Moisture Deficiency? - Hair Softer When Wet

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I noticed that my hair is really soft while it's wet but when it dries it isn't very soft at all. It isn't hard or crunchy, just kind of in the middle.

Is this a sign of moisture deficiency in my 3C natural hair?
Do you put anything on your hair when it's wet, like a moisturizing product? Most people seal moisture in with a leave-in cream or an oil.
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Last relaxer: December 20, 2008
4a/b, medium-fine, normal porosity & elasticity, thick
Do you put anything on your hair when it's wet, like a moisturizing product? Most people seal moisture in with a leave-in cream or an oil.
Originally Posted by moosegrl_86
Well I read somewhere that wetting your hair everyday can help it, so I wet it up everyday and put on some Creme of Nature Nourishing Conditioner, rinse, and then put on some Cantu Shea Leave-In Repair Cream.

I'll wash maybe once or twice a week with Redken Extreme line's Shampoo.
Anyone?
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I realize that this was started two years ago, but it came up when I google searched the same thing (hair soft when wet, dry when dry) and was wondering if you'd found a solution. My hair is pillowy and soft and spongey when wet, but when it dries after I've moisturized it's not as soft . . . it's not crunchy or anything drastic like that, but in the middle like yours. I think this happens because our hair is just naturally dry, or something, and I know for me, having low porosity, moisture is hard to retain, but once it's in my strand it doesn't leave. I don't know. I think it's just a natural occurrence, nothing to worry about, so long as my hair isn't hard and brittle and flaking off.
Hey autumn rose, my hair used to do this too. When I started using heat to help absorb product into my hair, that changed. You could either warm up your leave in or put two plastic caps on and sit under a hooded dryer with your leave in and maybe an oil. Hth.
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I've started using my hand held dryer for this since I don't have a hooded dryer and its made some difference. I think I am going to try heating up my leave in. That sounds pretty effective. Just heat it up in the microwave, in a water bath like a hot oil treatment?
What products are you using? And how do you use them?
Hair is softer when wet because water breaks some if the structural protein bonds, this effect us likely to be more pronounced in coarser hair.

Use more of the major emollients (fatty alcohols/ cationic surfactants) - their role is softness, slip and to a lesser extent shine. Liquid oils are generally more emollient than butters.
2a-2c, medium texture, porous/ colour treated. Three years CG. Past bra strap length heading for waist.

CO-wash: Inecto coconut/ Elvive Volume Collagen
Treatments: Komaza Care Matani, coconut/ sweet almond/ fractionated coconut oils, Hairveda Sitrinillah
Leave in: Fructis Sleek & Shine (old), Gliss Ultimate Volume, various Elvive
Styler: Umberto Giannini jelly, Au Naturale styling gelee
Flour sack towel, pixie diffuse or air dry.
Experimenting with: benign neglect
I've started using my hand held dryer for this since I don't have a hooded dryer and its made some difference. I think I am going to try heating up my leave in. That sounds pretty effective. Just heat it up in the microwave, in a water bath like a hot oil treatment?
Originally Posted by TheAutumnRose
Yes, if you have really low porosity hair your main goal should be lifting the cuticle to get moisture in. Heat helps us do just that. Firefox is right, the hair probably won't be as soft as when wet, but it should be close to that softness. When I did my mother's hair, she is med to high porosity, her hair felt just as soft wet as it was dry, the difference was one softness felt more moist.
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Moisture (= water) should get in without any need to raise the cuticle - no hair is totally waterproof. You simply may need longer wetting times in the shower than someone higher porosity.

Heat can increase the speed with which conditioning agents stick to the surface, it can also melt butters, thinning thick products aiding distribution, don't confuse that with moisturising (adding or increasing water) or ingredients penetrating than cannot ever do so.

There is a list of penetrating ingredients on the Natural Haven blog. Fewer will ever penetrate on low porosity virgin hair than colour treated or relaxed hair.
2a-2c, medium texture, porous/ colour treated. Three years CG. Past bra strap length heading for waist.

CO-wash: Inecto coconut/ Elvive Volume Collagen
Treatments: Komaza Care Matani, coconut/ sweet almond/ fractionated coconut oils, Hairveda Sitrinillah
Leave in: Fructis Sleek & Shine (old), Gliss Ultimate Volume, various Elvive
Styler: Umberto Giannini jelly, Au Naturale styling gelee
Flour sack towel, pixie diffuse or air dry.
Experimenting with: benign neglect

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