Don't know my letter OR my number!!

I do know---I need help.
I've read for days all the newbie stuff and am starting to sort out the abbreviations. I've stared at the pictures of the hair numbers and letters and still have no idea where my hair falls.
The most interesting aspect of this curly hair problem diagnosis is the porosity factor. The one girl describing porous hair as asphalt, with little pot holes in it. The holes allow moisture in and blows up the hair, making frizz.
I got all that.
Now what??
What do I do with porous hair? They say protein? Eggs on my hair? Truly?
Here is my picture. I have naturally light hair that I have lightened by having 10 blonde foils applied every 6 weeks. I hate this hair.
It looks like a cheap perm. It is almost "see thru", I think. How can I get it to calm down and act like nice hair?
Do any of you have any advice at all? I'm late to this party, I will be 50 soon and before I start to look like an old witch, I'd like to figure this out!!
I sure appreciate any and all help...
Sissy
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I have no idea what I'm doing, here to learn and gather ideas. There's got to be a better way....
I do know---I need help.
I've read for days all the newbie stuff and am starting to sort out the abbreviations. I've stared at the pictures of the hair numbers and letters and still have no idea where my hair falls.
The most interesting aspect of this curly hair problem diagnosis is the porosity factor. The one girl describing porous hair as asphalt, with little pot holes in it. The holes allow moisture in and blows up the hair, making frizz.
I got all that.
Now what??
What do I do with porous hair? They say protein? Eggs on my hair? Truly?
Here is my picture. I have naturally light hair that I have lightened by having 10 blonde foils applied every 6 weeks. I hate this hair.
It looks like a cheap perm. It is almost "see thru", I think. How can I get it to calm down and act like nice hair?
Do any of you have any advice at all? I'm late to this party, I will be 50 soon and before I start to look like an old witch, I'd like to figure this out!!
I sure appreciate any and all help...
Sissy
Originally Posted by SissyZ
Try a gelatin protein treatment. Dissolve 1 packet of knox unflavored gelatin in 1/4 cup warm water, add a squirt of conditioner, work it through your hair. Leave on for half an hour, rinse out.
You can get a protein treatment from the beauty supply, too, and use gels that have protein as part of their ingredients.

And I think I would call that at 3A
2c / C / iii (FIA)
Med-Coarse, LowPorosity, NormalElast (LCLF)

Shoulder-Length now.

Wash: DevaCare Low Poo
Detangle & Rinseout: Walgreens or Sally's Conditioning Balm (always)
Leave-in: DevaCare OneC (budget choice is GFTN)
Style: ReCoil & DevaCare Arc Angel (budget choices are HESMU or Got2BSpikedUp)

Henna!
I did do the gelatin thing, yesterday and I believe there is a difference. I also bought a conditioner treatment with protein, can I use this every time?
Will the ingredient list say, "protein", or is it called something else?
Thanks so much!
I have no idea what I'm doing, here to learn and gather ideas. There's got to be a better way....
I did do the gelatin thing, yesterday and I believe there is a difference. I also bought a conditioner treatment with protein, can I use this every time?
Will the ingredient list say, "protein", or is it called something else?
Thanks so much!
Originally Posted by SissyZ
Sometimes, yes, it will say protein, sometimes keratin, collagen, casein...

This list is pretty good:
Identifying Proteins and Humectants in Hair Products | Curly Nikki | Natural Hair Styles and Natural Hair Care
2c / C / iii (FIA)
Med-Coarse, LowPorosity, NormalElast (LCLF)

Shoulder-Length now.

Wash: DevaCare Low Poo
Detangle & Rinseout: Walgreens or Sally's Conditioning Balm (always)
Leave-in: DevaCare OneC (budget choice is GFTN)
Style: ReCoil & DevaCare Arc Angel (budget choices are HESMU or Got2BSpikedUp)

Henna!
My hair analysis said normal porosity, but I have fine hair. My hair cannot get enough protein. I try to do an extra-strength gelatin PT once every week or two (3 packets of gelatin in 1/2 cup of water, coconut oil, Neutral Protein Filler, ION Effective Care, and CHS Pure Silk Protein under soft bonnet heat for 40 minutes). I use a protein heavy conditioner daily (sometimes even products that are marketed as PTs), and a LI with protein. So use how your hair feels as a guide to figure out how much protein you can use.

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3a/f/iii
Modified CG since 11/5/11
CLEANSE: VO5 Vanilla Mint Tea Clarifying, DevaCare No-Poo, CHS Treatment Shampoo
RO: DevaCare One Condition, SS Caitlin's Conditioner, Mop Top Daily Conditioner
LI: SS Repairing Protein Treatment, CHS Silk Leave-In
STYLE: Re:Coil, Curl Keeper, Deva Ultra Defining Gel, Curls Rock Amplifier and Strong Hold Mousse, Sweet Curls Elixirs Okra Gel and Hard Hold Gel, SS Curl Enhancing Jelly and Firm Hold Gel
Don't neglect the moisture your hair needs too though, which you can get in the form of conditioners, leave-ins, and some oils.
2a/b, high porosity, fine strands, average density, just about shoulder blade length

My hair loves moisture!

currently mod-cg , using low-poo and not totally cone-free yet. I'll get there though!

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