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Old 01-22-2013, 06:38 AM   #1
 
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Default My products are drying my hair out... Help!

My hair is crazy dry, and I think it is because all the products I own have alcohol as one of the main ingredients.... Does anyone have any suggestions?

Thanks in advance!
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Old 01-22-2013, 10:36 AM   #2
 
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Which products are you using?
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Old 01-22-2013, 10:44 AM   #3
 
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They're in my signature

Also, I prefer products I can get at Sally's, Walgreens, or Walmart, but I can order online if necessary.
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Hair Properties:
2b/3a
High Porosity
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Thick
Loves Protein, hates oil of any kind, takes FOREVER to dry.

Products:
(I mix and match depending on the day)
Occasional Low-poo: Burt's Bees
Conditioner: GCP
Ecostyler Gel
CIAB
As I am Curling Jelly

Recently Purchased:
Rockin Ringlets
Curl Keeper
Confident Coils


Microfiber Plop (10 mins)
Super-soaker
Diffuse-dry

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Old 01-22-2013, 11:23 AM   #4
 
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What kind of alcohol? Ceatryl (spelling?) alcohol is a moisturizer. Alcohol denat. is a drying alcohol, as is SD Alcohol. List the alcohols in the products and we can tell you if they're an issue, but looking at your signature (assuming it's accurate), I don't see any problem products off the top of my head.
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Co-wash: VO5 Volumizing
Poo: Giovanni 50:50
RO:TN, Nexxus Youth Renewal, Alba Coconut
LI: KCKT
PT: gelatin PT, ION EC
Stylers: Giovanni mousse, TIGI Curls Rock amplifier (a-cone), Curls Rock Strong Hold Mousse
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Old 01-22-2013, 12:16 PM   #5
 
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Hmm. It's the c one. So, I guess that isn't the problem. Bummer. I don't know what's wrong now.
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Loves Protein, hates oil of any kind, takes FOREVER to dry.

Products:
(I mix and match depending on the day)
Occasional Low-poo: Burt's Bees
Conditioner: GCP
Ecostyler Gel
CIAB
As I am Curling Jelly

Recently Purchased:
Rockin Ringlets
Curl Keeper
Confident Coils


Microfiber Plop (10 mins)
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Old 01-22-2013, 01:34 PM   #6
 
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Try more moisture. Less protein. Do a few DTs and see what happens.
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fine, thin, normal/(low?) porosity. Mod-CG. Usually I can't co-wash more than 1x a week, & sometimes I have to use T-Gel in rotation due to scalp issues.

Co-wash: VO5 Volumizing
Poo: Giovanni 50:50
RO:TN, Nexxus Youth Renewal, Alba Coconut
LI: KCKT
PT: gelatin PT, ION EC
Stylers: Giovanni mousse, TIGI Curls Rock amplifier (a-cone), Curls Rock Strong Hold Mousse
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Old 01-22-2013, 04:35 PM   #7
 
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Alright, thanks! I bought some GCP conditioning balm and Megasilk moisturizing treatment. Here's to hoping this works.

I also often get "bendy" pieces in my hair instead of curls - could that also be caused by a protein excess? ** I feel that I should clarify, these are actual awkward pieces that bend at an odd angle, not just waves
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Hair Properties:
2b/3a
High Porosity
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Thick
Loves Protein, hates oil of any kind, takes FOREVER to dry.

Products:
(I mix and match depending on the day)
Occasional Low-poo: Burt's Bees
Conditioner: GCP
Ecostyler Gel
CIAB
As I am Curling Jelly

Recently Purchased:
Rockin Ringlets
Curl Keeper
Confident Coils


Microfiber Plop (10 mins)
Super-soaker
Diffuse-dry

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Old 01-22-2013, 04:38 PM   #8
 
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Bendy pieces could even be kinks in your hair. Some wavies have kinky strands. I know I have some. I also have some really coarse kinky strands that totally do not match the rest of my texture. You'll know if you have a protein overload - hair will feel like straw, really rough and dry, won't curl as much as usual. Dryness can also come from buildup. Do you low poo or clarify ever? Are you sure you're not using any 'cones? If cone buildup is the case it could be blocking out any moisture you're trying to feed it.
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fine, thin, normal/(low?) porosity. Mod-CG. Usually I can't co-wash more than 1x a week, & sometimes I have to use T-Gel in rotation due to scalp issues.

