on the fine side of medium (about 60 microns)
medium, high if I don't use conditioner for a day
normal and good
APL, layered, dark brown hair with silver. I frizz easily. My hair doesn't have much spring for the amount of curl it has. My hair is stubborn and hard to encourage to clump. Resistant to no heat curl techniques and sun in lightening. (have never tried stronger products) Can absorb a moderate amount of conditioner.
Hair ingredient likes:
Hair ingredient dislikes:
baking soda (weak solutions used occasionally are ok). Soaps and shampoo bars.
Hard hold gels that form a cast. (breaks up clumps and causes stringyness when I SOTC)
Phenoxyethanol (irritates my scalp)
Distearyldimonium Chloride and Quaternium-87 (straighten my hair)
soft (west coast)
Suave Natural Conditioners without Distearyldimonium Chloride. Coconut oil as a dt or pre poo. Olive oil as a gloss or sealer.
Average climate/dew points:
moderate dews year round (40-50 in winter, 50-60 in summer)
Will probably be the same since I live in a very moderate climate, but I haven't decided yet.
Favorite styling techniques and why:
Applying leave-ins to sopping wet hair (encourages clumping)
Applying oils to dry hair (i get immediate smoothing and easy to tell when I've had enough).
Plopping! (enhances root curl nicely)
Satin pillowcase (reduces frizz and tangles).
Scalp massage and sebum mobilization when hair is upside down and dry just before washing (cleans scalp and increases hair growth).
Techniques that didn't work and why:
pineappling (gives me a headache),
skip curls and finger curls (nothing happens),
washing and styling upside down (promotes tangles and stringyness),
SOTC (encourages frizz)
plunkybug, jsuzkelley maybe, even though she lives in a different climate. zeynokiz maybe.