DRY HAIR :(

hello ladies,
im back again with MORE questions (i promise im gonna figure out how to care for my hair one day! lol) but since i've done my big chop, my hair is so so so so sooooo dry.

heres a little background info:
---i have had a relaxer since i was young (like 6 or 7 young).. so i do not remember my natural hair texture. so i transitioned for 6 months -- however, i was determined to make it to a year (plan FAILED!!). but anyways, i big chopped my hair is extremely dry. no matter what i use to moisture its dry. and it feels brittle. i cant win... im almost regretting the big chop

i dont know if this makes any difference, but my hair is naturally sandy brown. it gets lighter in the summer. I have heard that the lighter the hair is, the drier it becomes. Is this true at all?

i have been using "shea moisture curl smoothie" to moisturize and "olive and clove oil" to seal. Can anyone recommend any products for me? i cowash every morning with "vo5 moisture milk". i moisture and seal 2x a day.

Thank you so much.
Do you deep condition?

Maybe the products you're using just aren't working for your hair and you need to find better ones. Do you have a price range you're willing to spend for hair products? Do you prefer to buy your products on the ground or are you willing to purchase online?
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hello ladies,
im back again with MORE questions (i promise im gonna figure out how to care for my hair one day! lol) but since i've done my big chop, my hair is so so so so sooooo dry.

heres a little background info:
---i have had a relaxer since i was young (like 6 or 7 young).. so i do not remember my natural hair texture. so i transitioned for 6 months -- however, i was determined to make it to a year (plan FAILED!!). but anyways, i big chopped my hair is extremely dry. no matter what i use to moisture its dry. and it feels brittle. i cant win... im almost regretting the big chop

i dont know if this makes any difference, but my hair is naturally sandy brown. it gets lighter in the summer. I have heard that the lighter the hair is, the drier it becomes. Is this true at all?

i have been using "shea moisture curl smoothie" to moisturize and "olive and clove oil" to seal. Can anyone recommend any products for me? i cowash every morning with "vo5 moisture milk". i moisture and seal 2x a day.

Thank you so much.
Originally Posted by cortttt
You seem to be doing the right thing cowashing, moisturizing and sealing. I'm willing to bet either your hair does not like the smoothie or it does not like the oil. Some people's hair rejects oils. It's truly trial and error. Try sealing with something else like shea butter and see if that helps or maybe you are simply using too much oil (use less).

I agree that you should try a deep conditioner as well. Have you tried an oil rinse?

Also I've never heard of clove oil for moisturizing. maybe u can eliminate the clove and just use the olive but on this I'm only guessing.
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-- however, i was determined to make it to a year (plan FAILED!!). but anyways, i big chopped my hair is extremely dry. no matter what i use to moisture its dry. and it feels brittle. i cant win... im almost regretting the big chop
Originally Posted by cortttt
Hi Corttt,

Have you been able to read about different hair types, as opposed to different curl types? If you haven't already, it would be helpful to figure out your hair's texture and porosity and choose products based on that, because what would be effective for us may not work for you. Tiffany, AKA Struttswife, has great info on her site (Live Curly, Live Free) about texture, porosity, and selecting appropriate products.

When I learned about the ingredients that were bad for my hair type and eliminated them, my hair responded quickly. For my hair type (coarse and highly porous), eliminating humectants (during winter) and proteins relieved my hair's brittleness. Now if I weren't so lazy, my hair would do even better.

All the best, and let us know if you find something effective for you.
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my hair gets SUPER dry and im only allowed to wet it once a week. what should i do



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my hair gets SUPER dry and im only allowed to wet it once a week. what should i do
Originally Posted by jojouhgogo
Hi why are you only allowed to wet it once a week? Can you spritz daily? How r u wearing your hair since you only wet once a week?
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Maybe you need to try a different leave in conditioner or a different oil

One of my leave in conditioners is giovanni smooth as silk (which is a rinse out ) and I use coconut oil before I use it . it works great for dry hair, I have high porosity hair , so all bets are off
my hair gets SUPER dry and im only allowed to wet it once a week. what should i do
Originally Posted by jojouhgogo
Is there a reason why you can't wet your hair more ? Don't be afraid to wet your hair
As much as I love me some SM, it did cause me a problem because of buildup. I thought since I went cone-free, I wouldn't have that problem but I was wrong. After awhile my hair became really dry and nothing I did (cowash, dc, leave-in) seemed to moisturize it. I clarified and my hair was like "I can finally breathe again." I think all the oil and shea butter was coating my hair so much the moisture can't get in. And just cowashing isn't going to get that off. You didn't mention how often you shampoo.
I'm with adthomas. Everyone talks about how shampoos are so drying. Yes, they are temporarily drying. But build-up is the worst--even "good" products build up and prevent any more moisture from coming in.

I'd recommend trying a different oil or butter. Maybe coconut oil and/or shea butter?
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