Porosity test with cinflcting results

Kimley13Kimley13 Posts: 46Registered Users
Happy Sunday! I just read up on hair porosity and I conducted a strand test and receive conflicting results.

Please let me know if this test can be done on transitioning hair (I have more relaxed hair than natural)? Also should the test be done on hair that was just wash with no product?


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  • artemis513artemis513 Curl Neophyte Posts: 666Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    Clean, dry (as in not wet) hair. That said, all of the porosity "tests" are notoriously unreliable, so don't put too much value in them.

    Chances are you are going to have varying levels of porosity on transitioning hair. The hair that is chemically treated will be more porous than natural hair (either a lot or a little depending on what you do to your hair). So that's one factor...

    Also, we all have different strands all over our heads, varying textures, curl patterns, and moisture needs, so testing one strand won't tell you what you need to know.

    The best way to figure out the overall porosity and condition of your hair is to just pay attention to your hair's ability to receive and hold on to moisture. Ask yourself "does my hair take a long time to get wet in the shower, in general? Do I feel like the products I am using are not really absorbing? Do my hair strands feel slick and wiry, is my hair hard to style even though the individual strands themselves are very small/fine? How long does my hair take to dry--just a couple or hours or most of the day or into the next day?

    This is how you should be thinking in order to figure out what issues you have with your hair and what you want to accomplish. It takes time to figure out your hair's properties, esp since you are transitioning so you have to take extra care and time. For example, you might need to deep condition more now than you think, use more protein, or more protective styles, so forth and so on...

    Keep in mind that what you learn now will probably change when you cut the chemically treated hair. You'll need to know what and how things changed so you can roll with it and not have to start over as far as what works and what doesn't. It just makes things easier in the long run to learn your hair's "tendencies" rather than to rely on a "test". Just pay more attention to what you are doing and how it's working (or isn't) in terms of what you want for your hair.

    Good luck.
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  • Firefox7275Firefox7275 Curl Neophyte Posts: 3,750Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    Agree that the DIY porosity tests have been debunked by several bloggers with a science background, have a proper hair analysis from Komaza Care or Live Curly Live Free. Having said that it's generally safe to assume chemical treated hair is porous because hair that is no longer virgin has lost its natural 'waterproofing'.
    THE NATURAL HAVEN: Junk Science - Hair Porosity Tests / Float or Sink
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    2a-2c, medium texture, porous/ colour treated. Three years CG. Past bra strap length heading for waist.

    CO-wash: Inecto coconut/ Elvive Volume Collagen
    Treatments: Komaza Care Matani, coconut/ sweet almond/ fractionated coconut oils, Hairveda Sitrinillah
    Leave in: Fructis Sleek & Shine (old), Gliss Ultimate Volume, various Elvive
    Styler: Umberto Giannini jelly, Au Naturale styling gelee
    Flour sack towel, pixie diffuse or air dry.
    Experimenting with: benign neglect

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