Coarse hair methods

I have thick coarse hair and while I can moisturize it I have a hard time keeping the moisture in. When I searched the threads to get some suggestions I saw references to a coarse hair method. Is there a method that seems to work for coarse hair? I put a LI on everyday but I have had trouble finding something to use as a sealant. I'm not sure if its the way that I've used them but when I use oils or butters, my hair dries up and frizzes. Should I use a moisturizer after my LI?
Also are there some products that those with coarse hair seem to prefer?
I have the same issues, so while I don't have a lot of suggestions, I'll be following the thread!

I can tell you what has been working, sort if, for me. I've tried so many products, and finally realized that AOHR as a leave in works best, followed by sealing with sweet almond oil. I'm playing around with KCCC topped with Garnier Pure and Clean Gel. I do DTs with CJ Rehab once a week or so.

My hair is getting softer and what I've seen is that rich products help and avoiding curl enhancers (? Mag sulfate) and hard hold gels works. I have a strong curl anyways and these products seem to make the coarseness worse.

I'm still playing with FSG, CIAB, CQ... I just know these ones should help but I haven't figured out exactly how yet. HTH!




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I have coarse 4b/c hair. So I will also be following this thread. I had to give up on sealing. Only turned my hair into steel wool. I use oils in the pre-poo stage. I deep condition/moisturize before shampooing and the use a regular conditioner after the poo, followed by a leave-in. Somebody posted a recipe for a moisturizing spray and I use that to perk up my hair:

1Tablespoon AOHR
1Tablespoon Castor oil
Essential oil for fragrance
Water to mix in a spray bottle.

If I put anything on my hair when dry I only use a teeny/tiny amount that I very lightly pat on my hair.
I have thick coarse hair and while I can moisturize it I have a hard time keeping the moisture in. When I searched the threads to get some suggestions I saw references to a coarse hair method. Is there a method that seems to work for coarse hair? I put a LI on everyday but I have had trouble finding something to use as a sealant. I'm not sure if its the way that I've used them but when I use oils or butters, my hair dries up and frizzes. Should I use a moisturizer after my LI?
Also are there some products that those with coarse hair seem to prefer?
Originally Posted by curlyiniecali
I dont have coarse hair but I think maybe you should try a leave in/moisturizer with water as the first ingredient. Maybe your hair doesnt like the oil in the oil (lol) and the oil in the butters.
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Keeping moisture in is not a matter of coarseness, but a matter of porosity.

IA with keilani, use a moisturizer with water in it and seal your hair with a med-heavy oil (castor, meadowfoam, or butter) to keep moisture in.
I wouldn't describe my hair as coarse either, but I found that sealing did not work for me either- at least not at first. What I did do was step up the moisture in my regimens- pre-poos, cassia mixed with condish instead of water, rinse out condish before the leave in. I also started using hair milks (oyin hair dew, darcy botanicals peach kernel hair milk, karen's body beautiful sweet ambrosia, shea moisture curl and style milk). I would scrunch it through before I showered, then put on a shower cap and let the steam do the work. When I came out, I would rub castor oil on my palms and fingers (maybe 5-6 drops?) and scrunch that in my hair, and maybe spray with shea moistures moisturizing spritz- peach label if I feel like it. I found that my hair is softer, does not look dry,is not greasy, and is more "sproingy"....I found that butters etc didn't do much for me alone- not even the Amla olive heavy cream- which so many curlies swore by! you have to play around till you find it. I suggest buying samples! HTH
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What leave in are you using curlyiniecali?

