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POROSITY:
low
medium*
high*


THICKNESS:
thick/coarse strands*
medium strands*

thin/fine strands

DENSITY:
high density/lots of hair
normal density/normal amount of hair*
low density/lower amount of hair

CURL TYPE:
2a
2b
2c
3a
3b
3c*
4a*

4b
4c

SENSITIVITIES/DISLIKES:
protein
glycerin* in winter/fall
silicones*will use for the occasional straightening
sulfates*

oils/butters

LIKES/PRODUCT EXPECTATIONS:
protein
glycerin
frizz control*
volume*
definition
curl enhancement
moisture*
organic/all natural

PRICES:
only drugstore products
$15 at most for a product
salon
boutique
anything that works*
Under Construction
POROSITY:
low*
medium
high

THICKNESS:
thick/coarse strands*
medium strands
thin/fine strands

DENSITY:
high density/lots of hair
normal density/normal amount of hair*
low density/lower amount of hair

CURL TYPE:
2a
2b
2c
3a*
3b*
3c
4a
4b
4c

SENSITIVITIES/DISLIKES:
proteins* (I think...still learning!)
glycerin
silicones*
sulfates*
oils/butters* (learning that my hair doesn't take to butters!)

LIKES/PRODUCT EXPECTATIONS:
protein
glycerin
frizz control*
volume
definition*
curl enhancement*
moisture*
organic/all natural*

PRICES:
only drugstore products
$15 at most for a product
salon
boutique
anything that works*

Last edited by vtolin; 10-08-2012 at 09:54 AM.
I'm naturally a dishwater blonde. I color it red.

Natural reds fade with age, though. Sunlight can lighten the ends.

For porosity, you can run you finger up a loose strand of hair from tip to root. Non porous hair will feel more slippery, and a porous one can feel quite bumpy.

Also, drying time with product free hair is a good indicator. My product free hair can be dry in about two hours, which is pretty fast. Non porous hair can take 12-24 hours to be totally dry.

Porous hair can be moisturized, but it has a hard time with moisture retention. Non porous hair can retain moisture, but it can be hard to actually Moisturize.

Porous hair tends to show weather and humidity changes more dramatically than non porous hair. Not that you can't see this with non-porous hair, but you *really* notice it with porous hair.
Originally Posted by redcelticcurls
My ends are definitely lighter than the roots, I've only recently decided to start shunning the sun more so I'm sure that's why.

My hair doesn't slip easily when I run my finger up it as jsuzkelly suggested, but it didn't feel super bumpy and "catch" either. It was more of a squeaky resistance feeling. Maybe a couple little bumps. So I'm guessing this means it's middle of the road porosity? Oh and drying time... mine dries (depending on the weather of course) in a few hours - 4 at max. Usually more like 2-3. Sometimes less. LOL
Oh, and natural reds tend to run coarse from what I've read, but there are many fine haired redheads out there. Hair color and thickness trends don't always work. Fine, blonde hair is stereotypical, yet there are coarse haired blondes, too.

The redheads in my family have what my sister calls 'boy hair'. Coarse strand that don't feel silky. I can hear my hair when I rub it. It's crinkly.
Originally Posted by redcelticcurls
Maybe I typed my hair all wrong...? I'm going to look at this again lol
I'm naturally a dishwater blonde. I color it red.

Natural reds fade with age, though. Sunlight can lighten the ends.

For porosity, you can run you finger up a loose strand of hair from tip to root. Non porous hair will feel more slippery, and a porous one can feel quite bumpy.

Also, drying time with product free hair is a good indicator. My product free hair can be dry in about two hours, which is pretty fast. Non porous hair can take 12-24 hours to be totally dry.

Porous hair can be moisturized, but it has a hard time with moisture retention. Non porous hair can retain moisture, but it can be hard to actually Moisturize.

Porous hair tends to show weather and humidity changes more dramatically than non porous hair. Not that you can't see this with non-porous hair, but you *really* notice it with porous hair.
Originally Posted by redcelticcurls
My ends are definitely lighter than the roots, I've only recently decided to start shunning the sun more so I'm sure that's why.

