What is Porosity

Hi, Id like to understand what Porosity means, and also how do I know if my hair is High porosity, medium, or low?
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Porosity is how porous your hair strands are and how well your hair can absorb or retain moisture, low porosity hair has closed cuticles, making moisture hard to stay or leave and high porosity has opened or holes in the hair strand making moisture easy to go in but also easy to leave, normal is in between.

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Thank you. I think my hair might have High Porosity because when I apply oil as an overnight treatment, my hair drinks it all up and looks dry as if I hadnt applied anything to it, so I apply again few hours before washing.. and when I wash it its like Ive never applied anything on my hair so I guess my hair IS high porosity right?

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Check out the stickies on this board and the newbies board, the Live Curly Live Free website, the articles by 'curl chemist' Tonya McKay on the main NC site, Natural Haven blog. All the basics are covered by one or more of these
Live Curly Live Free - Curly Hair Basics
Porosity and Curly Hair
THE NATURAL HAVEN: Part 1 of 2: Porosity - Definition and Causes
http://www.thenaturalhavenbloom.com/...sts-float.html

Which oil are you referring to? Some absorb and some do not. How much oil are you using and are you covering your head? Are you confident the oil is not partly rubbing off?
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
I use almond oil and castor oil on a weekly basis, while I use coconut oil daily, I highly doubt its rubbing off because I sometimes use it and go for a run or a walk and it would get dry.. Though u might be right cuz i mean there are other factor like humidity and sweat involved.. Im kind of confused

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I use almond oil and castor oil on a weekly basis, while I use coconut oil daily, I highly doubt its rubbing off because I sometimes use it and go for a run or a walk and it would get dry.. Though u might be right cuz i mean there are other factor like humidity and sweat involved.. Im kind of confused

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Originally Posted by sweetandcurly
The ricinoleic acid in castor oil and linoleic in almond oil will not absorb, the oleic acid in almond oil and the lauric acid in coconut oil can penetrate so overall coconut and almond are considered penetrating oils but castor is not.

If you hair is looking dry use a generous amount of a rich leave in conditioner containing fatty alcohols and cationic surfactants, oils are occlusives (barriers/ sealants) they are not rounded conditioners alone.
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
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That's not really a fool proof analysis, but if your hair can tolerate a lot of oil without being weighed down or looking greasy it might be. I could never rub off a head full of oil overnight.

Anywho oil isn't the way to get your hair back in good condition. If your hair is truly high porosity you might want to try experimenting with protein as well. Protein combined with fatty alcohols and emollients should help.
I chopped of my hair yesterday..
I couldnt stand it anymore it stressed me out a lot! (it was very thin and had random layers due to breakage) also because my friend was getting married yesterday and I had noooooooo freaking idea what to with my hair lol
Right now im happy with its current thickness I love it!
I hope it grows equally..
What are names of great hair leave in conditioners I can get from Europe? What about USA?

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Thank you jessiebanana, and yeah i can apply a generous amout of oil on my hair and it will drink it up all, but of course if i use a HUGE amout it would become weighted down, but it hasto be HUGE! .. Im really confused
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If oil seals the hair, does that mean it protects it? I heard coconut oil has a natural UV block is that true?
I also heard applying oil to hair and going out under a hot sun will "fry" your hair and cause burns and breakage.. Is that true?
Thanks

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UV light is damaging to skin and hair regardless of oil, sunlight is not hot enough to literally fry hair. Coconut oil has an SPF of about 2 so it is definitely not a sun block, it may help the hair retain structural proteins so protecting from damage but you should still wear a close weave hat or bandana.
Polyquaternium-59: Sun Protection for Your Curls
http://journal.scconline.org/pdf/cc2...175-p00192.pdf
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
Thank you so much. I appreaciate your help

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