Is my hair highly porous?

snowpuffssnowpuffs Posts: 30Registered Users, Curl Ambassador Curl Novice
I just recently found out that my hair LOVES heavy oils like castor oil. It'll curl up no problem but it gets very greasy. This seems contradictory to me but I can't use lighter oils to form the level of curl heavy oils make. My hair also hates it when it's drenched in water while product is applied. It prefers to be damp but still dries in 3-6 hours. I CAN'T create a heavy gel cast as it just creates feizz. The last thing I noticed is that my hair curls more with cold water.

If my hair is highly porous then can anyone explain the build up of oil I tend to get?

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  • Guide 65Guide 65 Posts: 1,633Registered Users, Moderators Curl Virtuoso
    Drying in 3-6 hours sounds like low porosity, but none of those other things are indicators for porosity, one way or the other.  You're getting build up from oil because oil is heavy and isn't being removed with whatever wash method you're using.  Oil and water don't mix, and if the oil is heavy enough, then water just isn't moving it off your hair.  You can use a clarifying shampoo to clean it all off.  If you cowash, then use a low poo.  Or if you already use a low poo, try a sulfate shampoo.
    Formerly known as Janiegirl
    2B/2C, fine hair, low density, mixed porosity, protein loving hair
    Current products:
    Changing up my shampoos because I can't find one I like
    Deva Curl One Condition (original formula)
    Innersense I Create Volume
    Deva Curl Ultra Defining Gel
  • Therese1Therese1 Posts: 2,407Registered Users Curl Virtuoso
    Maybe you could look for a leave-in conditioner that contains castor oil. That would be a more balanced product and might not leave your curls so greasy (I assume you are using straight castor oil).
    Low poo: Intelligent Nutrients (IN) Harmonic; Oribe Cleansing Creme
    RO: IN Harmonic
    LI: CJ Beauticurls; Jessicurl (JC) Gelebration Spray
    DC: JC Deep Conditioning Treatment; Weleda Rosemary Conditioning Oil
    Stylers: JC Confident Coils; IN Volumizing Spray; IN Perfect Hold Hairspray; John Masters Sea Mist; Bumble Bb. Gel; Kenra Firm-Hold Gel; Sevi Blue Yarrow Sea Salt Spray
    Low-porosity 2a/b baby-fine hair
  • snowpuffssnowpuffs Posts: 30Registered Users, Curl Ambassador Curl Novice
    Therese1 said:
    Maybe you could look for a leave-in conditioner that contains castor oil. That would be a more balanced product and might not leave your curls so greasy (I assume you are using straight castor oil).
    Great idea! Let's hope they're plentiful.
  • snowpuffssnowpuffs Posts: 30Registered Users, Curl Ambassador Curl Novice
    Guide 65 said:
    Drying in 3-6 hours sounds like low porosity, but none of those other things are indicators for porosity, one way or the other.  You're getting build up from oil because oil is heavy and isn't being removed with whatever wash method you're using.  Oil and water don't mix, and if the oil is heavy enough, then water just isn't moving it off your hair.  You can use a clarifying shampoo to clean it all off.  If you cowash, then use a low poo.  Or if you already use a low poo, try a sulfate shampoo.
    Ok. I'm just confused as to why my hair likes heavy oils now.

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