Saturday, October 16, 2010

How To Use Porosity Control

I found an old folder I had created titled "Hair Journal" - completely forgot I had ever created or added anything to it. I found the info below in a document. I really wish I could provide the source, as this wasn't written by me and would rather give credit where credit is due but it wasn't written down in the document. *If this looks familiar, list in the source in the comments please!

If you're interested in trying Porosity Control or currently use it and need some new ways to use it, read on!

When:
1. If the hair overly dry and suffering from brittleness regardless of how much moisture is put into the hair.
2. Right before a chemical service so that the hair can readily and evenly accept the chemical service.

Why: Porosity Control Conditioner is great! Hair in its healthiest state is at a pH level of 4.5-5.5 which is acidic, therefore holding a positive charge. Damaged hair tends to be more alkaline (about 7 on the pH scale) as a result from coloring, perms, bleaches, relaxers, thermal tools, therefore holding a negative charge. Hair in this state tends to look more dull, dry, cuticles are raised, tangles occur, and the cortex is exposed causing more damage. The proper pH level can be obtained by using Porosity Control Conditioner to acidify the hair since its a low pH product. This acidic conditioner helps to compact the hair cuticles having them lay flat and constricted. When the cuticles are closed and laying flat, light is able to reflect off of your hair (giving it shine) rather than absorb it (dry/dull looking). The hair will then become positively charged allowing you to manage your hair better and have it feel & look healthier than before.

How:
1. Apply to the hair before a chemical service to prevent chemical shock to ensure predictable results. This also helps prevent overlapping of the relaxer.
2. Apply after a chemical service when additional conditioning is required. Leave on for 30 seconds, rinse out.
3. Apply to the hair in sections while detangling the hair with a wide tooth comb. This is great before shampooing. Let it sit for 5-10mins after the detangling process, then rinse out.
4. Apply after shampooing. Let it sit for 2-5mins. Rinse and follow up with a deep conditioner for better conditioning results (more moisture, shine and elasticity).
5. Put 2-3tsp of the conditioner in your deep conditioner for added slip, cortex protection, impart shine, and align the bonding of the cuticles.
6. Use as a final rinse for detangling, and smoothness, leave on for 2-5 mins, then rinse out.

37 comments:

  1. Sunshyne over at Hairlista Inc has done a similar post but I don't know if it's the same. I have this conditioner languishing in a cupboard somewhere. I might have to re-visit it!

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  2. I'll go check her blog and see if it's the one. I wish I remembered where I originally found this info.

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  3. Hi Jeni, Do you use  the Roux PC on the same day as the Black Tea Rinse?

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  4. Hey there! Yes I do. I'll wash as usual, do the black tea rinse, and then
    use Roux PC, for about a minute, then follow it up with deep conditioning.

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  5. Wow...thxs for the prompt response.. Ok Great!......off I go.

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  6. Haha, no prob! :)

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  7. Good information. I use it weekly. I add about a tablespoon to my DC, apply a cap and get under the dryer for  30 minutes. It has made a huge difference.

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  8. Hi,
     I have dry hair, even though I moisturize at least once a day. I haven't relaxed since October. Would you still recommend this for me to use currently, even if I haven't relaxed in a while, and I don't know when my next relaxer will be. Thank You.

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  9. Hi there, Roux Porosity Control can be used even if you haven't relaxed in a while. I use it consistently every week, even when I'm deep into my relaxer stretch.

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  10. My pleasure!

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  11. Where do I purchase roux porosity control I live in London?

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    1. It can be purchased at Sally Beauty supply stores. I poked around online, there are 10 located in London. Hope this helps!

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    3. You can buy this in most hair shop in london i saw some in brixton peckham, croydon so its widely avaviable

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  12. What is the purpose of the porosity control? I have REALLY dry scalp which leads to flaking any ideas poo, conditioners etc.? Finally would you consider CON w/ Argan Oil a deep conditioner? Thanks for all your help, sorry new to this.

