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Old 10-14-2012, 05:50 PM   #1
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hi i have low porosity, coarse and medium or high density hair. Could you recommend some products for me like co washes, conditioners and leave ins. Also when am I supposed to use a sulfate free shampoo?
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Old 10-16-2012, 10:39 AM   #2
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Originally Posted by becca8781 View Post
hi i have low porosity, coarse and medium or high density hair. Could you recommend some products for me like co washes, conditioners and leave ins. Also when am I supposed to use a sulfate free shampoo?
rinse out conditioner
aussie moist
gf 3 nutrition

leave in conditioners
db daily leave in
oyin dew
4c wiry thick nappy low porosity hair
Poo: SM black soap
Rise out/Detangler:
DC/: Avocado+ oil + Honey
Spritz: Oyin J&B
Moisturizer: OH Dew
Sealant:BSP/Bask tapioca cream
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Old 10-17-2012, 12:45 PM   #3
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A sulfate free shampoo is nice to have if you experience buildup or accidentally use a non water soluble silicone and need to remove it. In order to remove silicones, you'll need a sulfate free shampoo that contains Cocamidopropyl Betaine or Cocobetaine. Straight cowashing works for some, so a sulfate free shampoo isn't necessarily a requirement.

If you're CG, the Garnier Fructis Triple Nutrition Ebonyrose mentioned has amodimethicone, a silicone which is not water soluble. Great conditioner, but no longer CG friendly. I believe Aussie Moist also contains a non water soluble silicone.

I have a good amount of fine hair, so several of my products have protein in them, which you'll want to avoid with your coarse and low porosity hair. In looking for products, you can spot a protein in an ingredients list if you see any of the following: gelatin, collagen, keratin, soy milk, anything "protein", anything "amino acids" or "hydrolyzed" anything. All those either are protein, contain protein, or are pieces of protein. So, they'll act like a protein when applied to your hair.

Some moisture only options I've used and liked are:

cowashes: Garnier Fructis Pure Clean, Suave Naturals Daily Clarifying, VO5 Vanilla Mint Tea

rinse outs: Renpure Argan Oil (mine is CG, but new bottles have added amodimethicone), Garnier Fructis Body Boost

My rinse outs double as leave ins, I just watch the amount I use so my hair doesn't look weighed down. Depending on the dewpoints and what my hair needs on a given day, my cowashes can sometimes double as rinse outs, however, my rinse out conditioners are all too heavy to make good cowashes.
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2c /3a F /Mii, low porosity

Spring Products /Routine:
Clarifying: ACV rinses, Suave Professional Men Deep Clean Peppermint
Low Poo: Renpure Luxurious Argan Oil
Co-washes: VO5 Kiwi Lime Squeeze or Strawberries & Cream
RO: VO5 KLS or S&C, Cure Care
LI (if needed): VO5 S&C, Cure Care
PT: IAGirl's (every 2 weeks or as needed)
Trying: Tresemme Flawless Curls Bouncy Curls gel
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Old 10-23-2012, 08:02 PM   #4
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I also have the low porosity, dense, course hair (white hair, though... don't know if that makes a difference, but some people have indicated I should have said so when I've asked for help in other places).

What styling products should we use with hair like this? My favorite gel has protein in it, and it's causing so much build up. I'm do disappointed because I love what it does on clean hair, but then I'm washing with shampoo every week or so just to get this junk out (the baking soda/acv rinse didn't cut it). I'm using Bioterra Gel.

I just asked somewhere else, too, but I really want some options. I can't just go out and buy everything (oh, but I want to) but I really need a direction. Why does everything have to have protein in it? How have I never noticed that before??
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Old 11-02-2012, 02:02 AM   #5
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Wow I've learned so much just reading this.. Just learned that I have LP hair...I was looking at my products and now u see why my hair is breaking off.. My shampoo and leave in had protein ..

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