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Think I'm low porous!?!?

curlybrancurlybran Posts: 510Registered Users
I did a strand test thing last night, put a stand of hair In a water bottle and its still floating. Now I need to know what this means for my routine and what to use :(
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  • soleilmoncursoleilmoncur Posts: 1,194Registered Users
    The strand test IMO are effective to a degree. The best way and the simpliest for me was a shower test. Does the water from the shower sits on your hair, be absorbed after time, or wets your hair immediately?

    I'm high porosity but denimpixie on youtube is low porosity and her blog "quest for the perfect curl" is awesome for advice.

    HTH

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  • curlybrancurlybran Posts: 510Registered Users
    I will check that out when I get in the comp! Thank u!

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  • BlackAngelPlayahBlackAngelPlayah Posts: 1,419Registered Users
    The strand test IMO are effective to a degree. The best way and the simpliest for me was a shower test. Does the water from the shower sits on your hair, be absorbed after time, or wets your hair immediately?

    I'm high porosity but denimpixie on youtube is low porosity and her blog "quest for the perfect curl" is awesome for advice.

    HTH

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    I am LP. My strand floated all night, in the shower my hair takes forever to get wet. Elle has GREAT advice. :)

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  • Runna4LifeRunna4Life Posts: 112Registered Users
    I think I'm low porous too. Water beads up on my hair and I did the strand test, and my hair floated, then I pushed it down and they stayed down. And it takes like half a day for my hair to completely dry.
  • curlyevcurlyev Posts: 246Registered Users
    I have long EXTREMELY thick hair, and people always say, "I bet it takes forever to dry." But nope, I have low porosity, so it starts to dry instantly, and when I use a spray bottle on my hair, the water sits on it until I have enough on and run it through with my hands. I always wondered why my hair dried so quickly, then my best friend became a hair stylist and told me why!
    -3A, fine, very thick, normal por., normal elast., long, dye- free (CG since Nov. '11)
    -Low poo (As needed): CVS Argan Oil Renewing Shampoo
    -RO: GVP The Detangler
    -Styling: LALSG
    -PT: ION Effective Care (seldom)
    *I have learned that sometimes less is more when it comes to my hair*
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  • kathymackkathymack Posts: 9,999Registered Users
    curlyev wrote: »
    I have long EXTREMELY thick hair, and people always say, "I bet it takes forever to dry." But nope, I have low porosity, so it starts to dry instantly, and when I use a spray bottle on my hair, the water sits on it until I have enough on and run it through with my hands. I always wondered why my hair dried so quickly, then my best friend became a hair stylist and told me why!

    Hair that dries quickly is porous, not low porosity. The water sitting on your hair would indicate low porosity, but the quick drying time would be porous.

    My hair isn't dense anymore (age and thyroid.) When I worked, I'd shower at 6, diffuse for a few minutes, not use any products and it the under layer would still be damp at 11:30.
    3a (Corkicelli), highlighted, fine, low porosity
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  • curlybrancurlybran Posts: 510Registered Users
    Mine dries quickly, within 10 min the ends are drying but water also beads up on it and I have to work it in pretty much.

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  • curlyevcurlyev Posts: 246Registered Users
    Well, the drying thing must just be some weird thing then. I've had 2 hair dressers tell me that my hair is lower in porosity than most people they've ever seen. That is interesting. It takes forever to get my hair wet in the shower too. Maybe it dries quickly because less water hits it? I dunno, I will ask my newest hair dresser, who is definitely into CG for people with hair like mine. I have learned so much about my hair!

    Hair that dries quickly is porous, not low porosity. The water sitting on your hair would indicate low porosity, but the quick drying time would be porous.

    My hair isn't dense anymore (age and thyroid.) When I worked, I'd shower at 6, diffuse for a few minutes, not use any products and it the under layer would still be damp at 11:30.[/QUOTE]
    -3A, fine, very thick, normal por., normal elast., long, dye- free (CG since Nov. '11)
    -Low poo (As needed): CVS Argan Oil Renewing Shampoo
    -RO: GVP The Detangler
    -Styling: LALSG
    -PT: ION Effective Care (seldom)
    *I have learned that sometimes less is more when it comes to my hair*
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  • curlyevcurlyev Posts: 246Registered Users
    curlybran wrote: »
    Mine dries quickly, within 10 min the ends are drying but water also beads up on it and I have to work it in pretty much.

