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Old 12-14-2011, 12:37 AM   #1
 
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Default Think I'm low porous!?!?

I did a strand test thing last night, put a stand of hair In a water bottle and its still floating. Now I need to know what this means for my routine and what to use
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The strand test IMO are effective to a degree. The best way and the simpliest for me was a shower test. Does the water from the shower sits on your hair, be absorbed after time, or wets your hair immediately?

I'm high porosity but denimpixie on youtube is low porosity and her blog "quest for the perfect curl" is awesome for advice.

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I will check that out when I get in the comp! Thank u!

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The strand test IMO are effective to a degree. The best way and the simpliest for me was a shower test. Does the water from the shower sits on your hair, be absorbed after time, or wets your hair immediately?

I'm high porosity but denimpixie on youtube is low porosity and her blog "quest for the perfect curl" is awesome for advice.

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Old 12-27-2011, 08:29 PM   #5
 
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I think I'm low porous too. Water beads up on my hair and I did the strand test, and my hair floated, then I pushed it down and they stayed down. And it takes like half a day for my hair to completely dry.
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I have long EXTREMELY thick hair, and people always say, "I bet it takes forever to dry." But nope, I have low porosity, so it starts to dry instantly, and when I use a spray bottle on my hair, the water sits on it until I have enough on and run it through with my hands. I always wondered why my hair dried so quickly, then my best friend became a hair stylist and told me why!
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I have long EXTREMELY thick hair, and people always say, "I bet it takes forever to dry." But nope, I have low porosity, so it starts to dry instantly, and when I use a spray bottle on my hair, the water sits on it until I have enough on and run it through with my hands. I always wondered why my hair dried so quickly, then my best friend became a hair stylist and told me why!
Hair that dries quickly is porous, not low porosity. The water sitting on your hair would indicate low porosity, but the quick drying time would be porous.

My hair isn't dense anymore (age and thyroid.) When I worked, I'd shower at 6, diffuse for a few minutes, not use any products and it the under layer would still be damp at 11:30.
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Mine dries quickly, within 10 min the ends are drying but water also beads up on it and I have to work it in pretty much.

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Well, the drying thing must just be some weird thing then. I've had 2 hair dressers tell me that my hair is lower in porosity than most people they've ever seen. That is interesting. It takes forever to get my hair wet in the shower too. Maybe it dries quickly because less water hits it? I dunno, I will ask my newest hair dresser, who is definitely into CG for people with hair like mine. I have learned so much about my hair!

Hair that dries quickly is porous, not low porosity. The water sitting on your hair would indicate low porosity, but the quick drying time would be porous.

My hair isn't dense anymore (age and thyroid.) When I worked, I'd shower at 6, diffuse for a few minutes, not use any products and it the under layer would still be damp at 11:30.[/QUOTE]
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Mine dries quickly, within 10 min the ends are drying but water also beads up on it and I have to work it in pretty much.

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My ends are what dries first too. The hair that is closest to my scalp takes the longest.
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Old 12-29-2011, 12:55 AM   #11
 
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my hair is thick too. And it takes half the day to completely dry!
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Old 12-29-2011, 02:01 AM   #12
 
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Ev will u please tell me what your hair.dresser says! None around here.are. cg friendly. Mine used to be really thick but due to thyroid its barely there now. A brand new ponytail can wrap around 3 times and still not be tight, I used to have problems gettin avband around 2 times

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Well, the drying thing must just be some weird thing then. I've had 2 hair dressers tell me that my hair is lower in porosity than most people they've ever seen. That is interesting. It takes forever to get my hair wet in the shower too. Maybe it dries quickly because less water hits it? I dunno, I will ask my newest hair dresser, who is definitely into CG for people with hair like mine. I have learned so much about my hair!
Maybe it's not getting all the way wet? Because once low-po hair gets wet it takes forever to dry. I know that mine doesn't really get wet till I wash it, shampoo (even low-poo) has something in it that makes water 'wetter' so it can penetrate the hair some.

When I'm getting it wet I lift up the hair and let the water hit the nape hair, then let some more hair down so the middle hair can get wet, then let it all down so the top hair can finish getting wet.

When rinsing out shampoo/conditioner/whatever, same process.

