Hair Porosity Test Results?

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So I placed five strands (3c/4a) of my hair in a bowel of water, after 3 minutes, nothing happened and they stayed floating. I thought I might be cheating so I stirred the strands. 4 stayed floating and one sunk (it was the shortest of all the strands), we'd be at the four minute mark by now. I quit the test after 6 minutes, the other strands never sunk.

Does this mean I have low porosity or is it more like normal/high since one strand did eventually sink?

I know my hair is protein sensitive as well, special protein masks and conditioners always make my hair feel dry and straw-ish.
I tried that test when I first went nature over a year ago. My strands didn't sink so I thought I was low porosity. Three months later, I decided to get a hair analysis done. I found out I am normal porosity. In other words, the test doesn't work. Get a hair analysis. It is worth the money. It saved me a lot of money in the long run.

texture - medium/fine, porosity - low/normal, elasticity - normal
co-wash - NaturelleGrow Coconut Water or Marshmallow Root, Slippery Elm Bark & Blue Malva Cleansing Conditioners
LI - KCKT mixed w/ SM C & H Curl & Style Milk
DC - NG Mango & Coconut H2O or Chamomile/Brdck Root
Gel - SM souffle (winter), KCCC (summer) or CR Naturals Aloe Whipped Butter Gel (year round)
Sealers - Virgin Coconut Oil, Avocado butter, Aloe butter
Ayurvedic treatments - Jamila Henna, Sukesh, Aloe Vera Powder, Hibiscus Powder
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Last edited by juanab; 05-23-2012 at 07:17 PM.
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I'm pretty good on what works for me. I've had natural hair most of my life. I was just trying to get the appropriate labels so that when I talk about a product other people can know what my hair is like.
I'm pretty good on what works for me. I've had natural hair most of my life. I was just trying to get the appropriate labels so that when I talk about a product other people can know what my hair is like.
Originally Posted by Jessiebanana
The analysis will answer your question about whether you are low porosity. Also lets you know about your other hair properties as well.

texture - medium/fine, porosity - low/normal, elasticity - normal
co-wash - NaturelleGrow Coconut Water or Marshmallow Root, Slippery Elm Bark & Blue Malva Cleansing Conditioners
LI - KCKT mixed w/ SM C & H Curl & Style Milk
DC - NG Mango & Coconut H2O or Chamomile/Brdck Root
Gel - SM souffle (winter), KCCC (summer) or CR Naturals Aloe Whipped Butter Gel (year round)
Sealers - Virgin Coconut Oil, Avocado butter, Aloe butter
Ayurvedic treatments - Jamila Henna, Sukesh, Aloe Vera Powder, Hibiscus Powder
.




Join Date: May 2012
Posts: 939
I'm pretty good on what works for me. I've had natural hair most of my life. I was just trying to get the appropriate labels so that when I talk about a product other people can know what my hair is like.
Originally Posted by Jessiebanana
The analysis will answer your question about whether you are low porosity. Also lets you know about your other hair properties as well.
Originally Posted by juanab
Thanks, but that just isn't for me. I'm more of a DIY type.
I've heard the strand float isn't always reliable. My hair was still floating hours later, so I pushed them down into the water, and they popped right up except for one tiny piece of a strand that floated just below the surface but still didn't sink. So then I did the other test, where you quickly run your fingers down the length of a strand, from the roots down, and if it feels smooth, it's normal, very smooth/squeaky, it's low, and if it has some drag, it's high. I'm not sure how accurate that is either. For all I know, I'm wrong and I'm normal porosity. But, many products create white froth on my hair rather than absorbing, oil doesn't absorb on dry hair, my hair takes a very long time to dry (5-12 hours), strand was very slippery, and hair never sank, so the tests combined with how my hair behaves make me think I'm low, or low-normal since I color-treat.

Might have it formally analyzed in the future, but I don't see how knowing if I'm really low, or normal would make much of difference in how I take care of my hair. (I'm sure many people would disagree and say it is very important.) But what works for some people with the exact same analyzed hair types doesn't work for another. There's climate and weather, unique ingredient sensitivities, and personal taste to name a few (oily looking to one person is shiny to another, frizzy to one is a great hair day to another, one loves protein and gel, one hates them, etc.).

At the same time, I might have more luck trying products people like who have the same or similar hair properties than I would choosing from someone's who are completely different. But sometimes that's not the case either. There's just no guarantee the same products or routines will work for people no matter how similar their hair properties, and no one-size-fits-each type for how much protein vs moisture you need. There are suggestions, but there's trial and error involved. I would prefer exact instructions and a guarantee.

ETA: The main thing I do think would be very important to know is if your hair is damaged/high porosity as it will need a lot more tlc. But I think that's pretty easy for people to figure out on their own because it's probably going to breaking off with split ends all over the place.
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Formerly Urbancurl.
Medium-high density, fine-medium, low-normal porosity, 3b/c, permanent color.
CG, no heat, combs, brushes, parabens.
Fall/Winter HG=Alba Botanica Soft Hold Style Cream.
Spring/Summer HG=MGA Sculpting Gel
Current fave LI=Madre Labs Made by Nature for Baby Conditioner.
Limit oils, butters, glycerin.

Last edited by diaspora; 05-24-2012 at 01:35 AM.
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Thank you diaspora, my hair is consistent through all the tests and since I just cut it very short it's all very healthy .

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