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This article is written by a student writer from the Her Campus at Valdosta chapter.

Hair porosity has probably never crossed your mind because I know it never crossed my mind until two weeks ago when I was watching a YouTube video on natural hair and the term “hair porosity” was used. Once I saw that video it seemed as though every video I watched afterwards spoke about hair porosity. It was like hair porosity here, hair porosity there, hair porosity everywhere! So I made it my mission to educate myself on what exactly hair porosity is and to also find out what my porosity is. Now, I would like to inform you all of my findings.

First things first…What exactly is “Hair Porosity”? It is your hair’s ability to absorb and retain moisture. There are three categories that your hair porosity can fall under. You can have low porosity hair which is what I have, normal, or high. There is a quick and simple test that you can do to find out your hair porosity. All you need is a cup filled with room temperature water and a few strands of hair. Place those strands on the water and wait for 2-4 minutes. If it is still floating on top of the water then you have low porosity hair, if it sinks straight to the bottom then you have high porosity hair, and if your hair is just floating within the middle then you have normal porosity hair.

So, what does all of this mean? It just lets you know the rate of which your hair absorbs and retains moisture.  If you have low porosity hair then you should try following the L.C.O. (liquid, cream, and oil) or the L.C.G. (liquid, cream, and gel). This will help trap the moisture in your hair, because your hair will probably end up dry if not. If you have high porosity hair then you will have to moisturize your hair a lot more because just as quickly as your hair absorbs the moisture then you can also quickly lose it. High porosity hair is usually caused by damaged or chemically treated hair. There are also some brands like Shea Moisture that have products specifically for low or high porosity hair.

Find out your hair’s porosity today!



Hillary Griffin is a Business Marketing major and Advertising and Promotions minor at Valdosta State University. She is a 4'11, natural haired girl with a love for all things makeup. Experiencing life the right way is her main goal in life.
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