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goldy 12-29-2012 07:36 AM

Porosity Question
I've finally decided to pay attention to my hair again (after going CG about 11 years ago) & now I'm trying to understand porosity, density, texture, typing, etc :)

When doing the finger test to determine porosity it feels bumpy but I do get a squeak. Does this happen to anyone else? How do I make sense of it?

I'm pretty sure I'm a 3b with 3a more towards the top/front of my head; however, those areas are highly damaged from sun, chlorine, and constantly pulling my hair back for years. So with some tlc I'll see what curl those areas take. I am doing the test with hairs on the underside, more towards the middle of my head.

Ml001 12-29-2012 08:48 AM

This article gives you other characteristics of high, normal, and low porosity hair. It will help you better determine your hair's porosity.

goldy 02-24-2013 08:35 AM

Thank you. That is helpful :)

anonymous_133347 02-24-2013 02:14 PM

While the article is a very helpful guideline, I have to disagree with several aspects of it. I think hair can be highly porous and yet quite healthy. I think that's my hair type. My hair dries very quickly, gets completely saturated in a nanosecond, and I often feel the need to moisturize twice a day. It likes butters, creams, oils, etc. However, it does not seem damaged at all and is very resilient. I always detangle in the shower with my wet head full of conditioner and it definitely never "breaks" mid-strand because of the weight of the water. It tangles easily, I suppose, but what head of curly hair isn't prone to tangling? I had to wait a few months for my virgin roots which haven't been touched by even a blowdryer to confirm my suspicions but yes, my hair is just naturally highly porous. And there ain't anything wrong with that, IMO. :hello1:

Ml001 02-24-2013 03:26 PM

It says high porosity is often a result of damage and that is true. I don't see where it says all high porosity hair is unhealthy. Lots of people have healthy hair that is high porosity. The article gives good info on how to determine porosity aside from just a float or slip test.

I think normal porosity is maybe more desirable but it is not necessarily more healthy. I have low porosity and I know I'd love it if it was more normal so it would dry a bit faster!

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