Hair analysis: helpful, or not?

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and who did yours? how do you know what to use and what not to use?
Yup! Although it is a bit perplexing that my two main properties are at odds with one another (coarse/porous). So my hair likes some proteins but really really, I mean intensely despises others. I did the livecurlylivefree one. The woman who sent me the results was very sweet.
3A - C, HP, ME, HD. (Coarse, High Porosity, Medium Elasticity, High Density.)

CG since Nov. 2012

Poos: SM Moisture Retention + Yucca Baobab, TJ's Tea Tree Tingle
Condish: TJ 'sTea Tree Tingle*, SM Moisture Retention* + Curl & Shine + Yucca Baobab, Yes to Blueberries
Stylers: KCKT*, SM Curl Enhancing Smoothie* + Curl & Style Milk*, KCCC*, FSG*, CJ Pattern Pusha, Curl Keeper
Sealers: Jojoba* or Grapeseed* oil

* = HG

I also used livecurlylivefree. I'm glad I got it done since I had my properties completely wrong!
Coarse texture, normal-high porosity, normal elasticity (Komaza Care), very weak waves
cleanser: Redken Fresh Curls Shampoo, CJ Daily Fix

rinse out: GVP Conditioning Balm, CJ Repair Me, CJ Smoothing

jellies/creams: CR Curl Maker, KCCC, UFD Curly Magic
gels: CJ CQ, BRHG

So Dusa, excuse my bluntness (it is really frustration with my own hair), but what good is it then? are you supposed to take your hair's temperature each day to see what it needs? how about blood pressure and pulse? Arghhhh!
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personally, i found the information interesting, but not necessarily useful.

ETA: if your hair ends up being at some extreme on the spectrum, maybe that would be helpful to know. mine came out right in the middle. i felt kinda let down haha if that makes sense.
2b/c wavy modified CG since July 2012
medium texture, normal porosity, normal elasticity
hair likes protein, doesn't like oils, easily OC'd

low poo: JCHCC, CJGCS
RO/co-wash/LI: YTCarrots, DB Pumpkin Seed
stylers: a bunch of stylers that are all pretty much the same (KCCC, UFDCM, CRCM, CKCJ) or ArcAngel if I need more hold
DT/PT: CJRM, CNPF

Last edited by elizard; 03-05-2013 at 08:43 AM.
Myrna, how confident are you about your hair's properties?

I also bought the Live Curly Live Free hair analysis and thought it was very helpful, mainly because I was struggling to figure out my properties on my own. At first I thought I was coarse and highly porous. Then I changed my mind a ton of times, and eventually thought I was fine and low porosity. My analysis showed I have fine, normal porosity hair. So yeah... it was helpful, because I was clueless!

As for the product recommendations, I think they are less helpful only because you can find a lot of that info on this website. I found my recommendations to be accurate, and they made me reconsider a few products. However, with some digging I think I could have figured out the product part on my own.

But, now that I know my hair's properties, I'm much more comfortable spending money on a new product because I am more confident about what I should be looking for.
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2b/c, high density
fine, medium porosity, normal elasticity
loves protein, hates polyquats
still searching for HGs
Please read my "I'm fed up!" thread.
Please read my "I'm fed up!" thread.
Originally Posted by Myrna
I understand your frustration, but don't see what that has to do with your hair's properties. Your hair's properties (texture, porosity) don't change daily, and so figuring those out can take a lot of the guesswork out of the equation.

For example, I have fine, normal porosity hair. That means I get overmoisturized really easily (like, in a day). So I cut out all rinse-out and leave-in conditioners that are heavy in emollients. This isn't something that will dramatically change on a day to day basis for me. It's just something I now know about my hair.

So, that's what the hair analysis is helpful for. If you've already pinned down your properties, the analysis will probably be useless.
2b/c, high density
fine, medium porosity, normal elasticity
loves protein, hates polyquats
still searching for HGs
It has been very helpful for me. I have my staple products and experiment with confidence.