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    1. PC helps lower hairs pH level to 4.5 (hair's normal pH level). PC is acidic so it helps close the hair cuticles on the hair shaft, causing them to lay flat. This helps with moisture retention and smoother hair.

      I've tried anti-dandruff shampoos like Neutrogena T-Gel and Matrix Biolage Scalptherapie Anti-Dandruff Shampoo, but what helped me the most was a mix of coconut, tea tree, eucalyptus, and lavender oil.

      Sorry, I've never used CON w/ Argan oil and don't really know much about it so I really can't give an informed answer.

      Hope this helps!

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  13. What would be the latest you would wash using the porosity control prior to a relaxer and thanks for the other info I definitely will be trying that mixture.

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    1. Prior to a relaxer: During a wash, usually a week before my relaxer.

      But I also use it on the day of the relaxer as well. I apply it to my already relaxed and using it after I neutralize and shampoo with my regular shampoo.

      I pretty much never stop using it.

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  14. Hi Jenijen!
    I am a new subscriber and actually new to partaking in a HHJ but I came across your blog a few days ago and I have become completely obsessed. You have an abundance of information but yet the way you explain everything keeps me from being totally overwhelmed (which has been my source of failure when trying to figure out what works for MY hair). I have always wondered about Porosity (I actually remember my aunt using it in my hair as a teen)but I honestly don't think she understood why. lol My once healthy hair is probably at the worst state it's ever been now and it's so disheartening. I've been studying your blog like I'm studying for the bar trying to figure out a game plan. Thank you sooooo much for pouring so much of yourself and your hair journey into this site for the world to see. You are truly an inspiration!! :)

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    1. Awww, thank you! I really appreciate you saying that!

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  15. Hey! New here! Love all your info! Can natural hair benefit from this? Thanks!

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  16. Hey Jeni! I absolutely love your blog. Great information! I want to incorporate PC into my regimen. This is how I want to start using it, shampoo, rinse, apply PC for 1-2 min, rinse, apply my regular conditioner, rinse, DC (adding a bit of the PC to it). I was also thinking about using it to help detangle before shampooing.

    What do you think? Am I doing too much with it?

    Oh and I know the "rinse" parts aren't necessary but I wanted to be as thorough as possible. lol

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    1. Hi Candace, sorry, I thought I responded to you :(

      After shampooing and even mixing it with a DC is exactly how I use it so I don't think you're doing too much at all! I've never used it to detangle before shampooing though but only b/c I don't detangle before washing.

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    2. Thanks so much Jeni!

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  17. Great info.

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  18. Thanks for this! your website is awesome :D

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  19. hello jeni i need help. i moisturize my hair everyday now with megagrowth protectiv anti breakage and seal with coconut oil and my hair doesnt seem to gaining any moisture. it never seems soft. i moisturized with a different moisturizing product before and my hair never seemed to soften or get moisturized or benefit. when my hair is wet it stretches a little and then breaks. my sister doesn't do anything to her hair and she got her hair done long before i did, and her ends seem healthier than mine. her hair is also soft and smoother. a couple years ago when i did nothing to my hair my hair broke alot. now i have been doing more to my hair and my hair seems unhealthier than my sisters. i have been moisturizing and sealing, protective styling,i am trying to incorporate protein treatments and deep conditioning once a week. but to sum up my question,what am i doing wrong?

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  20. Hi Jeni!
    I just wondered if this product is classed as a protein treatment?

    I wanted to know if I can use it on the same day (after) i use Aphogee 2min recon and then put the Roux Porosity in my Queen Helene DC?

    Or is one of the above enough?
    Many Thanks

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  21. I think this is EXACTLY what I need to try. My hair just doesn't seem to be responding to my new treatment process the way I expected it to. Not sure if I need to use a clarifying shampoo or just try porosity control.

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  22. I just order your book. I look forward to reading it.

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  23. Are you low porosity or high porosity?

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  24. http://www.hairliciousinc.com/2008/09/porosity-control-conditioner-101.html

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  25. On your wash day prior to relaxing, do you add it to your deep conditioner or use it on its own?

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