Sunday, September 13, 2009

Porous Hair

How Do I know If My Hair Is Porous ???

Symptoms of porous hair is dry no matter how much you deep condition or moisturize. Porous hair has no elasticity, & won't hold a curl...

To check if hair is porous ... Take a strand of your hair and place it in a sink full of water...Healthy hair will float..If the hair sinks to the bottom the hair is porous...

Porosity is related to the condition of your cuticle layer. Porous hair has a raised cuticle layer that easily absorbs water and is quick to lose moisture as well.

Low Porosity

Low porosity is when the cuticle of the hair shaft is compact and does not allow moisture to enter or leave the hair shaft..

Its very hard to process and extremely resistant to chemical services...

In this case I would suggest using a porosity conditioner a few days before relaxer/color so that your relaxer or color takes better

Overly Porous

Overly Porous hair is the result of damage...Either, chemical, heat damage, chlorine, and sun damage.
Overly porous hair is usually dry ,brittle and breaks easily...Feels moisturized or soft when wet but when your hair dries it loses its moisture. It has an open cuticle that both absorbs and releases moisture easily..It processes too quickly and caution must be taken taken when a chemical service is performed

Steps that can be taken to correct over porous hair

1. Weekly Apple Cider Vinegar Rinses ...The acid in the vinegar lowers PH lever..
( Dilute with about 1/4 to 1/2 of water following shampooing.... Rinse clean  and cont. with normal routine)

2. Protein Treatments for porous hair
Protein fills in gaps and binds to damaged places. It mends individual exterior along the cuticle. Regular protein conditioning improves the hair's porosity by reinforcing
the cuticle layers and allowing the hair shaft to better hold on to the moisture it is given.

3. Acidic Shampoo and Conditioners that are designed for overly porous hair ( Roux Porosity Control Step 1 ph 4.5 Corrector and Conditioner)


  1. thanks for the info - i definitely went home and did a floating test - lol. turns out my hair floated. i was so sure it would sink because my ends are dry and brittle. it seems (as u said) no matter how much i moisturize or trim i can't escape my dry ends. :(

  2. Thanks for posting Traycee! Definitely sunk. Picked up a small bottle for $1.50 yesterday at Sally's and will use it tonight following my shampoo rinse. Thanks again and I'll post the results on my blog!

  3. I did the test and my hair floated. I buy butters and deep condition my hair 2x a week. I'm hoping the hair steamer that I want to purchase will help with my dry hair over the winter.

  4. Seems like I have low porosity. My relaxers or colors never seem to take! Thanks for shedding some light on the other side of the spectrum. I'll be picking up a bottle of PC on my next trip to Sally's

  5. Thanks for making it simple. I was wondering what was wrong with my hair.
    If I keep using the PC shampoo and conditioner will it enable healthier hair growth?

  6. Thanks for making it simple. I was wondering what was wrong with my hair.
    If I keep using the PC shampoo and conditioner will it encourage healthier hair growth?

  7. If your hair is overly porous how often should you use the roux porosity control? Should you replace your regular shampoo and conditioner with Roux?

  8. So my hair floats but why does when my hair dry it feels like a Brillo pad (literally) no matter how much I deep condition w hear, moisturize and seal or hot oil treatments. I even used black soap (ph is 9) and it left my hair like a birds nest

  9. I am not a specialist in hairs but porous or not, it may float if it was dry because of elastic tension of water or if there is oil in the hair. So try washing the hair to remove oil and fill possible pores with water then try again. If it floats this time it is not porous. Source- physics.