Facts About Hair Porosity And Tips On How To Determine Your Own


Porosity refers to how well your hair can absorb and retain moisture – the tighter your cuticles the more resistant your hair will be to receiving moisture and oils.

Although the porosity of your hair can be influenced by external factors such as chemical processing and heat treatments, most of the time it is genetic.

Hair Porosity test:

To determine whether you have high, medium (normal) or low porosity, place a clean hair strand into a glass of water.

porosity-test(1) If the strand sinks to the bottom of the glass, this indicates that your hair is of high porosity.

(2) If it floats about midway, it’s of medium porosity and (3) if it floats towards the top of the glass, your hair has a low porosity.

Low Porosity Hair

Having hair of Low Porosity means that your cuticles are really tight and resistant to receiving moisture or water.

To help lift the cuticles and get moisture to your hair, try using a steamer.

Avoiding the overuse of oils and butters can also be beneficial.



Medium (Normal) Porosity Hair

For many women with natural hair, having hair of medium (normal) porosity is the ideal situation as it means the hair is able to hold moisture and shine for a longer period of time.

It should however be noted that hair of medium porosity can change overtime if regularly exposed to heat or when chemically processed. To help avoid this, stick to a healthy hair care regime.




High Porosity Hair

If you have high porosity hair it means you have gaps in your hair follicles which allows moisture to flow in as well as out very easily. As a result, you are likely to be more susceptible to hair breakage, tangled and constantly dry hair.


To help retain moisture in your strands, try using oils and butters.

Protein treatments can also help to fill the gaps in your hair follicles however this is only a temporary solution.

To close the cuticles you need something that has a low pH and is more acidic. We therefore suggest rinsing your hair with an Apple Cider Vinegar mix. Aloe Vera gel can also be applied for the same purpose.