Nappturality has been online since 2002. Dedicated to all the women in the diaspora who proudly wear their highly textured hair naturally. Nappturality.com is the place to find photographs,, forums, information and links about the care, maintenance and politics of natural hair. Natural napptural hair. Here you will find photos of all natural styles, comb coils, two-strand twists, afro puffs, afros dredlocks (dreadlocks), locs and many other natural styles. Styled by natural napptural haired women on their own hair.


Hair Structure

The outermost layer of hair is called the cuticle. Under a microscope, resembles overlapping scales. These scales can open and close like window blinds. Its purpose is to prevent or allow penetration of moisture and air (or anything else that touches the surface). 

Hair porosity relates to the ability of the hair to absorb moisture through the cuticle layer. Your hair has the ability to absorb up to 50% of its weight when its wet. The degree of porosity is directly related to the state of the cuticle layer. Healthy natural hair with a closed and compact cuticle layer is resistant to penetration. Porous hair has a raised cuticle layer that easily absorbs moisture. As hair grays, the cuticle closes and the hair often becomes what is called "resistant" or "low porosity"

If you have low porosity hair, you will require a more alkaline solution in order to have the product penetrate your hair. Conversely, if you have high porosity hair, you are better off with an acidic mixture to gain penetration. Alkaline solutions open the cuticle while acidic ones close it.

The normal state of the cuticle is almost closed, allowing for some penetration. Conditioners and chemical processes normally work by opening the cuticle to allow penetration of the product deep into the hair shaft and depending on your hair’s porosity, the mixture needs to be adjusted for maximum effect. So in this regard it is important to know your hair’s porosity.


You can generally check for your hair’s porosity with a feel test. Divide your hair into 4 quadrants (example, crown, temples nape, forehead hairline). One quadrant at a time grasp several hairs between your forefinger and thumb and run your fingers up the strand from the end to the scalp.

If the hairs feel very smooth and the cuticle is hard and compacted, your hair is considered to be resistant, or of low porosity.

If the hairs feel slightly rough, it is considered porous, or normal.

If the hairs feel very rough, and in both directions, it is considered highly porous and may even be damaged or over-processed.


A more accurate way to check for porosity is the water test. Place a few strands of clean hair into a tall glass of room-temperature water and observe what happens. Make sure your hair does not have any product on it, or a leave-in when doing this test.

Normal, healthy hair should float or only sink slightly. The rate at which the hair sinks is indicative of the speed of which it absorbs and loses moisture. The faster the moisture is absorbed into the hair, the more porous it is, and that translates to the more porous it is, the faster it loses moisture.

Normal hair absorbs moisture at a slow pace and should be capable of holding it for long periods of time. If hair absorbs enough moisture within one minute to cause it to sink in water, it is absorbing way too fast and there is a problem. If you have this hair type you will already have noticed breakage and a lack of elasticity in the hair.

Hair Position after 1 min  =  Meaning
Floats  =  The hair is impermeable or low porosity.
Sinks – Middle of the Glass  =  The hair is normal.
Sunk – At the Bottom of the Glass  =  The hair is highly porous and possibly damaged.

A simpler way to check is to brush or comb through a section of hair and while holding it taut, mist water on it with a spray bottle. If the water is absorbed into your hair quickly and disappears, it is porous. If it stays ont he outside and beads up, it is resistant. Healthy hair is somewhere in between.


There are products you can use to increase or decrease your hair’s porosity, within reason. For hair that is low porosity or impermeable, you will need to use an alkaline product before using a conditioner or moisturizer in order to soften and open the cuticle to be receptive to the product, or the product will just sit on top of your hair and not soak in.


Overly porous hair tends to look and feels dry, but actually, it can absorb great amounts of water! You will often feel your hair is like a sponge full of water. It just can’t hold on to it for long. You need to change its porosity so it can hold on to moisture in the products you use. In this regard, protein-based products are good for porous hair because they help repair the cuticle layer, filling in missing gaps. However, don’t get carried away because too much protein will dry your hair out even further. You can use a deep conditioner after your protein conditioner, to reduce the negative effects of the protein.

Apple Cider Vinegar is also excellent for porous hair as it closes the cuticle on contact. You can make your own ACV rinses and there are recipes on Nappturality to help you.


The key to increasing your hair’s porosity to absorb conditioners and treatments is warmth. Invest in a steamer and use it when you are applying your conditioning treatments to gently open the cuticle and allowing the conditioner to penetrate into the hair shaft. Warmth also puts (lowers) the surface tension of water into a favourable condition for absorption. So by adding an EO to your hair steamer you will experience better results.

Using a castile soap-based shampoo is also a good way for low porosity hair to open up for more moisture and hydration.  

If you want to improve the performance of your leave in or rinse-out conditioner, no matter what your porosity is, just heat up the conditioner before applying to your hair. Don’t heat it to boiling point, just to a hot temperature that won’t burn you. You do not want to break the compounds in the conditioner by boiling it.

So there are ways you can work with your hair’s porosity. The key is finding the balance that works for you.


Nappturality Shoe 300 faded

Your Natural Hair is NOT a Fad

Wearing natural hair is not a fad. It is not a fashion trend. It's the natural hair you were born with. So why can't you wear it?
Don't believe the negative hype..

