How to Determine Your Hair's Porosity

September 01, 2019 0 Comments

How to Determine Your Hair's Porosity

 How To Determine Your Hair's Porosity

Looking for products for your natural hair? One of the best ways to choose products and hair care grooming tools is by knowing the porosity level of your hair. There are three levels of porosity:

  1. Low Porosity hair has closed cuticles, takes longer to dry, and longer to absorb products. They tend to sit on the hair rather than absorbing easily into it. If water beads up on the surface of your hair and it doesn’t have a lot of volume or elasticity, it probably falls into this category.
  2. High Porosity hair is often frizzy and usually (but not always) over processed. In contrast to low porosity hair, it absorbs products too easily but might still have a dull, dry appearance. If your hair drinks up products and breaks off easily, it’s probably in this category.
  3. Normal Porosityhair is everyone’s dream. It’s usually shiny and has lots of volume and bounce. Treat it with high-quality products and it will reward you with years of good hair days.


It’s easy to find out the porosity level of your hair. First, fill a clear glass with clean water. Next, pluck a few strands – no more than one or two strands, please – of clean, product-free hair from your lovely tresses. Finally, drop the hair into the glass and pay attention. If the hair floats, it has low porosity. If it falls to the middle of the glass, it has normal porosity. If it sinks all the way to the bottom, it has high porosity.


At Tropic Curls, we have the products you need to get the healthy head of hair you deserve. You’ll enjoy the natural hair journey more when you understand the texture, elasticity, moisture content, and porosity of your locks, though. Take a few minutes after your next shampoo to test the porous level of your hair. Knowing your hair’s porosity level will help you make smart product and tool choices and better care for your hair.