Hair And Porosity: Why Knowing Your Hair Porosity Is Crucial

Hair And Porosity: Why Knowing Your Hair Porosity Is Crucial

Today is all about hair and porosity because it’s something that has made a huge difference in my natural hair journey and is now the basis in which I choose most of my favorite hair products.

So, tell me, not sure which products are best for your hair? Keep reading because you’re about to learn why hair and porosity are two words that should always be in the same sentence when looking for the best products and techniques to care for your hair.

First… What Is Hair Porosity?

Your hair is made up of protein and that protein makes up these little shingle-like structures called “cuticles”.

Depending on your genetics and personal hair care practices, these cuticles raise and lower.

hair and porosity

For example, washing your hair with hot water lifts the cuticles while cold water makes the cuticles lay flat.

Your hair’s porosity refers to how raised or lowered your hair cuticles are naturally.

This means, when your hair has been clarified and still has no product in it, will your hair have issues staying moisturized or do products seem to sit on top of your hair for hours after you’re done washing your strands?

Serious Money Saver

Knowing your hair porosity is going to help you save a ton of money (seriously) because you’ll be able to find the products that absorb into your hair if you’re low porosity, and find suitable products that help close your cuticles if you’re high porosity.

Different porosity means different hair needs. I know that since I’m a high porosity natural, I’ll need more products with protein and that my hair will thank me for sealing in the moisture I apply with a heavier oil, like castor, instead of a lighter oil such as avocado.

How many times have you bought a product only to find it didn’t work. Money wasted, right? Let’s stop doing that, shall we?

I’m sure there are plenty of other things you can spend money on.

Shorter Hair Care Regimen

When you realize how hair and porosity come into play, your hair care regimen will change for the better. It’s all about knowing what YOUR hair needs.

You’ll realize you don’t need to apply heat with your deep conditioner (unless you just want to) if your cuticles are naturally open and those who have issues getting products to absorb will realize they need to apply heat in order to get the most benefits from their oil treatments and deep conditioners.

Doesn’t cutting out the extra steps you don’t need and only taking steps that will actually benefit your hair sound so much better than spending an extra 40 minutes doing something you didn’t really need to do in the first place?

Improving your hair care regimen usually means you’ll be able to cut down the time you’re taking to get those coils just the way you like them.

When you’re browsing YouTube videos, you’ll be able to avoid recommendations from naturals that have a different porosity than yours because you’ll know the products they’re using are going to do the opposite of what your hair needs.

Fewer unnecessary steps in your hair care routine means shorter time spent taking care of your hair and more time you have to do other things, ya know, like the dishes or cleaning the bathroom shower. All the “fun” stuff, haha!

The sooner you can get out of the bathroom and out of your hair, the sooner you can get on with your life, right?

You’ll Gain Knowledge About Your Hair

Not only will learning your porosity help your wallet and hair routine, it’ll help you regain appreciation for the hair you have. Things will be less confusing because you’ll now understand a bit more about your hair.

The more you know about your hair, the better equipped you are to make decisions that will help improve the hair issues you may be having and you’ll be able to have fewer setbacks during your natural journey.

With new knowledge comes healthier hair habits and less frustration and “hair hating” experiences.

If there’s one thing you’ll notice about me, I’m all about “knowing your hair”.

I like to put emphasis on it being YOUR hair and YOUR journey because at the end of the day you can try all the best products in the world, but if you’re not choosing what’s right for your hair based on what you’ve learned about your crown, you’re not going to be happy in your hair journey and you’re going to have a hard time reaching your hair goals.

More Noticeable Results

Since hair porosity is something that affects the products you use and how well they work, when your product selection goes hand in hand with your porosity, you’ll notice the difference.

Even though you won’t be able to see longer hair in a day, you’ll notice a huge difference in your hair’s overall health, whether it’s moisture retention or less frizz.

Over time (because all hair growth takes time) you’ll know if you’ve been doing the right things because your hair’s ability to retain length will have improved.

Hair And Porosity: Don’t Forget Your Cuticles!

When I first started my hair journey, I thought all type 4 hair was the same and that whatever worked for another type 4 would work for me as well.

However, as I later learned, there are a lot of different characteristics we need to learn about our own hair that will determine which products will work and which ones won’t.

However, instead of putting soooo much focus on the external appearance of our hair, we need to take it a step further and pay much closer attention to what’s going on with our own hair on a less superficial basis.

Taking your hair porosity into consideration when trying new hair care practices is going to be one the most crucial things you’ll need to learn because it affects such a large part in the condition of your hair.

