This DIY hair porosity test will help you to determine your hair's porosity so that you can understand exactly how much moisture your hair needs.
- Take a couple of strands of your hair and drop them into a bowl of water.
- Let them sit in the bowl for about two to four minutes.
- Observe your hair. If you hair is floating in the water, you have low porosity. If your hair is sinking, you have high porosity.
What Low Porosity means is that your hair is resistant to moisture. What you should do is try using lighter hair products with humectants and utilize heat! (Contrary, to the whole heat damage thing, right) Heat can be your best friend if you have low porosity hair. Wash and condition your hair with warm water and deep condition under a hooded dryer.
If you hair strands sunk in the bowl of water, your hair is highly porous. It easily absorbs moisture and therefore is mostly likely prone to frizz. Highly porous hair requires a little more effort to maintain, but it’s nothing a well planned hair regimen can’t handle! Try adding some protein rich products to your hair regimen, such as an avocado deep conditioner. Porous hair needs protein to fill in the gaps, so look for hair products with proteins such as aloe and wheat protein.