Ok so, still searching to figure out my porosity, and I found this as quoted by StruttsWife:

If you feel anything catching or "lifting" as you move your fingers up the hair strand, you have porous or overly porous hair. How much the cuticles lift will depend on how porous you are (and hearing a "squeak" sometimes isn't good news ... it often means your hair is suffering from lack of moisture).

I did feel some catching and lifting when I tested a few different strands, and I also did get a very faint squeak (although I'm second guessing if it was an audible sound or more of a squeaky sensation... if that makes any sense).

One other thing I remembered is that growing up in Alaska, we lived in a town called Seward for a few months at one point. That area has so much precipitation that it's actually considered a rainforest, and after a couple months of being basically damp all the time lol, my hair got downright almost CURLY! So I would take that to mean my hair likes moisture, right? But it dries very quickly on it's own after a wash. So... knowing this, what would be the best way to #1 moisturize it and #2 keep that moisture in??
Originally Posted by tr3kkie9rl
Sounds like your porosity might be on the high side of normal (definitely not low). The best suggestion I have for keeping moisture in is to seal the hair with an oil - this is usually done after your LI and before your other styling products. I can't remember what your texture is; if its fine, you'll want to use a lighter oil that won't weigh down your hair. I like apricot kernel, grapeseed, or sweet almond, or EO serum (a mixture of oils). This has really helped me keep my hair, particularly the ends, moisturized.

And, fun little coincidence, I grew up in Ketchikan, AK from age 4-10; average rainfall is something like 13 feet. Moving to dry Colorado was a big shock to my hair!
2c/3a, botticelli/wavy/'swavy (huh?)
fine, dense, normal porosity/elasticity, dry climate

My favorite brands are Kinky Curly, As I am, Curly Kinks, Curl Junkie, and Darcy's Botanicals. Also love sealing with oils (loving argan oil right now) and styling with jelly products (KCCC is my current favorite). Mostly trying to keep it simple!

CG since 12/29/2011