Help! Should I texturize???

Four months ago, I did the BC. My hair was mildly relaxed (not straight) and little below my bra strap. I've been loving my short natural hair since I got the BC, but now my hair is getting kinda thick and hard. I don't use any products. That's something I decided to stop when I stoped relaxing, but now I'm tempted to texturize my hair to soften the hair and texture. I absolutely do not want straight hair and I don't want my hair to end up limp and lifeless. I want my hair to still be able to stand up straight in the air for an afro, I just don't know what to do to it right now. Since it seems to be getting so unmanageable, I'm really tempted to shave it off again. HELP!!
Four months ago, I did the BC. My hair was mildly relaxed (not straight) and little below my bra strap. I've been loving my short natural hair since I got the BC, but now my hair is getting kinda thick and hard. I don't use any products. That's something I decided to stop when I stoped relaxing, but now I'm tempted to texturize my hair to soften the hair and texture. I absolutely do not want straight hair and I don't want my hair to end up limp and lifeless. I want my hair to still be able to stand up straight in the air for an afro, I just don't know what to do to it right now. Since it seems to be getting so unmanageable, I'm really tempted to shave it off again. HELP!!
Originally Posted by tinyspirals
What do you mean that you don't use any products? What's your hair routine? Just because it's natural doesn't mean it doesn't need any products.

I have not seen a texturizer that enables afros (the hair seems to lay down, not out), but there may be an example from someone on this site.
Natural pics: http://picturetrail.com/shelacious
pw: kinky
Hair type: Spongy & kinky texture. Coily & curly strands.
I don't use any products. That's something I decided to stop when I stoped relaxing, but now I'm tempted to texturize my hair to soften the hair and texture. I absolutely do not want straight hair and I don't want my hair to end up limp and lifeless.
What do you mean that you don't use any products? What's your hair routine?
I would think that the addition of the right styling products would address your issue of softness better than texturizing. Texturizing can leave you with straight hair (or straighter than you want it be) so that shouldn't your first choice right now.

Maybe if you post what you do to your hair after shampooing someone might be able to suggest some products to get your hair to do what you want.
LadyDeeTee
"Never under underestimate the power of a
LADY!"
Last relaxer: 8/04; Partial BC: 10/04; 4a/b hair- earlobe length when blow dried and flat ironed
I CW everyday and just let it dry. Do you have any products to recommend. I'm really weary of using gels and even more weary of oils. When my hair was relaxed I was a slave to hair lotions and conditioners. They worked well and my hair was very healthy and long, but I found that there was very little room for deviation from my hair routine. I'm moving to Germany in a few months and I want to be able to buy whatever products I need for my hair right there. I know that curly hair is naturally really dry, but I'm trying to avoid that "miracle product" that I can't live without.
You know, you should think about this: If you use a chemical to alter your texture, you're going to REALLY need to use products to keep it from drying out. If you want a minimalist approach, you should stay natural. You would need to use more than a little product to keep your hair healthy looking if you got your hair texturized.

You could try using a creamy leave-in conditioner to start. Try Paul Mitchell's The Conditioner or Suave Apuwuii (sp). The Suave is the generic version of PM's The Conditioner.

If that doesn't do it, try a creamy pomade - something with shea butter as a main ingredient is a good start.

It's best to experiment with a product one at a time so you know what's really working. That way, you may not have to use 5+ products a day since it sounds like you want to keep it to a minimum anyway.

Good luck with your hair. Don't give up!
I CW everyday and just let it dry. Do you have any products to recommend. I'm really weary of using gels and even more weary of oils. When my hair was relaxed I was a slave to hair lotions and conditioners. They worked well and my hair was very healthy and long, but I found that there was very little room for deviation from my hair routine. I'm moving to Germany in a few months and I want to be able to buy whatever products I need for my hair right there. I know that curly hair is naturally really dry, but I'm trying to avoid that "miracle product" that I can't live without.
Originally Posted by tinyspirals
If you are looking to soften your hair, you will probably need to add some product after your CO wash. Why are you wary of oils? They can be a good thing if your hair reacts well to them. At the very least, you should add some type of leave in conditioner to your routine. This can help soften your curls. This may be the only thing you need to do, but you have decide what feels and looks best on your head.

I am pretty sure that as your hair grows you will need some products to help with the styling, be that oil or gel. I know you said that you will be moving to Germany in a few months. Be proactive and find out what products are sold there that you can get here and try out. Or if you find something here you really like, box up a year's worth and ship it to yourself (using the cheapest method) before you leave. That will give you time to find something over there. Good luck!
LadyDeeTee
"Never under underestimate the power of a
LADY!"
Last relaxer: 8/04; Partial BC: 10/04; 4a/b hair- earlobe length when blow dried and flat ironed
I CW everyday and just let it dry. Do you have any products to recommend. I'm really weary of using gels and even more weary of oils. When my hair was relaxed I was a slave to hair lotions and conditioners. They worked well and my hair was very healthy and long, but I found that there was very little room for deviation from my hair routine. I'm moving to Germany in a few months and I want to be able to buy whatever products I need for my hair right there. I know that curly hair is naturally really dry, but I'm trying to avoid that "miracle product" that I can't live without.
Originally Posted by tinyspirals
why in the world werent you using products???
just cause youre natural doesnt mean your hair doesnt need to cared for.

