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I've been having trouble getting my hard hat dryer to get heat to the lower back of my hair. Everything I sit is on is too high or too low and I can't get under it good.

I was thinking about buying a new rolling dryer from Sally's even though my dryer is almost new. I remembered reading somewhere a suggestion on using a tv tray. I bought one last night and it's just the right height to let my head get good under the dryer. I had the best results ever with my curlformers. The back dried great.

So I spent $8 on a tv tray that was on sale at Target versus $88 for a rolling dryer that was on sale at Sallys.
Hope this helps.
Originally Posted by adthomas
That's boss adthomas. I love when i find fixes like that.
Well this may just be me, but I figured out that if you put a silicone free leave-in in your hair before a silicone one, it helps keep in moisture a lot better. I moisturize my hair, seal the ends and put them in six plaits at night so I can just take them out and go in the morning, but I was noticing that my hair was getting really dry still (even if I put on more leave-in before I left the house!) It was dry when I used silicone free leave-ins, it was dry when I used my light silicone having Cantu Shea Butter...so after I sprayed my hair with water one night I put in some Giovanni Direct Leave-In and then put the Cantu over top of it. My hair stays soooo moisturized now.

I will say that the reason I probably don't get a bunch of white residue from this is because my hair is highly porous and sucks everything up in its path like a vacuum, but it's still something to try if you have super dry hair that doesn't seem to be moisturized by just one leave-in.
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Big Chop: 11/25/09
Cottony/fluffy, medium/coarse, high density & porosity
SL - APL - BSB - BSL - MBL - WL - HL
When you find something that works for you stick with it always thinking the next product will be better just adds aggravation and costs to much money.

Also if you have 4a or 4b hair learn to detangle with your fingers and use the hair tools at a minimum. I love my denman and we do business about twice a month when I twist my hair, but I have noticed that without the comb and brushes and my hair has less knots and better curl definition.
Originally Posted by ajna
Excellent advice!!! This is why I'm in PJ rehab and using up my stash....will only repurchase "my holy grails" from now on.
PJ Rehab 9/2011

Last edited by twirlygranny; 09-29-2011 at 10:17 AM.
Before buying a product online, google for discount/promo codes.

I have a *lot* of oils. I refrigerate the ones I don't use often to extend their shelf life. It's also good for preservative-free products too.

Instead of dipping your fingers into a new container of product, scoop out an amount into a smaller container to avoid bacterial activity.

Heavy handedness wastes product and money. It's worth the effort to train yourself to use a lighter touch.
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Just because they say they do natural hair doesn't mean they do. I had to learn all salons are not created equal the hard way.
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Shampoo: Curly Kinks Cleansing Cream
Rinse Out/Detangler Conditioner: Aussie Moist, V05 Strawberries and Cream, Suave Naturals Coconut
Leave in Conditioner: Trader Joe's Nourish Spa and Giovanni Direct Leave in
Styler: Eco Styler Krystal and Blue, Herbal Essence Totally Twisted Gel and Flax seed gel
Sealer: Grape seed oil
Deep Conditioner: Curl Junkie Repair Me
Protein Treatment: Karishma and Jamilla Henna
Have a frizzy, ill defined puff? Scrunch in your moisturizer, spray some refresher and place a clear processing cap over it (just the puff). It's basically like a baggy but leave in for the time it takes to shower or get dressed. Remove it to have clumped, near fuzz free updo.
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Well this may just be me, but I figured out that if you put a silicone free leave-in in your hair before a silicone one, it helps keep in moisture a lot better. I moisturize my hair, seal the ends and put them in six plaits at night so I can just take them out and go in the morning, but I was noticing that my hair was getting really dry still (even if I put on more leave-in before I left the house!) It was dry when I used silicone free leave-ins, it was dry when I used my light silicone having Cantu Shea Butter...so after I sprayed my hair with water one night I put in some Giovanni Direct Leave-In and then put the Cantu over top of it. My hair stays soooo moisturized now.

