Porous and Medium Texture: Share your Hair Biography

This thread is for Porous and Medium Textured wavies and curlies to share information about their hair and hopefully learn from each other. I've posted the template and you can copy and paste it in to your reply to fill it out. When you have things to add or change you can just edit your post. The intention of these threads is for everyone to share their knowledge about their hair, even you don't know everything about it yet. I would expect most people to leave at least some questions blank. When you know more, you can come back and update your post.

If you are porous and coarse, post to this thread.
Porous and Coarse: Share your Hair Biography
If you are porous and fine, post to this thread.
Porous and Fine: Share your Hair Biography

Here are some links to help you figure out your hair properties.

Live Curly Live Free - Curly Hair Basics
How to type hair using the Fia system | eHow.com
What hair elasticity is and how to measure elasticity or hair stretch
Welcome to Weather Underground : Weather Underground
If there is anything else you think I should add or helpful links you think could add to learning about hair properties feel free to PM me and I can edit the chart.



Curl Pattern:
2a, 3c,4b, etc.
Density: thin, medium, thick
Elasticity: low, normal, high
Characteristics: flat top/no root curl, easily weighed down, lots of shrinkage, etc.

CG/ModCG/not CG: If modified, state how you modified the method.
Hard water or soft water:
Average climate/dew points:

Protein section:
Do you PT? If so how often?
How long?
10 mintutes, 1 hour, etc.
PT with heat or steam?
Favorite PTs:
Favorite products that contain protein? Conditioners, leave-ins, styling products, etc.
Proteins your hair likes?
Wheat protein, collagen, keratin protein, etc.
Proteins your hair dislikes?

Moisture section:
Do you DT? If so, how often?
How long?
15 minutes, 1 hour, etc.
DT with heat or steam?
Favorite DTs:
Favorite products to moisturize your hair:
Conditioners, leave in conditioners, styling products, etc.
Ingredient likes: behentrimonium methosulfate, glycerin, jojoba oil, etc.
Ingredient dislikes: shea butter, oils, cetrimonium chloride, etc.
Do you seal? If so, what do you use to seal?

Do you avoid humectants? If so, which humectants do you avoid? Do you avoid them at all dew points or only certain dew points?

Low dew point combos:
Normal dew point combos:
High dew point combos:

HG/Go-to Products: up to 5 products that are constantly in your rotation

Name the methods, techniques, and tricks that work for your porous hair?
Spritz and condish, prewash treatments, sealing, etc.
http://pedaheh.blogspot.com/ (a blog to help new wavies, go to the how do I get started page)
2a (nc.com) 2bFi (Fia), very fine, thin, low/normal elasticity, porous, CG, doesn't get weighed down
Cowash: Tresemme naturals
Rinse out/leave in: Renpure Organics (red)
Curl enhancer: FSG
Gel: BRHG, Salon care aloe, Ecostyler Krystal (normal dews)
PT: ION effective care, IAgirl's gelatin PT
Low Poo: renpure (red), Ion swimmers

Last edited by pedaheh; 02-12-2011 at 10:22 AM.

Curl Pattern:
2c/3a wurly with some 2b thrown in
Density: thick
Elasticity: low
Characteristics: very patchy wurl/wave/curl pattern, both medium and coarse strands.

CG/ModCG/not CG: CG
Hard water or soft water: Hard, with very high Ph, about the same as baking soda
Average climate/dew points: all over the map, very high in summer, pretty low in winter, and then suddenly really high

[/B]Protein section:
Do you PT? If so how often?
How long?
PT about twice a week, on average 20 minutes
PT with heat or steam? Recently started using heat (shower)
Favorite PTs: IAgirl's PT
Favorite products that contain protein? No CG products with protein available here, which is why I PT twice a week
Proteins your hair likes? Don't know
Proteins your hair dislikes?

Moisture section:
Do you DT? If so, how often?
How long?
About once a week, about an hour.
DT with heat or steam? No
Favorite DTs: EVOO with conditioner
Favorite products to moisturize your hair: Conditioner
Ingredient likes: behentrimonium methosulfate, avocado oil
Ingredient dislikes: glycerin.
Do you seal? If so, what do you use to seal? Sometimes, usually with sesame oil

Do you avoid humectants? If so, which humectants do you avoid? Do you avoid them at all dew points or only certain dew points? Pretty much all of them, they give me frizz. With higher dew points I sometimes can handle them, but dew points here can change from high to low and vice versa in the course of a day

Low dew point combos: Put some LI over gel
Normal dew point combos:
High dew point combos:

HG/Go-to Products: FSG, Inecto coconut conditioner, LALSG, ACV

Name the methods, techniques, and tricks that work for your porous hair?
Supersoak in the shower, never ever ever scrunch (use flat palm to press up hair to scalp). PT regularly, use ACV every other day.
Wurly 2b/2c/3a Miii - high porosity




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Last edited by nikske; 02-12-2011 at 11:15 PM.
Join Date: Oct 2010
Posts: 313
Hi -
Posted a biography in 2's and porous general, now here too!
Strand Texture: mostly med; fine nape; some coarse on crown
Curl Pattern: 2c
Density: thick
Porosity Pattern: roots to midshaft mostly normal, midshaft to ends porous, many of my white hairs are porous throughout
Elasticity: normal, variable, white hairs tend to be less elastic
Characteristics: root waves/curl with upside down drying / other encouragement. crown easily weighed down, the rest not at all.

