my speculation is that, my hair, left on its own, would become very porous, very quickly. Since I had been treating my hair to twice weekly heavy protein paks for almost a year at the time of my hair analysis, probably it came back as 'normal' purely because I had been treating this way. I think the long-term PT have normalized my hair but if I were to stop doing the frequent PT's, my hair would naturally be very higly porous...

that's my best guess anyway, after thinking about it a bit.
Originally Posted by Ondulee
I had the same thing happen. My analysis says I have normal porosity but my hair behaves as if I have high porosity. And I don't use protein treatments much so that can't be the reason the analysis came back as normal. Not sure what the discrep is.
Originally Posted by bliss611
Another beautician examined my hair and said that my hair is "normal porosity, fine, and thick (a lot of fine hair)." She said that even when my hair completely dry, I would know if it was highly porous: it would feel mushy. My hair gets tangled easily, but thinking about it, it's because I have "a lot" of fine hair. I do benefit from protein treatments, but without them my hair is highly porous. Also, when my hair is stripped of oils (added and the sebum), it is still smooth when I slide my thumb and forefinger up shedded strands, and it floats for days. Also, water at first goes straight through my hair before it gets completely soaked, about 20 seconds.
Mod CG-Naturally Highly Porous and Dry
This list is not exhaustive...
Winter Regimen
Pre-poo: Hempseed oil
Cowash: HE The Sleeker The Butter, Trader Joe's Moisture Conditioner
Shampoo/Clarifier:various
PT:Not for a while...
DT:
Smooth Sexy Hair Sulfate-Free Smoothing Conditioner
LI/Detangler: It's a 10!, CURLS Cashmere Curls leave-in
Stylers: various
Sealers: Tamanu oil, The Body Shop Wild Argan Solid Oil

*experimenting and loving it!