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    My ends are what dries first too. The hair that is closest to my scalp takes the longest.
    -3A, fine, very thick, normal por., normal elast., long, dye- free (CG since Nov. '11)
    -Low poo (As needed): CVS Argan Oil Renewing Shampoo
    -RO: GVP The Detangler
    -Styling: LALSG
    -PT: ION Effective Care (seldom)
    *I have learned that sometimes less is more when it comes to my hair*
    :love6:



  • Runna4LifeRunna4Life Posts: 112Registered Users
    my hair is thick too. And it takes half the day to completely dry!
  • curlybrancurlybran Posts: 510Registered Users
    Ev will u please tell me what your hair.dresser says! None around here.are. cg friendly. Mine used to be really thick but due to thyroid its barely there now. A brand new ponytail can wrap around 3 times and still not be tight, I used to have problems gettin avband around 2 times

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  • Robin-in-FLRobin-in-FL Posts: 1,731Registered Users
    curlyev wrote: »
    Well, the drying thing must just be some weird thing then. I've had 2 hair dressers tell me that my hair is lower in porosity than most people they've ever seen. That is interesting. It takes forever to get my hair wet in the shower too. Maybe it dries quickly because less water hits it? I dunno, I will ask my newest hair dresser, who is definitely into CG for people with hair like mine. I have learned so much about my hair!

    Maybe it's not getting all the way wet? Because once low-po hair gets wet it takes forever to dry. I know that mine doesn't really get wet till I wash it, shampoo (even low-poo) has something in it that makes water 'wetter' so it can penetrate the hair some.

    When I'm getting it wet I lift up the hair and let the water hit the nape hair, then let some more hair down so the middle hair can get wet, then let it all down so the top hair can finish getting wet.

    When rinsing out shampoo/conditioner/whatever, same process.

    But when I stick my head under the faucet in the morning it gets wet reasonably quickly, I guess that is a lot more water all hitting the hair at once.
    2c / C / iii (FIA)
    Med-Coarse, LowPorosity, NormalElast (LCLF)

    Shoulder-Length now.

    Wash: DevaCare Low Poo
    Detangle & Rinseout: Walgreens or Sally's Conditioning Balm (always)
    Leave-in: DevaCare OneC (budget choice is GFTN)
    Style: ReCoil & DevaCare Arc Angel (budget choices are HESMU or Got2BSpikedUp)

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  • adthomasadthomas Posts: 5,525Registered Users
    curlyev wrote: »
    Well, the drying thing must just be some weird thing then. I've had 2 hair dressers tell me that my hair is lower in porosity than most people they've ever seen. That is interesting. It takes forever to get my hair wet in the shower too. Maybe it dries quickly because less water hits it? I dunno, I will ask my newest hair dresser, who is definitely into CG for people with hair like mine. I have learned so much about my hair!

    Maybe it's not getting all the way wet? Because once low-po hair gets wet it takes forever to dry. I know that mine doesn't really get wet till I wash it, shampoo (even low-poo) has something in it that makes water 'wetter' so it can penetrate the hair some.

    When I'm getting it wet I lift up the hair and let the water hit the nape hair, then let some more hair down so the middle hair can get wet, then let it all down so the top hair can finish getting wet.

    When rinsing out shampoo/conditioner/whatever, same process.

    But when I stick my head under the faucet in the morning it gets wet reasonably quickly, I guess that is a lot more water all hitting the hair at once.

    I think the amount of water makes a difference. If I lightly spritz it dries quickly. Sometimes too quickly because i like to manipulate on slightly wet hair. I have also noticed a difference between water drying time and water plus product drying time. That is why I learned no matter what the directions say I cannot apply leave in or stylers to soaking wet hair. It will take forever and a day to dry. I blot with a microfiber towel first and apply to damp hair and get much faster drying.
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  • NocurlB4babiesNocurlB4babies Posts: 179Registered Users
    I've not had my hair evaluated, but all along I was thinking my hair was low porosity (I did my own test and hair floated in water)...but I don't have problem with wetting my hair fully/ my hair dries quicker than most and after diffusing & and 1/2 hr. of of air drying, it's 100% dry by the time I leave the house in the morning. Some products do increase dry time, but still it's nothing like what some of you experience. Thanks for all the great info ladies! I must be middle of the road/ medium porosity then?
    2b/3a fine/med-hi density/high porosity (I think)/ highlight-no silicones/sulfates
    Lo-poo - ABBA Gentle Shampoo/ Shea Moisture Curl & Shine
    Conditioner: GVCB (love it!)/ Regis OO
    Leave in
    : As I Am
    Co-Wash: Tresemme or DevaCurl NoPoo
    Stylers: As I Am Curling Jelly/GF Pure Clean/ LALCurl gel - all with BRHG added
    Style: scrunch/ diffuse, then air dry. I don't Have much frizz at all
  • kathymackkathymack Posts: 9,999Registered Users
    I've not had my hair evaluated, but all along I was thinking my hair was low porosity (I did my own test and hair floated in water)...but I don't have problem with wetting my hair fully/ my hair dries quicker than most and after diffusing & and 1/2 hr. of of air drying, it's 100% dry by the time I leave the house in the morning. Some products do increase dry time, but still it's nothing like what some of you experience. Thanks for all the great info ladies! I must be middle of the road/ medium porosity then?

