Cali girl preparing for southern humidity

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Okay, so I've been to the south a few times, north carolina, south carolina, georgia, and tennessee. The thing is I don't know how to prepare my hair for the humidity. The last time I went to the south my hair was straight and because it was heat damaged straight I had no real worries, this time I'm all natural and I hear some stories about the humidity. I know a lot of you ladies are from hotter humid climate areas, which products hold up well in your opinion.

Currently the only products I have in stock are Oyins Shine and Define, Whipped Pudding and Honeyhemp Condish; sample size of Miss Jessies Curly Meringue, Curly Pudding and Quick curls; Afroveda's Curl Define, CocoLatte Butter, and Totally Twisted Butter; Kinky Curly Knot Today, Spiral Spritz, and Curling Custard; CurlJunkie Aloe Fix.

Are any of these good ones to take with me on my 3 week trip to ATL and Nashville? If so, how do you use it to style your hair?
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You need a good gel. KCCC is good in humidity. Its what I plan to use when I go down. The humidity near the NOLA area is extreme so I will have bring a hard hold something to pair it with. The Aloe Fix has glycerin which may react to strongly to all the humid air.

Conditioners, sealers, and moisturizers are good anywhere you go so any one you chose shouldn't be a bad choice.
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You need a good gel. KCCC is good in humidity. Its what I plan to use when I go down. The humidity near the NOLA area is extreme so I will have bring a hard hold something to pair it with. The Aloe Fix has glycerin which may react to strongly to all the humid air.

Conditioners, sealers, and moisturizers are good anywhere you go so any one you chose shouldn't be a bad choice.
Originally Posted by afrosheenqueen
i agree, glycerin is my biggest problem now that i know what it does.. it dries out my hair when its not humid enough.. & i guess since i wear braidouts & that is a "set" style, in too much humidity the moisture it draws in makes my hair poof up and frizz out as if i were to wet straight hair!

i think you should go ahead and get some kccc to go along with that knot today!
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Thanks ladies for the response. I only have a small jar of KCCC so I guess I'll buy a larger size before I leave. Aloe Fix has always been a problem for me because my hair feels dry after using it, no matter what I pair it with for some reason. I suppose its because there's not enough moisture in the air? Never knew this could have been the culprit. Just thought it didn't work well with my hair.
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I live in NC and I have no problems with humidity at all since I've gone natural. I stretch my hair doing twist outs so I don't usually use anything other than shea butter or MJ Baby Buttercreme. I haven't done a wash and go yet in the summer time, but if I did, then I would make sure to use some type of holding product. All of your holding products you mentioned sound good to me
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I live in TX--humid city. I have had no problems with the humidity! It actually keeps my hair nice and moisturized.

I spent a long weekend in San Fran in June, and the dryness dried my hair out something fierce!!! Humidity is good because of the natural moisture in the air.
Meh, I don't worry about the humidity much. Today it was 55% in my area (NE US though). But it's been much higher recently. EcoStyler would probably be great in high humidity. I've been using Suave Naturals Green Apple conditioner as my "styling" product lately and it's been OK.

And when I first saw this thread, I read the title as, "Call girl preparing for southern humidity." I thought, "How did a hooker get to nc.com? Why?"

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Last edited by Phoenix; 07-16-2010 at 07:25 PM. Reason: lol
You might want to do like 3 dt's in a week to hydrate the hair. I read the title as Call Girl preparing for southern humidity, and wondered what kind of preparation a call girl needed.
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I'm a NC lady, too. KCCC and KCNT work for me. Also, Ecostyler. I'm another that doesn't worry about the humidity. My hair loves it.
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Phoenix and SBB,

Thanks again ladies! I guess I have my stash and have no reason to purchase anything else. I've had to train my hair to deal with dry weather, but I have NO IDEA how my hair will react with moisture in the air. Lets hope for the best, since you ladies don't seem to have a problem.

Suburbannbushbabe, why 3 DTs? Is this for preparation?
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Even, full NL unstretched
I don't know what to do for it.

Wearing my hair loose in the summer months in out.

My staple style is a braid/twist set afro puff.

If I attempt to wear a braid out or a twist out, I have to take my hair out right before I leave the house, ride in the AC all the way and get in the place ASAP. And, thoughts of going to the club for a party in an out style is a JOKE!!!

The stylers I've tried this summer are: KCCC and AO Mandarin Magic Hair Moisturizing Jelly.

I've been thinking that maybe I need to try some non-natural alternatives for the summer to battle the humidity for loose styles.

I've been thinking of starting a similar thread so someone PLEASE offer me some advice as well.

Do you all use leave-in conditioner and moisturizer under your styler? it's seems to be mandatory for my kinky curls.

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Last edited by Kinky Rhonnie; 07-22-2010 at 05:15 AM.
I don't know what to do for it.

Wearing my hair loose in the summer months in out.

My staple style is a braid/twist set afro puff.