My hair doesn't slip easily when I run my finger up it as jsuzkelly suggested, but it didn't feel super bumpy and "catch" either. It was more of a squeaky resistance feeling. Maybe a couple little bumps. So I'm guessing this means it's middle of the road porosity? Oh and drying time... mine dries (depending on the weather of course) in a few hours - 4 at max. Usually more like 2-3. Sometimes less. LOL
Originally Posted by tr3kkie9rl
I'd guess medium to medium/high. Do you retain moisture well, or do you dry out quickly?
Kiva! Microfinance works.

Med/Coarse, porous curly.
POROSITY:
low*
medium
high

THICKNESS:
thick/coarse strands
medium strands*
thin/fine strands*

DENSITY:
high density/lots of hair*
normal density/normal amount of hair
low density/lower amount of hair

CURL TYPE:
2a
2b
2c
3a
3b
3c*
4a
4b
4c

SENSITIVITIES/DISLIKES:
protein
glycerin
silicones
sulfates*
oils/butters

LIKES/PRODUCT EXPECTATIONS:
protein
glycerin*
frizz control*
volume
definition*
curl enhancement
moisture*
organic/all natural*

PRICES:
only drugstore products
$15 at most for a product*
salon
boutique
anything that works
3c Hair
Fine Strands, High Density, Low Porosity
CG since August 2011
Loving my hair!!!
I have often wished someone did this... I'm in!

Sometimes it's hard finding good products, and it would be nice to find a curl twin who has similar properties to help compare products and results. I guess bold whatever applies to you and look for others with the same(:

POROSITY:
low
medium
high

THICKNESS:
thick/coarse strands
medium strands
thin/fine strands

DENSITY:
high density/lots of hair
normal density/normal amount of hair
low density/lower amount of hair

CURL TYPE:
2a
2b
2c
3a
3b
3c
4a
4b
4c

SENSITIVITIES/DISLIKES:
protein
glycerin
silicones
sulfates

oils/butters

LIKES/PRODUCT EXPECTATIONS:
protein
glycerin
frizz control
volume
definition
curl enhancement
moisture
organic/all natural

PRICES:
only drugstore products
$15 at most for a product
salon
boutique
anything that works

Hope this helps anyone!
Originally Posted by dresdendoll
Curls,Coils,Waves & WhatKnot
3miii/My HGs tame bulk&frizz/Give definition w/o crunch
My Photobucket Album
POROSITY:
low
medium
high*

THICKNESS:
thick/coarse strands*
medium strands
thin/fine strands

DENSITY:
high density/lots of hair*
normal density/normal amount of hair
low density/lower amount of hair

CURL TYPE:
2a
2b
2c
3a*
3b*

3c
4a
4b
4c

SENSITIVITIES/DISLIKES:
protein*- still figuring this out. I believe protein sensitive but i chemical treat so i should like it.
glycerin
silicones*
sulfates*

oils/butters

LIKES/PRODUCT EXPECTATIONS:
protein
glycerin
frizz control
volume
definition*
curl enhancement
moisture*
organic/all natural

PRICES:
only drugstore products
$15 at most for a product
salon
boutique
anything that works*
3A 3B mix
Very thick hair
Colored
Low porosity
Medium coarse texture

Lo-Poo- Yes to Cucumbers
Co-wash- Yes to Cucumbers, As I Am Co-wash
RO-Yes to blueberries, GVPCB, CJ curl assurance conditioner
DT- CJ curl rehab
LI- As I Am leave in, KCKT

Style- Sauve Everlasting Sunshine
Misc- CJ Smoothing lotion

I'd guess medium to medium/high. Do you retain moisture well, or do you dry out quickly?
Originally Posted by redcelticcurls
I don't know yet... how would I find that out? Sorry so dumb I'm still just getting into this (like just this week or so lol)
Ok so, still searching to figure out my porosity, and I found this as quoted by StruttsWife:

If you feel anything catching or "lifting" as you move your fingers up the hair strand, you have porous or overly porous hair. How much the cuticles lift will depend on how porous you are (and hearing a "squeak" sometimes isn't good news ... it often means your hair is suffering from lack of moisture).

