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Old 10-19-2009, 07:57 PM   #1
 
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Default Porous hair that takes FOR EVER to dry?

I have done the porosity test and I'm fairly sure my hair is on the high prosity side: when I do the test my hair squeaks. I am also pretty sure I have med to coarse texture (from all the heat styling I used to do even though I've had one major chop and have not taken a flat iron to my hair in a year)... my hair gets wet instantly as soon as I put my head under the shower, which I know is a sign of high prosity. Yet, it takes FOR EVER to dry! I washed it at 4pm, it's now nearly 9 and it's still damp/not dry enough to SOTC.

I am mod CG: two of the products I use have a cone in them... my curl cream has dimethicone and my rinse-out has tricedecth-whatever-amodimethicone... I low-poo and do a vnegar rinse every now and them to remove any build up I may have from this. I use an alcohol-free styling gel and La Coupe Orgnx leave in conditioner. My longest layers reach my chin when dry and my shortest are no longer than an inch.

So... why is my hair taking so long to dry?

P.S.: plopping with this length is disastrous and I have yet to find a diffuser sold on its own that fits my dryer, so I typically just squeeze the excess water out when I'm scrunching in my gel and then air dry.

I'd also like to mention that I'm NOT overconditioned, since this has always been a problem (even when I really was OC'd). I wet my hair ever 2 to 3 days and alternate between co-washing and water washing.

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I'm a newbie, where can I find this porosity test?
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At Tiffany's website there are instructions on how to determine teture and prosity: http://livecurlylivefree.com
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Old 10-19-2009, 08:43 PM   #5
 
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Isn't hair that squeaks a sign of low porosity hair? It sounds to me like your hair is low porosity, especially since it dries slowly...
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Old 10-19-2009, 09:00 PM   #6
 
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Isn't hair that squeaks a sign of low porosity hair? It sounds to me like your hair is low porosity, especially since it dries slowly...
Then perhaps I'm doing the test wrong?? I take a single hair and slide my thumb and indes finger from the tip to the scalp and it squeaks and puts up a bit of resistance... when I grab several hairs, though, it feels... idk, it feels like nothing!
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Old 10-20-2009, 01:39 PM   #7
 
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I have high porosity and my hair takes forever to dry with product in it. Especially when I style with Eco-Styler gel. I did my hair around 6:30 this morning and there is still an area on the top of my head that is wet 6 hours later. When I use Bioterra gel the drying time is much less...probably 3 - 4 hours, which still seems like forever.

Although when my hair has absolutely no product in it the drying time is probably less than an hour (not exactly sure because I don't remember the last time I went without product).

I don't have a solution for you...just wanted to let you know you aren't the only one .
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I have yet to find a diffuser sold on its own that fits my dryer,
do you have a round barrel dryer? I bought this diffuser on Friday from Trade Secret.
I realized when I got home that my cheap dryer has a oval barrel so I went to Walmart on Saturday and got another cheap Conair dryer for $14 which the universal diffuser fits perfectly on. I gave the other dryer away to someone who wanted a dryer with no diffuser but a concentrator instead.

I really like this diffuser because it has a deeper bowl and smaller air holes which keep my hair from flying around....
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I have high porosity and my hair takes forever to dry with product in it. Especially when I style with Eco-Styler gel. I did my hair around 6:30 this morning and there is still an area on the top of my head that is wet 6 hours later. When I use Bioterra gel the drying time is much less...probably 3 - 4 hours, which still seems like forever.

Although when my hair has absolutely no product in it the drying time is probably less than an hour (not exactly sure because I don't remember the last time I went without product).

I don't have a solution for you...just wanted to let you know you aren't the only one .
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With no product, highly porous hair usually dries pretty fast. I think you are doing the porosity tests correctly and it does sound like you have highly porous hair. Perhaps the use of the cones is causing your hair to dry slowly since cones coat the hair preventing moisture to escape or get into the hair. It's the same as what "Angela" said, with products, it takes a long time to dry even porous hair.
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I have high porosity and my hair takes forever to dry with product in it. Especially when I style with Eco-Styler gel. I did my hair around 6:30 this morning and there is still an area on the top of my head that is wet 6 hours later. When I use Bioterra gel the drying time is much less...probably 3 - 4 hours, which still seems like forever.

Although when my hair has absolutely no product in it the drying time is probably less than an hour (not exactly sure because I don't remember the last time I went without product).