But when I stick my head under the faucet in the morning it gets wet reasonably quickly, I guess that is a lot more water all hitting the hair at once.
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Well, the drying thing must just be some weird thing then. I've had 2 hair dressers tell me that my hair is lower in porosity than most people they've ever seen. That is interesting. It takes forever to get my hair wet in the shower too. Maybe it dries quickly because less water hits it? I dunno, I will ask my newest hair dresser, who is definitely into CG for people with hair like mine. I have learned so much about my hair!
Maybe it's not getting all the way wet? Because once low-po hair gets wet it takes forever to dry. I know that mine doesn't really get wet till I wash it, shampoo (even low-poo) has something in it that makes water 'wetter' so it can penetrate the hair some.

When I'm getting it wet I lift up the hair and let the water hit the nape hair, then let some more hair down so the middle hair can get wet, then let it all down so the top hair can finish getting wet.

When rinsing out shampoo/conditioner/whatever, same process.

But when I stick my head under the faucet in the morning it gets wet reasonably quickly, I guess that is a lot more water all hitting the hair at once.
I think the amount of water makes a difference. If I lightly spritz it dries quickly. Sometimes too quickly because i like to manipulate on slightly wet hair. I have also noticed a difference between water drying time and water plus product drying time. That is why I learned no matter what the directions say I cannot apply leave in or stylers to soaking wet hair. It will take forever and a day to dry. I blot with a microfiber towel first and apply to damp hair and get much faster drying.
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Old 01-04-2012, 10:21 AM   #15
 
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I've not had my hair evaluated, but all along I was thinking my hair was low porosity (I did my own test and hair floated in water)...but I don't have problem with wetting my hair fully/ my hair dries quicker than most and after diffusing & and 1/2 hr. of of air drying, it's 100% dry by the time I leave the house in the morning. Some products do increase dry time, but still it's nothing like what some of you experience. Thanks for all the great info ladies! I must be middle of the road/ medium porosity then?
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I've not had my hair evaluated, but all along I was thinking my hair was low porosity (I did my own test and hair floated in water)...but I don't have problem with wetting my hair fully/ my hair dries quicker than most and after diffusing & and 1/2 hr. of of air drying, it's 100% dry by the time I leave the house in the morning. Some products do increase dry time, but still it's nothing like what some of you experience. Thanks for all the great info ladies! I must be middle of the road/ medium porosity then?
It actually sounds like your hair could be porous. My hair would be HOURS, even with some diffusing.
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When my (fine, lowly porous) hair isn't fully clean it dries quicker. On wash day it takes 3 hours to dry, and that's after letting it dry for a half hour with no product. If I applied my oil right after conditioning and detangling, it would take about 5-6 hours to dry. It loves warm or hot water to open up the cuticles to let product in. That stuff about how cold water as a final rinse reduces frizz? It also lays down the cuticle, which is horrible for lowly porous hair as it has a hard enough time getting moisture in.
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Thanks Kathymack for your insight. I am thankful that there are ladies on here who have wisdom (and have been on this journey for longer). My hair could very well be a higher porosity, I just didn't have any idea..other than the floating strand test that I did at home.

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Thanks Kathymack for your insight. I am thankful that there are ladies on here who have wisdom (and have been on this journey for longer). My hair could very well be a higher porosity, I just didn't have any idea..other than the floating strand test that I did at home.

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Floating strand is notoriously unreliable. You're better off running your fingers up and down the hair shaft. Low porosity hair will feel smooth in both directions. If you feel "bumps," it means your hair is porous. CJ Marsha's blog Curl Junkie - Natural Hair Care for all types of Curly Hair!: My 2 cents on Protein/Texture/Porosity/Moisture Balance! :-) is helpful if you can't figure it out from the information on Live Curly Live Free - Home
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When my (fine, lowly porous) hair isn't fully clean it dries quicker. On wash day it takes 3 hours to dry, and that's after letting it dry for a half hour with no product. If I applied my oil right after conditioning and detangling, it would take about 5-6 hours to dry. It loves warm or hot water to open up the cuticles to let product in. That stuff about how cold water as a final rinse reduces frizz? It also lays down the cuticle, which is horrible for lowly porous hair as it has a hard enough time getting moisture in.
Thank you! I was never, ever, ever going to do a cold water rinse because I am very cold natured and just couldn't see myself torturing myself that way. I suspected it would make little difference to my low porosity tresses anyway and you've just confirmed it.

Any opening my hair cuticles do during my shampoo process I close back down with aloe vera juice mixed in my LI. This works for me...
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