3 Ways to Test Your Hair Porosity

If you already know what your hair porosity level is, you are well on your way. Knowing your hair porosity makes it so much easier to care for your hair and select products. First, we’re going to share with you some important hair care information on hair porosity and then we’re going to share with you "3 ways to test your hair porosity.”

We believe knowing and understanding your hair can help you to develop a proper hair care regimen that leads to healthy hair. Here at Her Coils Organic, we don't just want you to buy our products but to educate you as well. You can buy all the products in the world but without a good hair care regimen in place, you are wasting money.



Knowing your hair porosity helps you to know what products are going to work best for your hair. It makes shopping for products a lot easier. That way you aren’t buying products that will not work for your hair. It will also save you a lot of money in the long run.


Porosity refers to how well your hair can absorb and hold moisture. Porosity is usually determined by your genetics but some external factors can alter your hair porosity such as heat and chemical processing. We believe knowing your hair porosity can be a major game-changer for you in your natural hair journey. As we mentioned before it can help you choose the right products to keep your hair well-moisturized, strong and shiny.


  • Low
  • Normal
  • High


  • Hair takes a long time to get wet and take a long time to dry (water beads on your hair)
  • Products sit on the hair and tend to build up rather than absorb.
  • Natural oils don’t readily penetrate, but rather sit on your hair.
  • Thick products make your hair feel greasy
  • Does not take hair color (dye) easily


  • Hair is full of bounce and elasticity.
  • Requires very little maintenance.
  • Easily accepts and retains moisture inside the cuticle.
  • Holds styles well and can be colored with good results.


  • Hair easily absorbs water, however, it requires more products.
  • Hair often looks and feel dry
  • Tangles very easily
  • Often frizzy
  • Dries quickly
  • Hair lotion and milks don’t cut it

We’re going to focus on Low and High porosity hair in this post that’s where the problem lies. If you have normal porosity hair my sister consider yourself BLESSED!


THE FLOAT TEST– Take a couple of strands of hair from your comb or brush and drop them into a bowl of water. Let them sit for 2-4 minutes. If your hair floats, you have low porosity. If it sinks, you have high porosity. (recommend hair strand on freshly washed hair)

THE STRAND TEST AKA THE SLIP N SLIDE TEST: Take a strand of hair and slide your fingers up the shaft (toward the scalp). If you feel little bumps along the way, this means that your cuticle is lifted and that you have high porosity. If your fingers slip smoothly, then you have low porosity hair.

THE H20 TEST: To determine your hair porosity level using water, spritz a small section of curls with water and watch how your hair reacts – does your hair absorb the water quickly (indicating high porosity) or does it remain on top (indicating a low porosity level)?

Now that you know what your hair porosity is let’s move onto the fun stuff. How to care for low and high porosity hair.

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  • Sheddrick Sanchez

    I have high porosity. I don’t know how to take care of my hair, and I’m asking for help. Everything I’ve to keep my hair moisture doesn’t work. I’ve used comb-Thru wave, Olive Oil Hair Lotion, Hollywood Beauty Olive oil shine Moisturizer, Long & Luxe Pomegranate Growash, Blue Magic Hair & Scalp Conditioner, and Shea Butter Mega Moisture Hair Conditioner. If you can give me step by step guide as to what to do, would be greatly appreciated.

  • JoAnn M Davis

    I THINK my hair is low porosity. I did the float test & it floated. However, it does take color very well. I don’t use a lot of product. But when I do, it never feels greasy. But I will add that if I air dry, I look one way of curly. If I diffuse it’s tighter. If I blow it out, any moisture makes it curly again. I’m so confused! Help! I will also mention it’s thin, but not fine.

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