Porous and Fine: Share your Hair Biography

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Curl Pattern: 2b-c, I've been accused of having beachy waves when I get my roots done
Density: thin
Elasticity: low
Characteristics: mid back length, baby fine, colored & highlighted, (turning white at age 34) dry ends, hard to hold a curl pattern in winter, easily over-conditioned (or so I think), easily weighed down, prone to an oily scalp, prone to frizz

CG/ModCG/not CG: Modified CG, I think I have better luck with a low poo every time I shower. I have tried cowashing but I'm paranoid of looking greasy. I use CHS: Treatment shampoo once a week or as needed when I'm feeling grimy.
Hard water or soft water: Not sure but we can get a lot of reddish mineral deposit on our tub and sinks
Average climate/dew points: MI, mid to high dews in summer, low to very low in winter

Protein section:
Do you PT? If so how often? IAgirl's gelatin PT probably every 2 weeks. With other PTs about once a week.
How long? 5-30 minutes, it depends
PT with heat or steam? steam in the shower or body heat and a shower cap while I'm out of the shower
Favorite PTs: SS: PRT, IAgirl's gelatin PT, haven't tried any others
Favorite products that contain protein? Curl Queen
Proteins your hair likes? (I think) my hair likes Hydrolized Collagen, which is in gelatin. It adds strength, elasticity, and shine to my hair.
Proteins your hair dislikes? None that I know of

Moisture section:
Do you DT? If so, how often? I DT after every PT, so about every week or 2
How long? It depends, anywhere from 5 min in the shower to 1 hour with a warmed heat therapy cap from curlmart
DT with heat or steam? Both
Favorite DTs: CJ Curl Rehab, CJ Argan & Olive Oil Condish
Favorite products to moisturize your hair: Pretty much any CJ conditioner
Ingredient likes: not sure
Ingredient dislikes: glycerin in the winter is very drying
Do you seal? Experimenting with Mineral Oil (Thanks, Jas!)
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 avoid glycerin in low dew points. I only need to avoid it in things that are left on my hair like styling products and leave-ins. I'm still not sure if glycerin is ok for me in normal to high dew points.

Low dew point combos: lol, this week it's: KCNT and CJ PP
Normal dew point combos: still experimenting
High dew point combos: still experimenting & very clueless = frizz city
HG/Go-to Products: Elucence low poo, SM low poo, CHS treatment poo, KCKT, CJ rinse out conditioners, CJ PP, BRHG?
I have way too many products right now and I feel very overwhelmed with all of the different possible combos!

Name the methods, techniques, and tricks that work for your porous hair? Spritz and condish method (when I think of it), conditioner-wash-conditioner method, using a humidifier in winter, applying leave in and styling products to SOAKING wet hair, scrunch out water with 2 Dollar Tree MF Towels, diffuse scalp and roots with Devafuser, let the lower half air dry then scrunch out the crunch
Upper Michigan Dews
3a ~ Fine ~ High Porosity ~ Normal Density

NoPoo: JC Cleansing Cream
Rinse Outs: SS:PRT, CJ Repair Me, CJ Argan
Detangler: KCKT
Leave-in: CJ Repair me
Stylers: UFDCM, BRHG
Refreshers: Batiste (dry shampoo) on the roots & UFDCM everywhere else

iHerb Discount Code: SAF007


Curl Pattern:
2c/3a, some 3b underneath
Density: thick
Elasticity: normal
Characteristics: root curl and volume can be an issue. Curls tend to droop throughout the day.

CG/ModCG/not CG: Mod CG - I low poo as needed. Use some hairspray.
Hard water or soft water:
Hard water

Average climate/dew points: not sure... I live in the mid-west, so it ranges.

Protein section:
My hair LOVES protein.
PT? I do weekly PT's (sometime more), and I use a lot of products with protein.
As for how long I PT - usually about 5 mins, I guess. More occasionally. I like to plop during the long ones!
PT with heat or steam? heat
Favorite PTs:. AIgirl's gelatin, or CNPF mixed with Suave Nat coconut.
Favorite products that contain protein? Conditioners, leave-ins, styling products, etc. everything should be in my sig - but really anything with protein is good by me!
Proteins your hair likes?
Wheat protein, collagen, keratin protein, etc.
Proteins your hair dislikes? it's never met a protein it didn't like!

Moisture section:
Do you DT? If so, how often?
How long?
yes! I do a weekly DT after my PT's for at least 5mins, sometimes longer. Again I like to plop on the longer ones when possible.

DT with heat or steam?. Heat when possible.
Favorite DTs:
SM masque, GVPCB, adding some honey and EVOO and/or coconut oil to them for a DT.

Ingredient likes: protein!! Glycerin, magnesium sulphate, AV, oils.... I'm sure there's more, but nothing springs to mind!
Ingredient dislikes: nothing jumps out at me...
Do you seal? If so, what do you use to seal?
Yes - usually jojoba, or SM elixir

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 like humectants, but in the winter I cut back slightly in my LI's or stylers.

HG/Go-to Products:
GVPCB, gelatin PT, my FSG, BSRG.... Probably more

Name the methods, techniques, and tricks that work for your porous hair?
Spritz and condish, pre-poo with oil or condish, sealing, PT/DT, scrunch and pump, mod supersoaker, plopping, air drying or diffusing, triangle net plopping.
Originally Posted by Jas76
I think you're my hair twin except for curl pattern!
2A/B. Mix of fine, medium, and coarse (mostly medium). Dense. Mix of normal and high porosity.
Dry climate.


Curl Pattern: mix of 2a, b, and c.
Density: very thick
Elasticity: normal
Characteristics: highlighted, canopy gets frizzy

CG/ModCG/not CG: mod CG
Hard water or soft water: hard
Average climate/dew points: dry- desert

Protein section:
Do you PT? If so how often?: at least weekly but should do more
How long? 10 mintutes, 1 hour, etc.: 5 min... experimenting with longer PTs.
PT with heat or steam?: shower steam for the short ones
Favorite PTs: GVP joico kpak...I loved pm keratin intensive pre CG
Favorite products that contain protein? Conditioners, leave-ins, styling products, etc.: PM Awapuhi Wild Ginger Keratin Cream Rinse, NG Biotin, Deva B'Leave In
Proteins your hair likes? Wheat protein, collagen, keratin protein, etc.: all of them
Proteins your hair dislikes?: none

Moisture section:
Do you DT? If so, how often?: multiple times per week. Despite being fine and porous, my hair needs more moisture than protein.
How long? 15 minutes, 1 hour, etc.: as long as I have time to leave it in... At least an hour.
DT with heat or steam?: under shower cap and turbie twist so the heat from my head
Favorite DTs: Ouidad 12 min DT, Deva Heaven in Hair, EV unrefined coconut oil, Redken Curl Dive
Favorite products to moisturize your hair: Conditioners, leave in conditioners, styling products, etc.: I'm experimenting with various leave ins but am realizing my hair likes LOTS of LI.
Ingredient likes: behentrimonium methosulfate, panthenol, hydrolized proteins, and oddly, glycerin and propylene glycol.
Ingredient dislikes: unsure
Do you seal? If so, what do you use to seal?: no

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 don't avoid them.

Low dew point combos:
Normal dew point combos:
High dew point combos:
...still too new to know!

HG/Go-to Products: KCCC, coconut oil

Name the methods, techniques, and tricks that work for your porous hair? Still looking
2A/B. Mix of fine, medium, and coarse (mostly medium). Dense. Mix of normal and high porosity.
Dry climate.



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