I don't have a solution for you...just wanted to let you know you aren't the only one .
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With no product, highly porous hair usually dries pretty fast. I think you are doing the porosity tests correctly and it does sound like you have highly porous hair. Perhaps the use of the cones is causing your hair to dry slowly since cones coat the hair preventing moisture to escape or get into the hair. It's the same as what "Angela" said, with products, it takes a long time to dry even porous hair.
Yeah, I did a different test... the one where you place a strand of hair in a bowl of water and wait to see if it floats/sinks. Min floated een after waiting several minutes. I guess I'm not porous then? But my hair is SO easy to get wet! What a contradiction


And Frizzly, I just haven't found diffusers sold separately from hair dryers and all the combos I've found are $50+ (I don't live in the U.S. so no Sally's or Wal-Mart for me... and I really don't know of any beauty supply shop besides the one where I buy my products at which I know doesn't carry diffusers). Plus my dryer isn't just oval... it has a thin tip O_o
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I determined my porosity by the fact that my hair gets soaking wet extremely easy and sucks up the product. I never had much luck with the float test or running my finger along a strand of hair. Although I could be completely wrong...I guess I'll find out for sure when I get to see StruttsWife in a couple of weeks .
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The hair-floating test is extremely hit or miss, I would definitely not base any conclusions on it.

My hair is not even chin length (sad me) but takes 5-6 hours to dry fully. And I'm porous, so this seems common.

I think product sort temporarily "plugs up" the pores, or "shrinks" them, so that they hold moisture in better. This is very very true of oils (so much that they are used to seal porous hair).

I don't have any suggestions, since going product-less would be a disaster. Can you apply less or layer less?
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My hair is very porous and it takes FOREVER to dry with product in it!! The reverse is no product and rebellious, unhappy hair!!! That's ok, I'll wait for you to decide. lol

I have learned to wear styles that allow my hair the time to dry or to style the next day after a wash and go routine! Good Luck!

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Old 09-29-2011, 11:49 AM   #14
 
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I have hair that is at least somewhat porous (though that's gotten better with better treatment!).

What I've been told is porous hair holds liquid a lot. The healthier it is, the more it will hold. If it's damaged, it will dry quickly, however. For example, I have long hair, and the ends where it's older and drier dry fairly quickly, but the rest of the length and the underneath areas (and the roots, of course) take FOREVER.

The good news is it sounds like your hair is probably really healthy!

ACV rinses help, as can AVG or AVJ. I hear cold water rinses help, too, but I don't do them. Clipping the roots really seems to help, especially when I diffuse.

Definitely get your hands on a diffuser. If you can get the roots drier, it'll help you so much! I have two - one that is a universal and fits over a nicer dryer, and one that came with a cheaper dryer and snaps onto the end. Surprisingly, that one works REALLY well. It's just a Revlon ionic dryer I got a Walmart (or possibly Target - something like that.) The diffuser is really good, and it has a hot, warm, and cold setting.

Whatever you get, the diffuser should have holes on the ends of the fingers! That way it gets to your roots more.
My universal didn't have holes in the fingers, so I literally took a drill and made some! LOL! worked like a charm!


I feel your pain on the drying time and porosity issues. It's taken me a long time to learn how to manage it!
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I am highly porous and my hair will take forever to dry if I do not close my cuticles with either a cold rinse or acv rinse before putting any styling type products on it (gel etc.) If I don't fully close my cuticles (to where they lay flat and I don't get that "caught" feeling when I run my finger along the strand) and I put product on my hair I usually have to use a lot more product to get that same "closed cuticle" effect. It takes a lot longer to dry.

With no products and just a cold rinse after I condition, my hair will dry within 1-2 hours. If I add stylers, I add on a few more hours until my hair is dry. If I don't close my cuticles fully my hair will still be damp by the time I go to bed even though I did it early in the morning.

Just my experiences.
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I am highly porous and my hair will take forever to dry if I do not close my cuticles with either a cold rinse or acv rinse before putting any styling type products on it (gel etc.) If I don't fully close my cuticles (to where they lay flat and I don't get that "caught" feeling when I run my finger along the strand) and I put product on my hair I usually have to use a lot more product to get that same "closed cuticle" effect. It takes a lot longer to dry.

With no products and just a cold rinse after I condition, my hair will dry within 1-2 hours. If I add stylers, I add on a few more hours until my hair is dry. If I don't close my cuticles fully my hair will still be damp by the time I go to bed even though I did it early in the morning.

Just my experiences.
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My hair dries quicker with a final cold rinse. I forgot to do so the other day, and I went to bed with damp hair despite showering that morning. With a cold rinse and product/stylers afterward, it only takes about four to six hours.
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