I did feel some catching and lifting when I tested a few different strands, and I also did get a very faint squeak (although I'm second guessing if it was an audible sound or more of a squeaky sensation... if that makes any sense).

One other thing I remembered is that growing up in Alaska, we lived in a town called Seward for a few months at one point. That area has so much precipitation that it's actually considered a rainforest, and after a couple months of being basically damp all the time lol, my hair got downright almost CURLY! So I would take that to mean my hair likes moisture, right? But it dries very quickly on it's own after a wash. So... knowing this, what would be the best way to #1 moisturize it and #2 keep that moisture in??
Ooh, I want to play!

POROSITY:
low* (swings toward medium due to coloring)
medium
high

THICKNESS:
thick/coarse strands
medium strands*
thin/fine strands

DENSITY:
high density/lots of hair
normal density/normal amount of hair* (used to think it was high, now I realize it takes forever to dry because of my porosity!)
low density/lower amount of hair

CURL TYPE:
2a
2b*
2c
3a*
3b
3c
4a
4b
4c

SENSITIVITIES/DISLIKES:
protein* (only keratin, please)
glycerin*
silicones*
sulfates*
oils/butters

LIKES/PRODUCT EXPECTATIONS:
protein
glycerin
frizz control*
volume
definition*
curl enhancement
moisture*
organic/all natural

PRICES:
only drugstore products* (if I can help it)
$15 at most for a product
salon
boutique
anything that works
Mod CG since 5/10, 2b/3a, med width/density, low/med porosity, greying since 18, color over grey since 21

Hair hates: non-keratin protein, glycerin, sorbitol, agave, sulfates, polyquats, co-washing (flaky scalp), maybe aloe?
Hair loves: fewer/more natural ingredients, moisture

Scalp wash: Selsun Blue naturals or reg when desperate
Low poo: Giovanni TTTT
RO: SN - Strawberry, ES
LI: SNES
Style: HETT mousse, FSG if I make it, ??
DT: GVPCB
PT: GVPKP
Ok so, still searching to figure out my porosity, and I found this as quoted by StruttsWife:

If you feel anything catching or "lifting" as you move your fingers up the hair strand, you have porous or overly porous hair. How much the cuticles lift will depend on how porous you are (and hearing a "squeak" sometimes isn't good news ... it often means your hair is suffering from lack of moisture).

I did feel some catching and lifting when I tested a few different strands, and I also did get a very faint squeak (although I'm second guessing if it was an audible sound or more of a squeaky sensation... if that makes any sense).

One other thing I remembered is that growing up in Alaska, we lived in a town called Seward for a few months at one point. That area has so much precipitation that it's actually considered a rainforest, and after a couple months of being basically damp all the time lol, my hair got downright almost CURLY! So I would take that to mean my hair likes moisture, right? But it dries very quickly on it's own after a wash. So... knowing this, what would be the best way to #1 moisturize it and #2 keep that moisture in??
Originally Posted by tr3kkie9rl
Sounds like your porosity might be on the high side of normal (definitely not low). The best suggestion I have for keeping moisture in is to seal the hair with an oil - this is usually done after your LI and before your other styling products. I can't remember what your texture is; if its fine, you'll want to use a lighter oil that won't weigh down your hair. I like apricot kernel, grapeseed, or sweet almond, or EO serum (a mixture of oils). This has really helped me keep my hair, particularly the ends, moisturized.

And, fun little coincidence, I grew up in Ketchikan, AK from age 4-10; average rainfall is something like 13 feet. Moving to dry Colorado was a big shock to my hair!
2c/3a, botticelli/wavy/'swavy (huh?)
fine, dense, normal porosity/elasticity, dry climate

My favorite brands are Kinky Curly, As I am, Curly Kinks, Curl Junkie, and Darcy's Botanicals. Also love sealing with oils (loving argan oil right now) and styling with jelly products (KCCC is my current favorite). Mostly trying to keep it simple!

