Porosity ?

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I've been on the CG method since summer, and I've just recently learned about porosity. Can someone please explain this to me, and how to I know if my hair is low, high, or normal. Thank you!
WITHOUT product - if it dries fast (like within a couple hours) it's high. If it takes like 6 hours to dry, it's low. If it's somewhere in the middle, it's medium.
2c-3a - coarse - normal-high porosity - high density - growing out to donate

NP/LP: KMF Whenever Cond./ YTCucs, Giovanni TTTT
RO/LI: Sevi Pumpkin Seed DC / CJ Argan & Olive Oil, KCKT, YTBbs
DT: Coconut Oil + scalp massage
OIL/STYLER: SM Elixir / KCCC, SS CEJ
COLOR: henna, amla & indigo
WITHOUT product - if it dries fast (like within a couple hours) it's high. If it takes like 6 hours to dry, it's low. If it's somewhere in the middle, it's medium.
Originally Posted by sixelamy
I second this. Also low porosity has a natural shine to it and gets build up easily, even on coarse, dry or kinky hair types.

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3b/c, medium-coarse, low porosity, high density
HG: Jessicurl Too Shea and Kinky Curly Curling Custard
Shampoo: nonsulfate shampoo and Suave Naturals sulfate shampoo when needed
I forgot to add, that NC has an article about porosity and so does www.livecurlylivefree.com.

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3b/c, medium-coarse, low porosity, high density
HG: Jessicurl Too Shea and Kinky Curly Curling Custard
Shampoo: nonsulfate shampoo and Suave Naturals sulfate shampoo when needed
My hair dries fast, but that's with gel and curling smoothie in it. I'll have to try it without products. I found a test on a lot of websites that said to take a strand or two and place it in room temperature water. If it doesn't sink it's low, and if it sinks fast it's high. Mine didn't sink. Does this work or mean anything?
The water test is pretty unreliable. I'd just go with how fast your hair dries, if it tends to absorb products or if they just sit on top, how greasy or dry it gets etc.

You can also run your finger up and down a strand of your hair - if it squeaks going up and down, it's low porosity and if it feels rough and resistant, it's high
3A with some 3B thrown in. Medium porosity. Medium Thickness. High density.

Pre-poo: Organic Virgin Coconut Oil
Low-poo: SM Coconut & Hibiscus shampoo / ElastaQP Créme Conditioning shampoo
Conditioner: Jason Moisturising Aloe Vera Conditioner

D/C: Experimenting!

Leave-in: Baptism rinse
Styler: Ouidad Climate Control Heat & Humidity


UK curly. CG since October 2013.
Aiming for WL curls (eventually)
When I run my fingers up and down a strand of my hair, it squeaks, so low? But my hair also dries pretty fast, in around an hour or two. But that's with product. So I'm thinking low, but I'm not to sure
But I have noticed that when I spray my hair with water (like from a spray bottle), that a lot of the time some of the water just slides off and doesn't get absorbed into my hair. I have to spray extra to get my hair damp. If this means anything haha.
But I have noticed that when I spray my hair with water (like from a spray bottle), that a lot of the time some of the water just slides off and doesn't get absorbed into my hair. I have to spray extra to get my hair damp. If this means anything haha.
Originally Posted by AnsleyBirch13
That is more typical of low porosity hair, which is hard for water to penetrate. If you have a low density of hair, then your hair drying on two hours may still be a long time. I'd recommend doing a hair analysis.

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3b/c, medium-coarse, low porosity, high density
HG: Jessicurl Too Shea and Kinky Curly Curling Custard
Shampoo: nonsulfate shampoo and Suave Naturals sulfate shampoo when needed
The squeak test has been debunked too, behaviour of the hair (absorption of water, penetrating oils, effect of humidity and humectants, speed of drying of nekkid hair) or a proper analysis under a microscope is more reliable.
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
Ok. I'll just wet my hair tomorrow and time how long it takes to dry. Does this require me to actually wash it, or can I just soak it and rinse it out?
But I have noticed that when I spray my hair with water (like from a spray bottle), that a lot of the time some of the water just slides off and doesn't get absorbed into my hair. I have to spray extra to get my hair damp. If this means anything haha.
Originally Posted by AnsleyBirch13
That is more typical of low porosity hair, which is hard for water to penetrate. If you have a low density of hair, then your hair drying on two hours may still be a long time. I'd recommend doing a hair analysis.

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Originally Posted by multicultcurly
While some of the descriptors are low porosity, I think the drying time is more indicative of the hair porosity.

