newbie- need help please!

here's what i know. pretty sure i'm a 2c, 3 a...but thinking that's not all that important right now. my biggest issue seems to be my hair porosity. VERY porous hair and fine too. i'm living (recently moved) to an area with high mineral content in the water and it is straightening out my hair and turning it to straw. in trying to resolve the problems i have found this forum. could someone please help? just trying to find products that will improve the texture and curl of my hair. i've given up sulfates but really not sure that any of the cones are hurting... not sure really what IS hurting or helping my hair right now. have tried different protein treatments and found them to really make my hair feel worse even tho i have conditioned alot afterwards. maybe i am using the wrong things. would appreciate any feedback into what anyone else with similar sounding hair might be using. (HIGHLY porous, fine, wavey with some curls and ringlets here and there-2c, 3a?, very dry, shoulder length, color treated,have been doing that for years). any and all advice appreciated! also, seem to do much better with creams instead of gels or mouse. thanks in advance!
I believe there are some threads here about what to do about hard water. You might try doing a search on that. I wish I could give you more help. The only other thing I can suggest (after you figure out the hard water problem) is to keep a little journal and do one thing at a time. Use 1 conditioner and 1 creme and report the results. Check the frizz forecast on this website and right it down next to the date. Then the next time you do something to your hair, change something, again write down the frizz forecast and see if the change makes it better or worse.

Try that and post again. I hope you begin to make progress.
2/c and some 3A. Modified CG.
Protein sensitive
Highly porous. Color over grey.
Best 1st day method: Super Soaker
Conditioners: Curl Junkie Beauticurls Strengthening Conditioner,
Deep condish: Curl Junkie Curl Rehab
Stylers: Mix Curls in a Bottle into everything for shine. Terrible pj
Sometimes try roller sets - classic glamor but I prefer my curls.
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You could try an ACV rinse which is supposed to remove hard water deposits. Here's a thread about how to do one and why:

how to do acv rinses?

Also, if you gave up sulfates but are still using poducts with silicones, you need a low-poo to remove the silicones or they will just build up.
thanks for the feedback! now sure what "low-poo" is or if i even said that right but will look it up. as i said i really am not sure that cones hurt me...i'm not sure of anything tho so please feel free to enlighten me. what i do know i have stated and it is scary! am working on possibly getting a water softener system soon so that should be helpful. meanwhile will do my best with the vinegar, and experimentation. appreciating all the advice!
Low poo is a shampoo without sulfates.
3a/2c, fine, medium density, medium/high porosity (bleached). Jaw legnth inverted bob.
Cowash- Suave Naturals Cocunut.
RO- Tresseme Naturals.
LI- Same as Cowash.
A low-poo is just a sulfate free shampoo. A lot of them have coco betaine (aka cocamidopropyl betaine) a gentler cleanser than sulfates.

Many curlies follow the curly girl method which promotes going sulfate free by washing your hair only with conditioner (cowashing). The reason many curlies also avoid silicones is that they are not water-soluble and you need to use a shampoo (sulfate or lowpoo) to remove them from you hair. Conditioner isn't enough.

So basically if you want to use silicones, that's fine! Just make sure you are using some kind of shampoo to avoid buildup.
okay. now i gotcha. seems the more i read here the more there is to know! thanks for the info.
If you know you have hard water your best investment is going to be a water filter. They run anywhere between $15 and $180 depending on what kind you get. I got mine just this week at Home Depot and it was $17, took five minutes to install and the next day when I showered I immediately felt the results. Just remember that your tap water is going to be different so fill a spray bottle with shower water to make sure you're getting filtered water in your hair when you remoisten. My always dry hair was actually soft, my skin was softer. Also like the above poster said, you need to clean out those silicones or you'll get build up. ^_^

Last edited by txwvy32; 09-10-2012 at 10:29 AM.
LOVE the filter idea. i actually have one of those 1 gallon water filters somewhere... i could use that! thanks so much for a great idea!!!
We are on well water which is hard so I purchase bottles of distilled water and warm some up and use as a final rinse on my hair. I also use it in m spritz spray bottle anneh

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