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Old 05-27-2009, 07:53 AM   #1
 
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Thumbs up Struttswife/Tiffany's e-book!

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I just wanted to say a couple of things about this fantabulous read. I had stumbled upon her blog website, live curly live free, when the texture/porosity/elasticity/density thread hit these forums, and I was overly curious as to what my hair type really was. At that point i became more or less obessed with figuring out more as i perused that thread and her website.
From her website, i was able to better identify my hair texture and porosity, but I was still a bit befuddled. A few weeks after that, I saw she released an e-book, which i couldn't help promptly downloading...guys, the information in this book is amazing. I had no idea that specifically, I had fine textured hair, and normal porosity, or even that my hair needed protein...or even LIKED protein! I did the nexxus emergencee protein thing last night (thanks kathymack) and I can't get over how soft my hair is and bouncy...I also used some of the methods from the ebook in terms of conditioner application and leave-in application.
I just wanted to share this, and stress how amazing it is to have a) these forums and b) the information in this book, to better care for my hair. I also wanted to see if anyone else had similar experiences with this ebook
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Thanks for the info -- I will probably be buying this soon. The only reason I was hesitating was because I wasn't sure if it would really help me to firmly nail down my hair's own properties or not. I was kind of under the impression that I might need an expert to actually look at/feel my hair in order to do that. I love my stylist, but I don't think he's well-versed in things like porosity and elasticity.

How did the e-book help you with that?

I'm pretty sure I'm going to buy it, anyway, because I want to learn more.... but I'm just curious. Especially if most of the tips in the book actually necessitate knowing your hair's properties very well.
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Well i was having a lot of trouble with figuring it out too - but I did the tests she says to do, such as the taking one strand of your hair and running your index finger and thumb down the strand from scalp to end to determine your texture, and then from end to scalp to determine your porosity. For me, also several ways my hair reacted to products highlighted in the book such as limp hair from emollients helped to aid in my quest in what kind of hair I have, but the biggest "ah-HA!" moment came yesterday, after i had been futzing with my hair all day, and normally when i do that my hair becomes straight, ie, i run my fingers through it repeatedly all day long to put it up or just mess with it, and the curls come out.
There's a line in the book about how fine hair doesn't hold style well...i thought holy crap! MY hair doesn't hold style well! I have FINE hair!!
But yeah, it was cool to read about dew points, and learning about the hair structure, and how to close it and open it, very informative, I hope it helps you

As for a stylist figuring out your hair type, maybe the book will help you, but otherwise I bet someone who is familiar with cutting curly hair would be able to help
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i'm going to have to say that the book did not really help me much- but i will admit it was a fun read. along with everyone, porosity confuses me. i've done tons or research but cant find much on low porosity. everything describes high porosity and what works best for highly porous heads, but not too much info on low. most of the info in the book can be found on her site and on this website, but it is nice to have it in one spot where you can easily and readily consult when needed!! So, my personal rating-
pro: Information gathered in one neat book
con: Not specific enough for my hair
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everything describes high porosity and what works best for highly porous heads,
I disagree with this, the reason highly porous is mentioned more often is only because they are affected more by certain ingredients & weather changes then others. She provides guidelines for all 3 types equally. To me this book provides much more detailed information then the CG handbook. I wish I had this book 2yrs ago when I started CG, it would have saved me a lot of frustration. Yes you can find a lot of the info on her site, but the book is more detailed. I refer to the Ingredients Chapter often and have made notes for my specific hair needs. I love this book!
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Yes, I think the idea of having everything in one place is useful. I'm still kind of "old-school" -- surfing among a million web pages gives me a headache! Plus I have a hard time finding my way back to where I read something before. And it sounds like the e-book info. is a bit more specific.

School just ended for the summer so I'm home with time on my hands. Hmmmmm..... that "online ordering" trigger finger is geting kinda itchy..... have to read something, don't I??????
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everything describes high porosity and what works best for highly porous heads,
I disagree with this, the reason highly porous is mentioned more often is only because they are affected more by certain ingredients & weather changes then others. She provides guidelines for all 3 types equally. To me this book provides much more detailed information then the CG handbook. I wish I had this book 2yrs ago when I started CG, it would have saved me a lot of frustration. Yes you can find a lot of the info on her site, but the book is more detailed. I refer to the Ingredients Chapter often and have made notes for my specific hair needs. I love this book!
i just thought i would have found a new response to the area in particular (porosity- how to thoroughly detect porosity). i assume i'm low porosity because i don't think i am porous. but i should be porous cause i flat ironed? but porous properties dont always apply? see- still confused !! all in all, i think it is a good manual, and i guess i'm kinda old school too, cause i love to have my info in one place for quick consultations! i agree, chapter 5- product ingredients is very helpful!!! i like that she has mentioned oils and their purposes as well as herbs and other stuff! i like all my info to be in one spot!
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Old 05-27-2009, 12:14 PM   #8
 
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Thank's for the advertisement for this book!! It is exactly what I was looking for!!
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I like this book.

