ETA: I've just realised there is a whole forum about high porosity! Sorry I didn't even look If a mod thinks this thread is more suited to that forum then please feel free to move
I've been reading loads here on NC and various other sites about hair types, textures, etc.
One of the things that has confused me is that if you have porous hair then you could try protein to help fill in the gaps in the hair shaft. And also if you have coarse hair to avoid protein because coarse hair already has a lot of protein, i.e. it is already very strong.
So does that mean it is impossible to have coarse AND porous hair? I'm just not too sure about my own now!
When I run my fingers UP a strand of my hair it feels rough, and it kinda squeaks too! So does this mean it is porous? In addition to this it also feels quite thick, especially when I compared it to a strand of boyfriend's hair which feels thinner (but not fine). So does that mean it's coarse?
ETA: I just did the strand stretch test on WET hair and it stretched to almost double its length (around 80% by my rough measurements) before snapping.
2c/3a thick hair, attempting CG again!
Last edited by prettypolly; 07-06-2012 at 06:49 AM.
Reason: Adding more info
I'm coarse and porous as well. Like Rimi, I have to be careful with my protein use.
My hair only seems to tolerate keratin protein. Other people will find different proteins that they can tolerate. You will have to experiment to see what your hair likes.
I also find in my hair tolerates much more protein in high dewpoints than it does in low dewpoints.
In the winter, when the dewpoints are low, my hair needs much more moisture, and doesn't need any protein. In the summer, my high porosity makes my hair more prone to frizz, and protein seems to help that. Also, when the dewpoints are high, my hair seems to need less moisture. But, if it does need some moisture to help keep frizz at bay.
What helps me the most in extreme weather conditions is oil sealing. There are threads about that if you want to search them. Essentially, I put oil on my hair on top of my leave in and underneath my gel.