Just found out my hair is low porosity, what are your ultimate tips?

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Hi there!
Just did the test and found out my hair is low porosity.. definitely makes a lot of sense as to why certain oils and cold rinses were never helping. Any tips I should know right off the bat? Anything is helpful!

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Mostly 3B curl with some 3A and 3C mixed around. Super long, few inches away from the waist.

Medium-Coarse
Some kinking
Normal elasticity (dry & wet)
Low porosity at roots, normal/low mid-shaft, porous ends



Shampoo: Live Clean Apple Cider clarifying shampoo, or L'Oreal Everstrong
Conditioner: Garnier Fructisse Triple Nutrition
Leave in: Garnier Fructisse Sleek and Shine
Gel: homemade flaxseed gel
Mousse: Got2B FatTastic Mousse
The DIY tests are junk science, better to go by the behaviour of your hair or a microscope analysis.
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
The DIY tests are junk science, better to go by the behaviour of your hair or a microscope analysis.
Originally Posted by Firefox7275
How would you go by the behavior of your hair? I am really new to this and *think* I am low porosity, but not sure. Thanks for your help!
How your hair responds to different products, how easily it wets down in the shower, how fast your naked hair dries, how it responds to higher humidity for example.
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
okay, a good test would be to apply coconut oil on your entire head then try to wash it out. If you get it out and your left with some oiliness then you have low porosity! Also if your hair drys fast it's low porosity. My hair is very long and the bottom part is regular porosity, but my hair comes out of my scalp low. For tips make sure you use deep conditioners and treatments that wash out, so you don't have a bunch of oil sitting on your head.
Low porosity hair takes forever to dry, is weighed down easily by heavy products or oils, is resistant to protein, and when you run your fingers up your strands it will feel smooth, meaning no "bumps" which are actually raised cuticles

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I think getting an analysis of your hair from somewhere like goosefootprints is a good idea, but even before my analysis came through I was starting to suspect I was low porosity for a few reasons: my hair doesn't get wet right away and spraying water beads up, I get build up easily and don't have fine hair, my hair takes 8+ hours to dry without any products. As it turns out I'm low porosity from root to mid shaft (which includes hair dyed once or twice with permanent dye) and medium from mid shaft to ends (which includes hair dyed many times with permanent dye)
Hi there!
Just did the test and found out my hair is low porosity.. definitely makes a lot of sense as to why certain oils and cold rinses were never helping. Any tips I should know right off the bat? Anything is helpful!

Originally Posted by gabriellehaze_
I have 3B low porosity hair. After joining this site and taking the porosity test, I discovered what works for my hair and what does not. Here is what works for my hair:

1. Every 3 days I clarify
2. I deep condition once a week
3. Giovanni direct leave in
4. Eco styler gels: olive oil and argan
5. Jojoba oil only on the ends
6. My products set into my hair with heat

Here's what does not work for my hair:

1. shea butter products
2. mid to high protein products
3. cold rinses
4. co-washing more than once a week.
5. oil sits on top of my hair without heat
Kosher Curls
mostly 3b curls
Low Porosity
fine, medium, coarse
medium to high density
Products: Giovanni direct leave in and olive or argan oil eco styler.

LONG: 10"+ (armpit to waist length)
My hair dries quickly and doesn't like heavy products. I have fine strands and my density ranges from medium thick to thick. I also have 3b curls in the front and some in my crown. The sides and the back are 3c. What is my porosity? I've been told by hair stylists (including my mother) that I have normal porosity hair. When my mother does two-strand flat twists on my hair, my hair comes out with more definition and less frizz. I have been doing wash n goes lately, and my hair comes out defined but frizzy and not to fluffy. My hair feels stiff to a certain extent. Help!
Last relaxer: May or June 2007
BC: May 10, 2013
Type: 3b/3c
Hair properties: curly, wavy & fine texture; medium thick to thick density; normal porosity; normal elasticity

Current Loves:
Shampoo: Shea Moisture Black African Soap Deep Cleansing, Shea Moisture Moisture Retention, Carol's Daughter Rosemary Mint Clarifying, Carol's Daughter Black Vanilla
Conditioner: Shea Moisture Deep Treatment Masque
Leave-In: Design Essentials HCO Leave-In Conditioner and Blow Drying Lotion
I have 3c hair that is low porosity.

