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Old 09-03-2013, 12:40 PM   #1
 
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I am trying to determine my hair properties so I can get some specific recommendations. With the float test, my hair floats; so low right? But with the slip n slide test I feel bumps, so that's high? I am confused, please advise. Thanks!

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Old 09-03-2013, 12:58 PM   #2
 
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The float test is unreliable. You can usually tell by how quickly your hair dries when it's completely naked....no gel or condish. If it dries quickly (less than 2 hours), then it's high porosity, if it takes 4+ hours, it's low. Somewhere in the middle would be normal. Although, your hair density & length could also affect that, but it's a starting point.
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The float test is unreliable. You can usually tell by how quickly your hair dries when it's completely naked....no gel or condish. If it dries quickly (less than 2 hours), then it's high porosity, if it takes 4+ hours, it's low. Somewhere in the middle would be normal. Although, your hair density & length could also affect that, but it's a starting point.
So I timed how long it took my hair to dry this morning. It took about 2 & 1/2 hours. My hair is pretty dense & length is a little past my shoulders. My hair is very prone to frizz, but I live in an area with high humidity & everyone is fighting frizz around here.

So normal porosity??? Please weigh in. Thanks!
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The float test is unreliable. You can usually tell by how quickly your hair dries when it's completely naked....no gel or condish. If it dries quickly (less than 2 hours), then it's high porosity, if it takes 4+ hours, it's low. Somewhere in the middle would be normal. Although, your hair density & length could also affect that, but it's a starting point.
So I timed how long it took my hair to dry this morning. It took about 2 & 1/2 hours. My hair is pretty dense & length is a little past my shoulders. My hair is very prone to frizz, but I live in an area with high humidity & everyone is fighting frizz around here.

So normal porosity??? Please weigh in. Thanks!
Well with 2.5 hours to dry it definitely doesn't sounds like low porosity.

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Just a guess, but it sounds like you're probably normal to high porosity.
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If you have thick, dense hair and it only takes 2 1/2 hours to dry, that's probably high porosity. Especially, if you didn't do a lot to it (scrunch out water with curl towels, diffuse, etc.)
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My naked hair takes 6-8 hours to dry completely (medium density, fine, BSL) so that puts me in the "low/er porosity" camp, to give you a reference.
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When I first came here I didn't know what to think. My hair floated. Check. When I ran my fingers up and down a strand it was relatively smooth and bump free. Check. But then my hair dried super quickly. So I sort of split the difference and thought I had medium porosity. Then my hair analysis results said I have high porosity so I've come to the conclusion the best thing you can do to conclude porosity is merely to observe how your hair acts and reacts. And don't overthink it. Just observe.
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