Texture, Porosity, and other Hair Type Madness

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I have no idea what mine is. My hair soaks up water, oils, and [most] products as if it was a sponge. I cannot easily break my hair, except for the more damaged parts around the crown. My roots are rarely frizzy and people always ask me what's my secret... But my ends are beyond dry even with a hair cut. I can slide my finger up and down a strand of hair with no problem. My hair feels soft to the touch and dense (?), my mom says it reminds her of little baby lamb hair. People are always surprised how nice my hair feels, I guess they thought it would be rough or something.

Medium porus, thick, dense?

My hair doesn't mind a good shampooing and loves natural conditioners. A lot creamy products coat my hair (like my Live Clean conditioner that I'm unhappy with at the moment) but oil gives it a nice sheen without looking greasy.
Originally Posted by nana_banana
If you haven't already been to this site, it might help you determine your type and porosity. Link
3b spirals, fine texture, normal porosity, dense
Picasa:
Link
Deva Low Poo
Suave Naturals Coconut for detangling
Renpure Organics conditioner/leave-in
Homemade FSG
KCCC
Curl Junkie Stuff
BRHG


Nothing lasts, nothing is finished, and nothing is perfect.
-wabi-sabi

Ok, so I read over the guidelines and I came up with normal texture and porosity so...occational protein treatments are fine? And I need humectant or emollient conditioning...wow, it's all so much more info than I dreamed could be possible for hair care. I think I need to go decompress now!
Thanks to everyone I've learned a lot and now know that I have 3a curls, medium texture, and high porosity. I just purchased Jessicurl gentle lather shampoo and AG recoil gel. I'm using Suave natural coconut shampoo right now as my co-wash but how do I go about finding a good conditioner for my hair?
Wow! This thread has definitely been interesting to follow! I think I finally have the solution for my tri-textured, normal-to-porous hair (if there is such a condition!):

To stay soft, my hair must have the following ingredients whether the product has proteins in it or not: Cetearyl Alcohol and Behentrimonium Methosulfate are within the first six ingredients. When glycerin is added or included, my hair is completely moisturized.

I must use outside heat to deep condition, then let my hair cool down, and finally, rinse with cool water. Sounds like a lot of time, but I have no problems with dry hair. This method works whether the water is hard or soft.

I have discovered that if I am in an area with hard water, and I use a clarifying shampoo or baking soda, my hair is softer than if I were to co-wash or use a regular shampoo.

So far, so good....
Mod CG-Naturally Highly Porous and Dry
This list is not exhaustive...
Pre-treat:various oils

Shampoo/
Clarifier:various
PT: Gold Medal's Herbal Tame
DT:
Smooth Sexy Hair Sulfate-Free Smoothing Conditioner
LI/Detangler: AG Fast Food/OH Juices and Berries Hair Tonic
Stylers: Lush Zeste Hair Gel, CURLS Blueberry and Passion Fruit Control pastes

*experimenting and loving it!


Hi, I have noooo idea what my hair is, so I'm going to give a quick rundown of my hair. :P

When I run my thumb and index finger up and down a strand of hair it feels a sort of bumpy, but still kinda smooth.

It feels really dry too. I dunno, it just... mmm, just feels dryish. (Yay for being vague.)

What would be the best conditioner for me?
Hi, I have noooo idea what my hair is, so I'm going to give a quick rundown of my hair. :P

When I run my thumb and index finger up and down a strand of hair it feels a sort of bumpy, but still kinda smooth.

It feels really dry too. I dunno, it just... mmm, just feels dryish. (Yay for being vague.)

What would be the best conditioner for me?
Originally Posted by Besmee
Running your thumb and forefinger from tip to root will determine porosity. The bumpiness could indicate heavy damage and/or high porosity.

Determining the texture of you hair will tell you if you can use heavy doses of protein to repair that damage or not. If you hair is fine to medium the answer would be yes. If it is coarse the answer is USE PRODUCTS CONTAINING PROTEIN WITH CAUTION.
3b spirals, fine texture, normal porosity, dense
Picasa:
Link
Deva Low Poo
Suave Naturals Coconut for detangling
Renpure Organics conditioner/leave-in
Homemade FSG
KCCC
Curl Junkie Stuff
BRHG


Nothing lasts, nothing is finished, and nothing is perfect.
-wabi-sabi


Last edited by mpgirl; 09-26-2009 at 11:57 AM.
Thank you for this post! I been searching to figure out how to determine my hair's texture and porosity!
Texture: Coarse?; Density: Med (?); Porosity(?? Med-high); Wave pattern: 4B coils

