Hydrating Low Porosity Hair: Itís all About the Energy Baby!-Technically Speaking

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Interesting article on low porosity hair

Hydrating Low Porosity Hair: Itís all About the Energy Baby!-Technically Speaking | cushblog.com

"Tip for moisturizing low porosity hair: In the words of my 10 yr. old daughter, ďHeat is your BFF!í Heat makes it possible for you to open those cuticles and allow water to penetrate the cell membrane complex (CMC) and cortex. The absolute best way to heat the hair and add moisture is with a steamer and pre poo or deep condish regimen. Most people do not realize it but when steam condenses it will give up 1000 BTU/lb. Thatís a huge amount of energy to rapidly change the hair temperature (cuticles) and moisturize all at the same time. At atmospheric conditions, steam will condense once the temperature is below 212F. The air and your hair act as a heat sink to absorb this energy. Hair dryers take longer and do not bring additional moisture."

"Tip: Adding small amounts of surfactant to your deep conditioner will lower the overall surface energy of the system and drive hydration.

Super Tip: Adding a tiny amount of Castile soap to your deep condish regimen will drive hydration for several reasons. The first is that it will lower the overall surface energy of the water system. The second is that the castile soap tends to have a higher pH and it will also open the hair cuticle (more on this later)."

"Tip: A good rule of thumb is that if a product will hydrate your hands, in particular your fingers then it might also be good on your low porosity hair. The skin around the fingers has a surface energy of 0.026 Ė 0.029 N/m. This is very close to the surface energy of low porosity hair."

"Tip: If you want to increase the performance of your leave in or rinsable conditioner, try heating it up and applying it to your hair at an elevated temperature. Get a baby bottle warmer and empty plastic bottle. Add the conditioner to the plastic bottle and heat it up to 30 C to 40 C."
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Spritz: Oyin J&B
Moisturizer: OH Dew
Sealant:BSP/Bask tapioca cream
Thanx for the tips
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Thanks. i know since i started prepoo with EVOO with cap under dryer fo 15 to 20 minutes it has done wonders for hair moisture.
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Anyone tried the Castile soap yet?
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Not yet but this is so interesting. I am going to try some castile soap when I DC this weekend. I will report back . . . editing the rest of this message because it made no sense!
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Last edited by ladymisswavy; 05-08-2012 at 12:54 PM.
Great article and excellent tips. Definitely heating my leave in and adding Castile soap to my DC.
In line with the castile soap point, I've found it helpful for me to use CV soap bars to wash then rinse out, then glob on conditioner (while cuticle is open) then spray on ACV rinse (very diluted) to seal in the moisture, then rinse everything out.

Works like a charm for me. I only do it once every three weeks or so.
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In line with the castile soap point, I've found it helpful for me to use CV soap bars to wash then rinse out, then glob on conditioner (while cuticle is open) then spray on ACV rinse (very diluted) to seal in the moisture, then rinse everything out.

Works like a charm for me. I only do it once every three weeks or so.
Originally Posted by Goin'Grey
so you don't rinse out the conditioner before you use the acv rinse? interesting. i'll have to try that.

i tried using a bit of castille soap in my latest dc and didn't notice any difference in hydration. heating my oil/conditioner until just warm, however, made my hair sooo soft and shiny after the rinse out.
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3c-4b. probably.
medium/coarse texture.
(extremely)high density.
low porosity, normal elasticity.
co-wash: suave naturals daily clarifying condish with drops of rosemary oil.
detangling conditioner: tresemme naturals.
deep conditioner: curly kinks curlycue renew, b.a.s.k. cacao bark, honey/evoo.
I tried adding a drop of Dr Bronner's baby mild to my daily conditioner, and it makes a big difference for me. It's easy to overdo though. I've also tried mixing a drop of the Castile soap, CJ Curl Fix and water in a spray bottle for second day hair. It seems to really make my curls pop, but only if I use it sparingly.
I added a couple drops of castille to suave apple to presoak my son's hair before his bath and I noticed his hair was a bit softer in the morning. I also may have overdone it as I also added a couple drops to SS deeply decadent to DC his hair, (trying to use this up). However, I will try again in the presoak and see how it goes. Thanks ladies!
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NoP: As I Am CC
RO: Suave Coconut, VO5 Shea Cashmere
LI: KCKT or CJBCLI or HETT/HENOYF (w/ 8 drops GSO)


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