I think I know my properties (after much research). Suggestions?
I've taken the advice to focus more on properties and less on curl pattern. I've been reading ALOT (on here and on other sites) and below is my most educated guess on my properties:
_normal elasticity (this is the only I've I'm iffy on)
_2A/B (not that this matters)
I originally thought I was coarse but I don't think so anymore. I think I was mistaking having a ton of hair + high porosity + dryness for coarse strands. I'm almost positive my hair is very porous because it is very dried out and has been colored, highlighted, and heat damaged over the last few years. My surface layers dry super fast but my under and inner layers can stay wet for half the day (due to high density, I think?).
Does this all sound right?
Anyone have similar hair?
My main concerns and issues are weak wave pattern (I seem to be less wavy after moving to the desert + damage over the years) and dryness. I seem to need moisture but at the same time it also weighs me down.
Currently I wash with a sulfate free shampoo and condition with a silicone free conditioner. I usually use a leave in and light hold gel but have been experimenting with application and techniques.
Any advice or people with similar hair that can share what they do?
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Ingredients beneficial for damaged or porous hair include coconut oil, hydrolysed protein, ceramides and panthenol. For curl boosting coconut oil, honey, magnesium sulphate all work, some people also from hydrolysed protein. Mag sulph (epsom salts) and protein can sometimes be drying tho.
For conditioning without excess weight consider going lower on the fatty alcohols, avoid butters but higher on the cationic surfactants. Since you live in a dry climate you may struggle to add water with humectants, you might be best concentrating on reducing porosity and patching surface damage.
Protect your hair from sunlight obsessively, lightened hair is at greater risk from UV damage. If you have not already, switch to a roots only colour application, if the lengths need 'refreshing' use a semi permanent not a demi or permanent or highlights - repeatedly dying the the same strands is particularly damaging.
What are cationic surfactants? I would love links for reading!
TYSM! Ill look into those ingredients
All the 'curl chemist' articles here on NC are good
Cationic Surfactants in Curly Hair Care Products
The Natural Haven blog is also worth reading
THE NATURAL HAVEN: Expand your Knowledge: Surfactants
THE NATURAL HAVEN: Ingredients : Natural Hair Shopping List
Although not specifically a curly/ hair bent Swiftcraftymonkey is useful
Point of Interest!: Surfactants - what are they?
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