My Do's: 👍
1. Products containing glycerin.
2. Using small amounts of heat after applying product.
3. Water washing between shampoos to remove excess buildup.
4. Light oils in spray bottles for easy and uniform coverage. My hair seems to adore coconut and jojoba oil.

My Dont's: 👎
1. Heavy butter or creams
2. Products with high amounts of protein
3. Co-washing
4. Using any product on my hair without some heat.
5. Not using conditioner when using gel.
Hair Type: 3C (Curls and Kinks)
Hair Texture: Medium
Porosity: Normal
Elasticity: High
Volume: Normal
Density: High

Relaxed for: 13 years
Big Chop / Went Natural: August 2009

Current Hair Length: About 1 ft (stretched)
Goal Hair Length: 4.3 ft / Bra-strap length unstretched

Regimen: Detangle, Shampoo and Condition 1-2x a month, leave-in moisturizer daily, deep condition 4x a year. NO heat (ever), NO combing when dry.

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Low porosity here! I couldn't believe it when I first did the test because I had always assumed dry hair was porous. Nope. It took me 2 years to figure out my hair, so please don't get frustrated.

I've learned that I cannot do the Deep Conditioning treatments as often as other Curlies. For me, it seems clarifying cleanses are more vital than deep conditioning. In addition to loosening my hair's hold on conditioning products, My hair is very affected by dew points, so when the dew point is in the high range I avoid glycerin as much as possible. Even in AZ, where "high dew point" is on the low end of the high dew point scale, too much glycerin makes my hair look and feel like burlap.

For quite a long time I thought my hair was protein sensitive, but it turned out that glycerin was really the problem. I can't do "deep" protein conditioners, because they make my hair straw-like, but I've learned my hair seems to "like" proteins in styling products. My hair is much frizzier, less defined, and super fly-away when I use stylers that don't have protein!

I use a "shampoo" about twice a month (I like Miss Jessie's Super Slip), and I use a clarifying shampoo once a month (KCCC), or once every other month. I only no-poo or co-wash the rest of the time. Most non water-soluble silicones build up very very quickly on my hair. I avoid non-water-soluble silicones (i.e. dimethicone,cyclopentasiloxane,phenyl trimethicone, etc.) in products 99% of the time because they make my hair even less absorbent than it already is. I find using most of these particular silicones exacerbates "flakes" and products seem like they'll never rinse out. (For me Occasional use of products with cyclopentasiloxane doesn't seem to cause build-up, because cyclopentasiloxane evaporates immediately and it helps my hair to dry faster.)

Another big thing I've learned is that I NEED a leave-in conditioner when I use gel. If I use curl creams I don't need a leave-in.
3b/c, Coarse, Low Porosity, Desert Climate
CG since August 2011/Occasionally Modified since 2013
Favorites:KCKT/KCCC/CHS Curl Keeper/Camille Rose Curl Maker/
ORS Curls Unleased Second ChanceRefresher/
It's a 10 Leave-in/BRHG/
Jane Carter Nourish & Shine butter/
Ouidad Double-Detangler Comb
naturallyjaz - If your hair dries quickly it's probably high porosity. Low porosity hair usually feels like it's never going to dry. I mostly air-dry my hair, and it literally takes all day to dry.
3b/c, Coarse, Low Porosity, Desert Climate
CG since August 2011/Occasionally Modified since 2013
Favorites:KCKT/KCCC/CHS Curl Keeper/Camille Rose Curl Maker/
ORS Curls Unleased Second ChanceRefresher/
It's a 10 Leave-in/BRHG/
Jane Carter Nourish & Shine butter/
Ouidad Double-Detangler Comb

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