Really Confused About Porosity :\

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I'm pretty confused about my porosity. I've done the float test (which people say is the most reliable of the porosity tests, but I'm kinda starting to think otherwise). Every time I've taken the test, my hair would float at the top for up to 20-30 minutes. I started to think it was surface tension to blame, so I gave my hair a little poke to just below the water. Then, it would float just a little bit lower than the top, but nowhere near the top. This would suggest that my hair is low-normal porosity, right?

However, when I do the strand-feel test and the drying test, get high porosity. The strand feels bumpy (which I've also heard is relatively unreliable too since this may just be due to the curl in the strand) and my new growth (I'm transitioning) gets at least 80% dry really quickly. The relaxed ends don't dry as quickly (which is weird because relaxed hair is supposed to be the high porosity-drying part, right???). So I'm confused

So I guess I'll just lay this out:

My low porosity traits:
- product can just sit on hair sometimes (not all the time)
- water takes some time/movement to absorb into hair
- My hair doesn't really care for protein treatments (it does feel stronger , but also harder)

My high porosity traits:
- Lacks some shine
- Tends to be frizzy
- I've always taken to relaxer pretty easily

Random traits:
- Can feel soft, but dry (doesn't look dry)
- Can feel slightly crunchy, but dry (doesn't look dry)
- My relaxed hair mostly acted like normal porosity.
- On the LOIS scale, my hair seems to be Spongy (I don't know if my relaxed hair makes it frizzier)

Sorry if the porosity traits aren't spot on. That's just what I see when I look up traits.
Thanks in advance for anyone who has any suggestions!
I'm confused about mine too. I did the exact same thing with my float test...got impatient and pushed the strand under. That probably affected the results. I think I have mixed porosity. It takes forever for it to get fully wet in the shower, but the back/underside of my hair sucks up product like crazy. I can put gobs and gobs of LI and styler back there, and it feels like I didn't put anything. Very weird.
My hair doesn't seem to take a long time to get fully wet under a shower. If I try under a sink, it'll take a longer time. A spray bottle will take longer then that and if I try pouring water on my head using my hands, I'll be there forever! That makes me think I'm low porosity, but after a show my hair seems to dry like nothing.
The LI situation is the same for me! I put on more and more and it feels like I could just keep going. Weirdly though, oil doesn't seem to disappear into my hair as easily as that.
Actually, the float test is notoriously unreliable. Other then microscopic analysis, dry time is probably the best indicator of porosity. 6+ hours is low, 2 or less is high, in between is normal. That's done on naked hair.
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Actually, the float test is notoriously unreliable. Other then microscopic analysis, dry time is probably the best indicator of porosity. 6+ hours is low, 2 or less is high, in between is normal. That's done on naked hair.
Originally Posted by kathymack
Would naked be after washing and conditioning, no leave-in, no etc.? Or would it be after just shampooing?
Actually, the float test is notoriously unreliable. Other then microscopic analysis, dry time is probably the best indicator of porosity. 6+ hours is low, 2 or less is high, in between is normal. That's done on naked hair.
Originally Posted by kathymack
Would naked be after washing and conditioning, no leave-in, no etc.? Or would it be after just shampooing?
Originally Posted by DomiCurls
Naked = after shampoo (or cowash) and conditioning. No leave-ins, oils to seal, or other stylers.
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Clarifying: Suave Essentials Strawberry
Low Poo: Renpure Luxurious Argan Oil
CO: Suave Essentials Strawberry, V05 Kiwi Lime
RO /LI: Tresemme Perfectly (un)Done, Cure Care, V05 Kiwi Lime Squeeze, Suave Essentials Strawberry, Renpure Brazilian Keratin (old formula)
Stylers: LALSG, AIF, HETT, Suave Professionals Firm Control
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Actually, the float test is notoriously unreliable. Other then microscopic analysis, dry time is probably the best indicator of porosity. 6+ hours is low, 2 or less is high, in between is normal. That's done on naked hair.
Originally Posted by kathymack
Would naked be after washing and conditioning, no leave-in, no etc.? Or would it be after just shampooing?
Originally Posted by DomiCurls
Naked = after shampoo (or cowash) and conditioning. No leave-ins, oils to seal, or other stylers.
Originally Posted by Geek_Chic
Thank you for the reply!
So, i did the water test and my hair strand was floating for several minutes. That means that i have low porosity right?
But when i did the quiz to know my texture type, the results tells me that i have high porosity.... So i'm verry confused now.
So, i did the water test and my hair strand was floating for several minutes. That means that i have low porosity right?
But when i did the quiz to know my texture type, the results tells me that i have high porosity.... So i'm verry confused now.
Originally Posted by VeishkaLiz
The float test is notoriously unreliable. Everyone's hair floats forever. Texture is fine/medium/coarse. Best ways to determine porosity is how long it takes your hair to dry and/or absorb product.
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