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Old 01-26-2009, 07:11 AM   #1
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Default Texture, Porosity, and other Hair Type Madness

We have bits and pieces of our hair type discussion scattered throughout the forums and I thought it warranted its own place in the world

Here are some links to other pertinent threads. If you have others, post 'em!

Hair Texture
Hair Porosity
Texture = Best Products
Really Porous Hair

I'm going to start by saying I propose we try to limit our discussion here to just the pure hair properties as defined by state cosmetology boards: texture, porosity, elasticity and density. Otherwise, I think we are going to drown ourselves in information and lose focus (and guess who would be the biggest offender, lol).

As we progress to talking about weather (humidity, dewpoint, ambient air temperature, wind chill, heat index), matching appropriate products to type, etc., we can then create separate threads for those discussions.

The reason I believe this discussion is critically important -- and I know my girl, jillipoo, has my back on this one -- is this:

YOUR "CURL TYPE" DOES NOT MATTER.

It drives me absolutely bonkers to see so many lovely curly girls stressing out over whether they are 2a or 3c or 4b, or if they have "Botticelli" or "Corkscrew" curls, thinking they need to self-identify their "type" in order to take care of their curls to the best of their ability.

VISUAL IDENTIFICATION METHODS DO NOT MATTER WHEN YOU ARE LOOKING TO ESTABLISH A GOOD CURL MAINTENANCE ROUTINE FOR YOURSELF.

Those curl classification systems help you to describe how your curls look from a visual perspective; however, in order to establish an effective routine, you MUST know your hair's texture and porosity (elasticity and density are not as critical, but they contribute important information as well).

Once you know your hair properties, you can then begin to understand and anticipate how weather and product play a role in how your curls will fall on a particular day.

/end rant

I'll be back to address some questions I received over my recent blog on porosity. Let the discussion begin!
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