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Old 11-18-2011, 08:27 PM   #1
 
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Default I have low porosity hair and all these years I thought...

After all these years I thought that my hair was..., too many titles to name. I don't even know how I found the first thread I read tonight but it took me on a two hour long search for details and characteristics of low porosity hair.

I was in heavy denial. NEVER checked my hair for it nor concerned myself with it. Why? I have no idea. I have seen a few YT videos on the subject or heard bloggers mention it but never thought to check my hair.

I am the: takes forever to saturate, takes forever to dry, does not take to color; and products sit more than sink into my hair shafts. These mentioned have been noticeable every since I was a child. I have many stylist who can attest to these factors as well as my own observations when I use to do my hair prior to become natural as well as now.

It is like getting the answer to that nagging algebra problem. I had a ah ha moment. What to do now, well lets see; get some ph strips and test the current arsenal I own before making any new purchases. Use my newest gadget; heat cap, with every conditioner and use warmer water during all cycles of my hair wash/condition.

After reading so many threads, It is such a relief to see so many people who have experienced my pains and failures. It helps in understanding my hair and how to move forward. I definitely realized now why some products JUST DO NOT WORK for my hair; glycerine and coconut oil to name a few.

I will be doing my testing and creating a entirely new regimen for my hair and look forward to a change. Should I focus on raising the pH of my products; testing mixed batches, mixed product lines etc.? I am like so excited because I now know my problem and overwhelmed at the same time because I feel I will have to become a chemist before applying anything to my hair
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Old 11-18-2011, 11:09 PM   #2
 
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Default Hope for the future

I had the same AH HA moment today. All of my life I have had hair around my edges and nape that would not respond to anything. I mean....nothing. It takes hours for my hair to dry. Two weeks after a perm, this particular part of my hair would revert back to its original state. These parts of my hair would stay dry and just break off. I never wear my hair in a ponytail because the back of my hair would never grow. The rest of my hair is shoulder length.

Then last night I started to research and found out that I have low porous hair. I am on a journery to grow my hair and wear a pony tail with confidence without someone asking me what happened to the back of your hair!
I have attempted to go natural in the past and the longest I have been able to last is about 4 months. Now I have hope
So I would appreciate the name of any products that you find that work for you!
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Old 11-19-2011, 01:12 AM   #3
 
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How did you find out if you had low porous hair or.not?

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Old 11-19-2011, 05:31 AM   #4
 
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pedaheh, just posted this Curl Chemist article on porosity in another thread: Porosity and Curly Hair

Low porosity hair is actually a good thing. Hair is usually very healthy, you just have to learn to work with it.
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I recently learned I have low porosity too and the issues I was/am having now make sense. I still need help and tips on what to do. I wish the low porosity board had more activity!!

If my naked hair is naturally shiny and healthy, do I need the PTs and DTs? Isn't this counterintuitive? Stuff just sits on my hair leading to build up so isn't it better to keep things simple?
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Old 11-19-2011, 10:36 AM   #6
 
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I don't know if I have a low porosity but I did the water test (put some hair in a cup of water). One little bundle floated the whole time right below the surface and another bundle floated for a while sank and then floated back up to the top. Other characteristics of my hair is that it never dries. If I wet it in the morning its wet when I go to sleep at night and it get dry easily from hair gel and anything comparable to it except for flax seed gel.
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Old 11-19-2011, 11:35 AM   #7
 
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I recently learned I have low porosity too and the issues I was/am having now make sense. I still need help and tips on what to do. I wish the low porosity board had more activity!!

If my naked hair is naturally shiny and healthy, do I need the PTs and DTs? Isn't this counterintuitive? Stuff just sits on my hair leading to build up so isn't it better to keep things simple?
Not sure why it would be counter intuitive?? If your hair is fabulous--great defined curls and minimal frizz, I guess you wouldn't need them. My answer would be yes to PT--at least for my low porosity, fine hair. Do you ever use heat?? microwave heat cap or sit under a hard hat dryer?? That will help low porosity hair absorb products better. If you aren't doing them regularly, and are having "issues" with your hair, it's a really easy place to start. I did DTs when I was first on nc.com. Then I started to use richer products and my hair just didn't seem to need them anymore. I was also using some of the moisturizing PTs that had come out (CJ Curl Fix and Repair, SS Protein Treatment.) For me, DTs became unnecessary.

I use minute amount of most products. It frequently takes a few hours for my hair to absorb all the product, even after it's dry. My hair just gets better as the day goes on.
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Old 11-23-2011, 03:08 PM   #8
 
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Exactly the same with me! I guess I just assumed my hair was fine and highly porous because many stylists, friends, etc. have said this. But these same stylists always turned my hair into a disaster. Instead of assuming something was wrong with their information, I figured I just had bad hair. My mother and sister have fine, highly porous hair, and even though their hair looks very different from mine (plus both have straight hair), I never knew a major difference could be porosity till about a month ago! (I didn't know what porosity was until a month ago.)


My hair has always been dry, and prone to frizz, so I didn't think it could possibly be low porosity, but I've done the "water glass test" 5x now, in two different states, in different weather conditions, and my hair floats for a looooong time...

I've also learned that I'm "protein sensitive", so I make sure my DTs don't have protein.
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Old 11-29-2011, 05:58 PM   #9
 
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I always called mine 'resistant' not low porosity, but always did know that it resisted water, resisted color, resisted drying, resisted straightening, never split or broke.

It's not a problem, and DT and PT do work fine for me, you can wash with real shampoo first if you are worried it might not penetrate, then throw it on quickly, but really once the hair really does feel wet it is wet, so the treatment can get in, then time and heat get it soaked in just fine. What you can't do is mist your hair and then put the treatment on it, that won't work.

And +1 to KathyMack, if your hair is working fine, no need for DT or PT. Only use PT if it's limpening and DT if it is getting too dry.

Having low porosity hair is good, not bad. It is not a problem or issue like high porosity. It is just a hair type and you need to treat it right but a lot of stuff other people have to worry about, you don't!

Oh, and I don't think the float test works. If your hair is low porosity it will not get wet right away when you get in the shower, maybe not really get wet until you wash it. It will take a looooong time to lighten with bleach or color. It won't get split ends. If you really want to know, send some hairs in to the Live Curly Live Free Hair Analysis thing
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