Dry Hair! Help!

Where to start? Recently my hair has been feeling extremely soft when it's wet and while it's damp but as soon as it's dry it feels hard and brittle and looks a frazzled mess. I just end up putting it in a bun because it's just too hard and dry to leave open or even in a ponytail. I haven't changed anything in my routine recently: I Cowash 2-3 days, low poo every 10-14 days, deep condition once a week and clarify once a month or as needed.

Any help anyone can give me would be greatly appreciated!
High porosity. 3C.
Poos: NG Hemp Shampoo.
Condish: Alba Botanica Gardenia Hydrating Condish. Mill Creek Keratin. Aussie Moist.
Leave in: Alba Botanica Leave In. Tresemme Naturals. Cantu.
Seal: Whipped Shea Butter Mix.
Styling: GF Pure Clean. EcoStyler Protein.
Hair loves: Finger combing. Protein.
Hair hates: Plopping.
Do you seal? Sealing helps me.
whurly girly (2C/3A).
thick; medium/coarse; low porosity.
hair that is drier than the sahara desert.

LOW-POO: Renpure Organics
CO: L'Oreal EverCreme Cleansing Conditioner
RO: Renpure Keratin Conditioner. New HG!
LI: L'Oreal EverSleek Humidity-Defying LI Creme
Styling: SM Curl Milk, Argan Oil for sealing, sometimes GFPC Gel, some honey for hold, TIGI Control Freak Serum!!
Do your products have a lot of protein in them? When I use too much protein, my hair feels like that.
-3a/3b, fine, very thick, normal por., normal elast., long, dye- free (CG since Nov. '11)
-CO: every other night (air dry) VO5 (various scents)
-Low poo (As needed): ION Color Defense Clarifying, Yes To line, Giovanni TTTT
-RO: GVP CB
-LI: Giovanni DLI or a tiny bit of my co-wash or RO (sometimes none)
-Styling: BYZ Noodle Head Tame your Curls Mousse
-PT: ION Effective Care



Yes, I understand your frustration because I suffer from the same problem, but for me, I would have to take Steph's advice. I do need a (better) sealant. I hope this works for you as well.
Thanks girls. I'll experiment with some sealants and cross my fingers. I think the Alba Botanica gel and leave in I've been using are full of protein so I'll cut them out for the time being.

Any suggestions for a sealant? Lately the shea butter mix I've been using just sits on top of my hair and makes it feel weird.
High porosity. 3C.
Poos: NG Hemp Shampoo.
Condish: Alba Botanica Gardenia Hydrating Condish. Mill Creek Keratin. Aussie Moist.
Leave in: Alba Botanica Leave In. Tresemme Naturals. Cantu.
Seal: Whipped Shea Butter Mix.
Styling: GF Pure Clean. EcoStyler Protein.
Hair loves: Finger combing. Protein.
Hair hates: Plopping.
Products just sittin on your head, could be another sign of a buildup. Maybe try incorporating an additional clarifying session


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My hair gets like that sometimes, I can never quite pin down why, but an extra clarifying session couldn't hurt to rule out build up. I personally use coconut oil as a sealant, Shea butter leaves kind of an odd feeling on my hair, which I don't like at all. XP
Thanks girls. I'll experiment with some sealants and cross my fingers. I think the Alba Botanica gel and leave in I've been using are full of protein so I'll cut them out for the time being.

Any suggestions for a sealant? Lately the shea butter mix I've been using just sits on top of my hair and makes it feel weird.
Originally Posted by curlisland
I agree with curlyev and steph. Cut out the protein and incorporate more moisture. As far as sealants, if the Shea butter just sits on your hair, give coconut oil a try, or jojoba oil. Jojoba oil is lighter than coconut oil, and coconut oil, I believe, is one of the only oils proven to actually penetrate the hair shaft.

Give it a go!
20 y/o lifelong natural {4a-O ; spongy ; porous ; coarse ; dense ; ~MBL stretched}

products {'poo: TJTTT shampoo | RO: TJTTT Condish, YTC Condish | LI/style: TJTTT Condish, KCCC, homemade cocoa butter cream | DC: condish + ayurvedic powder(s) | PT: condish + NPF | oils: castor oil, grapeseed oil | other treatments: probiotics, tea rinses, AVG rinse/spritz, oil rinse | sealing method: LOCO}

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Update!

I clarified, did a DT overnight and revamped my Shea butter mix a bit and my hair is already happy. I think I'll be alternating between the mix and coconut oil.

Thanks for the help!
High porosity. 3C.
Poos: NG Hemp Shampoo.
Condish: Alba Botanica Gardenia Hydrating Condish. Mill Creek Keratin. Aussie Moist.
Leave in: Alba Botanica Leave In. Tresemme Naturals. Cantu.
Seal: Whipped Shea Butter Mix.
Styling: GF Pure Clean. EcoStyler Protein.
Hair loves: Finger combing. Protein.
Hair hates: Plopping.

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