texture - medium/fine, porosity - low/normal, elasticity - normal
co-wash - NaturelleGrow Coconut Water or Marshmallow Root, Slippery Elm Bark & Blue Malva Cleansing Conditioners
LI - KCKT mixed w/ SM C & H Curl & Style Milk
DC - NG Mango & Coconut H2O or Chamomile/Brdck Root
Gel - SM souffle (winter), KCCC (summer) or CR Naturals Aloe Whipped Butter Gel (year round)
Sealers - Virgin Coconut Oil, Avocado butter, Aloe butter
Ayurvedic treatments - Jamila Henna, Sukesh, Aloe Vera Powder, Hibiscus Powder
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they no longer recommend products because, as we know, the formulas for these products are changed constantly.
what they do is tell you your hair properties, then tell you what type of ingredients your hair needs and what to avoid.
i also did the livecurlylivefree analysis and found it helpful. as someone said, properties do not change daily -- they are the basics, more important than hair type, the starting place to look for products.
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3a, some 2c & 3b, medium texture, porosity normal, low elasticity
washing/cowashing, conditioning, protein tx: curl junkie products
leave in:cj conditioners and treatments as leave in
styling: cj pattern pusha, cj honey butta leave in, cj cccc, cj ciab, lalsg. cj aloe fix gel is my high dews/summer HG!!
sealants - spiral solutions emollience butter, jane carter nourish & shine
Hmmm. . . I did check the frizz forecast a lot when I first discovered it. And then after I received my livecurlylivefree results I wigged out because it said "high porosity" and "low elasticity" which I thought signaled my hair was unhealthy. (It doesn't. I'm just naturally highly porous. I can tell by my virgin roots. Also the low elasticity I think may be that my loose curl pattern doesn't snap back. And my hair never breaks when I stretch it either. . . ) So yeah, don't worry. I'm no stranger to obsessing over my hair and takings it pulse, as you put it. But then I realized, hey, my hair is healthy and I'm treating it so well with CG it's only going to get healthier.

So I don't want to say you "need" anything because you've been going at this for longer than I have looking at your "joined by" date. If you're confident in your properties then I'd say don't get it. If you're unsure, well, that's where it might be helpful. For me the results were helpful for the same reasons flippalicious listed. I thought I was medium texture, normal porosity, and normal elasticity. Even though I loved my kinky curly products that never failed me, I was still in the dark about why gels like ecostyler and devacurl were drying the heck out of my hair. I saw other women with medium hair texture and normal porosity in their signatures who could use the products. Turns out since my hair is highly porous it's just naturally dry. The dryness had nothing to do with the years before CG when my hair was unhealthy and no amount of conditioner or lack of silicones/sulfates was going to change the fact that I'd have to be mindful of this. So my naturally dry thirsty hair combined with my arid climate means that I need to be very careful about my choice of humectants in my styling products in general. And because my hair is coarse, well, I'll need some protein very occasionally for the porous issues, but I have to be super careful how I go about it. I know if I'm going to try out a conditioner, leave in, or styling product with protein to proceed with due caution. What kind of protein is it? How far down the ingredient list? I'm also less inclined to purchase such a product without thinking it over. I know that any styling product I choose ideally should have plenty of emollients to keep my hair hydrated, and little to no proteins (save light ones that don't bother me) because styling products are going to spend the longest amount of time in my hair. I also now know that the two products I love the most (kinky curly knot today + curling custard) are listed on the Curl Whisperer's pinterest as two recommendations for coarse hair type. So yeah, they are loose guidelines, and I'm still trying to test out my hair's protein tolerance, but I'm very happy with my hair now and confident in its properties. I know properties can change over time and I'd be interested in sending my hair in for analysis again in a year's time to see what I get back. It's not something I need, but it's something I'd like to do. I'm hoping for hair that bounces back!

P.S. It's worth noting that since learning my hair's properties, the protein free, humectant light gel I purchased based on the Curl Whisperer's specifications has really worked for me, and worked consistently. So has my flax seed gel, and all of the super rich, emollient filled products by Shea Moisture. Even the ones with the light vegetable protein are working out for me. I'm also trying to deep treat more and any protein treatments I do test out are left in for a very short time so as to not overdo it. (Mayonnaise for 25 minutes, the gelatin pack for three, etc.)
3A - C, HP, ME, HD. (Coarse, High Porosity, Medium Elasticity, High Density.)

CG since Nov. 2012

Poos: SM Moisture Retention + Yucca Baobab, TJ's Tea Tree Tingle
Condish: TJ 'sTea Tree Tingle*, SM Moisture Retention* + Curl & Shine + Yucca Baobab, Yes to Blueberries
Stylers: KCKT*, SM Curl Enhancing Smoothie* + Curl & Style Milk*, KCCC*, FSG*, CJ Pattern Pusha, Curl Keeper
Sealers: Jojoba* or Grapeseed* oil

* = HG

OK OK, sign me up for a hair analysis next paycheck.
Good luck! It took 3 weeks for me to receive my results, fyi. You get them by email. Also, I can't stress this enough and I forgot to mention it, I strongly believe the reason why my hair does not give me so much grief compared to other people is the weather is pretty stagnant around here. The dew point is relatively (and consistently) low, but not super low. And it's never humid. So where I live plays a big factor. But thanks to livecurlylivefree I do know if I were to live somewhere where it gets very cold and has a real winter I'd need even more emollients and would expect waves, not curls. (I'm expecting more wavy curls than real curls this summer because the dew point is going to be very low.) If I were to live somewhere very humid with a super high dew point I'd probably need a ton of gel. . .
3A - C, HP, ME, HD. (Coarse, High Porosity, Medium Elasticity, High Density.)

