Low porosity high porosity? Signs?

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Do you think they're are signs of each porosity? If so what are they for each one?

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Weekly Poo/Low Poo: some Shea M Poo.
Weekly Deep Treat-Dermorganic Intensive Hair Masque
Bi-Weekly RO:Tresseme Naturals - V.Smooth/N.Moisture
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The best way to figure it out is the strand test: take a strand, slide your thumb and index fingers back and forth (upwards)... if you feel bumps along the way or your hair "catches" you are high porosity. If your fingers slide easily and possibly squeak, then you are low porosity.

This test had me fooled however... I kept feeling kinks in my hair thinking they were the "high porosity bumps" and thinking that I was high-porosity, but I am actually normal-low.

Other signs: low porosity is harder to get wet and takes longer to dry. Takes longer to absorb any product. Takes longer to lose moisture, but if you've lost moisture, it takes longer to get the moisture back in.

High porosity is the opposite... eats everything, loses moisture easily, dries more quickly.

If your hair is bleached, dyed, damaged, chemically relaxed, permed etc and if you've been using heat tools such as curling or straightening irons or blow-drying on med-high heat close to the hair (like if steams comes out of your hair as you blow dry)... you are most likely high(er) porosity. Mechanical damage from dry-brushing, the sun etc can also cause higher porosity.

If your hair is virgin and has been handled very gently without heat, dyes, chemicals etc. you are most likely normal to low HOWEVER some people's hair is naturally (genetically) more porous.
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2BC/f/II. fine - low/normal porosity - medium density - normal elasticity.

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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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Curly Hair Tips, Styles & Products - NaturallyCurly
THE NATURAL HAVEN: Part 1 of 2: Porosity - Definition and Causes
THE NATURAL HAVEN: Junk Science - Hair Porosity Tests / Float or Sink
Porosity and Curly Hair
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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