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Dear Rebecca: I have the kinkiest 4 type hair with a nice curl pattern in very back. The crown is the hardest— my kinky hair easily breaks. The front is straighter with not as much curl pattern. 3 strange patterns! I need moisture because when when my hair is wet or dry—it feels hard and crunchy at times! I've tried lots of natural remedies, from honey to shampoo free.

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Dear Multi-curl: It sounds like you need moisture, moisture, moisture! Although I love natural remedies, I think your hair needs a treatment that is designed to penetrate the hair shaft. A great solution for you might be Design Essentials Stimulations Super Moisturizing Conditioner. It is designed to immediately penetrate the hair shaft and provide moisture, sheen and manageability to the hair. I would suggest using Stimulations on a weekly basis until you see your hair returning back to a shiny, curly, natural state.

Dear Rebecca: How can I cut down on the time it takes for my hair to dry? It takes forever and my hair is wet at school for hours.

Dear forever wet hair: It’s not forever . . . although it feels like it. Actually a really good way to dry the hair after is a shower towel blot. Section hair into 4 -6 sections all over the head. Secure each section loosely with butterfly clips, or duckbill clips (which can be found at your local beauty supply store). Initially, gently dry the hair with a hair dryer, so as not to pull on your curls. Then section and continue with your morning routine. Remove the clips and shake your hair out and style as desired before leaving the house. You will notice less moisture throughout the hair.

Dear Rebecca: Do you know of any shampoo free products out there that just make your curls really shiny and glossy?

Dear no shampoo: There are so many sulfate- and paraben-free shampoo products on the market. If you are having difficulties getting shiny, glossy curls from your existing products, I suggest starting with a clarifying shampoo. You can find a clarifying shampoo anywhere. Follow the clarifying shampoo with Design Essentials Natural Curl Cleanser. This is a fabulous shampoo! Curl Cleanser immediately imparts moisture, and immense shine to the hair. Sometimes your hair just needs a little deep cleansing to pump up the sheen.

Dear Rebecca: Can you help me with my Seborrheic dermatitis? But, in the last couple of weeks I have had a really bad flare up of this. So bad, just touching my hair caused a cascade of flakes falling.

Dear Flare up: First, have you been “officially” diagnosed with Seborrheic Dermatitis? The reason I ask is that over-the-counter products are generally only going to control the symptoms, rather than stop them. There are a couple of factors that actually can contribute to a bad flare up, which is usually your body’s way of saying you’ve had a large intake of a yeast or sugar. Start by drinking plenty of water. Then I would suggest getting a great shampoo and conditioner that contains ingredients scientifically proven to help control Seborrheic Dermatitis. For example, salicylic acid, menthol, peppermint and tea tree are well-known ingredients for treating your symptoms. I would also recommend Design Essentials Therapeutics, which is dedicated to helping to control Seborrheic Dermatitis. The Anti-Itch Shampoo and Anti-Itch Hair and Scalp Treatment are infused with the perfect botanical mix to help control the symptoms you are experiencing.

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for the girl with seborrheic dermatitis I've had it for years. around my nose, ears, ears, eyebrows, and scalp. i tried creams shampoos you name it i tried it. the only thing that i noticed a real change was when i increased my water intake. for 30 days the only liquid i drank was water about 100 oz a day. in the 30 days all the patches on my face and ears went away. even my scalp was almost completely gone and my curls became more alive looking without having to put hardly any product in. after 30 days i cut back to see if it was really working or was it in my head and i have to say that it did try to come back around my nose. now im keeping my water intake up and since i dont have to use so many oily products to hide the flakes my hair is lighter feeling.
For the girl with seborrheic dermatitis: I have it, too, and it IS difficult to control. If you're having a flair up -- complete with the flakes -- try DHS Shampoo with 2% Zinc. The bottle is white with black and tan on it. You can get it at most drug stores, and it'll work wonders for your scalp. For your hair, just make sure you use a good deep conditioner. Hope this helps....

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