What’s My Hair Porosity?

I had just finished doing a hefty trim on my hair. For shock value, I took a photo of the handful of hair that I trimmed and sent it to my friend, Jai. Without hesitation, she suggested that I do a hair porosity test. I had already chucked the hair that I had trimmed and I refused to dig in the trash so I trimmed a little more. After all, it’s just hair right? Besides, I only needed 2-3 strands to conduct the test….according to the internet.

Since my hair wasn’t technically clean, I hand washed the small amount of extra hair that I had trimmed. Apparently, doing this test on dirty hair can alter your results.

Before I post my results, what is porosity, you ask?

Porosity is your hair’s ability to absorb moisture and is broken down into three categories: low, normal and high. The porosity test is a good indicator of what category your hair falls into.

-Chime Edwards, Essence Magazine Online, Jul 18, 2014

Knowing your hair’s porosity level can help to ensure that you are giving your hair exactly what it needs. To see my porosity test along with my results, check out the video below.

If you would like to conduct your own hair porosity test, here’s what you’ll need:

  1. 2-3 clean stands of hair
  2. A glass of room temperature water
  3. About 5-10 minutes of your time

Take the strands of clean hair and drop them into the glass of water. Be careful not to submerge the hair into the water. Once you’ve placed the hair into/onto the water, wait about 5-10 minutes for your results. If the hair sinks, you have high porosity hair. If the hair sinks to the middle, your hair’s porosity level is normal. If your hair floats on top of the water then your hair is virtually resistant to moisture and is considered low porosity.

Not the end of the world, either way. It’s great information that will help you to become better acquainted with your hair.

There’s much more scientific information that goes along with knowing your hair’s porosity level but I’m not getting into that today. I, personally found the basic info more than helpful in caring for my hair. Feel free to google if you’d like to know more detailed reasoning behind hair porosity and its importance.

Lastly, I’d love to know your results! If you conduct the test, tag us on Instagram @naturallysmitten. We’d love to share your results. Happy testing!