All About Hair Porosity

You saw a good combo deal on a branded shampoo and conditioner online. You went ahead and made the purchase. But your hair felt dry and rough after the first application. Sounds familiar? Here’s what you needed to know about your hair- its porosity.


Porosity is the ability of your hair to absorb and retain moisture. It is determined by the structure of your cuticle or the outer layer of your hair. It is mostly genetic but can be altered by heat and chemical exposure. Knowing your hair’s porosity is useful to choose the right products that would keep your tresses well-maintained and moisturized.


Let’s understand this in detail.


How Porous is your Hair?

There are three ways to determine the porosity of your hair:

  1. The Float Test

Take some strands of your hair from your comb and drop them into a bowl of water. Allow them to sit for 2-3 minutes. Now notice whether your hair floats or sinks. You have a low porosity if your hair floats and a high porosity if your hair sinks.


  1. The Slip and Slide Test

Slide a hair strand from the tip up towards the scalp using your index finger and thumb. If you feel little bumps along the way, you have a high porosity. If the slide is smooth, you have a low porosity. If you felt the slide was normal, you have a normal porosity.


  1. The Spray Bottle Test

Spritz a small section of your hair with water. Did the water droplets form beads on your hair? If so, you have a low hair porosity. Did the water get absorbed quickly? This means you have high hair porosity. But if the water gets absorbed after some time, your hair has a normal porosity.


Types of Hair Porosity

The three tests help categorize the porosity of your hair into three types: High, Low, and Normal. Let’s explore them further.


Hair Characteristics Hair Care
Absorbs water easily Use minimal heat. Let your hair dry naturally.
Looks dry and frizzy Rinse with cold water
Dries quickly Include Amrutam Kuntal Care Hair Spa for deep hair nourishment




Hair Characteristics Hair Care
Least absorption or penetration Use heat to help hair products gets absorbed better and bind with your hair
Takes a long time to dry Apply products on damp hair only
Products make the hair oily or greasy Evenly distribute the product throughout the hair
  Use Kuntal Care Herbal Shampoo to remove any product built up



Hair Characteristics Hair Care
Accepts and holds moisture Just needs deep conditioning. You could also have Kuntal Care Malt as a supplement.
Require less maintenance Avoid exposing your hair to chemical treatments frequently to prevent hair fall and damage.
Bouncy and elastic  
Holds style and colors well  


Once you know the porosity of your hair, you will be able to create an effective hair care regime. Doing so can enable you to treat several hair care issues, such as hair fall, breakage, and dullness. Do write to us if you have any doubts about hair porosity.









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