Frizzy, Lifeless Hair

Hi! I hope this post is not too long, but I'm absolutely frustrated with my hair. This is a picture of my hair from yesterday, right after washing it. The products just sat on my hair, and nothing really absorbed.

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So, I think my hair may be a 4a/4b mixture, so I tried using creamy, buttery products. Lately my hair has been feeling stringy and dry, so to avoid weighing my hair down, I stopped using heavy products such as shea butter. I've been using water/aloe vera juice to moisturize and I've sealed with my oil mix (avocado oil, Jamaican black castor oil, grapeseed oil.)

I pre-pooed, washed, deep conditioned, and conditioned my hair yesterday. I do not use heat in my hair at all, I used cool water to rinse my hair and it was still stringy, dry, and it feels lifeless. Usually, my curls clump together when deep conditioned, but yesterday, I mostly saw frizz with a few defined curls. I don't know if I have low porosity hair, but I notice that my hair has not been retaining moisture lately. Does anyone have a similar problem and/or advice? Thank you!

Products used yesterday:
* Pre- Poo: Mixture of VO5 conditioner and oils
* Shampoo: Creme of Nature Sulfate-Free Moisture & Shine
* DC: Carol's Daughter Cupuacu Anti-Frizz Hair Mask
* Conditioner: Carol's Daughter Cupuacu Anti-Frizz Conditioner
* Leave-in: Garnier Fructis "Sleek & Shine Intensely Smooth Leave-In Conditioning Cream"
*Oil Mix
* Nunaat Curl Activator
Sounds like you might have build up (my worst enemy).

Does it seem as if your old products are no longer working?
Does it seem as if no matter what you do your hair will not stay moisturized?
Does it seem as if virtually every product you use sits on top instead of absorbing into your hair?

Try using a clarifying shampoo or one with sulfates if you haven't already. If the sulfate shampoo doesn't work try finding one with sulfates and disodium EDTA and make sure to deep condition afterwards.

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4a/3c, Low Porosity, Fine Texture

Last edited by Curlista93; 03-02-2016 at 03:52 PM.
Thank you so much!

Yes to all three questions. My hair is starting to feel weightless and dry. I plan on making a run to my local beauty supply store tomorrow.

Do you have any suggestions for a good clarifying shampoo and a good deep conditioner that I can find at the bss?
I used a cheap sulfate shampoo from family dollar. The shampoo wasn't even name brand but it fixed my problem. But I would recommend Herbal Essences Smooth Collection Shampoo, it has those ingredients I talked about.


However, I noticed that your current shampoo does not contain sulfates. Are you against sulfates? If so the only clarifying shampoo without sulfates I know of is the Shea Moisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil Shampoo but I haven't tried it yet. I wish I could give you real recommendations but I've been using a sulfate shampoo and making my own deep conditioners instead of buying from them store.

Maybe someone else can help with the recommendations more than I can?
4a/3c, Low Porosity, Fine Texture
Thanks for the recommendation! I'm not completely against sulfates. I'm newly natural, so I just avoided them because I heard they could dry out my hair, but I'm not completely closed off to trying a shampoo that contains sulfates. I'll pick one up tomorrow and see how it works for my hair. Thanks for all the help today, I'll use your advice when I go shopping tomorrow. <3
No problem! Sulfate shampoos do tend to dry out hair, unfortunately. But they make the hair clean! Following up with a good deep conditionee can solve the dry hair though. I just mix honey and olive oil together and heat it up in a microwave for my DC. Thats been better than any commerical DC I've used. If you scroll down through the topics in this section and look at my thread "Can Anyone Help Me" you'll see how I solved my problem.

Good luck!

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4a/3c, Low Porosity, Fine Texture

Last edited by Curlista93; 03-02-2016 at 09:11 PM.
No problem! Sulfate shampoos do tend to dry out hair, unfortunately. But they make the hair clean! Following up with a good deep conditionee can solve the dry hair though. I just mix honey and olive oil together and heat it up in a microwave for my DC. Thats been better than any commerical DC I've used. If you scroll down through the topics in this section and look at my thread "Can Anyone Help Me" you'll see how I solved my problem.

Good luck!

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Originally Posted by Curlista93
Thanks once again for everything! I used your advice and I even DC with the EVOO and honey. It was magical! My hair actually feels like hair again.
That's great to hear. Yeah, it truly is magical lol. So glad I could help!
4a/3c, Low Porosity, Fine Texture
Do you also that olive and honey mix to detangle?
Do you also that olive and honey mix to detangle?
Originally Posted by Afromuffin
Hey girl! I'm not sure if other people have detangled with that mix, but I personally haven't tried myself. With my personal experience with it, once cooling down a bit, it was super sticky, so I was scared to comb through my hair.

However, the night before, I applied some coconut oil to my hair before putting on a plastic cap and a satin bonnet. The next morning my hair was super moisturized and I could finger detangle easily before shampooing.

I hope this helps!
I think a protein treatment should do it. Your hair might have been over moisturized too or you might have used too much products. A protein treatment will help.
No, I donn't use it to detangle specifically (water is good enough for me to get rid of shed hair) but if you plan to use it for that purpose I would add a good amount of olive oil. And as stated previously, as it cools down, the honey starts to get sticky again. In that instance, I would just put the mix in the microwave again.

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4a/3c, Low Porosity, Fine Texture

Last edited by Curlista93; 03-19-2016 at 03:26 PM.

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