I find Shea to be too heavy for me, in fact, hot six oil can be too. Though it's possible that my long time, unknowing use of silicone-containing products might have something to do with that. Oh and I just absolutely cannot stand anything feeling heavy, greasy, oily or thick on my hands, hair or scalp. It's a huge aggravation because I can't use oils for my skin easily, I often make it moot by immediately washing my hands. As an added bonus I have allergies and eczema, though I'm not sure if it's on my scalp.
I always feel silly using olive oil because I cook with it, so it's like "mmm, salad" XD and "mmm fried strands" for the occasion I straighten my locks. Of course the sheer effort it takes to straighten my hair keeps me away from it even more than my awareness it hurts my curls. Same thing with blow drying. I rarely blow my hair dry(haven't done so in months), and I haven't flatironed my hair in months. I basically did my best to cut out silicones, it's very hard since I'm minimum wage and part time and the vast majority of items "natural" or not, contain some type of silicone. You'd think working at CVS would make it easy but it's not T-T
I wish I could mix and make my own oils, butters, and creams. I would love to try some shampoo and conditioner recipes, though I imagine my grandmother and boyfriend would give me serious WTF faces. My grandmother would likely be willing to try, but my boyfriend, I can see his expression already as being a priceless real-life version of "O.O" lol speaking of which I recently half whined, half negotiated my way into getting my bf to try a new shampoo and conditioner (CG lol) regimen. He has dry, extremely flaky scalp and his hair is dry too, but it's cut typically short and close to the head so it's not exactly noticeable that his follicles are gasping for a drink, just that his head is flaky (and drives both of us crazy, for different reasons XD). Just one try and his head was looking and feeling better
though to be fair I basically did all the work and actually made him use my Tresemme Naturals condish XD his words afterwards? "I can't wait til we live together cuz then I won't have to remember any of this." lol
Back to my hair, it's really just my front. Usually if my ends are misbehaving it's because they're split, but nothing really gets dry and tangled like my baby hair. The underside near my neck can be that way too, so it's very frustrating. My recent attempt (that I started yesterday) is one of the VO5 Tea Therapy conditioners as my cowash and the Tresemme Naturals Silicone Free Conditioner as my condish with GF Triple Moisture Condish as my leave in. However, I'm considering switching one of those around at the end of two weeks. I want to give the new regime time to make a difference. I also bought the lower sulfate Tresemme Naturals Shampoo for my weekly shampoo and deep conditioner. The GF helps, but like everything else it just doesn't do it fully and I've been using it steadily for a month. Oh, and I don't wash my hair everyday, I never have. It used to be once a week, or every other week, sometimes longer (much to my chagrin) but I've never shampooed more than once a week. Most of the time, because of how early I have to get up for work and the funky schedule of my shifts, I only cowash every other day though I do rinse and leave-in every day.
I'll post a picture of me freshly washed, combed, and dried tomorrow (aka "today" since it's three am where I am lol) thanks for helping me :3