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What does it mean if the hairdresser says I have porous hair?

(19 Posts)
Fluffycloudland77 Mon 15-Apr-13 19:58:49

Good or bad?

LifeofPo Mon 15-Apr-13 20:00:23

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Fluffycloudland77 Mon 15-Apr-13 20:02:16

Lol, good luck with that!

If it doesn't come off eBay or have cashback I ain't interested!

AnythingNotEverything Mon 15-Apr-13 20:05:25

Was it to do with colour? It might mean that your hair takes up colour quickly, and therefore that they might not want to leave it on as long!

ilovepowerhoop Mon 15-Apr-13 20:06:14

absorbs a lot of water? would soak up a lot of hair dye? what was the context?

Juniperdewdropofbrandy Mon 15-Apr-13 20:08:58

It's to do with the cuticle along the hair shaft. Usually because of chemical use. If it's too lifted (think scales on a fish) then the hair will be rough and any colour going in will come out easily. That's why red comes out quickly, the molecules are small so even people with non porous hair find red fades quicker than other shades.
Here this is a decent diagram.

Fluffycloudland77 Mon 15-Apr-13 20:11:46

I can't remember the context, I don't dye it.

I was wondering if it means it soaks up conditioner more.

ivykaty44 Mon 15-Apr-13 20:12:00

its notgood

overporus hari is not in wonderfulcondition

Fluffycloudland77 Mon 15-Apr-13 20:20:06


<orders Philip Kingsley elasticizer>

Juniperdewdropofbrandy Mon 15-Apr-13 20:20:56

So you've never used chemicals on it? Is it frizzy at all?

It will soak up the conditioner and shampoo but not massively. Or the stylist could have been wrong of course wink

Is it shiny? Very porous hair isn't.

Jellykat Mon 15-Apr-13 20:21:58

Doesn't it basically mean it's dry?

Fluffycloudland77 Mon 15-Apr-13 20:23:42

No chemicals, I have been skimping on hair care but I've gone back to Aveda damage remedy.

Hopefully my Parlux will be here and that will help won't it?

Fluffycloudland77 Mon 15-Apr-13 20:24:17

Kinda shiny, bit dry at the ends.


SwedishEdith Mon 15-Apr-13 20:29:49

Mine say it when they're moaning about how long it takes to blow dry it

Juniperdewdropofbrandy Mon 15-Apr-13 20:38:20

So are you having the ends cut? Kinda shiny is ok smile better than dull.

Just put treatments on the bits that need it.

Juniperdewdropofbrandy Mon 15-Apr-13 20:39:10

Do you use straighteners or heat tools much? That damages it too obviously.

Fluffycloudland77 Mon 15-Apr-13 20:48:07

No, I stopped straightening because I wanted it flicky.

I'm going to put argan oil on tonight and see how it washes tomorrow.

littleducks Mon 15-Apr-13 20:51:03

Mine us porous but in good condition, just takes a long time to dry.

Juniperdewdropofbrandy Mon 15-Apr-13 20:52:39

I wouldn't worry about it, maybe she'd just run out of small talk grin

I'm a hairdresser btw.

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