Product Ingredients for High Porosity Hair
What ingredients must be in your hair products to help your high porosity hair, and in what order?
Here's my list:
Conditioner (can come after water, herbal TEA's or aloe juice)
DC- Behentrimonium Methosulfate and/or Cetearyl Alcohol, another fatty alcohol such as Cetyl, butylene Glycol.
PC- The protein must be after water, then everything else.
Shampoo and Co-Wash-No citrus fruit extracts or oils unless they're toward the end of the list! Otherwise, those ingredients dry out my hair.
Leave-in- (after water)-Glycerin and/or Propylene Glycol, two fatty alcohols/acids
Styling aid-No set order, depends on product!
conditioner: Behentrimonium Methosulfate-it really helps moisturize my hair. Conditioners don't need to contain it, but it is a plus.
protein treatments: My hair is yet to meet a protein it doesn't like. But when I started doing PTs with collagen (aphogee 2-step & IAgirl's gelatin PT, nexxus emergencee also has collagen), my hair got stronger and shinier.
leave in and styler:No glycerin in low dew points.
cowashes: Centrimonium chloride. I don't know why, but it seems to clean my hair the best of any of the super gentle surfactants. Also would ideally have some EDTA. Needs to NOT have amino acids (unless it has EDTA) or drying alcohols.
rinse-out conditioners: Behentrimonium methosulfate, above everything else. Hydrolyzed proteins of one sort or another - preferably wheat, soy, or silk. EDTA (I have super hard water and need all the chelating I can get!). I also like to have butter-filled condishes rather than ones with just oils.
stylers: need glycerin (all dewpoints! - yes, my hair is weird), protein, and sealing oils (I cannot seal in a separate step for some reason).
I always make sure to have a protein something in my aresnal - shampoo, RO conditioner or, LI conditioner. It doesn't have to be in all 3 but at least one.
I up my protein usage in winter because keeping the hair gaps sealed helps with moisture retention.
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