CG since Nov. 2012

Poos: SM Moisture Retention + Yucca Baobab, TJ's Tea Tree Tingle
Condish: TJ 'sTea Tree Tingle*, SM Moisture Retention* + Curl & Shine + Yucca Baobab, Yes to Blueberries
Stylers: KCKT*, SM Curl Enhancing Smoothie* + Curl & Style Milk*, KCCC*, FSG*, CJ Pattern Pusha, Curl Keeper
Sealers: Jojoba* or Grapeseed* oil

* = HG

I'm waiting for my analysis results myself!
JulesOnline

3A/B? A corkicelli mix of ringlets, spirals, helixes & s-shaped curls
Medium-fine texture, normal porosity, normal elasticity


Summer: pink; Winter: Blue; Year Round: green
Lo-Poo:Giovanni SAS sulfate free poo, L'Oreal Evercream CC
Co-wash: TNRV, VO5 Vanilla Mint Tea, TNNM
RO/LI:
YTC, Nexxus Hydra-light w/ CNPF GVPCB, Biolage CB, TNNM, Giovanni SAS
Styler: KCCC FSG, BRHG, LALSG



Dusa, where do you live? Yes, I am in Wisconsin, so it changes here all the time, so frustratrating..Jules, be sure to share when you get yours!
Dusa, where do you live? Yes, I am in Wisconsin, so it changes here all the time, so frustratrating..Jules, be sure to share when you get yours!
Originally Posted by Myrna
Will do! Myrna, I totally understand your frustration! I am in New England and the weather here is always a crapshoot.
JulesOnline

3A/B? A corkicelli mix of ringlets, spirals, helixes & s-shaped curls
Medium-fine texture, normal porosity, normal elasticity


Summer: pink; Winter: Blue; Year Round: green
Lo-Poo:Giovanni SAS sulfate free poo, L'Oreal Evercream CC
Co-wash: TNRV, VO5 Vanilla Mint Tea, TNNM
RO/LI:
YTC, Nexxus Hydra-light w/ CNPF GVPCB, Biolage CB, TNNM, Giovanni SAS
Styler: KCCC FSG, BRHG, LALSG



Sorry I didn't catch the question. I live in Southern California. Not the desert because we've got the beach but it's definitely arid.
3A - C, HP, ME, HD. (Coarse, High Porosity, Medium Elasticity, High Density.)

CG since Nov. 2012

Poos: SM Moisture Retention + Yucca Baobab, TJ's Tea Tree Tingle
Condish: TJ 'sTea Tree Tingle*, SM Moisture Retention* + Curl & Shine + Yucca Baobab, Yes to Blueberries
Stylers: KCKT*, SM Curl Enhancing Smoothie* + Curl & Style Milk*, KCCC*, FSG*, CJ Pattern Pusha, Curl Keeper
Sealers: Jojoba* or Grapeseed* oil

* = HG

Hey Julesonline, I was just wondering how long your wait for your results was? I bought my analysis on Feb 23rd, and am still waiting. Boo. >.< I've been anxiously refreshing my email(during the week) since then. Rofl! Hopefully I get them soon! Soooo excited!!
Finally got my results! I thought I had Fine hair, high porosity, and low elasticity but it turns out I have fine hair(duh), Normal Porosity, and Normal elasticity. Woo! I'm surprised but the results because I tend to dye it every few months!

Time to see if this info helps me or not.
Pixar, I mailed my sample Feb 16th so I had a wait too! I finally got my analysis back too. I had thought I had fine texture, normal elasticity and low porosity. I was close....I am medium-fine texture, normal elasticity, and normal porosity. It does explain certain things though!
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JulesOnline

3A/B? A corkicelli mix of ringlets, spirals, helixes & s-shaped curls
Medium-fine texture, normal porosity, normal elasticity


Summer: pink; Winter: Blue; Year Round: green
Lo-Poo:Giovanni SAS sulfate free poo, L'Oreal Evercream CC
Co-wash: TNRV, VO5 Vanilla Mint Tea, TNNM
RO/LI:
YTC, Nexxus Hydra-light w/ CNPF GVPCB, Biolage CB, TNNM, Giovanni SAS
Styler: KCCC FSG, BRHG, LALSG



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