If I attempt to wear a braid out or a twist out, I have to take my hair out right before I leave the house, ride in the AC all the way and get in the place ASAP. And, thoughts of going to the club for a party in an out style is a JOKE!!!

The stylers I've tried this summer are: KCCC and AO Mandarin Magic Hair Moisturizing Jelly.

I've been thinking that maybe I need to try some non-natural alternatives for the summer to battle the humidity for loose styles.

I've been thinking of starting a similar thread so someone PLEASE offer me some advice as well.

Do you all use leave-in conditioner and moisturizer under your styler? it's seems to be mandatory for my kinky curls.
Originally Posted by Kinky Rhonnie
I usually use leave ins. Giovanni Direct Leave In for when I do twist/braidouts, KCKT for when I do wash n' goes. I've also laid off products containing humectants for the summer-glycerin, propelene glycol, etc. I'd have an ginormous fro every day.

If you've used KCCC, did you use it in conjunction with KCKT? I have and my curls pop something fierce. I agree with PP's that KCCC is one of the best things to use in humid weather.
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I usually use leave ins. Giovanni Direct Leave In for when I do twist/braidouts, KCKT for when I do wash n' goes. I've also laid off products containing humectants for the summer-glycerin, propelene glycol, etc. I'd have an ginormous fro every day.

If you've used KCCC, did you use it in conjunction with KCKT? I have and my curls pop something fierce. I agree with PP's that KCCC is one of the best things to use in humid weather.
Originally Posted by LadyV69
KCKT is the ONLY leave-in I use and I use it faithfully so yes, I did use it with the KCCC. My hair swells in the humidity no matter what I try. Honestly, the past two weeks was the first time I've added glyceric back to my hair in the past year as I added some to my homemade spritz mix that I use to moisturize my puff.

I swear I recently began thinking that I should give up on natural products. lol

I see some people highly recommend curl activators and those are full of glycerin???

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Last edited by Kinky Rhonnie; 07-22-2010 at 09:25 AM.
Stay away from products heavy on the glycerin in high humidity...I was just in DC (aka swampland) and my Aloe Fix made my hair look like a rat's nest. My Long Aid made my hair go crazy too. The best combo that worked for me was a leave-in condish (little to no glycerin) and AV gel. Anything else my hair turned out crunchy and/or frizzy as all heck.
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I don't know what to do for it.

Wearing my hair loose in the summer months in out.

My staple style is a braid/twist set afro puff.

If I attempt to wear a braid out or a twist out, I have to take my hair out right before I leave the house, ride in the AC all the way and get in the place ASAP. And, thoughts of going to the club for a party in an out style is a JOKE!!!

The stylers I've tried this summer are: KCCC and AO Mandarin Magic Hair Moisturizing Jelly.

I've been thinking that maybe I need to try some non-natural alternatives for the summer to battle the humidity for loose styles.

I've been thinking of starting a similar thread so someone PLEASE offer me some advice as well.

Do you all use leave-in conditioner and moisturizer under your styler? it's seems to be mandatory for my kinky curls.
Originally Posted by Kinky Rhonnie
Yes, I always use a leave-in. Knot Today is a consistent performer for me.

Use a hard hold gel either by itself or in conjucntion with KCCC for moisture. If whatever brand gel made you dry and crispy before it may be actually what you need now.

ETA: Maybe also try a silicone serum to help keep the frizzies down.
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Last edited by afrosheenqueen; 07-22-2010 at 11:43 AM.
OMG... I can't see worth a damn.. I thought the title of this thread was "Call Girl Preparing For Southern Humidity"... I was like WTF ?

Goodness!
Yes, I always use a leave-in. Knot Today is a consistent performer for me.

Use a hard hold gel either by itself or in conjucntion with KCCC for moisture. If whatever brand gel made you dry and crispy before it may be actually what you need now.

ETA: Maybe also try a silicone serum to help keep the frizzies down.
Originally Posted by afrosheenqueen
One natural gel that offered a good hard hold was the Thera Neem. Maybe I'll try that one again.

what silicone serum would your recommend?

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Yes, I always use a leave-in. Knot Today is a consistent performer for me.

Use a hard hold gel either by itself or in conjucntion with KCCC for moisture. If whatever brand gel made you dry and crispy before it may be actually what you need now.

ETA: Maybe also try a silicone serum to help keep the frizzies down.
Originally Posted by afrosheenqueen
One natural gel that offered a good hard hold was the Thera Neem. Maybe I'll try that one again.

what silicone serum would your recommend?
Originally Posted by Kinky Rhonnie
I liked BioSilk Therapy. Used it for years before I stopped using silicones so much. I mixed it in with my leave-in. They sell it at Walmart now.
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I live in Louisiana, and I don't think you should have any problems as long as your not wearing a stretched or straight style.

The air will be moist, but I've found that my hair loves it...it doesn't really know anything different though. lol
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