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CurlyMan82 07-14-2013 04:24 AM

A few Questions. Mainly Porosity and Shrinkage
 
So, my first question is, how do I find my porosity? I'm not sure if you can tell for me, but here's a picture http://i42.tinypic.com/15kf87.jpg

Another thing is, how do I stop shrinkage? When I pull one of my curls, I notice that its actually twice as long as it normally works. I just bought a good blow drier and a diffuser (which I think is used to dry curly hair more evenly without breaking up the curl cuticle?) and have seen some videos on youtube about stretching curls (basically pulling them and then blasting the roots with hair). I refuse to use any kind of heat, so I'll be using the cold setting.

Any thoughts on any of this?

kathymack 07-14-2013 06:02 AM

Here's a link that will help you Curly Hair Basics | Live Curly Live Free identify your properties. Which will help you identify the ingredients/products you want to use. The e-book available on that website would be a good investment for you. All of the information in one place.

Your curls are beautiful. Why would you want to stop the shrinkage?? Most of the ladies on nc.com would die to have those curls. Maybe a good goal for you is to make what your have the best they can be!

Samanthascurlz 07-14-2013 07:25 PM

I think before trying to combat shrinkage, you should try to work with your properties (use the link by Kathymack). I sometimes use the diffuser, but you still shouldn't use it extremely often. I agree with Kathymack, you should learn to love your curls- shrinkage or not.

CurlyMan82 07-15-2013 02:18 AM

Thank you, but I see shrinkage as wasted potential, because I have twice as much as it looks like I have. So I want to stop that. According to that site, I'm medium porosity and medium texture. I'm going to try out that list of products for my porosity. As a matter of fact, I've already seen some of them around. I've really been trying my best to take care of everything and I've noticed that they look better now than ever before. You could say I'm trying to maximize things in general. Maximize my length, maximize frizz elimination and maximize the curls.

kathymack 07-15-2013 04:59 AM

Shrinkage is a fact of life with any curly hair. The tighter the curl, the more shrinkage. Beautiful hair is beautiful hair, regardless of the length. Work on getting your curls well defined and shiny. The rest will come with time.

CurlyMan82 07-16-2013 07:32 AM

I've got a couple of more questions, and I figured I'd just put them in here instead of making a new topic. This is dealing with Keratin and hot oil treatments.

Is Keratin infused shampoo/conditioner alright to use or will it do bad things? I've seen these products advertising brazilian keratin. Then I read in different places, including on here, that brazilian keratin is used as a treatment and it can mess up your hair texture (make it dry, frizzy, frail, less curly). Is this true?

Also, somebody recommended hot oil treatments to me, because they claimed that they had long-term positive results. Is this safe to do as well?

I'm basically looking for things to avoid. I've already been making an effort to avoid sulfates/silicones for about a year now, but I'm now trying to apply the rest of the Curly Girl method principles.

kathymack 07-16-2013 10:09 AM

Until you determine your hair properties, it's difficult to give you answers to your questions. You also need to disclose the name of the product and/or ingredients. You're asking people to advise you with no, or limited, information.

My fine/low porosity hair loves protein, doesn't like a lot of chemicals (especially polyquats.) For me, a product with keratin, but without polyquats, would be great. Depending on you properties, it may or may not be the case for you.

CurlyMan82 07-24-2013 10:59 PM

I'm not quite sure what exactly you're looking for me to tell you as far as characteristics go. The only things I know for sure are that I'm medium porosity and medium texture. I'm not sure what else I need to know/find out. I did condition with coconut oil the other day and my hair ended up softer than ever before. I understand that's around a 5.5-7 on the ph scale

kathymack 07-25-2013 05:52 AM

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Originally Posted by CurlyMan82 (Post 2194179)
I'm not quite sure what exactly you're looking for me to tell you as far as characteristics go. The only things I know for sure are that I'm medium porosity and medium texture. I'm not sure what else I need to know/find out. I did condition with coconut oil the other day and my hair ended up softer than ever before. I understand that's around a 5.5-7 on the ph scale

Sorry, I didn't see that. Other properties are density and elasticity. If your hair is medium/medium and in good shape--you should be able to use most anything.

My hair doesn't care for straight oil/butter--so no straight coconut oil or hot oil treatments for me. I'd go for well formulated products. Depending on where you live, and dewpoints, you'll want to choose your products accordingly.

I know your goal is to stop the shrinkage. IMHO, a better goal would be to have well moisturized, defined curls. To each his own.

CurlyMan82 07-25-2013 04:25 PM

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Originally Posted by CurlyMan82 (Post 2194179)
I'm not quite sure what exactly you're looking for me to tell you as far as characteristics go. The only things I know for sure are that I'm medium porosity and medium texture. I'm not sure what else I need to know/find out. I did condition with coconut oil the other day and my hair ended up softer than ever before. I understand that's around a 5.5-7 on the ph scale

Sorry, I didn't see that. Other properties are density and elasticity. If your hair is medium/medium and in good shape--you should be able to use most anything.

My hair doesn't care for straight oil/butter--so no straight coconut oil or hot oil treatments for me. I'd go for well formulated products. Depending on where you live, and dewpoints, you'll want to choose your products accordingly.

I know your goal is to stop the shrinkage. IMHO, a better goal would be to have well moisturized, defined curls. To each his own.

Oh, alright. I looked a couple of things up, and it looks like I have high density. As for elasticity, I followed this rule:

"To check the elasticity of your hair, wet a single strand, then stretch it to 50% of its original length. If it bounces back to its original length without breaking, you have normal elasticity. If it does not return to its original length or breaks, you have low elasticity."

I'm not exactly sure what they mean by %50, but, given I did it right, it means that I have low elasticity.

kathymack 07-26-2013 05:45 AM

Here's an article about elasticity Elasticity and Healthy Hair This last page talks about what to do.

CurlyMan82 07-28-2013 06:35 AM

That's actually the same article I was quoting. So yeah, I'm not sure how to figure that one out. What would medium texture, medium porosity and high density mean I should be doing?

kathymack 07-28-2013 07:33 AM

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Originally Posted by CurlyMan82 (Post 2194990)
That's actually the same article I was quoting. So yeah, I'm not sure how to figure that one out. What would medium texture, medium porosity and high density mean I should be doing?

Basically, you just need to keep things balanced--moisture and protein. The high density effects the way you apply product--you need to be careful to coat all of the hair with product. You may want to "section" your hair to improve distribution.

Unfortunately, this whole process is a lot of trial and error. Finding out the products that your hair likes.

CurlyMan82 07-30-2013 05:11 AM

Ah, I see. I already have started to notice it tends to react positively to oil products such as castor oil, keratin oil, coconut oil and even argan oil.


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