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Old 03-04-2013, 03:59 AM   #1
 
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Default Do I sound like having low porosity hair?

Hi curlies!

I'm finding it very very difficult to analyse my own hair (just newly curly as well... I've been blow drying and straightening my hair years).

I'll tell you something more about my hair and why I guess (but not sure, so correct me if I'm wrong) my hair is low porosity.

Strange things about my hair:
- The floating test: it floated for ages, although I know this test flaws.
- The feeling bumps test: I don't think I have the bumps, but I'm not really sure since I don't know what those bumps should feel like
- drying time: if it is really HOT outside (like, when you could be walking in bikini and still feeling like you're wearin too much clothes) it takes about 4 hours, normally it takes 6-8 hours, if I'm not so lucky it could take up to 11-12 hours for bra-straplength hair (a week ago I changed to shoulderlength hair and it took me 6 hours)
- getting my hair wet: When I'm showering it takes almost 2 minutes before my hair starts to feel wet, the first minute I can sometimes feel the water streaming of my hair, like on a duck's back
- colouring my hair: I tried colouring my hair with permanent hair colour for a couple of months and it did not work (seemed to be too strong and I coloured it with one colour but I got 2 different colours in the end), now I'm colouring my hair with semi-permanent colouring and it is better
- I have very very very dry hair (with the shoulderlength hair now it feels like it's scratching my neck sometimes)
- my hair tends to get frizzy (and I'm 2bish I think)

To get my hair less dry and less frizzy, I now use Wella care enrich elixir with shea butter in it and that's working. I only need 1 drop for my entire "bush" of hair and the first 2-3 hours it will look like I've used too much, but afterwards it will look nice.

So: 1) do you think I'm low porosity?
2) I read that low porosity hair should try to
avoid too much protein, but how do you
recognise protein? I already (finally)now
that you can recognise silicons and sulfates
with the -cone and -xane ingredients; is
there also such thing for proteins?
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Old 03-07-2013, 02:25 PM   #2
 
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It does sound low porosity. To get more moisture in it, try a DT with heat. Put on a deep conditioner, cover with a shower cap, & aim a blow dryer at it. This will help the conditioner penetrate more into the hair shaft.

Proteins are keratin, collagen, silk amino acids, hydrolyzed wheat, oat, soy - those will usually outright say protein. LP hair doesn't always like it but if your hair is fine textured, you may need it. I have fine hair, low-normal porosity, & I do fine with proteins. I do need more moisture than protein lately, not sure if its the drier air of winter or what.

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Old 03-07-2013, 10:37 PM   #3
 
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My sons LP hair appreciates alternating a RO with glycerin or aloe, 2 minutes of heat post bath to "set" the product and little to no protein hope this helps!
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Old 03-08-2013, 05:35 AM   #4
 
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You'd know if you have bumps on your hair when you slide from tip to root. If it's smooth and, possibly, squeaks--it's low porosity.

The only place that I've read about avoiding protein for low porosity hair is on the texture/porosity page here on nc.com. That's why I use this link Live Curly Live Free - Curly Hair Basics for people to determine their hair properties.

My fine/low porosity hair never met a protein it didn't like. I do at least one PT a week and use a lot of products with protein. Unless your hair is coarse, there's no reason to avoid protein (unless you've had issues.)

I don't have a lot of hair--it's short and no longer dense. I use minute amounts of really rich products. Frequently, my hair is dry before it's absorbed the product(s.) It gets better as the day goes on. It doesn't care for straight oil/butter, but likes it in well formulated products.
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Old 03-10-2013, 07:14 AM   #5
 
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update on my hair properties:

- I still don't know for sure if I'm low or high porosity, there are other hair properties I figured out in the mean time though
- density: medium-high
- medium-coarse hair
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