Do you know your hair porosity? How has knowing your hair’s porosity changed your hair regimen? Leave your comment below!

Aria Len

Sharing my natural hair journey with hopes to inspire you to find what makes your hair happy in order to reach your hair goals.

14 thoughts on “Hair And Porosity: Why Knowing Your Hair Porosity Is Crucial

  1. Hi,
    Excellent article on hair porosity. I’ve never thought about it from that view and honestly had never heard of the term porosity regarding hair. That does make a lot of sense to know my hair so I won’t be using products on it that are not beneficial to it’s management and growth. Thank you for your enlightening article.

    1. Hi Stori,

      It’s easy to miss some of the most crucial information. It’s kind of like Health class in high school (I’ll explain, just hang in there with me).

      They give you the basics of where babies come from, but they don’t mention all the little things. You think it’s no big deal until you experience it for yourself and you realize how much info you were really missing.

      I’m not a mom, but I would imagine that things would be a lot easier if people went into details about the things that others fail to mention.

      Your hair journey is no different. Things are much easier when you know the little things about your hair because it’s those little things that can make (and often do make) the biggest difference.

  2. I always have problems with my hair as a guy but I enjoyed all these information you wrote so informative for sure and it is easy to read and your pics are great it’s like they take you to more details.

    Great article! Your website is lovely as well as the colours.

    I will read more topics you write!

  3. Thanks for this wonderful post. It has really taught me the reason behind my hair giving me so much problem before I had to cut it. In my case, had I stumbled upon this post earlier maybe I could’ve prevented it.  I’ve never heard of hair porosity. I think now my hair habits will change and I have learned something new.

    I’ll share this with my friends so they can also learn something new too…. Thanks again

    1. I’m happy to help, Jackson!

      Hair porosity is something you should know and can be helpful, no matter your hair type!

      I’m glad you enjoyed the read!

  4. Good to know about another interesting topic. Actually, this is exactly the information that I was looking for information about hair and porosity: Why knowing your hair porosity is crucial and when I landed on your website and read this post, it answered all my questions in detail. It’s very useful and can definitely be used as a great source for everyone who is interested in this topic.

    It’s great that your website motivates people to find other ways of learning. It is easy to read and your pics are great!…Thanks again.

  5. Hi Aria, wow after reading your article, I feel like I am very well educated about hair porosity. I didn’t really know there was such a thing ~ I only know when I’m havin’ a bad hair day or a good hair day ~ but you explained it very well and it makes sense. Would my hairdresser be able to tell what my hair porosity is or do I need to look at a lock of my hair under a microscope?

    I’m no stranger to wasting money on hair products that didn’t work on my hair, but I didn’t know there was such a science behind it. Thanks so much for sharing your knowledge and expertise!


    1. A lot of people don’t realize porosity is a thing that can make or break a product for you. I’m so glad I could help! 

      You would think hair porosity would be common knowledge in the sea of hairdressers, but you’d be surprised how few take it into consideration when styling your hair.

      I have great news! You don’t need anything to test your porosity except your finger! You can locate a single strand of hair (still attached to your head, you don’t need to pull it out) take your thumb and index finger and hold your hair strand between your fingers and slowly slide your fingers up.

      If you feel a bunch of rough spots or “bumps”, your hair is high porosity and if it’s smooth you’re likely low porosity.

      I hope this helps! 

  6. Yeah, this explains why I have trouble with my niece’s hair. I’ve recently taken in my niece and nephews, and it’s been a while since I’ve had to care for a little girl’s hair. And no matter what advice people give me, I can’t seem to do right by Aliyannah’s hair. Now, I know that the products I’ve been using don’t match her hair porosity.

    1. I’m sorry to hear you’ve been struggling! I’m so glad I could help you care for your niece’s hair!

      If you ever need any help with product recommendations, let me know and feel free to contact me if you have any other questions.

      Wishing you well!

  7. For a person like me who is not usually critical about my hair, this is a good Post. This is something that I need to help me make sure that I am always on the look out and also use good products on my hair. For me, I have always believed in natural remedies so I believe that maybe coconut oil would be good for hair porosity.

    1. Welcome back, Jay!

      Just be careful with coconut oil if you’re not sure about your hair porosity because I’ve noticed that naturals who are low porosity tend to have bad reactions to it since it makes their hair feel hard or crunchy.

      This is because coconut oil helps prevent protein loss and low porosity hair tends to have more protein bonds than high porosity hair. 

      I hope this helps! Let me know how it works for you.

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