    It actually sounds like your hair could be porous. My hair would be HOURS, even with some diffusing.
    3a (Corkicelli), highlighted, fine, low porosity
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    HGs: Anything Sevi; Curly Kinks Satin Roots, Curlycue ReNew and Coil Jam; homemade FSG and okra gel; soap bars; UFD Curly Magic; Botanical Spirits Jellies, CJ Repair Me, Aloe Fix
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  • jelover9jelover9 Posts: 11Registered Users
    When my (fine, lowly porous) hair isn't fully clean it dries quicker. On wash day it takes 3 hours to dry, and that's after letting it dry for a half hour with no product. If I applied my oil right after conditioning and detangling, it would take about 5-6 hours to dry. It loves warm or hot water to open up the cuticles to let product in. That stuff about how cold water as a final rinse reduces frizz? It also lays down the cuticle, which is horrible for lowly porous hair as it has a hard enough time getting moisture in.
    Hair type: 3c/4a, fine, dense, low porosity, color treated.

    Low poo: Suave cowash once a week, DC weekly, protein treatment bi-weekly. Shampoo every few weeks with AO Swimmer's Shampoo. Minimal build-up due to product choice.

    Favorite product(s): Coconut oil, peppermint oil, Organix and Shea Moisture conditioners.

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  • NocurlB4babiesNocurlB4babies Posts: 179Registered Users
    Thanks Kathymack for your insight. I am thankful that there are ladies on here who have wisdom (and have been on this journey for longer). My hair could very well be a higher porosity, I just didn't have any idea..other than the floating strand test that I did at home.

    Many thanks!!!
    2b/3a fine/med-hi density/high porosity (I think)/ highlight-no silicones/sulfates
    Lo-poo - ABBA Gentle Shampoo/ Shea Moisture Curl & Shine
    Conditioner: GVCB (love it!)/ Regis OO
    Leave in
    : As I Am
    Co-Wash: Tresemme or DevaCurl NoPoo
    Stylers: As I Am Curling Jelly/GF Pure Clean/ LALCurl gel - all with BRHG added
    Style: scrunch/ diffuse, then air dry. I don't Have much frizz at all
  • kathymackkathymack Posts: 9,999Registered Users
    Thanks Kathymack for your insight. I am thankful that there are ladies on here who have wisdom (and have been on this journey for longer). My hair could very well be a higher porosity, I just didn't have any idea..other than the floating strand test that I did at home.

    Many thanks!!!

    Floating strand is notoriously unreliable. You're better off running your fingers up and down the hair shaft. Low porosity hair will feel smooth in both directions. If you feel "bumps," it means your hair is porous. CJ Marsha's blog Curl Junkie - Natural Hair Care for all types of Curly Hair!: My 2 cents on Protein/Texture/Porosity/Moisture Balance! :-) is helpful if you can't figure it out from the information on Live Curly Live Free - Home
    3a (Corkicelli), highlighted, fine, low porosity
    SE PA

    HGs: Anything Sevi; Curly Kinks Satin Roots, Curlycue ReNew and Coil Jam; homemade FSG and okra gel; soap bars; UFD Curly Magic; Botanical Spirits Jellies, CJ Repair Me, Aloe Fix
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  • belwillcoilybelwillcoily Posts: 303Registered Users
    jelover9 wrote: »
    When my (fine, lowly porous) hair isn't fully clean it dries quicker. On wash day it takes 3 hours to dry, and that's after letting it dry for a half hour with no product. If I applied my oil right after conditioning and detangling, it would take about 5-6 hours to dry. It loves warm or hot water to open up the cuticles to let product in. That stuff about how cold water as a final rinse reduces frizz? It also lays down the cuticle, which is horrible for lowly porous hair as it has a hard enough time getting moisture in.

    Thank you! I was never, ever, ever going to do a cold water rinse because I am very cold natured and just couldn't see myself torturing myself that way. I suspected it would make little difference to my low porosity tresses anyway and you've just confirmed it. :thumbright:

    Any opening my hair cuticles do during my shampoo process I close back down with aloe vera juice mixed in my LI. This works for me...
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