as possible.

  •  Use little to no heat. Air dry if possible
  •  Deep condition regularly and use moisturizing leave in conditioners
  •  Rinse with cold water to seal and prevent frizz
  • Use a wide tooth comb to prevent hair loss and reduce hair breakage
  • Use rinses such as apple cider vinegar to rid your hair of product build-up. Make sure to use 50% ACV and 50% water if using a spray bottle
  • Seal hair with a thick oil or butter to help seal in moisture and prevent hair from drying out

Product Recommendation

1. Organic Root Simulator Olive Oil Replenishing Conditioner

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This popular conditioner balances the moisture and protein levels in the hair for stronger and more manageable curls. **LOVE**

2. Jane Carter Solution Revitalizing Leave-In Conditioner

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 Perfect for color-treated hair. Rehydrates hair and adds a protective barrier to prevent damage from heat and coloring.

3. Shea Moisture Raw Shea Butter Masque Deep Treatment 

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This deep treatment masque deeply moisturizes and repairs damaged and over-processed hair. Its ingredients include sea kelp, argan oil, and shea butter.**LOVE**

4. Gleau All Natural Argan Oil -All Natural – Lightweight – Healthy, Moisturized Hair 

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All natural, no silicones and seals in moisture, nourishes the scalp, and prevents dry and frizzy hair.

5. Eden BodyWorks Jojoba Monoi Moisturizing Shampoo, Deep Conditioner and Conditioner

This trio of products work together to cleanse the hair of impurities while restoring and balancing the hair’s moisture.

6. Kinky-Curly Knot Today

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A great detangler that works great for all hair types and full of organic mango extract, organic elm and organic marshmallow root. Not to mention that it smells great and is not heavy on the hair.**LOVE**

7. Carol’s Daughter Healthy Hair Butter Protective Cream Hairdress 

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Deep conditioner with jojoba oil, beeswax, and shea butter to retain and seal in moisture.


Normal Porosity

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  • Curls are bouncey and have good elasticity
  • Requires very little maintenance
  • Easily accepts and retains moisture
  •  Holds styles well and can be colored easier
  •  Hair allows moisture inside the cuticle easily, and it holds moisture for long periods of time, making hair less susceptible to breakage

Normal Porosity FYI: Caring For Your Curls

Normal porosity hair has compact cuticles that easily let moisture enter in.

  • Continue to do regular deep conditioning treatments to maintain good product absorption
  • Protein treatments shouldn’t be included in your regular care routine




shea 15Low Porosity


  •  Curls take longer to dry
  • Products tend to build up on curls rather than absorb
  • Natural oils don’t readily penetrate, but rather sit on your hair
  • Curls take much longer to get fully saturated when you wet them 
  • The cuticle layers, the scales of the hair shaft that overlap one another, are very close together and are tightly shut

Low Porosity FYI: Caring For Your Curls 
Low porosity hair doesn’t absorb moisture well, although it does retain moisture well once it does absorb. 

  • Use heat! Deep condition and sit under a hooded drier, steamer or use a shower cap, to help products better absorb and bind with the hair.
  • Always distribute products evenly throughout your hair. Make sure not to use too much. 
  • Apply products to damp, not drenched hair to ensure that the hair absorbs the product.
  •  If you choose to use shampoo, use a sulfate-free shampoo.
  • Use rinses such as apple cider vinegar to rid your hair of product build-up. Make sure to use 50% ACV and 50% water if using a spray bottle.
  • No need to close/seal low porosity hair

Product Recommendations

1. Shea Moisture Coconut and Hibiscus Curl Enhancing Smoothie

shea1. This curl enhancing smoothie will define your curls all while hydrating your strands with coconut and hibiscus. This product does not contain sulfates, parabens, or phthalates and  is full of nutrient-rich vegetable butters that will leave your hair feeling weightless. It is also a light cream and smells really good!**LOVE**


2Tresemme Naturals Nourishing Moisture Conditioner

shea 1A nourishing conditioner with two amazing ingredients especially great for low porosity hair –aloe vera and the great moisturizer–avocado oil. This conditioner will leave you with healthy, smooth hair and manageable, frizz-free curls.


3. Kinky-Curly Knot Today

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A great detangler that works great for all hair types and full of organic mango extract, organic elm and organic marshmallow root. Not to mention that it smells great and is not heavy on the hair.**LOVE**


4. Trader Joe’s Balanced Moisturizing Nourish Spa Conditioner AND Trader Joe’s Tea Tree Tingle Conditioner

Trader Joe’s Nourish Spa Conditioner and Tea Tree Tingle Conditioner are filled with organic ingredients that will replenish your dry strands. These conditioners will give moisture and manageability to your hair.

Still a little confused about your hair porosity? Check out the following ways to find out what your hair porosity is.

1. The Cup Test
After completing your wash routine, but before putting product in you hair, place a clean strand of hair into a cup of water. If it floats, then congratulations, your hair has low porosity. If the strand sinks, then congratulations, it has high porosity. 

2. Water Absorption
If your hair takes a while to fully saturate with water before you start your wash routine, you most likely have low porosity hair. If your hair immediately absorbs water,  you probably have high porosity hair. 

3. Releasing Water
If your hair takes hours to dry after washing it, and butters leave your hair oily, you most likely have low porosity hair. If your hair dries in a matter of minutes, and light lotions and styling milks do not moisturize your hair enough, you most likely have high porosity hair. 

Hope this helps!!!!



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