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Old 08-19-2011, 08:55 PM   #1
 
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Default Is it alright for me to wet my hair everyday?

I am growing my hair out from heat damage so I've been trying to keep my hair as moisturized as possible with leave-ins & oils (currently using argan oil) & of course, trying to 'fake' the curls because a lot of my hair doesn't curl anymore due to the heat damage that I am trying to avoid.
My routine is basically washing my hair in conditioner & brown sugar to exfoliate, applying a leave-in and styling gel, cornrow my hair in two strand braids and let it air dry over night or if I'm in a hurry I use a diffuser. And then VOILA!



But my mom keeps telling me to not wet my hair so much so I've tried to style my hair without wetting it but I feel like it's just breaking off

I want to go back to wetting it because it is much easier for me to style it & handle it. Is it alright to wet everyday or should I find a different method?
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Old 08-19-2011, 10:36 PM   #2
 
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water is the best moisturizer for your hair! so i say yes. in fact i personally feel everyone should wet there hair once a day. i wash my hair everyday its great and moisturized!
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Old 08-20-2011, 08:40 AM   #3
 
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Just seal in the moisture and you should be fine.
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Old 08-20-2011, 12:51 PM   #4
 
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I am growing my hair out from heat damage so I've been trying to keep my hair as moisturized as possible with leave-ins & oils (currently using argan oil) & of course, trying to 'fake' the curls because a lot of my hair doesn't curl anymore due to the heat damage that I am trying to avoid.
My routine is basically washing my hair in conditioner & brown sugar to exfoliate, applying a leave-in and styling gel, cornrow my hair in two strand braids and let it air dry over night or if I'm in a hurry I use a diffuser. And then VOILA!



But my mom keeps telling me to not wet my hair so much so I've tried to style my hair without wetting it but I feel like it's just breaking off

I want to go back to wetting it because it is much easier for me to style it & handle it. Is it alright to wet everyday or should I find a different method?
I'm lovin that style!!!!! Are you using pins for that or gel????
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Old 08-20-2011, 03:05 PM   #5
 
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Just seal in the moisture and you should be fine.
+2 its perfectly fine just make sure that your hair is getting a chance to completely dry in between washes or you could get overconditioned and or mold/mildew and your hair will start to stink, which is not okay!
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Old 08-21-2011, 12:36 AM   #6
 
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I would just be CAUTIOUS...

When you wet your hair, your hair get engorged or filled with water...This causes your hair to stretch when wet and retract once dry... When I was reading
"The Science of Black" (a GREAT read) it called this hydral fatigued

Doing this constantly to your hair COULD lead to breakage....

My advice would be to find a really good spray moisturizer that is WATER based...
My hair can also get really dry between washes, so I use a moisturizer every night before I go to bed, and put on a satin cap to keep the moisturize in/protect my ends from breakage.

I mix my own into a spray bottle using:
* about full 2/3 water
* about 2 quarter size amounts of favorite conditioner (cone free), some times a little more depending on the size of the bottle/what conditioner
* a drop of honey ( a humectant that will help draw in more moisture/water to hair)
* 2 teaspoons of olive oil (any oil is fine)

Using this as a nightly moisturizer and curl refresher has been much easier for me than washing my hair everyday.

I'm not saying that washing you hair everyday is ALWAYS bad. Everyone has different hair/different results. But when my hair was damaged from relaxers/heat, I washed my hair everyday and it caused ME breakage. So from my experience washing will not necessarily always be good for your hair. Especially with longer hair, when the ends are more fragile.

FYI: I wash 3x a week

Hope this really LONG post helps you some
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Just seal in the moisture and you should be fine.
+2 its perfectly fine just make sure that your hair is getting a chance to completely dry in between washes or you could get overconditioned and or mold/mildew and your hair will start to stink, which is not okay!
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watch out for mildew (i've had this happen ) and make sure you seal....
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Old 08-28-2011, 11:09 PM   #8
 
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I agree, especially with curly hair its something about our hair that loves ant type of moisture ,I detangle my hair everyday and my hair loves it
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Old 08-30-2011, 05:07 PM   #9
 
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I think it's fine to wet your hair every day. Especially if your hair is naturally dry. Now, how much you wet it is something to take into consideration. If you know your hair's porosity that can help you determine how long it will take your hair to dry and how much water you feel comfortable giving it.
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Just seal in the moisture and you should be fine.
+2 its perfectly fine just make sure that your hair is getting a chance to completely dry in between washes or you could get overconditioned and or mold/mildew and your hair will start to stink, which is not okay!
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watch out for mildew (i've had this happen ) and make sure you seal....
I dont understand what you mean by seal? I always hear this on these boards but am always confused.

and mildew? how do you get mildew on your hair? what does that look like? I wet my hair fairly often so now you kind of scared me lol
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water is great for the hair, so long as your carfull with it, cause thats when your hair is the weakest. sealing is when your hairs wet to get same of that wonderful argan oil and just put it on the ends and edges make sure that you coat every hair.
i seal at night after shower when ive detangled with argan oil, and in the morning i wet my hair a bit and seal as well just to settle it down. then i can style my hair how i want
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+2 its perfectly fine just make sure that your hair is getting a chance to completely dry in between washes or you could get overconditioned and or mold/mildew and your hair will start to stink, which is not okay!
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watch out for mildew (i've had this happen ) and make sure you seal....
I dont understand what you mean by seal? I always hear this on these boards but am always confused.

and mildew? how do you get mildew on your hair? what does that look like? I wet my hair fairly often so now you kind of scared me lol
Mildew and bacteria grow in moist environments (like your bathroom/tub), you ever known someone who used a dishtowel or sponge over and over again without letting it dry it & eventually started to stink (mildew)? The same thing happens to your hair if its always damp/wet and never fully dries. You wont be able to see it like mold on bread, but its a distinctive smell (think wet dog). Not attractive lol, happened to me when i was like 9 and regularly started doing my own hair (I fired my mom early LOL)

Usually that and over conditioning go hand in hand.. basically your hair starts to feel mushy, like cooked spinach LOL. It loses elasticity & strength, so where youd normally pull a healthy strand of hair and it springs back when the is fully extended.. over conditioned hair will keep stretching and stretching until it snaps.
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