Your Hair May Be Low Porosity Not Coarse, Know The Difference?

natural-hair-womanAlright you girls with the low porosity hair strands, that’s enough talk about how lucky you are because your hair is always soft, as a matter of fact you probably only moisturize once a week right?

Not all of you are singing that happy tune though, many women with natural or relaxed hair are not as educated about low porosity hair as they should be.

As a matter of fact they know so little about it, they often describe there hair as coarse coupled with dry, frizzy and unruly.

The truth is, you hair might not be coarse at all, it might just fall in the category of low porosity hair. To determine if your hair is truly coarse it is important to know how coarse hair behaves at all times, because if your hair is only coarse sometimes, then chances are you describing it incorrectly.

What is coarse hair?

The short answer is coarse hair is made up of strands that are relatively thick and strong. This hair is rough to the touch, does not reflect much light so it looks dull and can also be difficult to style.

It is not dry hair as most of us tend to believe and the hair can be very healthy due to that innate strength. If you chemically relax coarse hair, you might find that it will need a touch more time to process in comparison to hair that is not as coarse because the bonds don’t break easily.


Handling coarse natural hair is a learning curve and truth be told, not taking the time to understand your hair’s needs is the reason some ladies fall off the natural wagon. Coarse hair is actually pretty easy to deal with if you know how and this hair type can also be the easiest to grow long and healthy.

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About Petra


Hi I'm Petra Lomax , a staff writer and editor for BlackHairInformation.com . I am Jamaican born and raised and moved to the United States in my early 20's. I have a BA in Political Science and International relations as well as an MBA and a Masters In Project Management. I love travel, culture and anything that has to do with creative media and business.

About Petra


Hi I'm Petra Lomax , a staff writer and editor for BlackHairInformation.com . I am Jamaican born and raised and moved to the United States in my early 20's. I have a BA in Political Science and International relations as well as an MBA and a Masters In Project Management. I love travel, culture and anything that has to do with creative media and business.

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