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HELP! My hair is really confusing me, not idea what to think of the type anymore

Hi everyone,

I just can't seem to find out my porosity and texture.

At first I thought I was low porosity. I put a strand of hair in a cup of water and it didn't sink after a few mins.
I also thought I was coarse. I've always had strong, really thick hair. Everyone always says 'omg you have such thick hair, I envy you'. But that could also simply mean I have very high density, right (about that I'm absolutely sure, my scalp is simply INVISIBLE)?

Now here's the thing... my hair loves protein?! Well, so far at least. For the last two and half months I have been using a co-wash with collagen (protein!), for the last 3 weeks I've been using The Body Shop Cottonseed Curl Boost... also protein. And since this week I use EO Keratin conditioner (as a rinse out) which contains a protein complex high up in the ingredient list. And actually... my hair seems to really like it, all the products!! It becomes shiny and healthy looking, strong but still kinda soft.

But... when you have low porosity and/or coarse hair, your hair is supposed to dislike protein, right..?! Or, is it possible that coarse hair and low porosity CAN go together with liking protein? Anyone has the same?

I also took a strand of hair and slid my finger up the shaft toward the scalp to help me determine my porosity. It felt a LITTLE bumpy... so maybe I am med. porosity after all??

So... does anyone know what this means? Can anyone help me determine my hair type?

Here are my pictures:
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Also, is this a 2C or a 3A..?

Definitely not complaining about the fact that I can use proteins, but I would really like to be able do determine my hair type :P
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Current length: tailbone
Goal length: mid-thigh (wet)
3A/2C M iii med por, high elast

HGs:
Clarify: Nivea
Lo-poo: Nature's Gate
CW: Elvive Volume Collagen
RO: EO Keratin, Desert Essence Raspberry

LI: Elvive volume collagen, KCKT
Seal: Grapeseed oil
Gel: Studioline

PT: EO Keratin co
DT: RO+oils
Hairgrowth stim.: JBCO+EVCO


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Comments

  • kathymackkathymack Posts: 9,999Registered Users
    Here's Marsha's (CJ) blog on texture and porosity. She gives pictorial representation of hair for texture. Maybe that will help.

    The float test is notoriously unreliable. I'd go with the running your finger from tip to root. If you have a few bumps, it's probably medium porosity.

    The only place I've ever read that low porosity hair doesn't like protein is on the nc.com texture/porosity page. My fine/low porosity hair never met a protein it didn't like. I do at least one PT a week and use a lot of products with protein. Frequently use some of the milder PTs as leave ins.

    Curl type is relatively unimportant because it's transient. It all depends on the weather, product and/or technique. I didn't use product until I started lurking on nc.com. I was a winter wavy/summer 3a. Now my hair looks like my signature picture all year around.
    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
    [SIGPIC][/SIGPIC]
  • Aqua_LilyAqua_Lily Posts: 557Registered Users
    ^Thanks!, that clears up the porosity stuff. I definitely feel some minor minor bumps, so I am medium porosity.

    Now I just have to find out my texture :P medium or coarse...
    4-2.png
    Current length: tailbone
    Goal length: mid-thigh (wet)
    3A/2C M iii med por, high elast

    HGs:
    Clarify: Nivea
    Lo-poo: Nature's Gate
    CW: Elvive Volume Collagen
    RO: EO Keratin, Desert Essence Raspberry

    LI: Elvive volume collagen, KCKT
    Seal: Grapeseed oil
    Gel: Studioline

    PT: EO Keratin co
    DT: RO+oils
    Hairgrowth stim.: JBCO+EVCO


    www.iherb.com 5-10$ discount code:
    VHT541 Many natural hair products! :D
  • jsuzkelleyjsuzkelley Posts: 610Registered Users
    Hi Aqua_Lily :)

    It's hard to tell texture from a picture, as there's not really any point of reference. But, if you compare a single strand of your hair to a piece of thread, is your strand of hair thicker than the thread, about the same, or thinner? If you hold up a strand of hair to the light, is it easy to see or does it seem to disappear? You can also compare a strand of your hair to another person's hair. This will help you determine if your texture is fine (thin individual strands), medium, or coarse (thick individual strands). It's not at all uncommon for curlies to have fine hair with high density. If your hair is loving protein, I would lean toward normal or fine (coarse hair generally does not like protein).

    As far as curl pattern, you look mostly 3a to me with some 2c pieces. Very pretty :)
    2c/3a, botticelli/wavy/'swavy (huh?)
    fine, dense, normal porosity/elasticity, dry climate
    My favorite brands are Kinky Curly, As I am, Curly Kinks, Curl Junkie, and Darcy's Botanicals. Also love sealing with oils (loving argan oil right now) and styling with jelly products (KCCC is my current favorite). Mostly trying to keep it simple!
    [SIGPIC][/SIGPIC]

    CG since 12/29/2011 :laughing6:
  • Aqua_LilyAqua_Lily Posts: 557Registered Users
    @jsuzkelley:

    Thanks :D my strand is thinner than my thread, but my thread is QUITE thick i think... And my hair strand is really easy to see against the light, even though it's a very light blonde natural color.

    I think I'm gonna go with medium texture :) I will also compare it to some other people's strands later :3

    Thanks :D
    4-2.png
    Current length: tailbone
    Goal length: mid-thigh (wet)
    3A/2C M iii med por, high elast

    HGs:
    Clarify: Nivea
    Lo-poo: Nature's Gate
    CW: Elvive Volume Collagen
    RO: EO Keratin, Desert Essence Raspberry

    LI: Elvive volume collagen, KCKT
    Seal: Grapeseed oil
    Gel: Studioline

    PT: EO Keratin co
    DT: RO+oils
    Hairgrowth stim.: JBCO+EVCO


    www.iherb.com 5-10$ discount code:
    VHT541 Many natural hair products! :D