How to Work Out Which Products Make Your Hair Grow Faster Based on the Porosity of Your Hair

the best hair products to hydrate hair

Porosity will help you work out which products make your hair grow faster.

Boost hair hydration and help your hair grow faster with these lock loving products

And take a quick and free hair porosity test to find out which products will help boost hair hydration for your hair.

Your hair deals with a lot in its lifetime. No matter the season, whether it be cool or warm, hair deals with wind, rain, sunshine, and pollution daily. 

So, when a new product is available designed to help with hydration and nourishment, we pay attention,

To find out which products work best for your hair, the first step is to test your hair porosity. 

Knowing your hair porosity, will help you better understand how your hair absorbs moisture. The higher the porosity, the more moisture your hair loses.


To test, grab a glass of water and make sure it’s room temperature. Then place a few strands of loose hair into the glass and wait around 2-4 minutes.

How to read the results.


If your hair strands float, you have low porosity. This means hair has a tight cuticle and has a hard time absorbing moisture. This also means hair has a regular product build up, as it doesn’t absorb the products properly.

SOLUTION: Try a deep conditioner at least once a week to help hair stay nourished and absorb moisture.


If your hair floats in the middle, then you have medium hair porosity. The cuticles of the hair are less tightly bound, and moisture is staying in. 

SOLUTION: Keep on track with your regular hair routine of washing at least once a week, and a treatment every couple of weeks should do the trick to keep hair well hydrated.


If your hair sinks to the bottom of the glass, you have high hair porosity. This means hair has an open cuticle and easily absorbs moisture. However, it also means hair can lose moisture as fast as it absorbs it, as the cuticle is wide open. 

SOLUTION: Always use a heat protectant when styling hair, and deep condition hair regularly.


For Low Porosity:

Anihana Shampoo & Conditioner Bar – Blue Ocean RRP $9.79

This unisex hair care bar cleanses and conditions in one, and is great for your gym or travel bag, due to its compact size and convenience of being a two in one product.

The bar lasts up to 80 washes and contains hair nourishing ingredients such as Coconut derived sulphate for a deep cleanse of excess product build up, and Rice Bran Oil for hydration. 

2-in-1 shampoo, and conditioner products have come far over the last decade, no longer leaving hair feeling stripped of their natural oils after using a combo product. 

Hair is left feeling soft and silky, shiny, and very healthy after use. And with the sulphate being naturally derived from coconut, it won’t strip the natural oils from your scalp, so no itchiness or dryness after use.

Coco & Eve Sweet Repair Repairing and Restoring Hair Mask RRP $51.90

Scientifically formulated to deeply repair and restore in just 5 minutes, all you need is just that; 5 minutes, to help restore hair and reboot hydration back to both scalp and hair follicle.

This hair mask contains a powerhouse of beneficial ingredients and can be used with any hair type. Active ingredients include Biomimetic Ceramides, Vegan Keratin Complex and Hyaluronic Acid to help reduce hair damage and repair hair weakened by heat, chemical damage, and colour.

It’s easy to use and smells great too. 

After shampooing hair, apply this mask and let it sit for 5 minutes before washing out and following with your favourite conditioner to seal in all the goodness of this treatment.

For a deeper cleanse, you can apply to damp hair after shampooing and then wrap hair up in a towel and let it sit for up to 30 minutes before washing it out.

Hair is left feeling soft and smooth afterwards, with a lovely shine.

Follow with the Coco & Eve Hydrating & Detangling Leave in Conditioner RRP $34 for a nourishing boost hair, which also provides an extra layer of protection against harsh environmental impacts. 

For Medium Porosity:

Esmi Strength Shampoo and Conditioner RRP $39 each

The clean formula of this shampoo and conditioner is specially designed to help treat scalp and hair, for stronger growth, fuller and healthier hair.

It contains ESMI BIOME™ – EB04 which is a biome blend of probiotic lysates specifically tailored to help with hair growth, strengthening hair at the scalp and reduce the damage caused by UV. It also contains peptides which will assist in regenerating growth, and giving hair a thicker, fuller appearance.

With the added ingredients of green tea extract, using this shampoo and conditioner will help add moisturise as it conditions hair and scalp.

Esmi strongly believes in the idea of healthy skin, healthy hair. So, their hair products contain natural ingredients designed to both nurture hair, and the skin on the scalp as well.

Moroccan Oil Blonde Perfecting Purple Shampoo and Conditioner RRP $51.50 each

This dynamic duo also gently cleanses the hair and scalp for a deep clean whilst working to remove brassy tones in blonde hair. 

It uses ArganID™ technology which helps repair hair from the inside out while sealing the cuticle to impart brilliant shine.

To use, you massage through wet hair and scalp and leave on for 3–5 minutes (even the shampoo), then rinse well. Follow with the matching conditioner to help replenish hydration in the hair and scalp. 

By leaving on for at least 5 minutes, you allow time for the deep violet pigments to work their magic in removing brassy tones.

People Haircare Smooth Shampoo and Conditioner RRP $16 each

Designed specifically for frizzy hair this shampoo and conditioner set is designed to tame hair, smooth hair, and provide much needed nourishing ingredients to help hydrate hair.

Though it works best for thick, frizzy and coarse hair, it can be used on medium thick straight hair to help tame and style during the warmer months when the humidity starts to rise.

The products are soap-free, cruelty-free, vegan and contains no parabens, no SLES or ALS or any harsh ingredients.

Hero ingredients of this shampoo and conditioner are: Olive Oil to nourish and protect, and Mango to help moisturise and help stop breakage.

For High Porosity:

Recreation Bondi Beach This Love of Mine Luxury Body and Hair Serum Oil RRP $76

This heavenly serum/oil is made of some of the most luxurious ingredients like basil, violet, coconut heart, gardenia, jasmine, tuberose base, Ylang Ylang, vanilla and orris. 

It’s a lightweight and fast absorbing serum oil which can be used on both skin and hair and is a genius anti-ager and skin smoother.

For hair, the serum is perfect for sealing in moisture to prevent hydration loss from the hair follicle and leaves it looking silky and shiny after use.

The nourishing ingredients of this product are also known to help reduce any redness of the skin on the scalp (and body), and fight free radical damage and help boost hair hydration.

It’s easy to use, simply massage 2-3 drops into either damp hair and leave to dry or apply to styled hair at the ends for a beautiful scent and refresh to dry ends.

Moroccan Oil Brumes Du Maroc Fragrance Mist for Hair and Body RRP $45

This antioxidant spray can be used on hair and body and is designed to nourish and protect.

It has an earthy and woody scent with a touch of floral and is a lightweight fragrance mist for the hair and body, which features the signature Moroccan Oil scent blended with argan oil and vitamin E, as well as a UV absorber to help prevent hair damage from sun exposure.

Argan oil is a perfect hydrator for hair, as it contains fatty acids and antioxidants designed to nourish and hydrate both skin and hair. Vitamin E helps support natural moisture balance to the skin and hair. 

Rebecca Wilkinson

Beauty Editor

Rebecca is a freelance content creator and beauty editor for Bondi Beauty. She is a pescatarian, who may yet become vegan. She loves all things beauty, health & travel, has a weakness for coffee and is obsessed with cats and yoga. If she's not answering her mobile - it's probably because she's trying out the latest beauty trend, like massaging crushed pearls into her skin for the ultimate collagen and vitamin boost to skin cells.

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