CG: Though some products have soluble cones. Not opposed to occasional SLES poo, but have not done one this year.
Hard water or soft water: on-nozzle carbon shower water filtered (HG)
Average climate/dew points: High DP most of the year, some low in winter, and some med in fall and late winter

Protein section:
Do you PT? If so how often? Yes, when overly elastic. Thinking about increasing to weekly regardless of elasticity.
How long? 1 hour.
PT with heat or steam? no
Favorite PTs: SSRPT, food
Favorite products that contain protein? Conditioners: Darcy's PSMC, JCTS. Styling products: Ecostyler Krystal.
Proteins your hair likes?
Any protein
Proteins your hair dislikes? no

Moisture section:
Do you DT? If so, how often? Not really DT, but do apply conditioner near start of shower routine and leave it in until the final rinse
How long? 3-15 minutes.
DT with heat or steam? after cowashing and rinsing in warm water, squeeze out as much water as possible with hands, then apply conditioner; shower is warm and steamy in cool season
Favorite DTs: Darcy's PSMC, JCTS, AOHR
Favorite products to moisturize your hair: Conditioners: Darcy's PSMC, JCTS, AOHR
Ingredient likes: behentrimonium methosulfate, non-penetrating oils / butters (shea, sunflower oil, etc.), some agave nectar
Ingredient dislikes: glycerin and other humectants when dew point is high
Do you seal? If so, what do you use to seal? Not really, but use a LI with oil or polyquats, SOTC and smooth hair with sunflower oil

Do you avoid humectants? If so, which humectants do you avoid? Do you avoid them at all dew points or only certain dew points?
Limiting glycerin, panthenol, propylene glycol, and most other humectants when dew point is over 70 or below 30. Still use some agave nectar or other sweets at all dews.

Low dew point combos:

Cowash: Free&Clear Co or CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser
Co/Li: prefer w/protein: JCTS, DBPSMC, AOHR; but also: LustraSM, CJCR
Style: FSG+little bit of agave nectar, BRHG
Smaster/damp smooth (sometimes): KCCC
SOTC: sunflower oil
Refresh: FSG, Alba soft hold CC

Normal dew point combos:
Same as low or high, but add:
Li: Mop LI
Style: FSG+more agave nectar, Ecostyler Krystal, Free&Clear Gel
Refresh: Darcy's pomade

High dew point combos:
Same as low. Experimenting.

HG/Go-to Products:
FSG+agave, BRHG, DBPSMC, JCTS, shower water filter (carbon, screw-on)

Name the methods, techniques, and tricks that work for your porous hair?
FSG root to tip, squeezing water out before applying conditioner, press water out after styler with smooth cloth held in FLAT hand, refresh with curl cream (moisture + definition + frizz smooth) or FSG (definition + frizz smooth), SOTC and reshine with non-penetrating oil, usually smooth with non-penetrating oil before bedtime pineapple, protein
m-c iii-ii | loose spirals with ringlets

Last edited by gecko; 02-17-2011 at 05:16 PM.
I'm medium to fine textured, with a little coarseness thrown in:

Curl Pattern:
4a/3c
Density: thick
Elasticity: normal
Characteristics: lots of wonderful shrinkage on the first day, dislikes most oils and butters, loves humidity, not easily weighed down

ModCG: During humid seasons, I use products containing silicones and I shampoo biweekly. During the drier seasons, I try to stay away from silicones and only cowash/low poo.

Hard water

Average climate/dew points: Usually, moderate climate with dewpoints average during the spring and fall. Summer and winter, the dew points are low.
Protein section:
Do you PT? For the winter, I do a PT about every 2 weeks. In the summer, once a month.

How long?
20-30 mintutes

PT with heat or steam? Steamin' and loving it!
Favorite PTs: Elucence, homemade avocado/hempseed oil mask, pure banana mask, Shima Hair Repair

Favorite products that contain protein?
Conditioners-Elucence, Mop Top DC, Shima Hair Repair

Proteins your hair likes?
All
Proteins your hair dislikes? None

Moisture section:
Do you DT? I DT each time I cowash/low poo/shampoo, unless I need a PT

How long?
30-45 minutes

DT with heat or steam? Steam

Favorite DTs: Aquage, BB Herbal Reconditioner, MC Deep Conditioner, Jessicurl Weekly Conditioning Treatment, Deep Spiral Solutions DDMT, CD Black Vanilla Smoothie, Bed Head TIGI Self Absorbed, CJ Hibiscus & Banana Deep Fix Conditioner, Mop Top DC, Argan Magic Restorative Hair Mask, ...

