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Old 12-12-2010, 01:35 PM   #21
 
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Would it be any healthier if I used a foam/mousse and then applied oil? I have always tried to avoid alcohol which is why I never use gel or spritz. Well, I just bought the eco styler gel recently bc everyone raved about it being alcohol free, but I'm not sure if I like the results bc it flakes. The mixed chicks makes my curls look dry and ashy also. So far, the foam has been the only thing that has worked for me. I noticed that it had alcohol in it, and that does worry me. Are there foams that don't contain alcohol?
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Old 12-12-2010, 08:01 PM   #22
 
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I haven't used mousse since I went fully natural. Mousses tend to have alcohol in them, which can dry out your hair.
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i have a sensitive nose when it comes to hair products. things that are too strong literally give me a headache or a nose ache. i used mild smelling products when i was relaxed i also washed my hair fairly frequently too.

i think my experience as a natural has been opposite most because i HATE the way most products smell-- way too strong for my liking. i don't want to smell like an entire bouquet of flowers or like there is pastry shop nestled in my hair!
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I don't want to smell like a bakery! All them different smells can be too much! You got hair smell, lotion, perfume and all that...ugh.
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Old 12-13-2010, 12:25 PM   #23
 
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Yeah, unfortunately, it's par for the course. When I relaxed (I'm now transitioning), I washed my hair every two weeks or whenever I went to the salon. Yes, I paid someone to wash my hair. How sad was that? So, my hair wasn't funky; but, it didn't smell fresh and clean as it does now.
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Old 12-13-2010, 02:39 PM   #24
 
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Maybe it's just me, but even when I was relaxed the longest I could go without washing was two weeks and I just felt dirty going that long (I'm slightly OCD and a germophobe). Usualy I washed at least once a week....in the summer when it was baking in florida, twice a week.
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Old 12-13-2010, 11:35 PM   #25
 
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Do the makers of those products think black women are generally unkempt and won't mind the smell?
I believe so...there's a huge misconception about black women and hygiene...we've talked this to death on here but you know the story "black women don't wash their hair."

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Sadly, I think many products geared toward black women have a strong chemical odor. Does anyone know of a mousse/foam that smells nice and has hold AND shine???
Kiss My face makes a mousse...I don't use mousse but I'd be surprised if it has alcohol...their gel doesn't. I use the gel regularly.

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Would it be any healthier if I used a foam/mousse and then applied oil? I have always tried to avoid alcohol which is why I never use gel or spritz. Well, I just bought the eco styler gel recently bc everyone raved about it being alcohol free, but I'm not sure if I like the results bc it flakes. The mixed chicks makes my curls look dry and ashy also. So far, the foam has been the only thing that has worked for me. I noticed that it had alcohol in it, and that does worry me. Are there foams that don't contain alcohol?
If it has drying alcohol, I'd just skip it. I don't think the oil would compensate for the dryness. There are tons of gels w/out alcohol though...

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Old 12-21-2010, 04:49 PM   #26
 
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I used to go weeks without washing my hair too and I either flat ironed or curled my hair every day. I had tons of scalp issues. But since going natural I co wash and wash several times a week and haven't had a problem since.

Kinda OT but kinda not... I have a friend that wont date a woman unless her hair smells good.
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I'm in no way making generalizations, but I do know of way more white people who have mentioned not showering on the regular than I do black folk, so the whole "black people/hygiene" thing is stupid. That generalization can go either way.

Secondly, my relaxed hair smelled less-than-pleasant too, and for some reason it was a lot harder for me to wash than it is for me to wash my natural hair now. I do know of some relaxed ladies who keep their hair hooked UP though; it always smells nice, regardless of when they had their last relaxer. Typically though, that isn't the case. I guess like everything else, it just depends.
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Old 12-22-2010, 08:14 PM   #28
 
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Ive noticed the relaxer smell. I'm super picky about smells when it comes to products.
My fave smelling hair stuff is sheamoisture shea butter leave in, hairveda whipped clouds ( thats an all time fave scent) KCCC, and oyins juices and berries. That stuff makes me want to drink it. oh and Devacurl one condish. I always get scared with ordering stuff like kbb where you can pick scents because I never know if Ill like it or not. I bought jessicurl wdt in the offered scent and I cant stand it. I had the scentless one before.
Im def self concious of how my hair smells if Im going to be close to people
The relaxer smell, or burnt hair and grease smell is horrible.
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