I have low density/low porosity/fine hair. It still takes a LONG time to dry without product! When I worked, and didn't use product, it was 5-6 hours after diffusing for a few minutes. Now, I wrap in a Curlease towel, after putting in product, while dressing and putting on makeup; scrunch with CLU towel and diffuse for 5-10 minutes. It still takes a few hours to dry.

Hair that dries in an hour or two, with product, is at least normal porosity (if it's diffused for a bit) and high porosity, if not.
3a (Corkicelli), highlighted, fine, low porosity
modified CG, since April '07
CG since 3/11/08

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HGs: Anything Sevi; Curly Kinks Satin Roots, Curlycue ReNew and Coil Jam; homemade FSG and okra gel; soap bars; UFD Curly Magic (now Hello Curly Curl Stimulater); Botanical Spirits Jellies, CJ Repair Me, Aloe Fix and CCCC
Ok, but do I have to wash or condition my hair, or just wet and rinse it?
Ok, but do I have to wash or condition my hair, or just wet and rinse it?
Originally Posted by AnsleyBirch13
I wet, use a rinse out and style every day. Only time I shampoo is if I use an ingredient it doesn't like (every few months.)
3a (Corkicelli), highlighted, fine, low porosity
modified CG, since April '07
CG since 3/11/08

SE PA

HGs: Anything Sevi; Curly Kinks Satin Roots, Curlycue ReNew and Coil Jam; homemade FSG and okra gel; soap bars; UFD Curly Magic (now Hello Curly Curl Stimulater); Botanical Spirits Jellies, CJ Repair Me, Aloe Fix and CCCC
I take back my statement. It feels like everything I've learned has been a lie, or my hair analysis was wrong! It came back low porosity, but my hair dries in like 2 hours without product. So apparently this isn't really an accurate way to tell either.
2c-3a - coarse - normal-high porosity - high density - growing out to donate

NP/LP: KMF Whenever Cond./ YTCucs, Giovanni TTTT
RO/LI: Sevi Pumpkin Seed DC / CJ Argan & Olive Oil, KCKT, YTBbs
DT: Coconut Oil + scalp massage
OIL/STYLER: SM Elixir / KCCC, SS CEJ
COLOR: henna, amla & indigo
I'd get it tested - that's what I'm planning to do. I'd rather know for sure, that way I can make sure everything I'm doing is what's best for my hair type
3A with some 3B thrown in. Medium porosity. Medium Thickness. High density.

Pre-poo: Organic Virgin Coconut Oil
Low-poo: SM Coconut & Hibiscus shampoo / ElastaQP Créme Conditioning shampoo
Conditioner: Jason Moisturising Aloe Vera Conditioner

D/C: Experimenting!

Leave-in: Baptism rinse
Styler: Ouidad Climate Control Heat & Humidity


UK curly. CG since October 2013.
Aiming for WL curls (eventually)
I take back my statement. It feels like everything I've learned has been a lie, or my hair analysis was wrong! It came back low porosity, but my hair dries in like 2 hours without product. So apparently this isn't really an accurate way to tell either.
Originally Posted by sixelamy
sixelamy, where did you get your analysis done?

I recommend the Goosefootprints (etsy) analysis. It's on $22 and it's very thorough, plus she includes a ton of useful information that helps choose products.
Salt & pepper wavy mix 2B/2C
Low to normal porosity, coarse, kinky, normal elasticity
Current favorites:
Low poo: Yes To Cukes Color Protection (the no sulfate one)
Conditioners: Renpure MPHIP, CJ Smoothing Lotion, AB LI, CJ Curl Rehab, CJ Argan/Olive, Darcy's Pumpkin
Style: FSG, BRHG
Pre-poo/DT: Conditioner with honey & coconut oil

iHerb discount code: PNQ285
I take back my statement. It feels like everything I've learned has been a lie, or my hair analysis was wrong! It came back low porosity, but my hair dries in like 2 hours without product. So apparently this isn't really an accurate way to tell either.
Originally Posted by sixelamy
sixelamy, where did you get your analysis done?

I recommend the Goosefootprints (etsy) analysis. It's on $22 and it's very thorough, plus she includes a ton of useful information that helps choose products.
Originally Posted by CurlyGrey3
I was looking at the Goosefootprints one too since I've heard some mixed things about the Live Free one. What are people's experiences with either of these?
3A with some 3B thrown in. Medium porosity. Medium Thickness. High density.

Pre-poo: Organic Virgin Coconut Oil
Low-poo: SM Coconut & Hibiscus shampoo / ElastaQP Créme Conditioning shampoo
Conditioner: Jason Moisturising Aloe Vera Conditioner

D/C: Experimenting!

Leave-in: Baptism rinse
Styler: Ouidad Climate Control Heat & Humidity


UK curly. CG since October 2013.
Aiming for WL curls (eventually)

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