Any hard and fast rules for low porosity?

Hi LP girls. Are there any rules for low porosity or is it just juggling products and figuring it out bearing in mind our porosity?

I only just figured out my hair is low porosity after a long CG journey, and I'm confused after so long thinking it was high porosity. From what I can gather DTs are a must. Oils can be bad. Protein is a yes or a no depending on what your hair likes. Is that right so far?

Are there any special techniques or tips that might be helpful?

Thanks in advance

3a, low porosity, protein sensitive, medium texture (with random coarse strands), growing out a pixie cut

Located in Tasmania, Australia



I think it all depends on the products that you use. I use a lot of rich products, so haven't DTed in years. My hair is fine, so I do A LOT of protein--use commercial PTs (CJ, SS and Elucence) which are also moisturizing.

Since your hair doesn't absorb product quickly, you need to be careful with how much of any product your put on when styling. Frequently, my hair is dry--but hasn't finished absorbing the products I used (we're talking hours later.)

HTH.
3a (Corkicelli), highlighted, fine, low porosity
modified CG, since April '07
CG since 3/11/08

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HGs: Anything Sevi; Curly Kinks Satin Roots, Curlycue ReNew and Coil Jam; homemade FSG and okra gel; soap bars; UFD Curly Magic (now Hello Curly Curl Stimulater); Botanical Spirits Jellies, CJ Repair Me, Marie Dean Leave Ins and Curl Creams
Thanks kathymack. So have you found the soap bars to be a key part of your routine? I've been reading up on using them to help the hair shaft absorb moisture and it seems like people have been loving it.

3a, low porosity, protein sensitive, medium texture (with random coarse strands), growing out a pixie cut

Located in Tasmania, Australia



Thanks kathymack. So have you found the soap bars to be a key part of your routine? I've been reading up on using them to help the hair shaft absorb moisture and it seems like people have been loving it.
Originally Posted by TassieAnge
I feel that the soap bars are one of the most important things I've done for my hair. Tightened my curls and added volume.
3a (Corkicelli), highlighted, fine, low porosity
modified CG, since April '07
CG since 3/11/08

SE PA

HGs: Anything Sevi; Curly Kinks Satin Roots, Curlycue ReNew and Coil Jam; homemade FSG and okra gel; soap bars; UFD Curly Magic (now Hello Curly Curl Stimulater); Botanical Spirits Jellies, CJ Repair Me, Marie Dean Leave Ins and Curl Creams
Forgive my ignorance... but soap bars? I am confused... do you mean that you take a bar of Dove or Irish Spring and use it to wash your hair? Are there dedicated hair soap bars out there?
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3b, thick, angled bob, coarse, low(ish) porosity.
Favs:
Poo (when I get buildup): Bumble&Bumble Curly Shampoo
Lo-poo: L'Oreal EverCurl Cleansing Conditioner
LI: Aveda Be Curly Prep
Stylin': Aveda Be Curly Curl Enhancer for a natural full-bodied look, SheaMoisture Smoothie for finger curls.


There are dedicated shampoo bars which are sulphate free and CG friendly. You can use any cold processed soap though from what I can make out, as the cold processed soaps are high in lovely moisturising oils. There are heaps of threads on here about them, if you do a search for "soap bars". They are all quite alkaline so most people do an acv rinse afterwards to seal the hair shaft back up. HTH.

3a, low porosity, protein sensitive, medium texture (with random coarse strands), growing out a pixie cut

Located in Tasmania, Australia



Forgive my ignorance... but soap bars? I am confused... do you mean that you take a bar of Dove or Irish Spring and use it to wash your hair? Are there dedicated hair soap bars out there?
Originally Posted by JewelCurls
TassieAnge got it right. Most of the commercial, mass produced products are detergents (if you read the ingredients.) The "soaps" you buy at the grocery store. I use handcrafted, natural bars made the old fashioned, cold process way--oils are saponified (made into soap) using lye.

You do have to be careful and read ingredients, as with anything else. Lush makes shampoo bars that have SLS in them! Some products are called soap bars and some shampoo bars. Soap bars are supposed to be "superfatted" in lines that have both. My hair HATES castor oil, so I also look for bars that don't have it.
3a (Corkicelli), highlighted, fine, low porosity
modified CG, since April '07
CG since 3/11/08

SE PA

HGs: Anything Sevi; Curly Kinks Satin Roots, Curlycue ReNew and Coil Jam; homemade FSG and okra gel; soap bars; UFD Curly Magic (now Hello Curly Curl Stimulater); Botanical Spirits Jellies, CJ Repair Me, Marie Dean Leave Ins and Curl Creams

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