"Sticky" Hair = High Porosity

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According to the recent NC article about porosity, your hair is highly porous if it feels sticky. Unless I use a lot of styling product, my hair strands don't feel sticky.

If you have highly porous hair, is one of the symptoms "sticky" hair?
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This list is not exhaustive...
Pre-treat:various oils

Shampoo/
Clarifier:various
PT: Gold Medal's Herbal Tame
DT:
Smooth Sexy Hair Sulfate-Free Smoothing Conditioner
LI/Detangler: AG Fast Food/OH Juices and Berries Hair Tonic
Stylers: Lush Zeste Hair Gel, CURLS Blueberry and Passion Fruit Control pastes

*experimenting and loving it!


My hair was highly porous (better now), but I'd never call it sticky.
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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
When I first saw the title of this post I thought "Yes!" but after reading the definition, I'm not so sure. My hair doesn't feel product-y after I wash (whether shampoo or co-wash), but when I detangle, no matter how careful I am, sometimes I can feel/hear my ends separating in a way that's distinctly different from when I rip through a tangle. So to me, that's sticky.

I'm glad you brought this up because I could not find info on this particular type of stickiness.
Hair Type: 4a/b
Porosity: High
Density: Thick

No HGs but Giovanni 50/50 conditioner and any sulfate-free shampoo are are working so far.
Hmm...well it's not sticky from products or anything. However, if I do not deliberately close my cuticles, my finger will "catch" if I run it down a strand of my hair. Is that kind of like "sticky"?
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...when I detangle, no matter how careful I am, sometimes I can feel/hear my ends separating in a way that's distinctly different from when I rip through a tangle. So to me, that's sticky.
Originally Posted by jmtruitt
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4a/b Texlaxed hair w/ highlights. Medium texture & high porosity.

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I don't know what to say about mine. It's kinda 'sticky' but when its wet it kinda feels sticky like its hard to get off my hands but its kinda like a noodle, its stretchy

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Noooo, that sounds...not right. Well at least not for me. My hair doesn't feel sticky. It doesn't even sound different when I'm detangling like someone else up here said. I don't know.

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I don't know what to say about mine. It's kinda 'sticky' but when its wet it kinda feels sticky like its hard to get off my hands but its kinda like a noodle, its stretchy

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Originally Posted by curlybran
I know what you mean with the sticky...My strand tend to get all matted together as if they are stuck together after I shampoo wash my hair.
It's a pain! Idk what to do about my hair

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Whenever I wash it, even when my hair is wet, it feels dry and has a nasty texture. And it is a type of "sticky" feeling, but Idk if that's the most accurate description.

And then when it dries, it as no texture. Like, it's "too soft" and really limp. I really don't understand my hair.
I know exactly what you mean!

Whenever I wash it, even when my hair is wet, it feels dry and has a nasty texture. And it is a type of "sticky" feeling, but Idk if that's the most accurate description.

And then when it dries, it as no texture. Like, it's "too soft" and really limp. I really don't understand my hair.
Originally Posted by evee103


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I found this definition weird too. I'm wondering though if by "sticky" they do mean that it's difficult to run your fingers through it? Every now and then I do a thorough cleansing with a non-moisturizing shampoo and before I put conditioner on my hair, it does feel kind of "sticky." I can't really run my fingers through my hair without it getting tangled. It seems like a lot of other people experience this too, so maybe that's what "sticky" means. I always thought though that this was just how hair behaved when wet, not something special about high porosity hair. But then again, I never realized that some people can have water "bead up" on their hair. I figured everyone's hair just got instantly wet lol! So maybe people with lower porosity hair don't experience as much tangling when their hair is wet. I agree with evee103 too though; my hair seems to have very little texture when it dries. I think for me this is because it is fine.
Whenever I wash it, even when my hair is wet, it feels dry and has a nasty texture. And it is a type of "sticky" feeling, but Idk if that's the most accurate description.

And then when it dries, it as no texture. Like, it's "too soft" and really limp. I really don't understand my hair.
Originally Posted by stars
Yes, this is my hair, too. It's like the hair of a newborn baby or like cotton candy, but really limp. It does have a sticky feel near the roots when its wet. My hair is very VERY porous.

Stars, by any chance, are your nails weak? Mine are like paper, and I'm thinking it's some DNA flaw where insufficient keratin is produced, which explains my baby fine, fragile, porous hair.
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I have this glued together kind of feel after washing my hair unless I do ACV rinse. My prob would be can you use this rinse like 3 times a week? I hope so cause I can't get more than 1 or 2 day hair! Very porous hair.