Poo:
Elucence MB
Deep Condish: GVP Conditioning Balm Moisturizer: Qhemets Amla Olive HC
Sealer: QB
Aethiopika Hydrate & Twist (I use this as a styler too)
Stylers: ORS Twist and Lock
(rarely use)





I have just learned that I have low porority fine textured hair. I understand I am not supposed tp use too many emollients and humectants. Is there anywhere where I can find a list of those? It seems like they are in everything

Last edited by MixedUpCurlyChick; 10-16-2009 at 10:34 PM.
Struttswife's e-book is located on this website. Ingredients are listed in there.
3b spirals, fine texture, normal porosity, dense
Picasa:
Link
Deva Low Poo
Suave Naturals Coconut for detangling
Renpure Organics conditioner/leave-in
Homemade FSG
KCCC
Curl Junkie Stuff
BRHG


Nothing lasts, nothing is finished, and nothing is perfect.
-wabi-sabi

So would it make sense to say that I have high porosity on the last few inches of my hair (I'm assuming from heat damage, past relaxers and color) and normal porosity on the rest of my strands? I have color and relaxer on the last inch of my hair and I used a flat iron almost weekly for about a year. I ran my finger up a strand and the bottom half was bumpy but my roots were smooth.

Does that make sense?

And if so, would I only do a protein treatment on the ends of my hair?

Last edited by Bookreadinchica; 10-24-2009 at 05:17 PM.
I have the following hair characteristics:

Texture: fine
Porosity: low - medium
Density: high
Elasticity: high

Anyone out there with similar hair properties that can impart some words of wisdom?

If yes, PM me - thanks!
So would it make sense to say that I have high porosity on the last few inches of my hair (I'm assuming from heat damage, past relaxers and color) and normal porosity on the rest of my strands? I have color and relaxer on the last inch of my hair and I used a flat iron almost weekly for about a year. I ran my finger up a strand and the bottom half was bumpy but my roots were smooth.

Does that make sense?

And if so, would I only do a protein treatment on the ends of my hair?
Originally Posted by Bookreadinchica
Yes, it makes all kinds of sense. Porosity is damage and damage may be temporarily repaired with protein. Use your protein treatment 3/4 of the way down from the top of your head and you will treat the higher porosity areas rather than the medium.

At the end of the day, damage is damage and it can't be reversed. If the damage is severe it will need to be cut off. Treating it with protein may help get your hair to a longer length so that you can cut it without a lot of trauma.
3b spirals, fine texture, normal porosity, dense
Picasa:
Link
Deva Low Poo
Suave Naturals Coconut for detangling
Renpure Organics conditioner/leave-in
Homemade FSG
KCCC
Curl Junkie Stuff
BRHG


Nothing lasts, nothing is finished, and nothing is perfect.
-wabi-sabi

I have a question. I did the strand test and my hair floated above the water, it never sank to the bottom of the bowl, but parts of it touched the water. When you do these tests and they use the word "sink" are they referring to hair that sinks to the bottom of the bowl or hair that is simply covered by the water? I did this test and so did my mom who is a 2A and we got almost the same result so I'm just curious.
The strand floating in water test is very unreliable. I wouldn't use it. There are better tests for porosity here: http://livecurlylivefree.com

JMHO.
3b spirals, fine texture, normal porosity, dense
Picasa:
Link
Deva Low Poo
Suave Naturals Coconut for detangling
Renpure Organics conditioner/leave-in
Homemade FSG
KCCC
Curl Junkie Stuff
BRHG


Nothing lasts, nothing is finished, and nothing is perfect.
-wabi-sabi

Oh ok. I did the other ones...I just wanted to make sure lol

Thanks

The strand floating in water test is very unreliable. I wouldn't use it. There are better tests for porosity here: http://livecurlylivefree.com

JMHO.
Originally Posted by mpgirl
Bumping because this info is great....unless it's already a sticky..
Texture: Coarse?; Density: Med (?); Porosity(?? Med-high); Wave pattern: 4B coils

Poo:
Elucence MB
Deep Condish: GVP Conditioning Balm Moisturizer: Qhemets Amla Olive HC
Sealer: QB
Aethiopika Hydrate & Twist (I use this as a styler too)
Stylers: ORS Twist and Lock
(rarely use)





thanks giblet for those links-very helpful in determining porosity.
seeing your very grey (do you call it white?) curls looking so amazing gives me such relief- i'm a 36 yr curlie slowly going white. what can you tell me about your process of going grey? does it affect your curls? my whites coming in are very scraggly-not the same at all as my younger hair!
I'm extremely new to nc and was directed to this thread.... I know its kind of old but I really want to know how you can tell if your hair is pourous and whatnot. Thanks!

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