CG since 12/29/2011
POROSITY:
high

THICKNESS:
thin/fine strands, some medium

DENSITY:
high density/lots of hair

CURL TYPE:
Mainly 3a, some 2c in front, some 3b in back/underneath

SENSITIVITIES/DISLIKES:
silicones
sulfates

LIKES/PRODUCT EXPECTATIONS:
protein
definition
curl enhancement
moisture


PRICES:
Mainly drugstore/Sally's, prefer under $15 (or really under $10), but am open to all suggestions.
2c/3a/3b, Fine/med, Dense, high porous, & normal elas.

Lo-poo - Renpure Keratin, SMR, Giovanni SaS
clarifying - mix Johnson's H2T with low poo
Co-wash - Suave Nats. clar. or coco.
RO - GVPCB, Ion Eff. Care, TN.
LI - SMR, Cure Care, or RO
Seal - MO or Jojoba
DT - + honey, ACV, & EVOO to SM masque & GVPCB
PT - Gelatin!, CNPF
Styling - FSG, AIF, BRHG, LALS/PS, GF curl spray gel, SM Souffle/Smoothie, LOOB
Oils - MO!, EVOO, jojoba, GSO, SM Elixer, EVCO, VO5 Hairdressing
We are all one of a kind I'm easily weighed down but can also dry out quickly. I need moisture rich products so it's a constant battle with my dry ends and my oily scalp

POROSITY:

high

THICKNESS:

thin/fine strands

DENSITY:

low density/lower amount of hair

CURL TYPE:

2c
3a

DISLIKES:

silicones
oils/butters

LIKES/PRODUCT EXPECTATIONS:

protein (?) can be drying
frizz control
definition
curl enhancement
moisture


PRICES:

drugstore products
boutique
homemade
swap board!
anything that works
Upper Michigan Dews
3a ~ Fine ~ High Porosity ~ Normal Density

NoPoo: JC Cleansing Cream
Rinse Outs: SS:PRT, CJ Repair Me, CJ Argan
Detangler: KCKT
Leave-in: CJ Repair me
Stylers: UFDCM, BRHG
Refreshers: Batiste (dry shampoo) on the roots & UFDCM everywhere else

iHerb Discount Code: SAF007

Ok so, still searching to figure out my porosity, and I found this as quoted by StruttsWife:

If you feel anything catching or "lifting" as you move your fingers up the hair strand, you have porous or overly porous hair. How much the cuticles lift will depend on how porous you are (and hearing a "squeak" sometimes isn't good news ... it often means your hair is suffering from lack of moisture).

I did feel some catching and lifting when I tested a few different strands, and I also did get a very faint squeak (although I'm second guessing if it was an audible sound or more of a squeaky sensation... if that makes any sense).

One other thing I remembered is that growing up in Alaska, we lived in a town called Seward for a few months at one point. That area has so much precipitation that it's actually considered a rainforest, and after a couple months of being basically damp all the time lol, my hair got downright almost CURLY! So I would take that to mean my hair likes moisture, right? But it dries very quickly on it's own after a wash. So... knowing this, what would be the best way to #1 moisturize it and #2 keep that moisture in??
Originally Posted by tr3kkie9rl
Sounds like your porosity might be on the high side of normal (definitely not low). The best suggestion I have for keeping moisture in is to seal the hair with an oil - this is usually done after your LI and before your other styling products. I can't remember what your texture is; if its fine, you'll want to use a lighter oil that won't weigh down your hair. I like apricot kernel, grapeseed, or sweet almond, or EO serum (a mixture of oils). This has really helped me keep my hair, particularly the ends, moisturized.

And, fun little coincidence, I grew up in Ketchikan, AK from age 4-10; average rainfall is something like 13 feet. Moving to dry Colorado was a big shock to my hair!
Originally Posted by jsuzkelley
Yay for finding another Alaskan!! So you mentioned some oils, and I posted this on another thread, but maybe you'll know.

