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Old 07-31-2010, 05:05 AM   #1
 
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Unhappy how can i keep my hair moisturized and soft after its dry

ima about 5 months natural n i still cant find somethin that keeps my hair fully moisturized once dried. i find myself havin to walk around with some conditioner in my bag so i can quickly wet it while im in public cuz once my hair dries up its gets hard... i have to either have my hair in a style (2 strands, braids etc...) or soaked in conditioner (meanin u can also see the conditioner in my hair). someone help me plz cuz i would really like to wear my hair curly....




i believe i have 3c to 4b hair
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Old 07-31-2010, 08:03 AM   #2
 
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You probably need to seal in the moisture. I was having the same problem until I learned about sealing. After you put ur leave in conditioner in you put in a sealer like castor oil, shea butter, coconut oil, jojoba oil etc.. HTH
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Old 07-31-2010, 09:56 AM   #3
 
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Agree with the above, oils post leave in conditioner are definitely your friend. Also making a vegetable glycerin/water mixture in a spray bottle is a nice way to keep your hair moisturized daily (in the summer).
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Old 07-31-2010, 10:01 AM   #4
 
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Yeah I recommend some Shea butter or coconut oil to keep ur hair moist. Oh and make sure you wear a hair bonnet or scaft at nite to prevent it from drying out
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Old 07-31-2010, 12:07 PM   #5
 
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I agree with all of the previous posters...you need to make sure you're sealing in the moisture with either an oil or butter. Also, make sure the styling products you are using aren't drying your hair out.
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Old 08-01-2010, 07:38 AM   #6
 
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I came in to say use an oil or butter to seal in moisture but I see everybody else already mentioned it lol
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Old 08-01-2010, 07:49 AM   #7
 
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Does everyone seal just the ends or the entire strand? I suffer from ridiculously dry hair too. Not so bad that I have to carry conditioner around, and recently its been generally much better moisturised (thank you summer, and Qhemets), but I still think it could be better. I tend to seal just the ends with castor oil, because I feel if I sealed the entire length of my hair it would be one greasy mess. But is this something I should be doing?
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Old 08-01-2010, 08:44 PM   #8
 
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I usually just seal my ends...interested in others' responses though.
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Old 08-02-2010, 01:21 PM   #9
 
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I seal from root to tip.

(I learned the hard way on wash days when I would begin to detangle and the ends were so smooth and soft and the roots were dry!!!!)
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Old 08-02-2010, 07:20 PM   #10
 
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I found that keeping my hair moist required effort on a few fronts. I learned to sleep with conditioner on my head. I also learned which leave ins and styling products leave my hair feeling dry. I also tried sealing with olive oil, and coconut oil, but that left me feeling dry and "crispy", so I usually use a butter type formula instead. I LOVE Qhemet's AOHC and BRBC. I scrunch that into my hair at night. In the morning, I use a veggie glycerin/water/condish spritz, and scrunch in some more. I also use KBB hair cream and deep conditioner. I just scrunch all over, so not sure what part of the strand I am sealing...ends definitely, everything else is kinda hit and miss. I had to find the right combo of conditioners, moisturizers, and styling prods that give maximum moisture. The veggie glycerin works wonders. What type of prods are you using on your hair?
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Old 08-02-2010, 08:37 PM   #11
 
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You may want to check into protein. If you are using too much protein it can leave your hair dry and dry. Look into the ingredients in your conditioner.

As for sealing I seal the entire strand.
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Old 08-03-2010, 02:06 AM   #12
 
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i agree with the sealing.. my new love is Castor Oil! I cant get jiggy with butters on the length of my hair (they weigh me down & leave me greasy) but i can do oils (wierd)! I have fine porous hair and i mainly do braidouts.. i always start out with moisturized hair but as the day goes on it dries out.. which means i usually have to rewet & rebraid every night even if my hair still looks good.

EVERY day last week I was able to keep my hair moisturized and soft all day, what? I recently got some Hairveda Cocasta oil (castor based) and all i used was that over my leave in and braided & my hair came out good every day! Im pretty sure that was the key to keeping in the moisture.

