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Old 02-24-2012, 02:12 PM   #1
 
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Hey ladies. So I'm a new natural and I'm really starting to learn how to work with my hair and give it what it needs. Overall it's been great but I have an issue with the front of my hair. Back before I knew anything about glycerin and dry climates or hard water or heavy cones I used to use a mixture of hard water + glycerin + a few oils and sometimes I would add a dimethicone filled conditioner to the spray bottle.

Sooo that ended up causing major breakage to my hairline and the front of my hair [where I applied the mixture mostly] . Well now that I know better I've changed all my bad habits but the front of my hair is now dry, frizzy, and mostly consists of very short hairs that stick up. I think it's highly porous because when I wet it literally within 5 minutes its 90% dry.

So I was wondering. What can I do? I've been doing protein treatments every week and I've noticed some of the small hairs do curl up when they are wet now but the area is still dry as a desert. I try to moisturize it but it ends up dry again within 15 minutes.

Does anyone have any tips on what I can do to further baby that area and nurse it back to health? Please? And so sorry for the long post
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Old 02-24-2012, 02:23 PM   #2
 
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I suggest you continue with caring for hair although it looks like it needs lots of moisturizing soi think you should try weekly deep treatments ive heard curl junkie makes a good one. You may also want to try using a leave in like kinky curly knot today( I've heard lots of good things about it) or any other kind. Have you tried sealing your hair with oil like olive or jojoba or coconut( which penetrates the hair shaft). Oil helps keep moisture in so it's a great sealer. Good luck
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Old 02-24-2012, 02:29 PM   #3
 
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You do protein treatments every week, but do you follow them up with a moisturizing DC?
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Old 02-24-2012, 03:12 PM   #4
 
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Thanks for the replies ladies! Yea I do use oils to seal the moisture, right now I'm using ORS carrot oil as my leave in because unfortunately there are no natural products available in my country, I would have to travel to get them. But I am planning on getting them soon

As far as using moisture after my protein treatments I do that. I use aphogee 2 minute reconstructor for 2 minutes, or sometimes ors replenishing pack, rinse it out, then follow up with any type of moisturzing DC and leave that in my hair for about an hour. I do that weekly
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Old 02-24-2012, 11:37 PM   #5
 
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Do you have fine strands? Or coarse strands? If you're coarse stranded, I would highly recommend sealing in your moisture with a butter (like shea butter, cocoa butter.) It seals better for me paired with an oil than just oil alone, but if you have fine or medium strands they may get weighed down too much by butters.
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Old 02-25-2012, 10:18 AM   #6
 
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Thanks ....I have fine strands but I am still planning to try shea butter and see if it weighs my hair down.

I just wanted to add that I did something today that helped tremendously. I tried the hibiscus/acv/honey rinse as a final rinse and OMG ...my hair LOVED it, and the front felt smooth for the first time in ages. Even after I stepped out of the shower after 15 minutes the front wasn't feeling that dry [usually within 5 minutes it would be completely dry]. This rinse is a new staple for me
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