dry climates (Xpost)

Do any of you live in very dry climates, and if so what porducts and techniques work for you as far as moisture and softness are concerned?
pen-spring to coffee stirrer sized coils
Last relaxer 11/06
I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. Ps 139:14
Well, I use a lot less glycerin than my southern counterparts or those folks who actually have humidity for the glycerin to work with. I'm not in a very dry climate, but we don't get a lot of humidity--we have a dry heat.

Actually, my routine doesn't change all that much from summer to winter, because our winters are fairly mild. Summers mean finding ways to sustain moisture, just like winter. Lots of moisture (twice daily), heavier, coating products, protecting the hair from the intense sun (wrapping, hatting, or bunning) is important, I think.

The only thing that might be different is that I'll try a few products with sunscreen in them.
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Thanks for the info Cheleigh, I'll keep your suggestions in mind. In a few months I'll be moving to the Colorado front range....it is notorious for extremely dry and cold winters and hot dry summers. It'll be interesting to see how my hair reacts. I live in an ocean climate right now and it has average to moderate humidity.
pen-spring to coffee stirrer sized coils
Last relaxer 11/06
I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. Ps 139:14
Shonniecurls, I am from Denver and continue to spend a lot of time there. I do the CG method, so my hair is really pretty moisturized and healthy; the thing about the dry air is that you need less product to set your curls and coils. I don't use as much leave-in conditioner or gel while in Denver, it's just not necessary for styling purposes because your hair dries so quickly set right away.

If you do anything that is potentially drying to your hair, e.g. heat styling or coloring, etc., be prepared for the drying effect to be exacerbated, so compensate with more DTs or oil treatments.

One thing, the water is very hard in Colorado, so you might notice that your products work differently. I did ACV rinses pretty regularly there, every time I washed my hair. Otherwise the minerals would build up and my hair would feel weird, and the leave-in conditioner would flake off like dandruff. ACV rinses worked fine, but don't do them too often or else they will dry out your hair.

You will be shocked at how quickly your hair dries; my hair would air dry in forty-five minutes, as opposed to teh several hours it takes in the humid Deep South.

Another thing that is likely to surprise you is how difficult it will be to keep your skin and sinuses appropriately moisturized. A humidifier is a useful investment, a lot of people get nosebleeds in Colorado winters. I use thick, rich creams on my skin there, because otherwise everything is dry and flaky and cracking. Good luck!
Thanks St Louis Blue!
I used to live in Fort Collins about 7 years ago and will be moving back in a few months, but back then I kept my hair relaxed or braided with extensions. This time around it will be a totally new experience and I don't want too many surprises as far as my hair is concerned. I want to stay natural and still be cute
The fact that hair drys faster and less product is required is good news. I'm modified CG so I guess I'll just keep it up. I like to wash every 2 weeks....so if I did ACV rinses then I'd be ok? I plan to get a home with a water softner and whole house humidifier ASAP....I remember the dry sinuses and skin all too well
pen-spring to coffee stirrer sized coils
Last relaxer 11/06
I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. Ps 139:14

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