Kimberly Montague Chenay N. Bryant Hairbyjuanibless4 Vanessa Agee Jagged Edge LaJoia Hamilton Diamond Mull Essie Dodson Antoinette Jeaninne Sasha Stoute2 Chelsea Patterson Sanders Leslie Blakely5 Saundrea Arila Mendez Courtney Davis Angela Watkins2 Kathy Terrell 2 KaRen JackSon2 Monique Wilson Dominique Truthfairy Williams Watt Leslie Blakely9 Monica Evans4 Natanya Jones2 J LaKayle Jones Angie Knight2 Destiny Hawkins Talishia Robins Solange Campos 1 Nyree' Allen HairbyJuanibless ShaRon Hicks2 Curley N Cynthia Simpson Heila Da She Serumula 2 Jay Roge4 Divinity Starr Tiffany Smith KaTina Smith Walker3 Leah Prater Sarah Moore Raticka Scruggs2 Adaleia Coultman3 Tammie Braggs Khady Didi Sow Ednasia Green Karmen B. Jones Maya Mj James2 Monica Evans Sheila Da She Serumula Leslie Blakely3 Urecha Dunn Sophonie Bien Aime Princess First'Lady Briggs2 Lekeytha Dukes Shaw J LaKayle Jones3 Sonjia Murphy Angela Watkins3 Bokua Adwoa Bray 2 Sheila Da She Serumula2 Richeau Breland Andrea Cantrell 3 KaTina Smith Walker LaShawn Tiara Shinae KaRen JackSon Natanya Jones3 Adey's Natural Hair Tips Rhonda Littles Miz Jones Jay Roge Jillijoy Holloway Jagged Edge2 Chasity Williams Msincognito Shades Lisa Amos Wilson Urecha Dunn2 Leslie Blakely8 Ashley Erica Holmes Hale Marenda Eison Talishia Robins2 Trina Smith 3 Star Bullard Monica Evans3 Emmanuelle Key Dickerson Adaleia Coultman Michele Washington Daniella Cardoza2 Natanya Jones Raven Nacole Madison Sheila Da She Serumula Juanita Simmons Mary Wells Daniella Cardoza Abigail Boyce Shekera Combs KaRen JackSon Frankie Monroe 1 Mysteek NaturalHair2 Jariel Deanna1 Melody Dark Tracy Gary Monique Colon Lorraine Gray Trina Smith Brandi Murphy Lakishia Brown Gloria Obruche 1 Leslie Blakely6 Trina Smith 2 Cynthiakim1 J LaKayle Jones2 Frankie Monroe 2 Carolyn Parker Tonyelle Bennett Jariel Deanna3 Leslie Blakely Shalari Drakes Cheryl Freemon Watts Monica Evans2 Daphanie Brooks Gema Ebanks Queena Beenblessed Williams2 Shannon Bell Monique Colon2 Kim Lewis Leslie Blakely2 Ann Brown Heeyy Jessie2 Nikki Poole Raticka Scruggs Adrienne Lifeisgolden Skinner2 Jillijoy Holloway2 Adrienne Lifeisgolden Skinner3 Gloria Obruche 2 Chara Harris Mary Wells Betty Alexander McGriff LaCharla Figgs Jennifer Bass Andrea Cantrell Regina Ellis Livingston Cynthiakim2 Sasha Stoute Naiesha Howell Bella Negra1 Raticka Scruggs Princess First'Lady Briggs4 Kennedra Tucker Queena Beenblessed Williams Ayesha La Vonia Boyd Kathy Terrell 3 Hairbyjuanibless5 Cheryl Freemon Watts2 Shadi Shukuma Maepa Kathy Terrell Toma Thornhill Michelle Hudson Hairbyjuanibless2 Sonya Makeba Jariel Deanna Leslie Blakely7 Bokua Adwoa Bray Gilly Dee Andrea Cantrell 2 Marilyn E Lowe Lauren Foster Walls Melinda IzsoDivine Jillijoy Holloway3 Tammie Elkerson Mcgill Nicki Wade Jazmine J. Boss Jay Roge6 Bella Zambezie Alnita Reaves Vaught EJ Thompson Nadia Newton Selena So Blessed Mckibben Iman Whitmore Katrina Stallworth Adaleia Coultman4 Kaleta Battle Denise Billings Maya Mj James Bryanna Knight Sarah Moore 2 Kaynisha Renee Martin Hairbyjuanibless3 Frankie Monroe Notm Pressed3 Princess First'Lady Briggs Debra Chatman KaTina Smith Walker2 Kathy Terrell 4 Lysa Davis Nikki Poole 2 KaRen Nikki Poole Akeisha Kayla Bush Angie Knight Linda Brown Campbell Leslie Blakely4 Sylvia Randi Carroll Vicky Hightower MrsNohaterallowed Taylor2 Jay Roge3 Samantha Jordan Emmanuelle Key Dickerson2 Tammy Mariano Jagged Edge3 Adaleia Coultman2 Angela Watkins Iman Whitmore 2 Princess First'Lady Briggs3 Irena Shipley Da OC Latanya Coverson Gilly Dee Heeyy Jessie Keia Parker Troya Sowell Yasmeen Cookngd Ali Brown Notm Pressed Monique Colon Kenita Mitchell Tamara Hinkle Moore Amanda Flowers Peterson Solange Campos Mysteek NaturalHair Jariel Deanna2 MrsNohaterallowed Taylor Jewel Grant Adrienne Lifeisgolden Skinner Candace Montgomery Sheila Da She Serumula3 Sharea Twymon Summers Eiimariiee Rosee Lynn Jacqueline Parker Jaunene Jones