06-18-2013, 12:10 PM
Join Date: Mar 2011
It';s likely your lightened ends are not low porosity even if your lengths are. Ingredients that are beneficial for damaged or colour treated hair include coconut oil, hydrolysed protein, ceramides and panthenol, you can just treat the ends if you don't feel the whole head is benefiting from these.
Agree with Lynae
start with a co-wash, I would go for something cheap and light like the Suave Naturals or V05. You can try any of those as your rinse out and even leave in, then switch to something richer if you feel you need it. Body Shop Rainforest Moisture and Tresemme Naturals are both rated by many as good basic conditioners for rinse out and leave in.
Would be best to limit glycerin, aloe vera, honey and propylene glycol as these are all humectants. You can use some especially if they are way down the ingredients list, just don't end up with a routine packed with humectants! Obviously avoid silicones, many polyquats and butters since these can all easily build up, plant oils work well as 'anti humectants' and co-washing removes the excess easily. Products at pH ~4.5 can help the cuticle lay flat reducing frizz and discouraging porosity.
If you purchase a basic hard hold gel like Ecostyler you can use it as it is or experiment with making a small batch of 'Ecostyler custard' to add a little extra 'anti humectant'. I would imagine you could do the same trick with any basic gel, such as LA Looks Sport.
Eco Styler Olive Oil Custard - YouTube
2a-2c, medium texture, porous/ colour treated. Three years CG, growing out mechanical and chemical damage = breakage and very high porosity. Past armpit length heading for waist.
CO-wash: Inecto coconut
Treatments: Komaza Matani, coconut oil, Hairveda Sitrinillah
Leave in: Fructis Sleek & Shine (old), Gliss ultimate volume, Inecto argan
Styler: Umberto Giannini jelly, Boots Essentials gel
Experimenting with: going back to basics