Co-wash: VO5 Volumizing
Poo: Giovanni 50:50
RO:TN, Nexxus Youth Renewal, Alba Coconut
LI: KCKT
PT: gelatin PT, ION EC
Stylers: Giovanni mousse, TIGI Curls Rock amplifier (a-cone), Curls Rock Strong Hold Mousse
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Old 01-22-2013, 04:41 PM   #9
 
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I don't think they're kinks, because they DO curl or wave nicely on good hair days, but I could be wrong about that. I clarified recently, and I've triple checked for any cones. I low-poo generally once or twice a week. I'm beginning to think it probably is protein overload since the bottom feels really dry and straw-like.

Thanks you for helping me troubleshoot. I'm lost on my own, even though I've been at this a year. I feel like every time I get a routine down my hair's properties change drastically.
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Hair Properties:
2b/3a
High Porosity
Fine
Thick
Loves Protein, hates oil of any kind, takes FOREVER to dry.

Products:
(I mix and match depending on the day)
Occasional Low-poo: Burt's Bees
Conditioner: GCP
Ecostyler Gel
CIAB
As I am Curling Jelly

Recently Purchased:
Rockin Ringlets
Curl Keeper
Confident Coils


Microfiber Plop (10 mins)
Super-soaker
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Old 01-22-2013, 09:12 PM   #10
 
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I noticed in your signature that your hair takes forever to dry but it's high porosity, though your hair is thick, so it is entirely possible. It just seemed odd to me, so I thought I'd mention.

How well does your hair get wet? My hair really doesn't wet easily, so I'm thinking my porosity might be more low than medium...

Porosity just isn't one of those easy things to figure out...
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Old 01-23-2013, 04:39 AM   #11
 
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Hmm. It doesn't have a problem getting wet at all. It takes so long to dry because it holds water like crazy
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Hair Properties:
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High Porosity
Fine
Thick
Loves Protein, hates oil of any kind, takes FOREVER to dry.

Products:
(I mix and match depending on the day)
Occasional Low-poo: Burt's Bees
Conditioner: GCP
Ecostyler Gel
CIAB
As I am Curling Jelly

Recently Purchased:
Rockin Ringlets
Curl Keeper
Confident Coils


Microfiber Plop (10 mins)
Super-soaker
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Old 01-23-2013, 06:12 AM   #12
 
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I, too, noticed the forever to dry. What do you consider forever?? If it holds on to water, that's a sign of low porosity hair.

When I was younger, my hair was dense. Before I came onto nc.com and learned to use product/technique, I towel dried, diffused and let it air dry the rest of the way. Five hours later, it would still be damp.

Can't advise you about products, my hair prefers the more natural products from the online, boutique type companies.
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Old 01-23-2013, 02:34 PM   #13
 
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"Forever" - shoulder length hair, ~40 minutes non-stop (diffused) blow dry and still about 20% damp..... And with that sentence I realize why my hair is so dry, I'm blow drying it to death!
Stylists always comment on how much it holds water.

So, the added moisture just made my hair limp and less curly, though I can tell that my hair was less dry today. Could this be just until my hair adjusts to more moisture


** sorry, I just realized my sig says high porosity. Apparently I got confused, I meant low.
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Hair Properties:
2b/3a
High Porosity
Fine
Thick
Loves Protein, hates oil of any kind, takes FOREVER to dry.

Products:
(I mix and match depending on the day)
Occasional Low-poo: Burt's Bees
Conditioner: GCP
Ecostyler Gel
CIAB
As I am Curling Jelly

Recently Purchased:
Rockin Ringlets
Curl Keeper
Confident Coils


Microfiber Plop (10 mins)
Super-soaker
Diffuse-dry

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