I have never colored or heat styled my hair (except on rare occasions) or used chemicals since a perm on 85 (that's long gone!) so the porosity is natural- except that I am sure that this awful well water has made it much worse. I moved to GA from Oregon 1.5 years ago and had to stop using my natural products coz they didn't work with this water. I went to harsh shampoos and silicones to get my hair to be decent (plus there's no access to products here except through the internet or driving over an hour so I couldn't run down to the natural store and try new stuff...) but I didn't realize what I was doing to my hair in the long run. Now I know.
I liked suave coconut and used it for a month but then I started realizing that I needed to determine if I am protein sensitive. I also tried AOHR and my hair got strawlike. (plus I HATED the smell) but I LOVED the thickness and that product go to me to really understand that I could put GOBS of conditioner on and it really helped my curls.
I REALLY want curls/waves on my canopy and front so I have to choose between leave-in condish there and getting greasy faster or not putting it there and being FLAT-- some products have really increased the wave and not left me with a helmet flat head (but some do give me a flat head) -- and I was surprised because I have NEVER put condish up there in all my years.
One confusing thing for me is trying to figure out what I really want from my hair. Since I want root volume and waves that might require one routine but wanting my hair less messy everywhere might take another! I am tying to see that it's a good thing that my hair can do so many different things!
This canopy wave is such an issue for me that I am considering a perm on the canopy-- but first I am getting a curly cut this Thursday to see what that will do. But since I've never had waves up there no matter what the length I am not holding my breath- even though the hair stylist thinks she can help.
The other issue I've dealt with is STRINGLETS- constant!!! and I have realized that mag sufate makes them worse, and so does honey. But I haven't figured out what make them better!!! JCWDT helped a little so I am hoping more stuff in that direction will help. Gels don't help so I am going to try creams when they get here.
I am ordering lots of samples from kathymack of some heavier butters and condishes to see what combo of ingredients works for me. This is ALOT of science!!!
As a wavy do you need to low-poo at all? I can go 4 days with one co wash on day 3 okay, and possibly I could go another few if I co washed each day but I don't like getting all my hair wet every day- it's waist length and it takes HOURS to dry.
I tried KC Come Clean
yesterday and liked it. I am looking forward to trying KCKT since I tangle so easily and KCCC
for a cream styler that might help me clump.
It looks like you like KCCC
I've tried lots of products so far. I am thinking that it may be the jojoba oil in the AOHR that didn't agree with me.
I co wash with VO5 Tea Therapy now and it's an okay replacement for suave and it's protein free.
I've also tried LPRNG and I think the protein was too much for me. And Lustrasilk OOC and Lustrasilk SMC. I really wanted to love these and they did leave my hair soft, but alas, stringlets....
I have tried products on dripping, and damp hair but haven't noticed and difference really except they are easier to spread when I can squish!
I want to like mousse but haven't really noticed much from it- I've tried Aussi moist and Joiwhip.
I hated LOOB. I like HHSMU and HHTT gels but I don't think that's the look I want. I am also just now trying BB's FSG and Brulee. They may be good with a good cream underneath-- they definitely make my hair soft.
I have loved really the porosity head and saw your post about puffiness. I am so looking forward to when Struttswife answers our questions again!
Gee, this turned into novel!!!!