How the heck do I get movement??

My hair is....stiff. Always dry-looking even though I completely pamper it. It never has swing to it, especially when I straighten it. What do I do?
Very coarse, thick, porous 3B. My biggest challenge is SOFTNESS and SHINE.

Current shampoo: Biosilk w/ added vitamin E
Current conditioner: Lush Okra
Leave-ins: Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie, KCCC
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what kind of pampering have you given your hair. My hair is stiff when it was damaged. I thought i was doing all the right things, but i was just making it worse. make sure your hair is moisturized just not overly moisturized. get products that help define the curls. i like kccc, and i have tried quidad climate control with great results, but it has some cones in them, so i cut it out of my routine.

Just keep working at it, you'll get it. Good luck!
How often are you straightening your hair? You've said you think you're doing "all the right things". That may be, but if you're routinely straightening it, that could be why your hair is seemingly damaged.
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maybe you need to do a herbal rinse. i love doing this! my next "thing" im going to try is stinging nettle rinse, its meant to help with shine and softness, help with growth and scalp problems....... i think im going to pick a few handfuls and boil it in water for 10 mins let it to cool then strain it out and use it after my shower, ill let it dry in my hair for a bit.
i havent tried this yet, but its on the top of my list for next week

my hair: 3c, high porosity, high density and coarse hair (i think i finally figured that all out)
my hair loves conditioner only styling!
my hair goal length is bra strap length when curly.

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My hair is definitely damaged right now from all the colorings, and I straighten about twice a month, if that. However I can remember that even when I was younger, my hair still didn't really swing. It may have been due to the fact that it's so thick, or maybe it's because my hair is so protein sensitive? No idea.

Fmas - I haven't heard of an herbal rinse, but I should look into it! I wouldn't even know where to start though..
Very coarse, thick, porous 3B. My biggest challenge is SOFTNESS and SHINE.

Current shampoo: Biosilk w/ added vitamin E
Current conditioner: Lush Okra
Leave-ins: Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie, KCCC
CG didn't work for me. Oils don't work for me. Trying hard to learn how to love my hair. Read my blog.
Fmas - I haven't heard of an herbal rinse, but I should look into it! I wouldn't even know where to start though..
Originally Posted by swansinapril
i love using natural things in my hair, i use these herbal rinses as a final rinse n just let my hair dry with it in, all you need to do is choose your herbs, (i would choose herbs that would help any "problems" maybe your hair is dry etc.) pour boiling water over the herbs, let it sit for 15 mins then strain it and let it cool.

my hair: 3c, high porosity, high density and coarse hair (i think i finally figured that all out)
my hair loves conditioner only styling!
my hair goal length is bra strap length when curly.

I also blog about my hair journey, please feel free to read and comment/ask questions http://www.naturallycurly.com/blogs/...air-blogs/2494
My hair is definitely damaged right now from all the colorings, and I straighten about twice a month, if that. However I can remember that even when I was younger, my hair still didn't really swing. It may have been due to the fact that it's so thick, or maybe it's because my hair is so protein sensitive? No idea.

Fmas - I haven't heard of an herbal rinse, but I should look into it! I wouldn't even know where to start though..
Originally Posted by swansinapril
My hair was the same way growing up. AS i got older and learned how to take care of my hair, i realized it was because of the damage, mainly from heat and coloring, but also form using alot of the wrong products. You should focus or preventing further damage and finding the right produtcs and see what happens.
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Is your hair very fine? I have a friend who has fine low density hair and she has this same issue. Her hair just doesn't have enough weight to swing even though it is long. If your hair is fine and not very dense maybe you could try products that give your hair some weight.
My hair is fine, low density and around chin length--no problem getting it to swing. I agree with thelio, it's probably the products or the health of your hair.
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