Hi there! New and eager to learn! Photos included!

My name's Dolly and I'm 23 :] I have always been very makeup minded, but over the past few years I have made it a point to take better care of my hair. As I'm sure is quite common amongst fellow curly girls, it took me a long time to learn how to love my hair and the best ways to maintain it. From the information I've gathered, my hair type is as fallows:

3b - high density - fine width - long.

I'm currently trying to figure out my porosity. The float test indicates my hair is low porosity, since it floats...but I have a sneaking suspicion it may have only floated because my hair stands are baby fine. I'm continuing my research and waiting till I have clean, dry hair to further my testing.

My hair is also color treated. I alternate between box dying my hair myself (L'Oreal Preference) and getting it done in the salon.

My hair is cut into layers, and I usually get a hair cut about once a year to maintain the shape and to deal with my constant dry ends. (It will be a year since my last hair cut come September)

I tend to use sulfate free shampoos to maintain my color. I'm interested in going NoPoo and cutting out silicones.

Light weight leave in conditioners and gels work best on my hair. I need stronger hold since my curly pattern is not very strong without products. I do not heat style my hair and wash about 2-3 times a week. I scrunch curl into my hair and let it air dry.

My hair, without any styling, is not very curly at all - just very big and very puffy. There isn't much weight or structure to my hair when it's clean. My hair is straight when wet.

I'm very happy to have found this community and I'm looking forward to being a part of this wealth of knowledge!

My hair currently:

My hair after a fresh hair cut with layer shape up:

Aside from the bottom 2 or 3 inches of my hair, my curl pattern isn't very tight at all. So I'm unsure if 3b is correct.

Thanks for looking and reading my giant introduction! Hope to see you all around :]
Welcome! If your hair is permanently colour treated it's unlikely to be low porosity, especially not if you 'refresh' the lengths periodically. You can protect hair from peroxide damage (in all permanent dyes not just blonde) with coconut oil soaks. If you don't already, it's least damaging to permanently dye the roots only, then 'refresh' the lengths with a high pigment semi permanent. These are in a conditioner base so you can leave them on far longer than the instructions to get a longer lasting colour.

Hopefully Curly Girl will improve your dry ends, but if it does not that may be a sign you need to trim more frequently or cut more off or both. Damaged ends can tangle on healthy hair damaging that too.

Ingredients that are beneficial for damaged or porous hair include coconut oil, hydrolysed protein, ceramides and panthenol. Ingredients that can boost curl include coconut oil, honey, hydrolysed protein and magnesium sulphate (epsom salts).

2a-2c, medium texture, porous/ colour treated. Three years CG. Past bra strap length heading for waist.

CO-wash: Inecto coconut/ Elvive Volume Collagen
Treatments: Komaza Care Matani, coconut/ sweet almond/ fractionated coconut oils, Hairveda Sitrinillah
Leave in: Fructis Sleek & Shine (old), Gliss Ultimate Volume, various Elvive
Styler: Umberto Giannini jelly, Au Naturale styling gelee
Flour sack towel, pixie diffuse or air dry.
Experimenting with: benign neglect

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