Also, what oils/butter have you used so far to seal with?
I have thick coarse hair and while I can moisturize it I have a hard time keeping the moisture in. When I searched the threads to get some suggestions I saw references to a coarse hair method. Is there a method that seems to work for coarse hair? I put a LI on everyday but I have had trouble finding something to use as a sealant. I'm not sure if its the way that I've used them but when I use oils or butters, my hair dries up and frizzes. Should I use a moisturizer after my LI?
Also are there some products that those with coarse hair seem to prefer?
Originally Posted by curlyiniecali
Also, if I may be presumptious, I live in Cali and it looks like we both live in the IE. It's dry as all heck out here, all the time. I have highly porous hair and I moisturize twice daily. I have to. Between the heat and the dryness we encounter here from everyone and their mother pumping the AC on high indoors, the moisture is robbed from our hair and skin.

I spritz with my homemade spritz each morning and seal with a few drops of oil before I style, then at night I apply a hair lotion and put my hair in a loose pony and wrap. That helps me in summer and winter. I also stay away from leave-in products with humectants most of the year, unless the dews are optimal, just to make sure they aren't taking moisture from my hair into the air. I just did this as an experiment - it might work for you too.
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Keeping moisture in is not a matter of coarseness, but a matter of porosity.

IA with keilani, use a moisturizer with water in it and seal your hair with a med-heavy oil (castor, meadowfoam, or butter) to keep moisture in.
Originally Posted by coilynapp
I had a curl genie analysis done and it said that my hair is coarse with normal porosity. CURLS coconut cond. and Giovanni 50 : 50 cond. were recommended to use by leaving a little in after conditioning. I've been putting a little on everyday with water as a leave-in which I'm not sure that I should do everyday. The stylers that were recommended included KCCC and hard hold gel (La Bella). With KCCC, I know that you have to play around with it to see what will work for you. The gel I will try later in the summer with a humectant to see if it will work.

I ordered a sampler pack from Camden Grey of butters to try. I've tried quite a few including shea, cupacu, sunflower etc. One that seemed to work on dry hair was the almond butter. I don't know anything really about oils/butters like their properties (light/heavy or penetrating or not etc). I also tried castor oil which seemed to kind of work in higher dew points.

Sagehen: Yes, I live in the IE and thank you I didn't attribute some of my hair's dryness to dry air or AC. It's definitely a possibility. Maybe I should try a spritz and use it twice a day if needed. What's the ingredients for the one that you use, if you don't mind?

I'm really trying to pump up the moisture in my hair as much as I can but still trying to figure out products to use. Is a moisturizer something that you put on your hair but it is not necessarily a leave-in? Also I'm having trouble finding products that seem to work for coarse hair and may be protein free.

Any suggestions are appreciated.
If you don't mind buying on the internet (and you may find these on the ground depending on where you are in cali). You can try qhemet biologics. These work really well for most people and are protein free--look at the recommendation chart to find what might work. I like the burdock root butter cream and others like the amla and olive heavy cream (but if you are normal porosity, this might sit atop your hair and be greasy---but it has castor oil, which your hair likes sometimes )--both olive and castor oil have humectant properties

Just because those products were recommended to you, doesn't mean they are guaranteed to work. So don't get frustrated if they are not working for you.

Your hair seems to like medium to heavy oils (almond butter, castor oil--which also has humectant properties).

Use butters and oils to seal your hair after mositurizing to slow down water loss.

Moisturizers are usually things you will find that have the name "moisturizer", "cream" or "milk". You can also use a leave-in conditioner or a rinse out conditioner as a moisturizer. These typically all have similar ingredients just different proportions of oils to water.

If you are using silicones or mineral oils, this could be a culprit as to why you are not keeping a lot of moisture.

You have a lot of experimenting to do. Think of it as fun and don't get frustrated (it's hard not to) but we've all been there, trying to find the best products for our hair

I hope this helps. Feel free to ask more questions
My spritz is water, aloe vera juice and hibiscus tea, with some castor oil thrown in (you don't have to use this oil or any oil if you don't want to. My hair and scalp love castor oil)

I brew some hibiscus tea (about a cup), add the same amount of aloe vera juice, a few drops of oil and shake before I spray. That usually lasts me a couple of weeks. I store what I am not using immediately in the refrigerator.
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