& yes, i apply it to the entire length of my hair.. like I said my hair is fine, it wasnt greasy.. just soft. Which is suprising because castor is THICK!
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I loved oils, but don't use much because they caused me to started breaking out with acne!! (maybe it's just me). After washing and the leave-in, I let it dry about 50-75%, then I add a moisturizer like Qhemets AOHC or Afroveda Cocolatte. I typically apply my moisturizer in sections as I'm twisting up or what not. Lately, I've been using Jane Carter N&S to seal!

When I DC, I add olive oil to it and sit under the dryer ~30-45min.

I agree with the scarf/bonnet and/or satin pillow.
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If your hair is hard when dried, it could be due to build up. What products are you using?

Also a little castor oil layered right over my conditioner helps a lot. I focus on the ends. Another product that's been keeping my dry hair soft through day 2-3 is Karen's Body Beautiful Hair Nectar. I apply a little after conditioner rinse out and before a leave in and gel.

I actually use product more frequently on dry hair since I only wash every 2-4 days. If I'm refreshing/fluffing up a wash and go or need to defrizz the ends - Devacurl Set it Free mixed with Botanical Spirits Avocado Coconut Milk Hair butter or QB Burdock Root Butter cream. I may touch up the ends with Botanical Spirits Soft curls cream or Afroveda Curl Define, both of which can be used on dry hair. If I dry twist or do dry bantu knots my hair likes Karen's Body Beautiful Hair nectar or straight Devacurl Set it Free, a few sprays per section. I use more KBB -- it sinks into my porous hair.
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Agree with the above, oils post leave in conditioner are definitely your friend. Also making a vegetable glycerin/water mixture in a spray bottle is a nice way to keep your hair moisturized daily (in the summer).
I love the vegetable glycerin/water/condish spritz, but what does one do in the winter???
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I usually just seal my ends...interested in others' responses though.

I seal the entire length of my hair
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I find that shampooing my hair with a sulfate-free shampoo every two weeks and then deep conditioning also leaves my hair moisturized. Co-washing doesn't do it for my hair (I guess because I use shea butter...build-up). Look into the products you are using, It could be product build-up
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If your hair is hard when dried, it could be due to build up. What products are you using?

Also a little castor oil layered right over my conditioner helps a lot. I focus on the ends. Another product that's been keeping my dry hair soft through day 2-3 is Karen's Body Beautiful Hair Nectar. I apply a little after conditioner rinse out and before a leave in and gel.

I actually use product more frequently on dry hair since I only wash every 2-4 days. If I'm refreshing/fluffing up a wash and go or need to defrizz the ends - Devacurl Set it Free mixed with Botanical Spirits Avocado Coconut Milk Hair butter or QB Burdock Root Butter cream. I may touch up the ends with Botanical Spirits Soft curls cream or Afroveda Curl Define, both of which can be used on dry hair. If I dry twist or do dry bantu knots my hair likes Karen's Body Beautiful Hair nectar or straight Devacurl Set it Free, a few sprays per section. I use more KBB -- it sinks into my porous hair.
That is a valuable piece of information.
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Old 08-07-2010, 10:52 PM   #19
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I too not only have trouble with retaining moisture, but a flurry of knots and sections of matted/twisted hair...which I assume are due to the lack of moisture and the strands curling around each other....very frustrating.

So if following the recommendations of sealing, for example, those of you who use styling products like KCKT and KCCC, when sealing at night with oils or other products and spritzing in the morning with glycerin/water mix, does that compromise the effectiveness of your styling products?
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KINKY CURLY PRODUCTS DO NOT PLAY WELL WITH OTHERS!

When using Kinky Curly I do not mix with ANYTHING because you will not get the same results. I have tried it and ended up with a bunch of white clumps. No ma'm it was not pretty. If you check the website it also states not to mix with oils or other products.

However Kinky Curly is easily refreshed with just plain water. I did get wild once and used Rose Water but no oils, gels, glycerins, butters, or anything other than water or other KC products.

At night time I spray with water and bun the hair. Else I just do nothing and do it in the a.m. By day four and five I will also spray some KC Spiral Spritz on my hand and apply to areas where the product is gone. If that doesn't work then I just add a touch of Curling Custard.

There is a youtube video I saw this week I will try to find it and post it. My routine is similar except I think she uses lavender water or something like that.
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