PLEASE SOMEONE HELP!!

My hair is wavy, but turns into a poofy fro when it is dry. Normally it doesnt stick out too much, but now I have just recently moved to a very very humid place. My hair stick out horrible and my curls/waves are not defined at all. I dont really have a routine but:
~I am using Pantene Pro-v sleek and shine conditioner and shampoo. I know that these are not good products, but I had no idea what else to use
~I take a shower every other day and thats when I shampoo, rinse out, condition, leave for 5 mins, then rinse out.
~I dont have a product to use on my hair, normally I just let it go, but it looks bad lately. I dont know what to use
~After my shower when my hair is still damp, I use a wide tooth comb to comb out my hair. Then I let it air dry. Later when 100% dry I use a brush to brush out hair.

I hope this is thorough enough. I'm sorry if it isnt..just ask anything and Ill tell you! THANK YOU SO MUCH!
Tell us more about your routine and we can help better.
What shampoo and condtioner are you using?
How often do you shampoo?
Are you condtioning every day?
What styling product are you using?
Would you prefer drugstore brands over salon or online brands as far as recommendations go?
Do you brush or comb your hair?

I am sure others can think of more questions but I think these can get us on the right track .I know we can help if we have details! My hair has gotten sooooooooo much better since I found this site and all the great advice on it!
*Holly*
2C/3A
Bentley my dog is my avatar
Jigfeet -

Pantene shampoo and conditioner are not the best things to use as they can build up on your hair. If I was in your position (and I once was), I would begin by clarifying my hair, using a clarifying shampoo. This will be drying, but will get rid of any build up.

Then get a rich, creamy conditioner, or deep conditioner. Suggestions include Jessicurl Too Shea and Elucence and KMS Curl Hydrator. The first two can be found on this website, in Curlmart. Are you American? If so, I'm sure some American curlies can recommend some other good conditioners for you.

Next, throw away the brush. Some curlies on here like to brush, but I would put money on it that for your hair type, brushing is a very bad idea. Instead, try using a cream or a gel to style your hair. This part takes a fair bit of trial and error. You may find you need to use more than one product, and it takes a while to work out how much to use and how best to style your hair.
A good gel to try is Batia and Aleeza gel. It can be found on Curlmart too. It is very popular on this site. It is expensive, but you get a lot for your money and it is effective. If you're on a tight budget, we can recommend some gels or other products, or you can do a search of the webboards. I know there are some great threads discussing the merits of various drugstore gels.

You may also find that you need a leave-in conditioner.

After you have washed your hair, while your hair is still soaking wet, try applying the product by raking it through and covering all your hair. Then use an old t-shirt or Aquis towel to gently scrunch the drips out. Do not touch your hair while it is drying. That is, perhaps, the main point - not to touch your hair whle it is drying. You may find that you prefer to let your hair dry a bit before adding product, or that you like the plopping method or like to scrunch the product in. There are no right or wrong answers - it's all about what works for you. You might want to avoid towels when drying your hair, as they can cause frizz.

Curl Keeper (can be found on Curlmart) is good for helping with frizz.

You may want to consider the ingredients in your products. Many curlies like to avoid drying alcohols (Benzyl alcohol, Isopropyl alcohol and alcohol denat.) and silicones. Some fine that their hair isn't fond of too much protein. There are various threads and lots of information on ingredients on this website.

Good luck and feel free to ask more questions.
I shampoo every 3-4 days and "condition only" on other days (check out the Curly Girl book by Lorraine Massey). I recommend Jessicurl sample pack and DevaCurl. See my products below. Scrunch in gel while your hair is wet and try to give up the comb. That was the important step that helped my curls, besides buying new products.
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My hair is wavy, but turns into a poofy fro when it is dry. Normally it doesnt stick out too much, but now I have just recently moved to a very very humid place. My hair stick out horrible and my curls/waves are not defined at all. I dont really have a routine but:
~I am using Pantene Pro-v sleek and shine conditioner and shampoo. I know that these are not good products, but I had no idea what else to use
~I take a shower every other day and thats when I shampoo, rinse out, condition, leave for 5 mins, then rinse out.
~I dont have a product to use on my hair, normally I just let it go, but it looks bad lately. I dont know what to use
~After my shower when my hair is still damp, I use a wide tooth comb to comb out my hair. Then I let it air dry. Later when 100% dry I use a brush to brush out hair.
I hope this is thorough enough. I'm sorry if it isnt..just ask anything and Ill tell you! THANK YOU SO MUCH!
Originally Posted by jigfeet
I think your hair will vastly improve if you stop brushing it! I know with myhair if I brush it only gets bigger.
I use the wide tooth combe while in the shower with my hair full of conditioner,it takes care of all the tangles with no problem.
I also rinse the conditioner out with my hair flipped upside down. Doing these three things has significantly cut down on my frizz!
The pantene is full of silicones that will build up but not everyone worries about them! If you are not ready to switch shampoo and condiotners that is all right.
I would also start using a gel . Herbal Essences make one that I reallylike it's called Humidity Defying Gel it comes in a red tube. It leaves me with bouncy curls very little frizz and not feeling producty.
I hope this helps a little!
*Holly*
2C/3A
Bentley my dog is my avatar
Hi, I'm the typical italian brunette, lot of frizzy waves.
I've found very helpful homemade flaxseed gel, I suppose it's very similar to Jessicurl RR.
Don't touch your hair wile dryng and semplify your routine: less product but very good: a non-dryng shampoo, a very good conditioner (I like Nexxus Humectress), a good gel and nothing more.
I sometimes try this leave-in: 1 part shea butter+1 part jojoba oil, only in very dry and cold weather.
HTH
2C, coarse and thick, shoulder lenght. Loves: Nexxus Therappe & Humectress, Lush. Still experimenting with gels and mousses.

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