Similar Hair properties!!

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Hi! I'm looking for somebody that has similar hair properties to mine because I want to try some new products but I'm not sure if they will work on me. I've read reviews but almost everybody never mentions their properties! (Porosity, texture, etc)

Porosity: low/normal/high
my hair is damaged especially on the ends, but what grows from my root is low porosity. The middle is normal

Strand size: fine - medium

Thickness: High!!

Elasticity: normal-low

Also if your going/went through an heat damage transition I would love som advice!! Thank you!
Started my journey September 8th, 2013
High Density, 4A Curls, Fine-Medium Strands, Normal- Low elasticity, LP- porous
Current Hair-length: APL (straight)
Hair-length Goal: AP length when curly
Still trying to figure out my curly hair needs & regimen
"Confidence Is Beautiful"
I used to have somewhat similar properties to you (back when the density of my hair was thick). Now my hair is thin density, thin strand size, low porosity (though possibly slightly higher at the ends), elasticity low but more normal after doing a PT. I straightened my hair with a hair dryer close up, highest heat for a long time, so did have that damage at one point (now it's been over a year since doing so, so I have less heat damaged hair left now).

I may be useless for products however. I mostly homemake mine. If there are any I've tried that you happen to be curious about, I'd be happy to share. But, with all the treatments I've tried for my hair I've made it lower porosity than most peoples' and so what's true for me may not be true for you. If you are curious about homemade stuff though, that I may be able to help with!

2B/2C/f/i
Baby fine brown hair
Former lo po/now super high porosity, fried dry hair
Current styling products: FSG, gelatin hair gel, AOSB leave in and curl activator
Sealing: BC curl activating cream for babies, or JC nourish and Shine
Treatments: teas, henna, hydrogen peroxide
Hair loves protein, protein, and for dessert, more protein.
Homemake hair products.
What do you make?
Started my journey September 8th, 2013
High Density, 4A Curls, Fine-Medium Strands, Normal- Low elasticity, LP- porous
Current Hair-length: APL (straight)
Hair-length Goal: AP length when curly
Still trying to figure out my curly hair needs & regimen
"Confidence Is Beautiful"
I've experimented with lots of different things. Mostly right now I do PTs, gelatin hair gel, and FSG and/or okra. Occasional catnip tea. Honey rinses, salt rinses. In the past I've tried other things too like irish moss and marshmallow root and even crazy things like putting wheatgrass juice (and even more foods from around the kitchen) on my scalp and hair. Also various teas, like chamomile and rosemary. What kind of issues are you most interested in? Knowing that, I can maybe suggest some things to try.

Edit: Also, with heat damage advice, what helped my hair most was most definitely IA girl's PT. Science-y Hair Blog: Recipes and Projects
Fine hair tends to love protein. It made my hair stronger and curl pattern more consistent and stronger. The catnip tea can make your hair stronger if it's become brittle from drying or tends to develop split ends. There are a whole bunch of things that can help moisturize (dryness was an issue for my hair back when I dried it straight) but us lo po girls have to be careful not to overdo it.
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Last edited by naturecat; 08-10-2014 at 05:57 PM.
My issue is mostly avoiding breakage & dryness. I tried IA Girls PT it always solidified whenever I tried it (tried it a couple times)
Started my journey September 8th, 2013
High Density, 4A Curls, Fine-Medium Strands, Normal- Low elasticity, LP- porous
Current Hair-length: APL (straight)
Hair-length Goal: AP length when curly
Still trying to figure out my curly hair needs & regimen
"Confidence Is Beautiful"
My issue is mostly avoiding breakage & dryness. I tried IA Girls PT it always solidified whenever I tried it (tried it a couple times)
Originally Posted by Zippytatiana9
Do you mean the PT solidified before you put it on? You can always try putting hot water on over it, and it'll liquefy again.

For breakage personally (gave my hair strength) I recommend the catnip tea. However, it must be used in certain dilutions. 1 level teaspoon to 275 ml (just under a cup) of water. On the other forum the woman who is very experienced with it recommends 4.75 hours brewing time. For me, one hour brewing time works best. Then leave on hair for a few minutes to one hour (I'd start smaller). The first time I did it my hair felt sooo silky smooth. However I ended up over brewing and overdoing and if so hair becomes dry and tangly. If sticking to this formula people do well with it. She recommended putting it on then rinsing out before conditioner, but some put it over conditioner with no problem. If you try it I recommend using it only once in awhile to start with to make sure you don't overdo it and wind up knotty/dry.

Horsetail is purported to stop hair breakage though I've yet to try it. Marshmallow root is also said to moisturize hair (if your hair does well with mucilage).

Dryness, so many things can work. I recommend staying away from the "food" remedies like banana, egg, avocado. Too heavy for fine lo po. Same for oils except for coconut oil, which can penetrate the hair. On fine lo po hair I've found it best to use sparingly, a few drops to some water as a pre poo (I can't stand leaving it on overnight). But the best for me is the teas. Homemade rosemary tea (from fresh leaves) and/or chamomile tea. Though I brewed too long and combined/overdid them, I found them more nourishing/moisturizing and gentler than store bought products purported to do the same. Rosemary tea also helps hair growth, applied to scalp and also drunk internally (I've been doing this for awhile!). Also I sometimes use morocco method sea essence as a pre poo (very sparingly). It always helps quickly if I over clarify my hair. I tend to moisturize better with pre poo overall because anything else will weigh down my hair.

Also, a bit of honey (2 drops maybe) as a final rinse worked well for me. It builds up in my hair so I would only use it now and again. But it a humectant so will attract moisture, and 2 drops dissolved in a glass of water didn't weigh my hair down. My hair also doesn't mind glycerin, which has the same properties. Honey can lighten hair unless warmed first (though this is less likely for lo po hair). It will also provide a slight hold.

2B/2C/f/i
Baby fine brown hair
Former lo po/now super high porosity, fried dry hair
Current styling products: FSG, gelatin hair gel, AOSB leave in and curl activator
Sealing: BC curl activating cream for babies, or JC nourish and Shine
Treatments: teas, henna, hydrogen peroxide
Hair loves protein, protein, and for dessert, more protein.
Homemake hair products.

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