Float test for measuring porosity

etosetos Posts: 221Registered Users
Hi curlies,

I tought I would have high porosity hair, because my hair does very good on CJ repair me (lot's of protein in that one!), is totally dry in 3 hours (when I use a little help from my microfiber towel), lost is shine in the painted/bleached parts, it frizz very easy (I have to moisturize my hair at least once a day, and use a leave-in, oil and gel after co-washing) and I can't imagine how hair could not be highly porous with my history of washing with sulfates and bleaching every 4 weeks for 1.5 year.

Just for check, I did the floating test. I dropped a couple of clean (so, without leave-in/oil/gel) shedded strands in a bowl of water... But they didn't sink! I waited for at least 10 minutes, but they just floated. How can that be? Is my hair not porous???

thanks for your reaction!
highlighted 3a hair. Fine strands, medium to high density. Probably high porosity. Growing uit bad layering and aiming for waist lenght!

Pre-poo: coconut oil
wash: CJ Daily fix or SheaMoisture Coconut&Hibiscus
RO + LI: different every time
Styler: CJ Pattern Pusha, CJ CIAB

dislikes: glycerin in low dews, scissor happy stylists, magnesium sulfate

(modified) CG since june 25, 2012
Hiarfinity + extra MSM since March 5., 2014

SL - APL - BSBL- BSL - MBL - WL (stretched)


  • kathymackkathymack Posts: 9,999Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    Float test is notoriously unreliable. It's better to use the one where you slide your fingers from end to roots. If it goes right up (and possible squeaks), it's low porosity. If it has a lot of bumps, it's porous. In between is medium.
    3a (Corkicelli), highlighted, fine, low porosity
    SE PA

    HGs: Anything Sevi; Curly Kinks Satin Roots, Curlycue ReNew and Coil Jam; homemade FSG and okra gel; soap bars; UFD Curly Magic; Botanical Spirits Jellies, CJ Repair Me, Aloe Fix

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