Still confused about porosity!

I have read so many things about porosity and I'm still confused. I go back and forth from thinking my hair is porous to thinking its not.

Okay, so I've read that your hair is porous if it soaks up products. I can use so much product on my hair without it looking greasy or 'producty'. I use GVP Conditioning balm as a leave in and I probably use 1/2 golf ball size, maybe even 3/4. (I know people like to use money, but I never understood because the product is not flat...so is it a flat quarter size or a round..? How high?). I follow this with 1/2 palmful of gel that I scrunch out. I can do this 2 or 3 days in a row without co-washing and it still looks okay, not greasy. So...I thought my hair was porous.

On the other hand, I read that if your hair takes a long time to dry that it is not porous because porous hair dries quickly. My hair takes at least 3-4 hours to fully dry after a shower. I do not plop because it flattens my curls. So does this mean it is not porous?

I've tried the float test, and the hair did not sink, but I never remember to try it before I put my products in so I don't know if its accurate.
CG since 9/2011 - 3b/Coarse/Medium thickness

Low Poo: Shea Moisture Retention, Loreal Everpure Sulfate-Free (ocassionally)
Co-wash: Suave Naturals Coconut Conditioner
RO: GVP Conditioning Balm, AOHR
LI: GVP Conditioning Balm
DT: Shea Moisture DT Hair Masque, AOHR
Gel: Dep Endurance Styling Gel, HE Set Me Up Spray Gel

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Last edited by stacyw71; 01-09-2012 at 11:51 AM. Reason: Typos
It looks like you have a lot of hair. If you have a lot of hair, you can probably use a lot of product without it getting weighed down, especially if it's coarse.

My hair is Low Porosity, and I use plenty of curl creme and gel and one time forgot to rinse out conditioner and could hardly tell. So I don't think that's a good test.

If you really want to know, spring for the curl analysis! Cheap and informative.

I can tell mine is low porosity because:
It takes awhile to get wet
It takes a long time (6+ hours, up to 12) to dry if airdried from wet
It is Very Resistant to bleach, requiring 4 rounds with bleach and high volume peroxide to take out all the color, 6 hours of bleaching. Of course when I did bleach it, once it was done it was HIGH porosity.
It never gets split ends, even when grown for long periods of time.

Hope this helps.
2c / C / iii (FIA)
Med-Coarse, LowPorosity, NormalElast (LCLF)

Shoulder-Length now.

Wash: DevaCare Low Poo
Detangle & Rinseout: Walgreens or Sally's Conditioning Balm (always)
Leave-in: DevaCare OneC (budget choice is GFTN)
Style: ReCoil & DevaCare Arc Angel (budget choices are HESMU or Got2BSpikedUp)

Henna!

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