Question about porosity

Hi, I did the self-test on porosity (from live curly live free) and my fingers didn't "catch" like it said, so I figured I had normal porosity. But I've read some things here about water absorption, etc so I'm confused. My hair gets wet really quickly but also dries quickly (without product it can be fully dry in an hour, with product the ends dry quickly but the roots take like 2 to 3 hours). Does that mean my hair is highly porous?
Still figuring out my hair so these are just guesses :
3c, medium texture, normal porosity, thick density
Current products:
Shampoo - KeraCare Sulfate-free Hydrating Detangling Shampoo
Moisturizer - Pro-Line Comb Thru Softener, Tresemme Flawless Curls Hydration Lotion Creme
Styler/Finisher - Tresemme Flawless Curls Mousse
Mid-week Conditioner/Leave-in - Tresemme Flawless Curls Vitamin B1 Conditioner
DT - Organic Coconut Oil left in overnight, Vatika Enriched Coconut Hair Oil
Hi, I did the self-test on porosity (from live curly live free) and my fingers didn't "catch" like it said, so I figured I had normal porosity. But I've read some things here about water absorption, etc so I'm confused. My hair gets wet really quickly but also dries quickly (without product it can be fully dry in an hour, with product the ends dry quickly but the roots take like 2 to 3 hours). Does that mean my hair is highly porous?
Originally Posted by curliewhirlie
That sounds like my hair too, and I consider myself to be porous. I think that's a better way to tell if you're porous or not, rather than the feel test on the strands. My hair gets soaked with just a small amount of water and in a very short time. I readily drinks up most products, and takes color really well also.
"The challenge is to be yourself in a world that is trying to make you like everybody else."
"...rationality is not necessary to sell things.."
My staples: Mane n Tail (cowash), Garnier Fructis Sleek n Shine (leave in condish), Grapeseed oil or shea butter (sealing), Organic Root Stimulator Elasticitea (leave-in condish & light hold)
Thanks for the response! While I was waiting, I found another way to test hair porosity - drop a strand of hair in a sink or bowl full of water. Apparently a highly porous strand will sink (after 5-8 mins) and a normal porosity one will float?? Don't know how true that is, but I did it anyway and my strand floated (I did it twice). I was trying to determine my hair porosity so I could better understand my hair & choose the right products.
Still figuring out my hair so these are just guesses :
3c, medium texture, normal porosity, thick density
Current products:
Shampoo - KeraCare Sulfate-free Hydrating Detangling Shampoo
Moisturizer - Pro-Line Comb Thru Softener, Tresemme Flawless Curls Hydration Lotion Creme
Styler/Finisher - Tresemme Flawless Curls Mousse
Mid-week Conditioner/Leave-in - Tresemme Flawless Curls Vitamin B1 Conditioner
DT - Organic Coconut Oil left in overnight, Vatika Enriched Coconut Hair Oil
My hair floated too when I did that test, but it certainly acts like porous hair, so I say it's porous.
"The challenge is to be yourself in a world that is trying to make you like everybody else."
"...rationality is not necessary to sell things.."
My staples: Mane n Tail (cowash), Garnier Fructis Sleek n Shine (leave in condish), Grapeseed oil or shea butter (sealing), Organic Root Stimulator Elasticitea (leave-in condish & light hold)
From what you've posted I would say you hair is normal. But my opinion may be a little of because of my hair type. It takes quite awhile for my hair to get wet and it can take 13+ hours for my hair to dry, no joke, and it has the texture of cotton. So a 3 to 4 hours drying time seems short to me.

I think high/low porosity can be often mistaken for texture traits. Depending on your hair's texture all these factors can be variable, such as drying time, the smoothness of you hair strands, and may have nothing to do with how porous your hair is at all. Hair like mine w/ a cotton texture, no matter what will ALWAYS have long drying time, even if it has normal porosity.

What I'm trying to say is don't take these "test" to heart. There really is no ONE way to find out how porous or not your hair is. Just try to pay attention to how your hair reacts to water and products as much as possible. Then determine if you believe your hair is porous or not, regardless of what you find from a "test". Hope this make a little sense, but knowing how your hair porosity will help you a lot.
BC ~ August 2010 ~ GOAL ~ hip/tail bone length
Current Length: 12 inches
TWO YEARS NATURAL!
3b/3c VERY naturally porous hair

Your hair sounds exactly like mine. My curl profile said it was normal porosity but it acts like high porosity so that's how I treat it. I seal in moisture with oils, only using humectants in median dew, etc. And I tried doing PTs even though the profile said my hair shouldn't need much protein and it looks much better with weekly protein.

Labeling the porosity is helpful in figuring out where to start the trial and error. Otherwise, I don't why it makes much of a difference.
3B curls
Medium texture
Normal elasticity
High porosity
I have read that low-porosity hair rarely gets tangles. That was one that convinced me that my hair was highly porous.
Mod CG-Naturally Highly Porous and Dry
This list is not exhaustive...
Pre-treat:various oils

Shampoo/
Clarifier:various
PT: Gold Medal's Herbal Tame
DT:
Smooth Sexy Hair Sulfate-Free Smoothing Conditioner
LI/Detangler: AG Fast Food/OH Juices and Berries Hair Tonic
Stylers: Lush Zeste Hair Gel, CURLS Blueberry and Passion Fruit Control pastes

*experimenting and loving it!


I have read that low-porosity hair rarely gets tangles. That was one that convinced me that my hair was highly porous.
Originally Posted by Greatcurls
Wow, I wonder if that's true. When I read that low-porosity hair doesn't absorb product or water well, I thought that was my daughter's hair, but her hair always has a tangle in it somewhere!

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