Products/routines for Low Porosity GRAY Hair

curlygoinggraycurlygoinggray Registered Users Posts: 69
Would like to know what works for you.

Gray, natural, uncolored, unhenna, undyed, unhighlighted hair DOES NOT respond, IMO to products the same as hair that has been chemically altered!!!

So far, the Deva Curl One Condition has made my hair way more curly. Especially on top where the shorter layers are... Is that my Holy Grail? Are their cheaper ones that really bring out the curl??? Still experimenting with Suave, Vo5's... Thinking about Tressemme, the avocado one...

Also, what about lower dew points and cold mn winters. Remembering I am low porosity and natural gray hair, tiny bit of color left on ends (I need to just cut off) what would be a good cone free conditioner for the winter?

Thank you!

DevaCurl NoPoo, One Condition & AnGel
Occasionally: KCCC, KCKT & KCCC
Last Dye 1/4/12
Started Curlygirl Method 6/2012
Final cut to remove dye 3/30/13
Avi & Sig Pics 1/18/16


  • rbbrbb Registered Users Posts: 4,357 Curl Connoisseur
    my hair does not have the same properties as yours, so we would generally use different products, with some overlap.
    i do have gray/white hair and my experience has been is that it loses moisture more quickly (my porosity is normal), so i need heavier conditioners, more moisturizing products. for low dews that is especially important. i often add a little conditioner to some spots here and there during the day in the low dews. i also need to seal my hair in very low dews. not sure if that is important with low porosity.
    if you are having good results with a product, why switch??? i cannot say what might be better for your hair, even with the same properties hair reacts differently. :-(

    3a, some 2c & 3b, medium texture, porosity normal, low elasticity :-(
    washing/cowashing, conditioning, protein tx: curl junkie products
    leave in:curl junkie conditioners and treatments as leave in
    styling: curl junkie 
    sealants - jane carter nourish & shine
  • curlygoinggraycurlygoinggray Registered Users Posts: 69
    From what I have read, Curly Nikki article about low porosity:

    more water-based liquid product to coat without making greasy
    then light oil (jojoba/grapeseed oil, aloe vera juice) to seal...(heavy oil: castor/olive oil: sits on top of hair and just weighs it down)

    Key is conditioner (apply to dry or damp hair)

    Okay that is for low porosity.

    I haven't tried sealing yet...
    Would coconut oil be too heavy?
    I have jojoba oil, haven't used it yet (its pure liquid, how do I use without wasting it?)

    Do I seal the ends only or how does a person apply an oil to seal? (scrunch, comb?)

    DevaCurl NoPoo, One Condition & AnGel
    Occasionally: KCCC, KCKT & KCCC
    Last Dye 1/4/12
    Started Curlygirl Method 6/2012
    Final cut to remove dye 3/30/13
    Avi & Sig Pics 1/18/16
  • kathymackkathymack Registered Users Posts: 9,999 Curl Neophyte
    I'm fine/low porosity and going gray, but still have some highlights (trying to see if my "natural" color is interesting enough.) I'd say the highlights are less then 5% of my hair (mostly front and canopy.) for now, it's been over three months since I've had them done. Personally, I'm not finding that the gray responds all that differently then my other hair--but that's me.

    My hair doesn't care for straight oil/butter, but likes them in products. I use minute amounts of really rich products--which I think seals in the moisture. My hair is moist enough that the shampoo guy won't use conditioner on it when I'm at the salon (he doesn't "get" it.)

    Many of us start out with Deva, think we like it, and then move on to other things. My hair prefers the more natural products from the online, boutique companies. It really doesn't like the heavier oils (castor, mineral, etc.) in products. It does like a lot of protein.

    Another thing that many of us find important to do is to rotate products. I wet, use a rinse out and style every day seldom using any one product more then once in five days. For me, the styling products make a bigger difference. The rinse out is only on my low porosity hair for a few minutes in the shower. Not much time to be absorbed. There are conditioners that I don't find moisturizing enough, but I don't buy them again. I find that using minute amounts of richer products that can be absorbed all day works for me.

    In the low dewpoints, I use a leave in AND curl enhancer followed up with a jelly product. In the high dewpoints, I use a leave in OR curl enhancer followed by a jelly product.
    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
  • 2poodles2poodles Registered Users Posts: 2,485 Curl Connoisseur
    The one oil that I like is argan oil. I only use 1 drop, emulsified in my hands and then smoothed over my hair. That is applied before my KCCC (and after KCKT, if I am using a LI that day). I may use a second drop of argan oil after my hair is dry in very high and very low dew points.
    [SIGPIC][/SIGPIC]2Poodles :flower: Southeast PA
    fine, med porosity, normal elasticity
    Currently using the following 2 - 3 x/week:
    Living Proof Perfect Hair Day suphate-free Poo, cone-free CO and styling treatment, plus KCCC

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