Question about leave-in conditioners

I have been using a couple of leave-ins and I am not sure if they are working. I wash with A'kin Lavender shampoo (sulfate free; wash about every 2-3 weeks) applied using a color applicator directly onto my scalp. I then use either Suave Coconut or Sally's Generic Biolage conditioning balm (I'm trying to use these up so that I can try something else). Rinse out completely and then apply LI. I have tried Giovanni Direct, A'kin Lavender and Anthyllis 24 hour Intensive LI and my sample of Oyin Honey Hemp as a LI.

When I have let my hair dry with just the LI my hair does not feel soft or particularly moisturized. Shouldn't the LI help my hair feel moisturized? How do I know if the LI is doing anything for my hair? What should I be looking for in a LI? My hair is 4b/c, porous.

I've been struggling with dry hair for awhile so I am trying to find my regimen. I hope that this question makes sense.
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LI does help but it is winter now. I'm not sure what the climate is like where you live but if you not sealing the moisture in after your LI then all the moisture will just evaporate from the heating in your home or workplace.

After your LI use a little of your favorite oil or butter (shea, murmuru, ect) on your ends or your entire hair strand if you prefer. I use oil in summer and a butter in winter because it's thicker.

Sealing is so important for porous hair.
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Last edited by afrosheenqueen; 01-06-2011 at 11:42 AM.
+1 with afrosheenqueen! Sealing is extremely important to lock in the moisture from your LI. You may also want to amp your deep conditioning sessions to maintain moisture.
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Thanks Ladies for your responses. I live in New York so winter weather is definitely a factor. I run a humidifier pretty much all the time to combat the dryness. I've been doing two strand twists as a protective style so I use the LI, then QB Burdock Root BC and then seal with either Burnt Sugar Pomade, shea butter or another buttery-oil mix.

I wanted to see which LI was helping my hair so that I could determine if it would become part of my regimen. I think I may have to wait until spring/summer to make that determination.

I will amp up my deep conditioning. I have a container of Pantene curly series deep moisturzing treatment. I used it once because it has cones in it but I will finish it. Then onto QB's Moringa Tree Conditioning Ghee.
Sealing and weekly dcs are good. You might want to look at how often you cowash. I do it every day or lately every other day. my hair loves it. Keeps it moisturized.
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I have been using a couple of leave-ins and I am not sure if they are working. I wash with A'kin Lavender shampoo (sulfate free; wash about every 2-3 weeks) applied using a color applicator directly onto my scalp. I then use either Suave Coconut or Sally's Generic Biolage conditioning balm (I'm trying to use these up so that I can try something else). Rinse out completely and then apply LI. I have tried Giovanni Direct, A'kin Lavender and Anthyllis 24 hour Intensive LI and my sample of Oyin Honey Hemp as a LI.

When I have let my hair dry with just the LI my hair does not feel soft or particularly moisturized. Shouldn't the LI help my hair feel moisturized? How do I know if the LI is doing anything for my hair? What should I be looking for in a LI? My hair is 4b/c, porous.

I've been struggling with dry hair for awhile so I am trying to find my regimen. I hope that this question makes sense.
TIA -
Originally Posted by Libracurls
I use the A'kin Leave in Conditioner too. I absolutely love it

I love the fact that it can also be used to moisturise hair in between washes. I never get any build up from using too much of that product.

I have porous hair and I always seal my leave ins with an oil or butter.

I recently did some flat twists for someone using the A'kin leave in (sealed with Avocado butter) and they came out great!

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