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What is Porosity and Why it Matters When Choosing Hair Care Products?

What is Porosity and Why it Matters When Choosing Hair Care Products?

Hairfall, damage and stunted growth are problems that every hair type deals with. While these concerns remain common, did you know that it all comes down to porosity? Your hair porosity should determine the type of hair care routine you follow and the hair care products that you use for your hair. If you're not familiar with the term, let Godrej Professional experts break it down in detail for you.

What is hair porosity?

Just like your skin, your hair follicles contain pores that have the ability to absorb and retain moisture. This is known as hair porosity for your strands. 

When you are properly moisturising and hydrating your hair but it still feels dry, it is likely that your hair has low porosity. Low porosity hair is unable to retain moisture which makes it harder to add moisture to the hair strands. 

On the other side, there’s high porosity hair which can easily soak up moisture and water but is unable to hold on to it. This turns out to be a bad thing because it is essential to keep your tresses hydrated. When the hair can absorb and retain moisture, it has the capacity to become soft and hence shiny post-wash.

How to check hair porosity?

Wondering if you have high porosity or low porosity hair? Here are a few simple hair porosity tests that you can try. 

Test 1 - Take a fallen strand of hair from your comb or hairbrush and drop it into a glass of water.


  • If hair sinks into the water right away, it suggests that you have high porosity hair. 
  • If hair floats on the top, you have low porosity hair.
  • If hair sinks slowly into the water, it means your hair porosity levels are normal. 

Test 2 - Simply spray some water onto your tresses and observe. 


  • If hair soaks up the water right away, it points to high porosity levels.
  • If hair takes some time to soak up the water, it is likely that you have low porosity hair. 

Godrej Professional Recommends

Once you understand the different hair porosity levels, it becomes easier to choose the right product for your hair type. Our experts recommend the following.

Low Porosity Hair

With low porosity levels, hair takes time to dry and the product usually sits on top of your tresses. This may make it seem greasy and dull. Fight this with the Quinoa Smooth Shampoo and Quinoa Hair Mask that retains that moisture with the goodness of quinoa.

For best results, apply the professional shampoo to the scalp, working your way through the lengths. Rinse well and follow it up with the Quinoa Smooth Mask to maintain the protein balance in your hair. 

For an added boost of nourishment, finish up your hair care routine with the Hair Serums & Shampoos for Frizzy Hair. Enriched with hydrolysed quinoa, this cream conditions and strengthens locks.

High Porosity Hair

When you have high porosity levels, your hair strands can quickly absorb moisture but fail to retain it. For this, add the Honey Moisture Mask & Honey Moisture Shampoo to your care routine and get one step closer to damage-free and shiny hair. Follow these simple steps to wash away the damage and dryness from your hair. 

  • Lather up some shampoo and rinse well to cleanse your hair. 
  • Pour some hair mask into your palms and apply evenly from lengths to tips. 
  • Leave on for a couple of minutes and rinse. 

Normal Porosity Hair

For normal porosity hair, catering to the needs of your hair with the right products is enough to keep it nourished and soft. For this, using the Avocado Shampoo and Avocado Hair Mask range is ideal. Filled with the goodness of avocado and almond oil, this duo gives your hair the exact tender care that it needs. To make the best of this duo, simply shampoo, rinse and mask up!

Now that you understand hair porosity better, give your hair the much-deserved care with Godrej Professional!