I wish I had an answer! I had the same problem when I visited my brother for the holidays.
3a/f/iii Modified CG since 11/5/11 CLEANSE: VO5 Vanilla Mint Tea Clarifying, DevaCare No-Poo, CHS Treatment Shampoo RO: DevaCare One Condition, SS Caitlin's Conditioner, Mop Top Daily Conditioner LI: SS Repairing Protein Treatment, CHS Silk Leave-In STYLE: Re:Coil, Curl Keeper, Deva Ultra Defining Gel, Curls Rock Amplifier and Strong Hold Mousse, Sweet Curls Elixirs Okra Gel and Hard Hold Gel, SS Curl Enhancing Jelly and Firm Hold Gel
I think that is exactly my problem, OC'd. My old house had very hard water and I needed a heavy condish and LI. I have been using Suave Tropical Coconut for cowash, TIGI Moisture Maniac and then Giovanni smooth as silk for LI. Then usually just some gel for styling.
You may need a non sulphate cleanser or even a real shampoo from time to time. Also try using one condish to wash in one step or use a very small amt of your rinse out on the ends. Try skipping the LI & a do a PT to get your moisture/protein balanced.
Hi Everyone! I haven't really been around much because I had a method and products that were giving me amazing results.
Alas, we now have a water softener at our new home and I am back to square one. I have no curl definition, just frizzy, soft, flyaway hair. I am so very frustrated to have to begin again!
Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated! I am off to begin my thread searching for advice.
Unless you want the water softened for some other purpose, you could just not use the softener - mine has a bypass valve to just skip it entirely, or else you could just not put salt in it and the water would pass through untreated.
Can your hair tolerate mag sulphite/epsom salt? You can make a spray & mist it before styling or even on 2nd hair. I do this infrequently because it is drying but it will give you a boost. If you like oils you can add a few drops or a little conditioner. There are recipes posted just do a search. I use 1/8 t in a 2oz bottle & replace after a few days.
Discovered CG 2007
2C Fia BSL/Thick/Med-Coarse/Low(crown)-Normal Porosity Protein and Oil Sensitive
We visit and just bought a second home in a city in WV (for us, it's really rural.) Although we have public water and sewer, there is a water softener. We haven't spent a lot of time there, but I find that my hair is less curly when I'm using softened water.
You may want to up your level of "cleansing." You could use some of the cleansing conditioners that contains a mild surfactant like Cocamidopropyl Betaine. I find that the cleansing conditioners that don't have a mild surfactant don't do much. At home, our water is on the hard side. I use CJ Daily Fix every few weeks. I can't use it too much or it's drying for my. DevaCurl NoPoo also contains the coco b, I find that drying with any use.
My new love is Curly Kinks Natural Shampoo The coco b is further down the ingredient list. My hair feels great after I use it. The funny thing about the Twirly Curl Cleanse is that it's called a cleanse in the name, but the website also refers to it as a shampoo. I think that's because of the coco b--if it has a surfactant, is it really a lowpoo and not a cleansing conditioner. For me, it's the ingredients and not the name. People can name a product whatever they want. It's how it performs.
If the salts from the softener continue to bother your hair, you could do a final rinse with distilled water???
3a (Corkicelli), highlighted, fine, low porosity
modified CG, since April '07
CG since 3/11/08
HGs: Anything Sevi; Curly Kinks Satin Roots, Curlycue ReNew and Coil Jam; homemade FSG and okra gel; soap bars; UFD Curly Magic (now Hello Curly Curl Stimulater); Botanical Spirits Jellies, CJ Repair Me, Marie Dean Leave Ins and Curl Creams