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!
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

Last edited by curlywho; 01-22-2013 at 07:40 AM.
Which products are you using?
2a/b
medium/thick
high porosity (from coloring)

Shampoo: Mop Top Gentle Shampoo
Co-wash: Chistophe Robin Lemon Cleansing Cream
RO: CJ strengthening, Kenra moisturizing
LI: Jessicurl Aloeba
DT: CJ rehab, Christophe Robin Prickly Pear Mask
PT: SS protein treatment, Ouidad 12 minute
Stylers: Jessicurl RR, SS Firm Hold Gel
Oils: caudalie, sweet almond
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.
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

Last edited by curlywho; 01-22-2013 at 11:49 AM.
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.
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
Gels: SCC spray gel

Hmm. It's the c one. So, I guess that isn't the problem. Bummer. I don't know what's wrong now.
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
Try more moisture. Less protein. Do a few DTs and see what happens.
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
Gels: SCC spray gel

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
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

Last edited by curlywho; 01-22-2013 at 05:37 PM.
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.
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
Gels: SCC spray gel

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.
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
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...
Wave Pattern: 2A
Hair Properties: Normal/Low Porosity, Medium Density, Medium Texture w/Fine Straight Underlayer
Co-wash: Suave Naturals, Cure Care
Low-poo: Renpure Brazilian Keratin
Rinse Out & Leave In: Tresemme Naturals
Gel: LA Looks Mega Mega Hold Gel, Garnier Fructis Spray Gel
Hmm. It doesn't have a problem getting wet at all. It takes so long to dry because it holds water like crazy
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
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.
3a (Corkicelli), highlighted, fine, low porosity
modified CG, since April '07
CG since 3/11/08

SE PA

HGs: Anything Sevi; Curly Kinks Satin Roots, Curlycue ReNew and Coil Jam; homemade FSG and okra gel; soap bars; UFD Curly Magic (now Hello Curly Curl Stimulater); Botanical Spirits Jellies, CJ Repair Me, Aloe Fix and CCCC
"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.
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

Last edited by curlywho; 01-23-2013 at 03:38 PM.

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