Favorite products to moisturize your hair:
Conditioners -Same as DT's
Leave in conditioners-Taliah Waajid Protective Mist Bodifier, Nu-Gro Spray Moisturizer
Styling products-Garnier Fructis Soft Curl Cream, Jessicurl Confident Coils, MC Leave-in, KCCC, Curly Hair Solutions CK, CJ H&B Honey Butta, John Masters Organics Bourbon Vanilla & Tangerine Hair Texturizer, Argan Magic Nourishing Hair Cream/oil,

Ingredient likes: behentrimonium methosulfate, glycerin, cetearyl alcohol, cetyl alcohol, herbal TEA's, a little bit of butters and oils

Ingredient dislikes: petroleum, mineral oil, heavy concentration of butters and oils, tallow-anything, bean tree-anything, isopropyl alcohol, SD alcohol

Do you seal? No, most of the time my leave-ins keep my ends moisturized. On the rare occasion that I do seal, it will be with Tamanu oil.

Do you avoid humectants?
No

Low dew point combos:
cowash, PT, Protective Mist Bodifier, Garnier Fructis Soft Curl Cream, Jessicurl Confident Curls
Normal dew point combos:
shampoo/low poo, DC, Max Professional Braid Out! Tangle Free
High dew point combos:
shampoo/low poo, DC or PT, leave-in, just about any type of styler
HG/Go-to Products: Elucence Repair Treatment, Taliah Waajid Protective Mist Bodifier, all of my DT's, All of my stylers

Name the methods, techniques, and tricks that work for your porous hair?
DT/PT, spritzing 3x/week, air drying, using quality products, and sleeping with a satin cap occasionally.
Mod CG-Naturally Highly Porous and Dry
This list is not exhaustive...
Pre-treat:various oils

Shampoo:
Schwarzkopf Gliss Kur Ultimate Oil Elixir
Clarifier:Malibu Hard Water Wellness Shampoo
PT: Gold Medal's Herbal Tame
DT:
Smooth Sexy Hair Sulfate-Free Smoothing Conditioner
LI/Detangler/
:Stylers: Lush Zeste Hair Gel, MJ Multicultural Curls

*experimenting and loving it!



Last edited by Greatcurls; 10-29-2011 at 05:04 PM.
FYI - fairly new to all this and still experimenting a lot

Curl Pattern: 3b
Density: thick
Elasticity: normal
Characteristics: flatter on top (boticelli type) but starting to curl more on top too with CG

CG/ModCG/not CG: modCG - lo'poo about 1x per week
Hard water or soft water: ??
Average climate/dew points: seasonal dews. winter is very low, summer is 60+ & spring/fall are my faves

Protein section:
Do you PT? If so how often? Just started this recently and realized my hair loves PT so 1x/week for now. Will def reduce after a while
How long? 30- 45 mins or so
PT with heat or steam? no
Favorite PTs: Colorful Neutral Protein Filler
Favorite products that contain protein? Giovanni conditioners have soy protein in them
Proteins your hair likes? not sure - haven't tried too many but no issues with what I have tried (soy, keratin)
Proteins your hair dislikes? ??

Moisture section:
Do you DT? If so, how often? weekly
How long? overnight
DT with heat or steam? no
Favorite DTs: right now Shea Miosture Trauma Masque. going to try Jessicurl WDT in lower dewpoints since it has less humectants
Favorite products to moisturize your hair: Juice Organics Smoothing Conditioner. BWC leave-in, Givanni LI
Ingredient likes: behentrimonium methosulfate, glycerin, jojoba oil, olive oil, shea butter, panthenol, aloe
Ingredient dislikes:
Do you seal? If so, what do you use to seal? pomade (John Masters) but it's more as anti-humectant than sealing moisture

Do you avoid humectants? If so, which humectants do you avoid? Do you avoid them at all dew points or only certain dew points?
I've only paid attention to ingredients for a few months but so far my hair LOVES humectants. But it was spring with the best dews. I'm going to reduce them in my styling products in the summer humidity - causing major frizz. And from what I understand I should minimize them in winter as well - plan to.
Low dew point combos: not sure - haven't done this low dews yet
Normal dew point combos: BWC LI with vegetable glycerine mixed in. Topped off with Garnier Pure Clean gel. High dew point combos: currently using Giovanni LI with HESMU gel. Occasionally topped off with John Masters anti-humectant pomade. It's not bad but not loving it either...

HG/Go-to Products: Shea Moisture Trauma Mask, GTTT shampoo, Juice Organics Smoothing conditioner. But that's over a few months. I'm a PJ so this is hard


3B curls
Medium texture
Normal elasticity
High porosity

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