My hair is high AND low porosity?or normal?Help!

cldunzie0215cldunzie0215 Posts: 9Registered Users
So, I've been reading about LCO and LOC the last few days, and REALLY want to try them, so I did the water float test to see whether my hair was low or high porosity, with about 4 different hairs..THEY ALL DID DIFFERENT THINGS. Two floated, one sunk all the way to the bottom, and one sunk about halfway..WHAT?! Are there any other factors I can check to see what hair type I am? I'm trying LCO today, because I thought I ahd low porosity..Guess if that doesn't work I'll try LOC when I wash my hair later this week. Help?

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  • Corrina777Corrina777 Posts: 3,204Registered Users Curl Connoisseur
    Your best bet is to pay attention to how your hair acts--does it dry quickly or slowly? Is your hair majorly affected by humidity? Do richer products feel like they sit on top of your hair or absorb into it? The at home tests are notoriously unreliable.
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  • orangeserendipity32orangeserendipity32 Posts: 312Registered Users
    Yes, I had the exact same result w/ about 5 different hair strands, even after doing it two different times, so I thought maybe I was medium porosity. However, my hair takes forever to dry and seems to soak up most products easily, is that more low or high qualities I wonder?
    2c?/low-med porosity/medium texture
    Summer Routine
    Co-wash: TJ's TTT condish
    Low-Po: SheaMoisture marine complex
    Condish: SheaMoisture marine complex
    LI: Giovanni Direct
    Stylers: Mop Top curling Custard, Curls Gel-Les'C & Biotera gel, BWC spray gel as finisher
    Refresh w/: LUSH R&B
    DT: Shea Moisture Superfruit 10-in-1 masque, Giovanni Nutrafix reconstuctor, jojoba & argan oils

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  • kathymackkathymack Posts: 9,999Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    Hair that easily absorbs product is high porosity. Hair that takes a long time to dry is low. Naked hair drying in less then 2 hours is low, drying in 6+ hours is low. In between is normal.

    While it's not uncommon to have different types, textures and porosity on one head. The porosity differences are usually as the hair grows out--it starts out low at the roots and gets more porous as it's subjected to heat and the environment. It would be unusual to have hair that takes forever to dry and absorbs product quickly. The ends might absorb easily, but the length and roots would not.
    3a (Corkicelli), highlighted, fine, low porosity
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  • GreatcurlsGreatcurls Posts: 1,784Registered Users Curl Connoisseur
    The ends of your hair eventually become porous naturally, that's why keeping them moisturized and protected is important.

    One test that I used recently is to take a strand of hair that has been naturally shed, cleaned, and allow to dry naturally. You can take more than one strand from different sections of your hair. Take a small water bottle that sprays a fine mist, and spray once on the hair strand while held vertically. Time the absorption of the water drops into the hair. If it takes a minute or two--medium porosity. Two minutes or longer, low porosity. Less than a minute, high porosity. My hair strands absorbed all of the liquid in 2.5 to 4 minutes.

    Now my hair absorbs a lot of product quickly--but it is dense and does take more moisturizer than most to stay moisturized. Or the moisturizers have to be concentrated and have good spreadability such that a little bit goes a long way.

    On naked hair, drying time depends on temperature in room or outside. Humid, over 24 hours. Dry, 30 mins to one hour. With product, over 24 hours, unless it's a very dry day.

    My hair tangles very easily, but I was told by four hair stylists that my hair is fine to medium. And it's not uncommon for healthy, fine hair to tangle easily. So, the $60 question is: Is my hair highly porous as I once thought, or is it low porosity? :wink:
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    CoWash: various
    DT: various
    Leave-in: 100% Mafura butter, Shima Hair Leave-in 
    Stylers: MoroccanOil Curl Defining Cream, various
    Spritz/Sealant:not now
    *experimenting and loving it!
  • machermacher Posts: 1,013Registered Users Curl Connoisseur
    So, I've been reading about LCO and LOC the last few days, and REALLY want to try them, so I did the water float test to see whether my hair was low or high porosity, with about 4 different hairs..THEY ALL DID DIFFERENT THINGS. Two floated, one sunk all the way to the bottom, and one sunk about halfway..WHAT?! Are there any other factors I can check to see what hair type I am? I'm trying LCO today, because I thought I ahd low porosity..Guess if that doesn't work I'll try LOC when I wash my hair later this week. Help?

    I've did that test and came up with different results. I decided to get a hair analysis from Gooseprints, she's on Etsy.

    Originally I thought with the tests I was low po but I'm I'm normal po from hair analysis.

    My hair is pretty much 'normal' all over except I have wet low elasticity hair.
  • zoozoedzoozoed Posts: 24Registered Users Curl Novice
    Your best bet is to pay attention to how your hair acts--does it dry quickly or slowly? Is your hair majorly affected by humidity? Do richer products feel like they sit on top of your hair or absorb into it? The at home tests are notoriously unreliable.
    Quick Question. My hair gets very affected by humidity. It shrinks and all. What does that mean?
  • Therese1Therese1 Posts: 2,407Registered Users Curl Virtuoso
    I think that both low-po and high-po hair can be strongly affected by humidity. I think the only way to keep it from shrinking would be to try to have some kind of barrier between the hair and the air around it, to prevent exchange of moisture between the hair and the air. Some people put a bit of oil on their hair to do this; others find that a hard-hold gel works well. People often have to use quite a bit of gel to create a good barrier.
    Low poo: Intelligent Nutrients (IN) Harmonic; Oribe Cleansing Creme
    RO: IN Harmonic
    LI: CJ Beauticurls; Jessicurl (JC) Gelebration Spray
    DC: JC Deep Conditioning Treatment; Weleda Rosemary Conditioning Oil
    Stylers: JC Confident Coils; IN Volumizing Spray; IN Perfect Hold Hairspray; John Masters Sea Mist; Bumble Bb. Gel; Kenra Firm-Hold Gel; Sevi Blue Yarrow Sea Salt Spray
    Low-porosity 2a/b baby-fine hair

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