I will say that the reason I probably don't get a bunch of white residue from this is because my hair is highly porous and sucks everything up in its path like a vacuum, but it's still something to try if you have super dry hair that doesn't seem to be moisturized by just one leave-in.
Originally Posted by itsKelCeeEee
I really like this! I have super porous hair too, and have finally been understanding the whole moisturize and seal. Gotta try....
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if you are planning to do a twist out and the next day your hair is still damp , do not take the twists out unless you want a swollen, limp , not as soft as you know it can be mess

dont ask me how i know...
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Awesome thread! (oh, and I don't belong in 4a.. but)

Just because it seems like everyone else on NC is CG, doesn't mean it's the right thing for you. So if it's not working...then quit. : )
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Awesome thread! (oh, and I don't belong in 4a.. but)

Just because it seems like everyone else on NC is CG, doesn't mean it's the right thing for you. So if it's not working...then quit. : )
Originally Posted by KurlyPrincess
THANK YOOOU. Some CG-ers can be as annoying as some anti-CG-ers can be.

Big Chop: 11/25/09
Cottony/fluffy, medium/coarse, high density & porosity
SL - APL - BSB - BSL - MBL - WL - HL
When twisting your hair, make sure you get a firm (not tight) hold on the roots to avoid having to retwist
I dont know if this was said before, but when twisting, trimming each (or a handful) twist(s) helps the overall health of your hair. By doing so this helps to pay attention to things such as areas more prone to breakage, frizziness, etc...
Smacked with a head full of Dreamy tight Coils that refuse to have it any other way...
Finally maintaining a clean, moisturized scalp!
I'm really getting into my Nutiva Organic Coconut Oil now
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Why would I relax all the fabulousness?!
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Try out a product to the end, cuz your hair change.

Know what smell's you like... Cuz some product make your head hurt.

If you have just big chop and you have a twa ... Rock big ear's or make-up or headband...
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Fine tooth combs aren't useless for curlies. Lately after I do my major detangling, I'm been going over the last inch of my hair with a fine tooth comb before twisting. I found this helps my ends curl up better (as long as my ends are ragged and need trimming).

Also when I roller set my hair I've found after detangling with a large tooth comb if I go over my hair with a fine tooth comb, it straightens better. I read somewhere 4a is hardest type to straigthen and I believe it. I don't know if it helps with flat ironing because I don't use direct heat.
I know a lot of people are really against scalp scratching and whatnot, but if you get build up on your scalp from using heavy products, try scratching your scalp for a few minutes before you wash your hair. It makes getting rid of the build up easier, especially if you use ammonium sulfates instead of sodium ones. OR if you're CG, cause build up can happen even if you don't use cones.

Big Chop: 11/25/09
Cottony/fluffy, medium/coarse, high density & porosity
SL - APL - BSB - BSL - MBL - WL - HL
my tip, i taught myself this the hard way, if you mess up your hair, learn from it, think what went wrong, dont beat ya self up on it, take it as somthing you learnt.
also these no use in WANTING your hair to do somthing if IT doesnt want it, wanting it to look like somthing that it wont be will just get you down and make you annoyed at your hair
last one: when your thinking bout styling your hair, work with what you got, if you have naturally lots of volume, do somthing that will show it off, or if you have great bangs show em off, working with what you got is the best way of rocking ya girls
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my hair: 3c, high porosity, high density and coarse hair (i think i finally figured that all out)
my hair loves conditioner only styling!
my hair goal length is bra strap length when curly.

I also blog about my hair journey, please feel free to read and comment/ask questions http://www.naturallycurly.com/blogs/...air-blogs/2494
Love this thread. For those who occasionally was hair while it is in twists take the very end of the twist apart. You can later re-twist if you want but you don't have to. I find this stops my ends from tangling so when I eventually take out my twists my ends are not a hot mess.
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If you want to occasionally use a sulfate shampoo, try diluting it with water to combat dryness. I had to learn that SLS was not the debil when used this way. My hair is softer when using this method. go figure...Also doing a prepoo with a few drops of EVOO only on the scalp does wonders for hair thickness and growth.
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Keep it simple, sweetie!

I have been stressing about my dry hair, and today I remember that I had some Lustrasilk Olive Oil Conditioner that I doctored with honey and olive oil. My hair feels awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!! Better than it did with any of the expensive DC samples that I have purchased recently. Sometimes you just have to step back and remember that expensive doesn't equal effective all the time.
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