Can you have coarse and porous hair??

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.

Please help!

Thanks
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Last edited by prettypolly; 07-06-2012 at 05:49 AM. Reason: Adding more info
Yup! I have porous and coarse hair!

It definitely sounds like you have porous and coarse hair. Feel free to post any questions you may have!
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Interesting!! So how does that work when it sounds like a bit of a paradox!?

Do you have to be really careful with proteins then? i.e. you can't just throw a load of protein at it?

Have you done the strand stretch test? I just did it on a strand of wet hair and it stretched to 80% of its length before snapping.
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Last edited by prettypolly; 07-06-2012 at 02:36 AM.
Actually I think I might have two different types of hair on my head

The canopy appears frizzier, fluffier and flatter - I wonder if it is over-moisturised? It can feel a bit dry though.

Then the underneath is smoother, "harder" and curls better.

I wonder if I need to apply a protein conditioner to just the canopy??
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Interesting!! So how does that work when it sounds like a bit of a paradox!?

Do you have to be really careful with proteins then? i.e. you can't just throw a load of protein at it?

Have you done the strand stretch test? I just did it on a strand of wet hair and it stretched to 80% of its length before snapping.
Originally Posted by prettypolly
Bc my hair is porous, I need certain proteins to fill in the gaps. But, the coarseness of my hair makes it so that certain proteins are more irritating than others.
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Actually I think I might have two different types of hair on my head

The canopy appears frizzier, fluffier and flatter - I wonder if it is over-moisturised? It can feel a bit dry though.

Then the underneath is smoother, "harder" and curls better.

I wonder if I need to apply a protein conditioner to just the canopy??
Originally Posted by prettypolly
Frizz usually means there is a lack of moisture. It's quite possible that you may need to apply extra moisture to the area!
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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.

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