Can't tell if my hair has high porosity? /WHAT IS MY HAIR

amtsergamtserg Registered Users Posts: 52
Hello!

I'm confused about whether or not my hair has high porosity, and if it does what I should do.

My hair feels sticky like I've seen described in other posts here, and lacks shine and luster but fails the strand test and doesn't feel bumpy when I rub my fingers up a strand.

I'm currently using a shampoo/conditioner set that has wheat protein but it doesn't help at all. In fact my hair is essentially straight with no clumping now, but no matter what I do, it never changes! But using sets that focus on moisture doesn't seem to help either...

What is my hair?!

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  • BotticelliBritBotticelliBrit Registered Users Posts: 2,075 Curl Neophyte
    Float and strand tests aren't reliable. They're 'junk science'. The only real ways to tell your hair's porosity are:
    1) Pay attention to it – how long does it take to dry after washing? Does it drink up product and get dry easily, or do heavier products tend to just sit on the hair?
    2) Get a hair analysis from someone reputable like Goosefootprints on Etsy.

    Hope that helps :)
    3B. Med porosity. Med thickness. Med density.

    LP: Shea Moisture (currently JBCO)
    Conditioner/CW: Jason Aloe Vera

    LI: Aunt Jackie's Curls & Coils Quench
    Refreshing: TRESemmé Naturals Aloe Vera & Avocado
    Gel: DevaCurl Ultra Defining Gel
    DC:
    Aunt Jackie's Soft & Sassy Super Duper Softening Conditioner
    Treatments: Coconut oil/Coconut milk

    UK curly. CG since Oct 2013.
    Growing my hair to WL when dry :thumright:
  • amtsergamtserg Registered Users Posts: 52
    Hmm, well I don't ever really use products so I don't know the answer to that question, but I'd say it takes awhile to dry. Does that mean high porosity?
  • BotticelliBritBotticelliBrit Registered Users Posts: 2,075 Curl Neophyte
    How long is 'a while'?

    High porosity is normally very quick to dry. Medium porosity normally takes 3-4 hours. Low porosity dries very slowly (like 6-8 hours).
    3B. Med porosity. Med thickness. Med density.

    LP: Shea Moisture (currently JBCO)
    Conditioner/CW: Jason Aloe Vera

    LI: Aunt Jackie's Curls & Coils Quench
    Refreshing: TRESemmé Naturals Aloe Vera & Avocado
    Gel: DevaCurl Ultra Defining Gel
    DC:
    Aunt Jackie's Soft & Sassy Super Duper Softening Conditioner
    Treatments: Coconut oil/Coconut milk

    UK curly. CG since Oct 2013.
    Growing my hair to WL when dry :thumright:
  • dvldvl Registered Users Posts: 15
    Do you color your hair? Because if you do and a color stays on, you have normal porosity. High-porosity hair do not hold color, it will wash away after dying.

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