top of page

What The Porosity?!

Today its almost impossible for you to be a natural and not have herd of porosity. It has been sensationalized all over Youtube.

But does anyone even know what porosity is, or why its important??

We sure didn't for a long time. It is often when it is talked about it is related to hair drying times, and thickness. And yes, those are some of the elements of it but definitely not the main part.

So let's make it simple so there can be no more confusion

But before we go anywhere please never do that stupid water test again!!



Porosity measures the level of damage of the hair cuticle ranging on a sale of low (the least damaged) to high (the most damaged)

So now why does this matter?

The Porosity Scale

Did you know that you can have different porosities on different sections of your hair?

Porosity is measured in a sliding scale of low, medium and high, and even a single strand of hair does not always sit in the same type of porosity.

Most importantly you can have a combination of porosities, its called the porosity scale.

low porosity

low to medium porosity

medium porosity

medium to high porosity

high porosity

Porosity is usually determined by

(natural porosity) + (chemical & physical induced porosity)

There are many factors that can change the different levels of porosity. For example things like Heat, chemical manipulation, High PH products, hair color, bleach can all drastically alter the porosity of hair.

Confused yet? Don't Be!

There are a few easy tips that you can use to understand what porosity the majority of your hair is and how you should care for it

Low Porosity

Is great at keeping moisture in the hair, typically needs minimal additional products after a good conditioning.

Low porosity hair is usually found closest to the scalp, with tighter curls.

How to care for it:

Prone to product build up because of lack of absorption, shampooing regularly is a must.

Although great at retaining moisture it is takes a lot more work to get it moisturized, most breakage is from dryness, using a steamer on your hair for 20 minutes during a deep condition will help this.

Medium Porosity

Majority of kinky curly hair falls in this category. Ideally you can maintain the ends of your hair at medium porosity, preventing it from going to high porosity.

Slightly more open cuticles, Less single strand knots

How to care for it:

Treat the hair as high porosity to prevent any deterioration into high porosity as hair lengthens and ages

High Porosity

Parts of cuticle might be damaged or completely missing. The hair has no filtration system, easily absorbs moisture but also easily loses moisture. Dryness is the key trait of high porosity hair. Typically found at the ends of the hair

How to care for it:

Requires heavier products and oils to help seal cuticle manually

Frequent need for moisture. Increase levels of humectants used in products like the Glorious Glycerin bottles available at our store

The Key to healthy hair is understanding porosity and using it in your daily routine

Loved what you learned today? Share it with your friends and go buy some products made to keep your scalp happy & healthy!


3 views0 comments

Recent Posts

See All