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Determining Hair Porosity & Finding Your Best Products

Porosity refers to how readily your hair absorbs moisture. Knowing the porosity of your hair matters because it'll help you choose the right products for your daily hair regimen.
African hair porosity tends to either be high or low, however, itís possible to experience a combination of these due to hair treatments such as color or straightening.

Characteristics of Low Porosity Hair

Those with low porosity hair often find that the products they use build up easily, and that even with adequate moisture, the hair still tends to feel very dry. That's because the hair cuticles are laying very tightly around the hair's cortex, which prevents moisture from readily moving in.

Characteristics of High Porosity Hair

Those with highly porous hair have hair cuticles that are raised. Because of this, moisture flows into and out of hair very easily, preventing the retention of water. This also leads to dry hair. People with high porosity are also prone to hair breakage.

There's one way to determine your hair's porosity with certainly once and for all: drop it into some water and see if it sinks or swims. Sinking hair indicates high porosity while floating hair denotes low porosity.

Products that Work with Your Hair

You're not destined to have dry, rough or damaged hair. In fact, knowing the porosity of your hair can help you choose the right products once and for all.


If you have low porosity hair, the key is to get the products past tight cuticles where they can do their job. For this, you'll want to stick with products that attract moisture (humectants), and avoid products that have a low pH as these will seal the cuticle even more. Products containing vegetable glycerin and natural castor, coconut and moringa oils offer humectant moisture and are designed to soften hair and skin.

Applying products while your hair is wet will also provide some additional moisture to lock in. To change your hair care routine once and for all and finally get the moisture your low porosity hair needs, try the Burdock Root Butter Cream, the Moringa Tree Conditioning Ghee and the Castor & Moringa Softening Serum. All three contain a variety of humectants that attract moisture.


The key to moisturizing high porosity hair is to keep moisture in once you've applied it. Whether your cuticles are damaged from heat, straightening or chemical processes, you'll want to choose hair products that have a lower pH to tighten the cuticle. Thick butters and rich oils will help to serve as an additional protective layer.

Try our Amla & Olive Heavy Cream because it contains rich olive and castor oils to attract moisture and lock it in. This cream also contains a variety of natural ingredients that promote hair growth to help grow out damaged hair.

The Aethiopika Hydrate & Twist Butter contains oils and soy extract to provide humectancy that attract moisture to the hair. A touch of plant wax helps to smooth down frizzy edges.

Use the Castor & Moringa Softening Serum to keep hair moisturized even overnight. Pure castor and moringa oils act as valued emollients and provide rich fatty acids.