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I can low-poo and put in a rich conditioner (GV Conditioning Balm for example)....and can very easily detangle. Then once I rinse the conditioner out...it's hard to pick through (until I apply a tiny bit of leave in for slip). I call that sticky.

When I supersoak, I don't have any trouble with clumping. Do you think that porosity affects hair's ability to form nice clumps? I would guess it does.
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Conditioner: GVCB (love it!)/ Regis OO
Leave in
: As I Am
Co-Wash: Tresemme or DevaCurl NoPoo
Stylers: As I Am Curling Jelly/GF Pure Clean/ LALCurl gel - all with BRHG added
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Mine is the same about being hard to pick thru nocurl

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Mod CG-Naturally Highly Porous and Dry
This list is not exhaustive...
Pre-treat:various oils

Shampoo/
Clarifier:various
PT: Gold Medal's Herbal Tame
DT:
Smooth Sexy Hair Sulfate-Free Smoothing Conditioner
LI/Detangler: AG Fast Food/OH Juices and Berries Hair Tonic
Stylers: Lush Zeste Hair Gel, CURLS Blueberry and Passion Fruit Control pastes

*experimenting and loving it!


There is a bit of a "stick" to my hair.. not as if it's coated in sugar or anything, but a bit like a bushy set of velcro tabs, if that makes any sense.
2c. present color& past heat damage, fine, low-density, high porosity, happy with some protein. re-CG as of 5/2014. Wash:V05 PFS or KLS, RO: (trying to use up my stash; so it's always different!), LI: Cure Care, DT: SM Smooth & Repair Hair Masque, Style: Ecostyler Olive Oil / La Bella Lots of Curls gel
Has anyone found a solution to the so-called "sticky" problem?

I relate to almost every post on this thread. For one, when I wash out my conditioner, my hair gets sucked of all its moisture. Also, I have negative clumping. My crown is so dry and it is matted in this giant dry clump that I cannot untangle for the life of me. My hair strands are stretchy too. It kinda feels like synthetic Barbie hair, where it will stretch first then break. Once dry, my hair acts, looks, and feels over-conditioned, but it is straw dry.

At first, I thought this was protein-overload, so I have been DTing and using PT free conditioners. Nothing has been working, so I ordered the Macadamia Deep Repair Masque in the hopes it will do something. My hair has never been this bad, even before starting a CG routine. Thank goodness I found this thread, I have gotten so close to shaving all my hair off
Has anyone found a solution to the so-called "sticky" problem?

I relate to almost every post on this thread. For one, when I wash out my conditioner, my hair gets sucked of all its moisture. Also, I have negative clumping. My crown is so dry and it is matted in this giant dry clump that I cannot untangle for the life of me. My hair strands are stretchy too. It kinda feels like synthetic Barbie hair, where it will stretch first then break. Once dry, my hair acts, looks, and feels over-conditioned, but it is straw dry.

At first, I thought this was protein-overload, so I have been DTing and using PT free conditioners. Nothing has been working, so I ordered the Macadamia Deep Repair Masque in the hopes it will do something. My hair has never been this bad, even before starting a CG routine. Thank goodness I found this thread, I have gotten so close to shaving all my hair off
Originally Posted by eryn1996
I wonder if porous hair absorbs too much moisture that leaves it sticky, such that shampooing twice may relieve the problem. Since I've been cowashing most of the year, my hair has this sticky feel to it, especially at the roots. Two clarifying shampoos finally got rid of the stickiness, and then a PT was applied. To my surprise, it worked, and my hair was not sticky at the next shampoo. It never would have entered my mind that porous hair would hang on to moisture that much.

We've read that highly porous hair releases moisture just as quickly as it is absorbed, so I think we tend to overdue the moisture process to compensate.

One conditioner I will experiment with soon is Bosley Pro Volumizing Conditioner for Colored Treated Hair. The first time I tried it was as a cowash (bought at TJ Maxx). It not only detangled my hair, but kept it detangled and moisturized without the stickiness that can sometimes lead to breakage.

Another conditioner that works well for high porosity hair is Living Proof No Frizz conditioner.
Mod CG-Naturally Highly Porous and Dry
This list is not exhaustive...
Pre-treat:various oils

Shampoo/
Clarifier:various
PT: Gold Medal's Herbal Tame
DT:
Smooth Sexy Hair Sulfate-Free Smoothing Conditioner
LI/Detangler: AG Fast Food/OH Juices and Berries Hair Tonic
Stylers: Lush Zeste Hair Gel, CURLS Blueberry and Passion Fruit Control pastes

*experimenting and loving it!


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