Wash and go roots very frizzy (pic)

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Hi all I am 4a-4c. You may see white product on my hair in the pic but I am playing around with some products for wash and goes since the warm weather is around the corner. My hair stays white until it dries for wash and goes.

But, no matter how much gel, cream, oil etc I use on my hair, the roots are very frizzy. I've tried heaving dcing, eco styler gels, butters, you name it and nothing happens but flakes. The roots just doesn't stay clumped and they frizz which results in me having a big frizz fro with curlies on the ends. A look I do not desire. Am I fighting a losing battle? Is my hair just like this and I'm one of those naturals that a wash and go will never work for?
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Unless the bottom part of your hair has some type of heat/chemical damage, it should be the same texture as the roots. So I'm thinking that this might be a technique issue. Try focusing on shingling the roots of your hair with lots of product/try smaller sections/making sure the roots are as wet as the bottom portion of your hair. You can find how to shingle on Youtube or the Miss Jessie's website.
Unless the bottom part of your hair has some type of heat/chemical damage, it should be the same texture as the roots. So I'm thinking that this might be a technique issue. Try focusing on shingling the roots of your hair with lots of product/try smaller sections/making sure the roots are as wet as the bottom portion of your hair. You can find how to shingle on Youtube or the Miss Jessie's website.
Originally Posted by cora


My first thought was shingling! I've seen so many videos of type 4 naturals doing wash and gos where the product doesn't get on the roots well. Also, is your hair soaking, hanging wet when you do your wash and go? This also helps with the roots.
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The way you describe your hair staying white until it dries sounds like it is low porosity like mine. I have posted on several threads about my experience with puffy roots at different points in my journey and I do think it is related to porosity. The threads are linked below and I think you will find very helpful information there.

Essentially, it is an issue of your moisture and protein not being balanced and causing your hair to "repell" product.

Do what you can to avoid buildup on your roots, but also make sure you are using adequate product, sections and heat when you are deep conditioning and moisturizing.

The best form of moisture is water, but it is more about how you are applying it and the quality, than how often. Ideally, you should aim to soak your hair in water at least every 3-5 days. However, you should be using steam, or warm water with a shower cap to be sure your hair takes up as much as it needs.

As far as water quality, the last water that touches your hair, whether it is a final rinse or water you style with in your spray bottle, should be soft or distilled (ex. grocery gallon). There are threads on hard water that you can look up, but it will damage and dry out your hair if you live in a city with hard or chlorine/chloramine treated water. Get a water filter, or use distilled water as a final rinse + in your spray bottle.

Additional tips:

Balance your moisture/protein because your roots are either holding too much moisture (i.e. you need to clarify with shampoo) and use protein (hydrolyzed wheat, keratin, silk, quinoa.) Alternately, your hair might be needing moisture so when you deep condition, use heat from warm product and steam (steamer or shower cap), use more product and use sections to make sure everything is covered. You said you deep conditioned (with heat I assuming) so it is likely too much moisture.

Avoid sodium sulfate shampoos (SLS). I have no idea what products you are using, but educate yourself on gentle cleansers that will work for you. I just suggested clarifying above, but that is to re-set your hair. In general, avoid SLS, sodium laurel sulfate, olefin, sodium laureath sulfate, sodium myreth sulfate shampoos since they dry out the hair. Your hair can take a whole week to gain back that moisture even if you deep condition. Instead of SLS, try to find a gentle cleanser with surfactants like behentrimonium methosulfate, behentrimonum chloride, cocamide, cocamidalpropyl betaine, etc. Goods ones that I use and have seen other hair types/textures use are Giovanni Smooth as Silk, Devacurl No Poo, Paul Mitchell Awapuhi.

Use heat. Just as I mentioned above about how you use water and balancing moisture, low porosity hair needs warm water and products applied warm (not hot) to absorb. If you apply products warm, that white cast you experience will disappear faster and your hair will soak up moisture faster.

Style roots damp-- I pat my roots damp with a cotton t-shirt, microfiber towel or even paper towel. Then I apply my leave-in, styler and any oil/pomade. My method is similar to the "Squish to Condish" method that you can find floating around here or Google. My hair takes up more moisture when I apply products damp, then I apply more water and more conditioner until my hair is heavy and saturated. I then pat my roots and apply a final styler like Oyin or eco-styler argan gel. If I apply anything to soaking wet hair it will dry fuzzy and then I will need to re-apply product the next day after spraying water to dampen it.

Look at your oils. Oils that tend to smooth my roots are Jojoba (applied while damp and air drying), Olive (applied damp before leave-in/styler), and castor (applied while damp/wet). Oil blends and products that have worked for me are Wild Growth Oil (white bottle), Jamaican black castor oil and Oyin Burnt Sugar pomade.

Try Pomade. My roots get the smoothest when I use pomade (organic, not petrolatum/mineral oil-based). The butters like shea, mango and cocoa that tend to be in pomades help smooth the hair down. Oyin Burnt Sugar pomade over my leave-in and cream/gel styler gives me the best results.

Related Threads:

Solution for dry roots, frizzy roots, crown breakage


Frizzy & puffy roots

Good luck hun!
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Last edited by Paraty; 04-10-2016 at 12:22 PM.

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