Porosity?

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After reading about porosity, I thought I had high porosity hair. It absorbs water and products very quickly, almost instantly when water hits it in the shower. Not sure if it likes protein as I haven't tried a protein treatment yet, but my devacurl gel does have protein in it. I've also had my hair lightened, so this would make sense.

However, I read somewhere that if your hair squeaks it is actually low porosity? Actually, I had heard somewhere else that if it squeaks it's actually HIGH porosity, so what is with the conflicting fact? My hair does squeak, so this is throwing me off a bit...
2A wave pattern, Long & swavy; Medium hair - Questionable porosity - High density - Normal elasticity
Cleanser: SM Moisturizing Shampoo
Conditioner/DT: GVP Conditioning Balm
Stylers: SM Curl Smoothie, KCCC
Those tests are nowhere near as reliable as looking at how your hair behaves, generally lightened hair is not low porosity, persulphate bleach and peroxide damage the hair's natural waterproofing and blow holes in the cortex.
THE NATURAL HAVEN: Junk Science - Hair Porosity Tests / Float or Sink

Are you doing coconut oil soaks? Would be worth doing a light protein treatment, the protein in gel isn't likely to make much of a difference.
2a-2c, medium texture, porous/ colour treated. Three years CG. Past bra strap length heading for waist.

CO-wash: Inecto coconut/ Elvive Volume Collagen
Treatments: Komaza Care Matani, coconut/ sweet almond/ fractionated coconut oils, Hairveda Sitrinillah
Leave in: Fructis Sleek & Shine (old), Gliss Ultimate Volume, various Elvive
Styler: Umberto Giannini jelly, Au Naturale styling gelee
Flour sack towel, pixie diffuse or air dry.
Experimenting with: benign neglect
Are you doing coconut oil soaks? Would be worth doing a light protein treatment, the protein in gel isn't likely to make much of a difference.
Originally Posted by Firefox7275
I haven't tried that yet--though I did purchase some gelatin for IAgirl's gelatin treatment. I think I'm going to try it out and see how my hair reacts. I agree that seeing how my hair actually behaves is much more reliable--I just get a bit confused as my hair soaks up things readily (high porosity) but takes forever to dry (low porosity property?). I'll see how I react to the protein treatment and if it doesn't take then...I suppose I'll know if my waves like protein or not!
2A wave pattern, Long & swavy; Medium hair - Questionable porosity - High density - Normal elasticity
Cleanser: SM Moisturizing Shampoo
Conditioner/DT: GVP Conditioning Balm
Stylers: SM Curl Smoothie, KCCC
If it's lightened and sucks up product it's likely high porosity, whether or not it floats or squeaks or whatever. The only reason we need to know porosity is so we know what products to look at... high porosity fares well with protein and can handle both richer and heavier products. Oils can be beneficial in sealing high porosity hair. Low porosity on the other hand doesn't absorb products very well... so nothing too heavy or oily and use a light hand too! Fine, low-porosity hair will do well with protein. Coarse, low-porosity hair usually doesn't like large or regular doses of protein.

The "taking forever to dry" has many variables. First, how much is forever to you? 3 hours, 5 hours, 7 hrs, the whole day? Factors that will lead to how fast your hair dries besides porosity include density, length of hair, size of clumps, type of styling products, and the level of humidity in your climate. I have a feeling fine hair might also dry faster than coarse hair.
2BC/f/II. fine - low/normal porosity - medium density - normal elasticity.

Currently using:
Low-poo: Jason Mango bodywash
Cowash: Cure Care diluted with water 1:1
RO: Cure Care, V05 Kiwi Lime
Styler: UFD CM (old formula), FSG + CNPF
PT: IAgirl's gelatine

light moisture, hydrolized protein, jelly stylers
guar hydroxypropyltrimonium chloride, sulfates, jojoba oil
Neutral on cones.

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If it's lightened and sucks up product it's likely high porosity, whether or not it floats or squeaks or whatever. The only reason we need to know porosity is so we know what products to look at... high porosity fares well with protein and can handle both richer and heavier products. Oils can be beneficial in sealing high porosity hair. Low porosity on the other hand doesn't absorb products very well... so nothing too heavy or oily and use a light hand too! Fine, low-porosity hair will do well with protein. Coarse, low-porosity hair usually doesn't like large or regular doses of protein.

The "taking forever to dry" has many variables. First, how much is forever to you? 3 hours, 5 hours, 7 hrs, the whole day? Factors that will lead to how fast your hair dries besides porosity include density, length of hair, size of clumps, type of styling products, and the level of humidity in your climate. I have a feeling fine hair might also dry faster than coarse hair.
Originally Posted by wavydaze
High porosity is what I first thought my hair was and according to your explanation that definitely makes sense--this whole porosity ordeal has been a little difficult to navigate, and judging by some of the other threads on here, I'm glad to know at least I'm not the only one. My hair is normal texture, on the finer side of it rather than the coarse one--if I had to lean one way or the other. However, I do have A LOT of it, which may well be contributing to the long dry time. It's also pretty long (mid-back length). (And for context, forever for me was 5-6 hours. At that point it was still only 80% dry, but I left the house anyway).

Just did the gelatin protein treatment and, though my hair isn't dry yet, I feel like it's been beneficial to me. I suppose I'll see in the morning!
2A wave pattern, Long & swavy; Medium hair - Questionable porosity - High density - Normal elasticity
Cleanser: SM Moisturizing Shampoo
Conditioner/DT: GVP Conditioning Balm
Stylers: SM Curl Smoothie, KCCC
The squeak test and float test are baloney - your observations about how your hair behaves are probably spot-on for judging porosity. Hope the Gelatin PT was a success!
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