anyways, apply a leave-in to your hair afer CW.
also get a good moisturizer to keep your hair soft so it wont break break off.
its best to use a moisturizer thats water and/or glycerin based (check the ingredients label). such as soft and beautifuls lite creme moisturizer, sta-so-fro, elasta qp mango butter moisturizer, shea butter, etc.
also a light oil (such as jojoba oil) is worth to try.
apply a small amount of the oil to your hair after applying a moisturizer to seal in the moisture. jojoba oil and shea butter can be found at health food stores.

go to motowngirl.com. and nappturality.com (when's back up and running)
she has a lot of homemade recipes for leave-ins, conditioners, moisturizers, etc.
nappturality.com has TONS of information on natural hair, but the site is being updated. so check back in a few days.

much of it is trial and error.
so try products and see what works.

good luck.
all natural.

my head is full of naps, coils, kinks and thickness.

http://public.fotki.com/missg1013/
Thanks for all your advice. As a recovering PJ there are few products mentioned on these forums that I haven't tried. I was reluctant to use oils, because although they do soften my hair, I need to use a gel with them. Thanks to your encouragement, I decided to use some product today. I put in some hair lotion after CW. I know this is going to mean going back to poo because my scalp can't take the product build-up. My hair does feel softer with the hair lotion, but I washed it five hours ago and it's still not dry. I only have three inches of hair. Here's a picture of my hair w/o products. I just posted some pictures of it with hair lotion.

http://images16.fotki.com/v281/photo...-vi.jpg?477480
http://public.fotki.com/tinyspirals/
pw: nappy
Your hair texture is gorgeous tinyspirals!

I think your hair looks great as is, but if you want to define your spirals a bit, then I think simply doing a moisturizing CW, applying a leave-in conditioner to the hair and applying any sort of gel like the IC Fantaisa, Smooth and Shine or Oyin Shine and Define, hang head upside down and shake will extend the spirals. It takes me about 5 minutes to do this in the morning.

Also, I don't know what you're doing about moisture, but it sounds like your probably undermoisturing your hair. My hair gets moisturized twice daily--in the morning with either a CW or wetting my hair with my moisture spritz and a leave-in. At night I use my moisture spritz and something like Oyin Whipped Pudding, MY Honey Child grease, Qhemet Sidr Tree or Amla Heavy Cream or even Jamaican Mango & Lime Cactus Leave-in Moisturizer--essentially any product that seals in the moisture from my spritz.

I infrequently low poo, and get very little buildup, because I don't use products directly on my scalp and I minimize use of cones and waxes.
Natural pics: http://picturetrail.com/shelacious
pw: kinky
Hair type: Spongy & kinky texture. Coily & curly strands.
tinyspirals ,
i totally understand your no product approach. ive been doing this for 4 months now and my hair is its healthiest, but theres a method to this method, if that makes sense. please check out the product/recipe section of my album...it gives my outline for this routine. our hair is very similar, so i think it will work for you too

*ladies keep in mind that product is an optional component of natural haircare, especially when you have a twa. moisture, however, is mandatory at any length.
loose 4a, silky meets cottony
routine: co-wash, add leave in or plain water, shake & go
staples: elucence poo & conditioners, V05 & suave naturals, jessicurl too shea, AO.
Jazzijenni your hair looks really beautiful. I'm not sure that we have the same kinda hair because your curls are curls where as, I don't know what's going on on my head. I checked out your recipes, products, routines - what does DT mean?
http://public.fotki.com/tinyspirals/
pw: nappy
hi everyone, I'm kind of new to posting here but I just had to say that u have the cutest twa (tiny spirals). I dont think u should texturise but I think u are getting use to how your natural texture feels thats all. I think qhemets products would be a good thing for u to try if u havent done so already. the honey bush tea would probably give u the moisture u want without having to use too many products with or without another leave in. They are suppose to be designed to use alone I think. Anyway I think its a good thing that your hair holds water along time because it may limit the amount of products u may need. Also u have a beautiful color but I'm sure u already know that colors have the potential of drying out our hair so u may have to apply something a little heavier like qhemets honey balm to protect it more. I know u dont want to depend on one productline but it will be better to stick with one that works if u find it then to keep spending money and not getting the effect u want. Anyway u're twa is adorable.
Jazzijenni your hair looks really beautiful. I'm not sure that we have the same kinda hair because your curls are curls where as, I don't know what's going on on my head. I checked out your recipes, products, routines - what does DT mean?
Originally Posted by tinyspirals
thanks tinyspirals! i think our hair is related b/c my hair looks like yours when its picked out (fro). DT=deep treatment (conditioning)
loose 4a, silky meets cottony
routine: co-wash, add leave in or plain water, shake & go
staples: elucence poo & conditioners, V05 & suave naturals, jessicurl too shea, AO.

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