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I think I know my properties (after much research). Suggestions?

kaykrekaykre Posts: 314Registered Users
I've taken the advice to focus more on properties and less on curl pattern. I've been reading ALOT (on here and on other sites) and below is my most educated guess on my properties:

_high porosity
_high density
_normal elasticity (this is the only I've I'm iffy on)
_fine
_2A/B (not that this matters)

I originally thought I was coarse but I don't think so anymore. I think I was mistaking having a ton of hair + high porosity + dryness for coarse strands. I'm almost positive my hair is very porous because it is very dried out and has been colored, highlighted, and heat damaged over the last few years. My surface layers dry super fast but my under and inner layers can stay wet for half the day (due to high density, I think?).

Does this all sound right?

Anyone have similar hair?

My main concerns and issues are weak wave pattern (I seem to be less wavy after moving to the desert + damage over the years) and dryness. I seem to need moisture but at the same time it also weighs me down.

Currently I wash with a sulfate free shampoo and condition with a silicone free conditioner. I usually use a leave in and light hold gel but have been experimenting with application and techniques.

Any advice or people with similar hair that can share what they do?

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2A/B. Mix of fine, medium, and coarse (mostly medium). Dense. Mix of normal and high porosity.
Dry climate.

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Comments

  • Firefox7275Firefox7275 Posts: 3,750Registered Users
    Ingredients beneficial for damaged or porous hair include coconut oil, hydrolysed protein, ceramides and panthenol. For curl boosting coconut oil, honey, magnesium sulphate all work, some people also from hydrolysed protein. Mag sulph (epsom salts) and protein can sometimes be drying tho.

    For conditioning without excess weight consider going lower on the fatty alcohols, avoid butters but higher on the cationic surfactants. Since you live in a dry climate you may struggle to add water with humectants, you might be best concentrating on reducing porosity and patching surface damage.

    Protect your hair from sunlight obsessively, lightened hair is at greater risk from UV damage. If you have not already, switch to a roots only colour application, if the lengths need 'refreshing' use a semi permanent not a demi or permanent or highlights - repeatedly dying the the same strands is particularly damaging.
    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
  • wavydazewavydaze Posts: 2,061Registered Users
    What are cationic surfactants? I would love links for reading!
    2bc/ f / ii. low porosity roots + normal-high porosity shaft where bleached. normal elasticity.

    Currently using:
    Poo: Earthbath Oatmeal & Aloe
    RO: V05 Kiwi Lime
    LI: CJ Smoothing Lotion
    Styler: UFD CM, CJ PP
    PT: CJ Repair Me

    :thumright: hydrolized protein, jelly stylers
    :angry8: guar hydroxypropyltrimonium chloride, sulfates, jojoba oil
    Neutral on cones.

    iherb discount code: CFN646
  • kaykrekaykre Posts: 314Registered Users
    TYSM! Ill look into those ingredients
    2A/B. Mix of fine, medium, and coarse (mostly medium). Dense. Mix of normal and high porosity.
    Dry climate.

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  • Firefox7275Firefox7275 Posts: 3,750Registered Users
    All the 'curl chemist' articles here on NC are good
    Cationic Surfactants in Curly Hair Care Products

    The Natural Haven blog is also worth reading
    THE NATURAL HAVEN: Expand your Knowledge: Surfactants
    THE NATURAL HAVEN: Ingredients : Natural Hair Shopping List

    Although not specifically a curly/ hair bent Swiftcraftymonkey is useful
    Point of Interest!: Surfactants - what are they?
    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