What about a mix (about equal in ratio) of sweet almond oil, jojoba oil, and rose hip oil? Do you know what properties that combination might have and what it would be best used for? (ie moisturizing, humectant, sealant, etc) I made it as a face serum intending to give as gifts and sell it, but I have A TON leftover... thinking I might be able to use it on my hair!

Oh... need to fix my siggy, my hair is medium to high in porosity, fine to medium strands (sorry it's not more specific, I'm still not 100% sure), and love moisture.
2a/b, high porosity, fine strands, average density, just about shoulder blade length

My hair loves moisture!

currently mod-cg , using low-poo and not totally cone-free yet. I'll get there though!
Hi tr3kkie9rl! That mix of oils sounds great. Sweet almond and jojoba are great moisturizers and sealers; I'm not positive about the rose hip oil, but I've seen it listed in some of my hair products ingredients. I say give it a try; just be careful not to overdo the amount of oil, as this can result in weighed-down, greasy looking hair. I usually use about 6-10 drops of oil to seal (looks like a small pea-size in my palm, maybe?), and mainly just the ends. Let us know how it works for you
2c/3a, botticelli/wavy/'swavy (huh?)
fine, dense, normal porosity/elasticity, dry climate

My favorite brands are Kinky Curly, As I am, Curly Kinks, Curl Junkie, and Darcy's Botanicals. Also love sealing with oils (loving argan oil right now) and styling with jelly products (KCCC is my current favorite). Mostly trying to keep it simple!

CG since 12/29/2011
ok so seal would be last, after everything else/any other product, and the purpose is to... keep moisture out or in? Is that right? Would it be best to scrunch it in do you think? Sorry if you mentioned that, I'm in the msg box now and I can't remember lol
2a/b, high porosity, fine strands, average density, just about shoulder blade length

My hair loves moisture!

currently mod-cg , using low-poo and not totally cone-free yet. I'll get there though!
Actually, I seal after my LI, to help lock in the moisture, but before my styling product. You're on the right track - sealing is to help seal the hair shaft so the moisture stays in your hair instead of drying out throughout the day. This is essential for me once the temperatures and dew points start to drop (I can get away without it in the summer time). If you don't want to add an extra step, you could try mixing the oil with your LI, or even with your styling product (gel, jelly, curl cream, etc.).
2c/3a, botticelli/wavy/'swavy (huh?)
fine, dense, normal porosity/elasticity, dry climate

My favorite brands are Kinky Curly, As I am, Curly Kinks, Curl Junkie, and Darcy's Botanicals. Also love sealing with oils (loving argan oil right now) and styling with jelly products (KCCC is my current favorite). Mostly trying to keep it simple!

CG since 12/29/2011
Ok that's very helpful. Thanks so much!! One last question (please don't crucify me here lol) I am still using conditoners with silicones because a - it's all I have and b - I can't afford to go buy new stuff until this runs out. So would I be safe to assume that the silicone acts as a sealant and I would probably be wasting the oils by using them now?
2a/b, high porosity, fine strands, average density, just about shoulder blade length

My hair loves moisture!

currently mod-cg , using low-poo and not totally cone-free yet. I'll get there though!
Hmmm...I suppose this could be true, but I've never researched this. Maybe someone else will chime in. Just be sure you're using some type of cleanser that has the capability to remove the silicones, otherwise they can also keep moisture from getting into your hair and cause it to be more dry. You don't necessarily have to use a sulfate shampoo, anything with coco betaine should do the job, but co-washing alone wouldn't work. I would avoid using shampoo with silicones, and if you can try to limit silicones to your LI or styling products - that way the moisture is able to get in before the hair is sealed.
2c/3a, botticelli/wavy/'swavy (huh?)
fine, dense, normal porosity/elasticity, dry climate

My favorite brands are Kinky Curly, As I am, Curly Kinks, Curl Junkie, and Darcy's Botanicals. Also love sealing with oils (loving argan oil right now) and styling with jelly products (KCCC is my current favorite). Mostly trying to keep it simple!

CG since 12/29/2011

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