Aloe Vera gel

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I have fine 3a hair and I went CG in March. As time goes by, my curls are getting more defined as my hair gets healthier. However, when I SOTC I end up with a ton of surface frizz. It happens regardless of what products I use. It's worst in my canopy. Will aloe vera gel help with this? Other thoughts? I always read that frizz is caused by dryness but my hair isn't dry and is easily over conditioned. I have some aloe gel from Nature's Life. The ingredients are:

Purified water, aloe barbadensis leaf juice, allantoin, sodium pca, chamomile flower extract, cucumber fruit extract, comfrey root extract, phenoxyethanol, fragrance, citric acid, sodium benozoate, sodium bicarbonate, potassium sorbate.
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Hair: 3A, fine, normal porosity and elasticity
My hair loves protein, especially keratin! It hates coconut oil and all butters.
Low-poo: MOP-C Hydrating Shampoo, Renpure Moisturizing Shampoo
Co-wash: Giovanni 50/50 & Smooth as Silk, Tresemme Naturals, NG Pomegranate & Sunflower
RO: TIGI MM, GVPCB
LI: KKKT, SM Curl Style Milk
PT: Mill Creek Biotin Conditioner
DT: CJ CR
Styler: CJ CCCL, CJ CIAB, LALSG, LAL Nutra Curl, Biotera Gel, Ecostyler Grip Gel
I'm guessing it might help a little with frizz It's definitely worth a try! It has comfrey, which is supposed to be great for smoothing hair. Chamomile is good for hair, too. My problem with aloe is that is dries out my hair, but everybody is different. For others, aloe is very moisturizing but not greasy, and this particular formula has allantoin, which is a moisturizer. I don't know why it has baking soda in it, but it's one of the last ingredients, so I wouldn't worry about it.

Give it a shot! (:
HTH!
2c/2b with some 2a, coarse, dense, thick, low porosity
Growing out a CL bob. Currently at APL.
CG again as of 7/20/12


Cleanser: BRÖÖ Smoothing I.P.A. Shampoo
RO: Trader Joe's Nourish Spa Conditioner
LI: Kinky-Curly Knot Today
Styler: Beautiful Curls Gel for Wavy to Curly Hair

all-natural products, light moisture, humectants, argan oil
silk protein, synthetic ingredients, heavy oils/products, cowashing
Are you sure you are waiting until your hair is completely dry before SOTC? I know for me if my hair is even 90% dry when I SOTC I get surface frizz. Closer to 95-100% and it's a huge difference.

Do you SOTC with any product on your hands? Some people do it with or without because doing one or the other gives different results...

Also, you might want to consider just using more product on the canopy. It may just need more than the rest of your hair. For a lot of us, the canopy happens to be one of the driest parts because it's the most exposed to the environmental elements.

Just some things to thing about to help you figure it out, but aloe is very hydrating, so it certainly wouldn't hurt your efforts to keep your hair moisturized, but your hydration levels might not be the issue so just wanted to through that out there. HTH
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Last edited by artemis513; 07-27-2012 at 12:43 PM.
Frizz can be caused by so many things, it's kind of hard to pinpoint. It could be the weather. It could be build-up or a sensitivity to the ingredients in your products - for instance, polyquats, glycerin, sorbitol, and other strong humectants give me serious frizz. It could be that your moisture-protein balance is not quite right - too far one way or the other. It could be how you apply your products, how you dry your hair, or how you SOTC.

If I start having frizz issues and I know I haven't used products with the ingredients my hair is sensitive to, then I try a few things. 1- protein treatment (I use IAgirl's gelatin PT). 2- ACV rinse. 3- coconut oil smeared through my dry hair and then washed out with a low-poo a couple of hours later. Whether I need more protein, more moisture, or to get rid of mineral buildup - one or two of these things usually help me get back to a happy hair state.
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Yes, my hair is dry when I SOTC, but I don't know if the fact that I touch it to check it causes some frizz. Also, I diffuse every day. I don't use the pixie curl method because it makes my curls all deformed. So that could be a contributor. If I don't diffuse, though, my hair is seriously FLAT.

I agree that I may need more protein. I use protein quite a lot, but I never seem to overdo it. I'm scared to overdo it, but I wonder if I just need a lot more than I'm using. Over time, my curls have gotten more springy, and I'm assuming it's the protein.

In terms of weather, I live in SoCal within 10 miles of the coast, so our dews are very moderate. In the mid to upper 50s. However, when the dews were in the mid 60's a few weeks back, my frizz was so much worse, so perhaps even in moderate dews, I have issues. It's so overwhelming sometimes.
Hair: 3A, fine, normal porosity and elasticity
My hair loves protein, especially keratin! It hates coconut oil and all butters.
Low-poo: MOP-C Hydrating Shampoo, Renpure Moisturizing Shampoo
Co-wash: Giovanni 50/50 & Smooth as Silk, Tresemme Naturals, NG Pomegranate & Sunflower
RO: TIGI MM, GVPCB
LI: KKKT, SM Curl Style Milk
PT: Mill Creek Biotin Conditioner
DT: CJ CR
Styler: CJ CCCL, CJ CIAB, LALSG, LAL Nutra Curl, Biotera Gel, Ecostyler Grip Gel
Do you diffuse until 100% dry? That could also be contributing to the frizz (it does for me). A lot of people will only diffuse until 50% dry, or maybe 80% dry, then let it air-dry the rest of the way.
2c/3a, botticelli/wavy/'swavy (huh?)
fine, dense, normal porosity/elasticity, dry climate

My favorite brands are Kinky Curly, As I am, Curly Kinks, Curl Junkie, and Darcy's Botanicals. Also love sealing with oils (loving argan oil right now) and styling with jelly products (KCCC is my current favorite). Mostly trying to keep it simple!

CG since 12/29/2011
No not even close. 50% max just to set the curl. If I don't, the weight of the water will weigh my hair down.
Hair: 3A, fine, normal porosity and elasticity
My hair loves protein, especially keratin! It hates coconut oil and all butters.
Low-poo: MOP-C Hydrating Shampoo, Renpure Moisturizing Shampoo
Co-wash: Giovanni 50/50 & Smooth as Silk, Tresemme Naturals, NG Pomegranate & Sunflower
RO: TIGI MM, GVPCB
LI: KKKT, SM Curl Style Milk
PT: Mill Creek Biotin Conditioner
DT: CJ CR
Styler: CJ CCCL, CJ CIAB, LALSG, LAL Nutra Curl, Biotera Gel, Ecostyler Grip Gel
You could also try sealing before applying your styling product. Or SOTC with oil, conditioner, or water on your hands (just a small amount). Just one of the three, not a combination.
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Type:2b/3ab?
Texture:Medium/fine
Porosity:Normal
Elasticity:Normal

Experimenting with too many products to name here. All this great info keeps my head spinning.
Sheesh. Yesterday, I used my mousse, put in my clips, and forgot to use some AVG (I had used it before, same drill, mousse, then AVG, then cllipping) So I pulled out the clips and added AVG. BIG mistake. I had the worst hair day in a long time, major frizz, no shape, disaster. I cant figure out either whether it was the AVG, or the fact that I pulled out the clips, and applied the gel when my hair was a little dry; or whether I just should not be using more than the mousse. As far as SOTC, I dont do a lot of that; if I start touching my hair, it goes frizzy, because it gets too soft. I need some crunch for curl formation and staying power. I can live with that.

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