Protein & porosity

[Also posted this in the "protein craving" thread, but decided to try here as well since I noticed no one posted there much in a while.]

From what I've read & pieced together, I've come up with this: dying breaks the hair down, making it less thick. protein is supposed to be good for it- like, replenish the thickness, right?

I dyed & flat ironed my hair a lot (12yrs-17). I've been natural since like august, 2010. Done really well getting back to my natural state although I'm not CG (I experiment). I love my curly hair. I don't straighten it much. In fact, I prefer my curly hair all the time no matter what its doing! Lol. I'm having a lot of success healing all the damage & going thru a phase of beautiful new growth.

Its getting thicker, I can tell. But I really want to help it, ya dig? I'm 3c- tight, springy, soft ringlets. I'm pretty sure I have fairly porous hair. I still see a lot of my scalp sometimes.. I think that's what bothers me. I've read about how constant dying stresses the thick factor & that protein can replenish it, making smaller strands grow thicker. Also that porous hair tends to like protein.

Can anyone prove any of this to me? Lol. Or have had any success stories similar to my situation..? Correct me!? or anything at all!! Haha much appreciated.

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[Also posted this in the "protein craving" thread, but decided to try here as well since I noticed no one posted there much in a while.]

Its getting thicker, I can tell. But I really want to help it, ya dig? I'm 3c- tight, springy, soft ringlets. I'm pretty sure I have fairly porous hair. I still see a lot of my scalp sometimes.. I think that's what bothers me. I've read about how constant dying stresses the thick factor & that protein can replenish it, making smaller strands grow thicker. Also that porous hair tends to like protein.

Porosity is the hair's ability to absorb and retain moisture. The hair's texture (fine, normal coarse) determines if your hair needs protein. The hair texture is determined by the diameter of the hair strand
itself. Fine hair has the smallest diameter, coarse hair has the largest, and medium texture is somewhere in between.
Originally Posted by KuLaidejuisce
Hair density is the number of hairs on your scalp per square inch, and is classified as low, medium or high—we usually describe it in layman's terms as "thin, medium or thick."
If you have lost hair (that's fallen out of your scalp, not broken off), Rogaine or time may help it grow back. Seeing scalp isn't necessarily a sign of thinning hair. Look at your part. Is it widening? Curls clump and when you add product they clump more so that exposes more scalp. When my hair fell out, I found hair, with root bulbs, *everywhere*- in my socks, in the silverware drawer, in my purse, in the dishwasher, in the fridge, you get the idea. My ponytail was dime sized (originally it was larger than a quarter). Are you seeing those changes? If not, it's unlikely you have a significant problem. When you wear your hair curly, the hairs don't shed like they do when wearing it straight... they need help that's why we see more hair in the shower. Straight hair sheds thru out the day and it's not noticed.
I highly suggest reading the Live Curly Live Free book (where I get all my hair info). I think the ebook is fabulous and it allows me to have all the info I need in one accessible location. Live Curly Live Free - Home
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My hair thins too. If ur young & likely not hormonal make sure u eat between 40-50 grams protein daily. When I wash w/ conditioner less falls out. I'm taking biotin. We'll see. Try all recommended stuff that appeals. I hear rogaine doesn't work on hairline. Tell me if I'm wrong. Many of we women lose our hairline. I take the advice of no cones & no sulfates too.
Also, I forgot. I used to put my hair in high braid with my bangs inside as it dried. Boy did I thin the left side out. Stopped that a while ago. Don't think it grew back. Now I have hormonal loss which I think stopped. See above post for rest. No tight pulling. My hair is no longer waist length. April @ devachan cuts it

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