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Old 08-11-2009, 09:26 AM   #1
 
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In a word, WOW! What an amazingly informative and detailed article! A great intersection of science and layman's terms!

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I agree. It was very interesting and finally cleared up my confusion about porosity. Her description of low porous hair as being shiny and difficult to wet sounds like mine.

I also thought it was interesting about the soap bars.
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I agree too, it finally makes sense to me (always a bit slow on the uptake here!). I think I can safely say my hair is porous, maybe now I can start doing something right for it.
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I agree too, it finally makes sense to me (always a bit slow on the uptake here!). I think I can safely say my hair is porous, maybe now I can start doing something right for it.
Same here. Great article!
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Yes, an excellent article, for sure. I wonder what impact the soap bar information will have on the community here?
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GREAT ARTICLE!!!

I think those that are using soap bars without any issues will continue to do so unless they experience problems. For me, I'm done. I haven't used a bar or DW in a very long time and I don't miss it. In the colder weather they tightened my curl pattern which I loved but it's just not worth any future damage to my hair. A lot of us have done away with the CG label and have concentrated instead on doing what's healthy for our hair. For those who haven't tried them they need to educate themselves and weigh the consequences. If you are already porous, have damaged or dry hair it's not a good idea.. knowing your hair properties is the only way to make informed decisions about how to care for your locks.
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GREAT ARTICLE!!!

I think those that are using soap bars without any issues will continue to do so unless they experience problems. For me, I'm done. I haven't used a bar or DW in a very long time and I don't miss it. In the colder weather they tightened my curl pattern which I loved but it's just not worth any future damage to my hair. A lot of us have done away with the CG label and have concentrated instead on doing what's healthy for our hair. For those who haven't tried them they need to educate themselves and weigh the consequences. If you are already porous, have damaged or dry hair it's not a good idea.. knowing your hair properties is the only way to make informed decisions about how to care for your locks.
Well said, deltoosie!
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Great article! I only used the soap bars in my hair maybe 2x a month, but I've decided I'm retiring them from my hair and will use them up as body bars
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GREAT ARTICLE!!!

I think those that are using soap bars without any issues will continue to do so unless they experience problems. For me, I'm done. I haven't used a bar or DW in a very long time and I don't miss it. In the colder weather they tightened my curl pattern which I loved but it's just not worth any future damage to my hair. A lot of us have done away with the CG label and have concentrated instead on doing what's healthy for our hair. For those who haven't tried them they need to educate themselves and weigh the consequences. If you are already porous, have damaged or dry hair it's not a good idea.. knowing your hair properties is the only way to make informed decisions about how to care for your locks.
Well said, deltoosie!
Ditto! Too bad I found that out the hard way!
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Yes, an excellent article, for sure. I wonder what impact the soap bar information will have on the community here?
Sept 1 will be one year using soap bars for me. I've experienced no problems to date. I feel that they are the single most important thing I've done for my hair and will continue to use them.
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Thanks for the linky. One thing the author referred to is that lower porosity hair is hard to style. I've struggled with this my whole life - and learned that I have to go in the direction my hair is taking me, not the other way around. No amount of styling product will keep my hair from returning to its native state.
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That was a really good article.... but I still don't know how to tell for sure if I have normal or high porosity.

That information about what percent of your hair's overall weight it can absorb in water was interesting, but what am I gonna do: weigh myself with wet and dry hair and subtract? (wait: that's not a bad idea....)

I think I just need to find somebody with a microscope, so I can look at my hair under it! Does anybody know someone?? Send them my way!
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That was one of the best articles ever, and that is saying something as all of her articles are good.
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Yes, an excellent article, for sure. I wonder what impact the soap bar information will have on the community here?
I suppose those that love them will still use them, and some non-porous folks will still experiment with them.

Me? I'm porous enough; so I'll stay with what I have.
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Excellent article. I do use the Whispering Windz Jar Soap on my hair 2 - 3 times a month and wonder how that product compares to the soap/shampoo bars? Since the jar soap is not saponified, does that make a difference? My hair is medium porosity, and my stylist always says my hair is very healthy.
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so i think im a low to normal but im not 100% its still a bit confusing...i wish i could get a curl consultation
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I was just wondering about this today. I've noticed that my hair curls better after doing an acidic type rinse (or use Roux Porosity control). I was wondering if it was because I have hard water, or if I have perhaps mis-diagnosed myself. I think the hair that grows out the top of my head is easily highly porous. Everything else -- above my ears, and back of head is normal. I have noticed the hairs out of the top of my head are also flat

This is fascinating stuff.

So, RCC, since you've known you're a porous, how often do you use an acidifiying rinse? I know that some people suggest only doing an ACV rinse at most 2x a month, and others do it all the time.

How many of you porous girlies add lemon juice or ACV to your conditioner to add acidity?
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I do it once a week. It really, really, help, especially in the higher humidity I can get in the summer. I pulled of third day hair yesterday with dews around 70.
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goobernut - I put ACV in with my conditioner sometimes as I find it less smelly and messy than doing a rinse. It seems to help smooth things down, I really should do it more often but I forget to take the stuff into the shower with me (sooo not a morning person!).
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That was a really good article.... but I still don't know how to tell for sure if I have normal or high porosity.

That information about what percent of your hair's overall weight it can absorb in water was interesting, but what am I gonna do: weigh myself with wet and dry hair and subtract? (wait: that's not a bad idea....)

I think I just need to find somebody with a microscope, so I can look at my hair under it! Does anybody know someone?? Send them my way!
I was just thinking that I needed to go by some science-type store or educational supply store to see if I could find a microscope display.
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