Porosity Curiosity

Hi. I'm trying to figure out if my dry ends are low or high porosity. Seems like an easy determination but here's the confusion: My ends dry super fast (high) but it's difficult to get them to absorb water once they are dry (low). Any ideas?
How do you know your ends are not absorbing water? Are they coated with an occlusive (oils, waxes, butters, silicones).
2a-2c, medium texture, porous/ colour treated. Three years CG. Past bra strap length heading for waist.

CO-wash: Inecto coconut/ Elvive Volume Collagen
Treatments: Komaza Care Matani, coconut/ sweet almond/ fractionated coconut oils, Hairveda Sitrinillah
Leave in: Fructis Sleek & Shine (old), Gliss Ultimate Volume, various Elvive
Styler: Umberto Giannini jelly, Au Naturale styling gelee
Flour sack towel, pixie diffuse or air dry.
Experimenting with: benign neglect
Hi. Thanks for the response. I have been CG for years, so no silicones. I use no polyquats, cetyl esters or waxes.

The rest of my hair is fine and normal porosity so heavy oils (including Shea) over condition my hair. HOWEVER, I will use Trader Joe's Nourish conditioner (old formula) on my ends, which does contain oils. I use it on 2nd day hair with water to soften and detangle my hard crunchy ends. Maybe that's the problem?

I can tell the ends resist moisture most on 2nd day hair. I dampen my hair with palm-fulls of water. Most of my hair gets wet easily but ends repel water so that I have to use much more H2O and squeeze to get it to penetrate.
Hi. Thanks for the response. I have been CG for years, so no silicones. I use no polyquats, cetyl esters or waxes.

The rest of my hair is fine and normal porosity so heavy oils (including Shea) over condition my hair. HOWEVER, I will use Trader Joe's Nourish conditioner (old formula) on my ends, which does contain oils. I use it on 2nd day hair with water to soften and detangle my hard crunchy ends. Maybe that's the problem?

I can tell the ends resist moisture most on 2nd day hair. I dampen my hair with palm-fulls of water. Most of my hair gets wet easily but ends repel water so that I have to use much more H2O and squeeze to get it to penetrate.
Originally Posted by frizzinfla
Crunchy ends ... have you chelated recently?
2a-2c, medium texture, porous/ colour treated. Three years CG. Past bra strap length heading for waist.

CO-wash: Inecto coconut/ Elvive Volume Collagen
Treatments: Komaza Care Matani, coconut/ sweet almond/ fractionated coconut oils, Hairveda Sitrinillah
Leave in: Fructis Sleek & Shine (old), Gliss Ultimate Volume, various Elvive
Styler: Umberto Giannini jelly, Au Naturale styling gelee
Flour sack towel, pixie diffuse or air dry.
Experimenting with: benign neglect
I have never chelated. Recommendations on best way??
Swimmers type shampoo (ION in the US is sulphate free IIRC) or sachet product (eg. Malibu C).
2a-2c, medium texture, porous/ colour treated. Three years CG. Past bra strap length heading for waist.

CO-wash: Inecto coconut/ Elvive Volume Collagen
Treatments: Komaza Care Matani, coconut/ sweet almond/ fractionated coconut oils, Hairveda Sitrinillah
Leave in: Fructis Sleek & Shine (old), Gliss Ultimate Volume, various Elvive
Styler: Umberto Giannini jelly, Au Naturale styling gelee
Flour sack towel, pixie diffuse or air dry.
Experimenting with: benign neglect
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Firefox, you pointed out in a different thread that acids "chelate rather than clarify", well, since she's CG I would say that doing a "Lemon Aid" would be the right thing to try in this instance.
Swimmers type shampoo (ION in the US is sulphate free IIRC) or sachet product (eg. Malibu C).
Originally Posted by Firefox7275
Thanks so much! I did a little reading about chelating and I think it's exactly what my hair needs.
Firefox, you pointed out in a different thread that acids "chelate rather than clarify", well, since she's CG I would say that doing a "Lemon Aid" would be the right thing to try in this instance.
Originally Posted by CGSince2002
Lemon Aid sounds easy enough. Thank you!!
Firefox, you pointed out in a different thread that acids "chelate rather than clarify", well, since she's CG I would say that doing a "Lemon Aid" would be the right thing to try in this instance.
Originally Posted by CGSince2002
If she wishes, but IIRC both the commercial products I suggested are CG in the states. Commercial chelating products usually contain two acid ingredients to effectively remove a range of mineral/ chemical deposits from the hair.
2a-2c, medium texture, porous/ colour treated. Three years CG. Past bra strap length heading for waist.

CO-wash: Inecto coconut/ Elvive Volume Collagen
Treatments: Komaza Care Matani, coconut/ sweet almond/ fractionated coconut oils, Hairveda Sitrinillah
Leave in: Fructis Sleek & Shine (old), Gliss Ultimate Volume, various Elvive
Styler: Umberto Giannini jelly, Au Naturale styling gelee
Flour sack towel, pixie diffuse or air dry.
Experimenting with: benign neglect
If she wishes, but IIRC both the commercial products I suggested are CG in the states. Commercial chelating products usually contain two acid ingredients to effectively remove a range of mineral/ chemical deposits from the hair.[/QUOTE]

Good point. I'll do some product research and go that route.
Join Date: Apr 2014
Posts: 1,073
Somehow I missed when you mentioned those products were sulphate free, sorry. However, the advantage of trying the Lemon Aid is that it would be more economical.
Did Ion Swimmers Treatment (powder) and it worked! My conditioner was finally able to penetrate my straw-like ends. They still feel a bit dry but I will keep conditioning over the next few days.

Chelating is just what I needed... I never would have guessed. Thanks for sharing your wisdom
That is great! If things do not go back to normal after a couple of conditioning sessions try chelating again, it might be you have some residual minerals.
2a-2c, medium texture, porous/ colour treated. Three years CG. Past bra strap length heading for waist.

CO-wash: Inecto coconut/ Elvive Volume Collagen
Treatments: Komaza Care Matani, coconut/ sweet almond/ fractionated coconut oils, Hairveda Sitrinillah
Leave in: Fructis Sleek & Shine (old), Gliss Ultimate Volume, various Elvive
Styler: Umberto Giannini jelly, Au Naturale styling gelee
Flour sack towel, pixie diffuse or air dry.
Experimenting with: benign neglect
Ok. Thx. I'm not sure if I was imagining things but I SWEAR I smelled rust after applying the product. I think my hair was in desperate need.

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