Beyond Dry!

I have 4B type hair, which from what I've read is typically dry. But, my hair is taking dryness to a whole new level! When I first started transitioning I did weaves and wigs and on July 4th, I "came out". So, I've been doing two strand twist outs since then. I'm using a shea, coconut, glycerin, jojoba oil mixture that I made on my hair daily and before I twist it at night, I use a water, glycerin, msm spritz that I also made. Lately it seems like my hair is getting dryer and dryer! The water literally sits on top of my hair when I first spritz it. I have to fight with my hair to absorb it! Is this normal? What can I do? Help!
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You're using a lot of oil and not much conditioner. Believe it or not oil can dry out the hair. Also you ar using MSM and that can dry out the hair too. Try condition washing and using rinse out conditioners. You can still use oil but don't use it alone.
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Well, this is what I recently discovered: you have to use oils the right way, in a way that helps them penetrate. This is what I've been doing before cleansing and it works for me. I heat the oils of my choice: EVOO, Castor, for example, just to get them warm. I then take a large clean wash cloth, and run my water in the sink until hot, wet the cloth, wring it and then put it over my hair for a light steaming. I re-wet under hot water several times until my hair feels warm and lightly damp. I then work the warmed oil throughout my hair, combing it through in the shingling method as well as massaging my scalp to stimulate. I then put on a plastic cap and sit under my heating cap for at least 10 - 20 minutes.

I rinse with warm water for 2 minutes followed by an ACV rinse massaged through, then I rinse again for at least 2 minutes. Then I shampoo. I guess you can CW but this was my shampoo day so I shampoo'd.

I then did a sour cream w/lemon treatment 20 minutes. (I wanted to try it and I loved it.) I then rinsed and followed with AOHSR which I left on for 20 minutes, 10 min under a warm heat cap after shingling/smoothing it through my hair. I rinsed and did my styling routine which did not consist of any oils. SheaMoisture LI, QBAOHC which is my sealer, and then gel.

My hair was not dry. I love oils, and was tempted, but instead moisturized lightly with Taliah Waajid Bodifier mist.

It's hard to get used to, but I think it's best for me to use oils this way by letting them deeply penetrate and then follow with moisturizing conditioners. My hair has sheen and did not look dry. Of course, gel makes your hair hard. I don't mind that because I'm 4b, coarse, wiry, and no curl pattern. Even if I put nothing on my hair, it always feels hard. So at least the gel gives me some texture and hold. I got 3 days with this approach.

Look at this way, if you give yourself a hot oil DT, cleanse and then use a good moisturizing conditioner, your hair has to be conditioned and moisturized. Water or a mist like TW Bodifier lightly, will reactivate and moisturize your hair. When it starts to look dry, then CW.

I plan on doing this at least once a week as long as it works. And I was over-using oils just like you. I'm sure you can tweak this according to your hair and needs.

Sorry for the long post.
You're using a lot of oil and not much conditioner. Believe it or not oil can dry out the hair. Also you ar using MSM and that can dry out the hair too. Try condition washing and using rinse out conditioners. You can still use oil but don't use it alone.
Originally Posted by Suburbanbushbabe
Thank you for this information. I would have never thought I was misusing the oils, so this helps me a lot. I have been getting very frustrated. I'll take your advice.
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Well, this is what I recently discovered: you have to use oils the right way, in a way that helps them penetrate. This is what I've been doing before cleansing and it works for me. I heat the oils of my choice: EVOO, Castor, for example, just to get them warm. I then take a large clean wash cloth, and run my water in the sink until hot, wet the cloth, wring it and then put it over my hair for a light steaming. I re-wet under hot water several times until my hair feels warm and lightly damp. I then work the warmed oil throughout my hair, combing it through in the shingling method as well as massaging my scalp to stimulate. I then put on a plastic cap and sit under my heating cap for at least 10 - 20 minutes.

I rinse with warm water for 2 minutes followed by an ACV rinse massaged through, then I rinse again for at least 2 minutes. Then I shampoo. I guess you can CW but this was my shampoo day so I shampoo'd.

I then did a sour cream w/lemon treatment 20 minutes. (I wanted to try it and I loved it.) I then rinsed and followed with AOHSR which I left on for 20 minutes, 10 min under a warm heat cap after shingling/smoothing it through my hair. I rinsed and did my styling routine which did not consist of any oils. SheaMoisture LI, QBAOHC which is my sealer, and then gel.

My hair was not dry. I love oils, and was tempted, but instead moisturized lightly with Taliah Waajid Bodifier mist.

It's hard to get used to, but I think it's best for me to use oils this way by letting them deeply penetrate and then follow with moisturizing conditioners. My hair has sheen and did not look dry. Of course, gel makes your hair hard. I don't mind that because I'm 4b, coarse, wiry, and no curl pattern. Even if I put nothing on my hair, it always feels hard. So at least the gel gives me some texture and hold. I got 3 days with this approach.

Look at this way, if you give yourself a hot oil DT, cleanse and then use a good moisturizing conditioner, your hair has to be conditioned and moisturized. Water or a mist like TW Bodifier lightly, will reactivate and moisturize your hair. When it starts to look dry, then CW.

I plan on doing this at least once a week as long as it works. And I was over-using oils just like you. I'm sure you can tweak this according to your hair and needs.

Sorry for the long post.
Originally Posted by auntcurly

OMG! When you described your hair as "4b, coarse, wiry, and no curl pattern" I almost fell out of my chair. That is my hair exactly. Thank you so much for your reply. Can you tell me a little more about the lemon juice and sour cream mixture? Also, what is AOHSR and QBAOHC? Also, do you have any experience with using henna or honey on your hair?
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Castor oil is great for sealing in moisture. I mix it with my leave-in conditioner then apply to hair.
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My hair is short since I recently bc'd to 1/8th of an inch so I only used half of a small container of FULL FAT Sour Cream. I squeezed in the juice of one half of a fresh lemon and mixed, then applied to my hair let sit for 30 minutes. It's my understanding that you don't need to let it sit longer as it may not be as effective. I then rinsed. It's supposed to loosen curl pattern and make hair soft. It gave me a slight bit of texture, nothing outrageous and my hair was soft. I then used Aubrey Organics Honeysuckle Rose as a DT, followed by SheaMoisture LI and sealed with Qhemet Biologics Amla Olive Heavy Cream. I put gel on top of that.

I had been putting oil on my hair for weeks and all I ended up with was steel wool-looking hair. I realized that the oil was the culprit, but I wanted to keep using oils somehow because they are good for your hair. That's when I decided to use oil more as a hot oil pre-poo, with my heat cap. At least I know that the oil has penetrated my hair shaft so that I can style using other kinds of products and my hair would be alright. And it was.

Instead of the oils laying on the top and turning my hair to a dry crisp, my hair had a more natural sheen that radiated from the inner core. Believe me, this has been the happiest I've been with my hair since I bc'd so this is the way to go for me right now.

Let me also recommend using some kind of clarifying shampoo or treatment. If you are afraid of shampoo, then use betonite clay to purify followed by ACV. I recommend this because when you want your deep conditioning treatments to be effective, it's better to do it on a clean slate. They take much better. Then from there you can CW on a regular basis using whatever strategy works for you.

Good luck.

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