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Old 08-07-2012, 01:41 PM   #1
 
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Default Easy and inexpensive ways to moisturize?

I have coarse, dry-ish hair (it has improved since starting CG), so I was wondering if there were any cheap, and easy ways to moisturize that you recommend? Nothing too complicated or time consuming please
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Old 08-08-2012, 12:50 PM   #2
 
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I just break it down (sorry. I'm feeling fun-kay today! ) and use curl activator.


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Old 08-08-2012, 01:42 PM   #3
 
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Easy? Just put a conditioner in your hair and leave it in for a while: 5 minutes to overnight before rinsing it out. You can also add heat if you like. Of course, right now, putting a shower cap on your conditioner soaked hair and going outside (unless you are in the southern hemisphere) will do it.

Inexpensive: Suave Naturals, Cure Care from Sally (less than $10 for a gallon, or get 20 oz for under $5), VO5 conditioners, Tressemme Naturals.

You can also add protein (NPF from Sally is a good one) or oils (olive, coconut, or whatever is your favorite) to one of the above conditioners.
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I thought protein and moisturizing were opposites? Doesnt protein dry out your hair?
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Old 08-08-2012, 04:29 PM   #5
 
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Both conditioners and conditioning treatments can contain protein and often do. Protein treatments can also have moisturizing ingredients in them.

Edit: Yes, too much protein can be drying, but my hair usually likes protein, so I don't think as much about it as someone whose hair doesn't do well with it.
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Old 08-08-2012, 05:04 PM   #6
 
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I may be wrong but I think a lot of times people with course hair are also protein sensitive. Although, you will know if you are because your hair will be dryer than it was before. At least that is the case for me. I have course hair and I avoid anything with protein in it and I deep condition with my regular conditioner and a conditioning cap that helps trap your body heat in it. I bought it from Target for $1.99.

EDIT: Protein isn't bad if you can tolerate it. Even though I am very protein sensitive when I started CG I had damaged hair from straitening treatments and color so the protein helped rebuild it but since then I've had to leave it alone.

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