I found the cg book to be very inspirational because it was the first curl positve book that I read. It got me off of the cones and sulfates and I got great improvement in my hair.

But, it took me a year (yes, a friggin year) to get a good working routine because that standard curly routine was not so easy for me. I had a myriad of ingreient issues. After trial and error and easily over a grand spent on product testing, I found a routine that has worked with only slight tweaking here and there needed.

While reading the e-book, I found that the routine I put together through trial and error was pretty much a routine that should be followed by someone with coarse porous hair. If I had been able to figure that out sooner, much time and money would have been spent. I do feel that the guidlines in the e-book are more specific than the ones in the cg book.
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Hii -

I just wanted to say a couple of things about this fantabulous read. I had stumbled upon her blog website, live curly live free, when the texture/porosity/elasticity/density thread hit these forums, and I was overly curious as to what my hair type really was. At that point i became more or less obessed with figuring out more as i perused that thread and her website.
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I just wanted to share this, and stress how amazing it is to have a) these forums and b) the information in this book, to better care for my hair. I also wanted to see if anyone else had similar experiences with this ebook

Could you please share where you found this ebook? A link please?
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It's here.
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Well i was having a lot of trouble with figuring it out too - but I did the tests she says to do, such as the taking one strand of your hair and running your index finger and thumb down the strand from scalp to end to determine your texture, and then from end to scalp to determine your porosity. For me, also several ways my hair reacted to products highlighted in the book such as limp hair from emollients helped to aid in my quest in what kind of hair I have, but the biggest "ah-HA!" moment came yesterday, after i had been futzing with my hair all day, and normally when i do that my hair becomes straight, ie, i run my fingers through it repeatedly all day long to put it up or just mess with it, and the curls come out.
There's a line in the book about how fine hair doesn't hold style well...i thought holy crap! MY hair doesn't hold style well! I have FINE hair!!
But yeah, it was cool to read about dew points, and learning about the hair structure, and how to close it and open it, very informative, I hope it helps you

As for a stylist figuring out your hair type, maybe the book will help you, but otherwise I bet someone who is familiar with cutting curly hair would be able to help
Just a point to be made about your stylist. If your stylist can't tell you what your porosity and texture is--get a new stylist! For all of the things we lament about our stylists NOT knowing, this should not be one of them. Cosmetology schools may not teach how to deal with curly hair but they DO teach how to detect texture and porosity.

I would agree that texture and porosity can be tricky for some and they can change over time and under changing circumstances as well. Differant areas of your head can have different hair types too! I am fortunate enough to live in close proximity to Struttswife and I got mine a little wrong. I thought I had coarser hair than I really have and way more fine hair than I thought. I needed protein and I was starving my finer hairs. I wasn't even as porous as I thought I was. It is pretty normal.

I feel that the ebook is certainly worth the asking price. Most of us paid more for the CG Handbook and the ebook is much more precise with more useable information than the CG Handbook ever had.
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notegal there's some discussion about the book here too

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DEL2C and redcelticcurls,

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"Just a point to be made about your stylist. If your stylist can't tell you what your porosity and texture is--get a new stylist! For all of the things we lament about our stylists NOT knowing, this should not be one of them. Cosmetology schools may not teach how to deal with curly hair but they DO teach how to detect texture and porosity."

This isn't exactly true. They do teach the definitions of hair basics and we are tested on these in written tests but never did we try to determine eachother's or clinic floor clients texture or porosity. But the ones who care will try all these tests with you and try to figure out what ingreds best suit your needs.
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Just wanted to add another voice of appreciation for this book! I got it the other night and couldn't stop reading it! I can't wait to do all the tests and find out what my hair is actually like.

After years of doing the Japanese straightener, I feel like I need to be re-educated about my curly hair and this was the perfect book! It's educational but reads so quickly and so well! Seriously, it's fun hair science! My husband adds that he loves it because maybe I will now stop buying too many products...little does he know...haha!

What a great bargain...and I loved the fact that I could download it right away!
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Thank you, everyone. I had fun writing it and I have been just overwhelmed by the wonderful response here and everywhere else. I hope people understand how much joy I receive in being able to help others with curls...and this is coming from a woman who once straightened her hair for 18 years because there was nowhere for me to turn for information.

I think it's time we girls with curls took our power back and showed the world what real beauty is. And if my work helps in a small way, that's all I could ever ask
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