07-27-2012, 07:09 AM
Join Date: Nov 2011
There's now a lot of info on NC.com regarding hair properties and how to determine them (I believe it's under a title of Find Your Curl Type). Livecurlylivefree.com is also an excellent resource for this information.
Basically, curl pattern (what most people focus on) is useful for haircuts and styling. That's about it. Hair properties (texture, porosity, etc) are what determine the types of products that will work best. For example, my hair has fine texture, thick density, normal porosity and elasticity (and a 3a curl pattern). I have a hair twin who has identical properties, but is a 2b wavy. We still have success with the exact same products and always consult each other on products to see if the other has already tried it.
One note about texture, since that seems to be troublesome for some people (myself included). Many people will have hairs of different textures on their head- you're looking for the predominant texture. Also, if hair is dry or damaged, it could feel rough, which can lead some people to believe that their texture is coarser than it actually is.
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3a/f/iii Before the chop- Donated to Locks of Love, January 2013
Modified CG since 11/5/11
CO-WASH: VO5 Vanilla Mint Tea Clarifying, DevaCare No-Poo
CLARIFY: CHS Treatment Shampoo (used prior to PT/DT)
RO: DevaCare One Condition, Regis Olive Oil
LI: Cure Care, As I Am Leave-In
STYLE: Re:Coil, Curl Keeper, Biotera Gel, Deva Ultra Defining Gel, GVP Liquid Sculpting Gel, Curls Rock Amplifier and Strong Hold Mousse
PT/DT: IAGirl's PT, One n' Only Argan Hydrating Mask