Hard to wash hair? Can anyone help me? Hair feels dry.

Hey
Recently starting co-washing after doing one last no 'cones, sulphate wash. Think i'm about 2 weeks in. Anyway i'm having a problem. Everytime I try to wash my hair, its really hard to do it. Takes me like 45mins-1hr which I know isn't right. Basically the problem is, when I go to wash my hair, it feels really dry and hard to get conditioner through. So it ends up with me using up tons of conditioner. It's really annoying because I'm loving the results. My hair is less frizzy, less flat, and more defined and voluminous. I'm using Tresemme Naturals, and nearly used up half the bottle already. Can anyone help me?
Thanks.
I would start with finding a protein free conditioner. You may need some protein but may be getting too much at the moment.

And determine your hair's properties: http://livecurlylivefree.com/curly%20hair%20basics.htm

Knowing your hair properties will help you select products more successfully.
remember, with all advice or suggestions for your hair, YMMV!!
My hair:
2b wavy, medium texture, low porosity, med-high density. Protein finicky.
My routine:
Cleansing: DCNP, every 4-5 days (occasionally use CJ cleansers).
RO: CJSC, occasionally use JCDC
LI: KCKT or CJSL
Gel: KCCC, CJCIAB for 2nd day hair (sometimes third)

Heat is my friend: warm water rinses, steam caps, and diffuse dry. I love CLU cloths and my Denman.
Hi, thanks for reply.

Looking at the link you gave me, I think I have high porosity and medium hair.

What do you suggest?
You may need a more moisturizing conditioner...if you have coarse hair...like curl junkie rehab....or maybe try the spritz and condition method...

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2b/c CG since 8/12
I have low porosity and fine/med texture. Easily weighed down and VERY frizzy crown, with straighter under layers

Low-poo:TJ TTT, CJ GCS
LI/RO/DC: CK Satin Roots,Sevi Pumpkin, SSI Okra reconstructor, CJ SAC,CJ RM
Stylers: AG Recoil, JC SS
Jellies: CK Coil Jam, Okra gel(HG)
Gel: JC CC, Ouidad H&H gel, Ouidad moisture lock gel

Hair loves moisture protein.
MUST Pixie diffuse.

My hair dose NOT like oils, butters or polyquats Or glycerin in high dews
I would start with finding a protein free conditioner. You may need some protein but may be getting too much at the moment.

And determine your hair's properties: Live Curly Live Free - Curly Hair Basics

Knowing your hair properties will help you select products more successfully.
Originally Posted by Ml001
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Yeah, I think it's a protein issue. You might be protein sensitive, or simply getting more protein than you need. Try a protein-free conditioner for awhile. HTH!
|| 3b; normal porosity; fine/normal texture || CG since Feb 2010 || SD/dandruff prone

Current Routine BAQ henna 1/month Leave-in OH Hair Dew Cheapie Conditioner Tresemme Naturals Moisturizing
Old Stand-bys extra-virgin coconut oil Protein AO GPB; Moisture AO HR Style AOMMJ – Kept for troubleshooting.
Waiting to try extra-wide curlformers SD treatment H&S Clinical Strength

I have low-porosity hair so I am unfamiliar with dealing with high porosity. As you browse the forums, check out signatures and find members with hair similar to yours and see what products and techniques they use.

But start with the protein thing - that is the likely culprit. If you want to stick with on-ground products, suave has a couple of protein-free options. For online products - my favorite is Curl Junkie.
remember, with all advice or suggestions for your hair, YMMV!!
My hair:
2b wavy, medium texture, low porosity, med-high density. Protein finicky.
My routine:
Cleansing: DCNP, every 4-5 days (occasionally use CJ cleansers).
RO: CJSC, occasionally use JCDC
LI: KCKT or CJSL
Gel: KCCC, CJCIAB for 2nd day hair (sometimes third)

Heat is my friend: warm water rinses, steam caps, and diffuse dry. I love CLU cloths and my Denman.

Last edited by Ml001; 12-11-2012 at 12:11 AM.
I thought TN were protein free? At least the moisturizing one is.

Make sure your hair is good and wet before you start cowashing/conditioning. Also, maybe try doing a prepoo w/ coconut oil before showering. Check out this post for other ideas:
Pedaheh's Hair Blog: What to Do if You Have Dry Hair.

If you have a Sallys, you could check out the GVP conditioning balm. It's more moisturizing than TN but still on the cheaper side!
Coarse texture, normal-high porosity, normal elasticity (Komaza Care), very weak waves
cleanser: Redken Fresh Curls Shampoo, CJ Daily Fix

rinse out: GVP Conditioning Balm, CJ Repair Me, CJ Smoothing

jellies/creams: CR Curl Maker, KCCC, UFD Curly Magic
gels: CJ CQ, BRHG

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Hairtype: 2C-3A/Highly Porous/High Density
Co-wash: Devacurl No-Poo
Daily Conditioner: Devacurl One Condition
Leave In: KCKT (still experimenting)
Gel: KCCC (still experimenting)

Last edited by ssa79; 02-24-2013 at 08:06 PM.
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Hairtype: 2C-3A/Highly Porous/High Density
Co-wash: Devacurl No-Poo
Daily Conditioner: Devacurl One Condition
Leave In: KCKT (still experimenting)
Gel: KCCC (still experimenting)

Last edited by ssa79; 02-24-2013 at 08:06 PM.
TN has avocado oil and avg in it. At least the bottle I have does. But her other products could have protein, too. Or, due to residual protein from previous products, the avocado plus avg is just too much at this time. (Avg acts like protein for a lot of people.) These two ingredients are low on the list but I know I also had problems with TN before I understood the protein issue and had too much protein in my hair.

Coconut oil, while it does not contain protein itself, somehow reacts with any protein that is in your hair and strengthens it - not what you want when you have protein overload.
remember, with all advice or suggestions for your hair, YMMV!!
My hair:
2b wavy, medium texture, low porosity, med-high density. Protein finicky.
My routine:
Cleansing: DCNP, every 4-5 days (occasionally use CJ cleansers).
RO: CJSC, occasionally use JCDC
LI: KCKT or CJSL
Gel: KCCC, CJCIAB for 2nd day hair (sometimes third)

Heat is my friend: warm water rinses, steam caps, and diffuse dry. I love CLU cloths and my Denman.
i think as well that you need to look for a protein free one. if that still isnt helping then try adding a bit of oil the the condish/low poo when you wash. just add a bit of the poo when its in your hands and clean like normal. this also gives nice slip

my hair: 3c, high porosity, high density and coarse hair (i think i finally figured that all out)
my hair loves conditioner only styling!
my hair goal length is bra strap length when curly.

I also blog about my hair journey, please feel free to read and comment/ask questions http://www.naturallycurly.com/blogs/...air-blogs/2494
My hair loves all sorts of protein but hates TN too. So am not yet convinced you're protein sensitive, though you could be.

Instead of quickly jumping onto the anti-protein band wagon and swearing off all protein, you might try that one recommendation you got to try Suave conditioner instead. Suave Naturals Coconut does have protein, tends to work for a lot of curlies and it costs about two bucks.Plus, if you really have a protein problem, there's a good chance you'll have a problem with this conditioner too, and can then consider ruling out proteins.

Whether or not this turns out to be a protein problem, Kinky Curly Knot Today conditioner might really help with Cowashing and detangling because it has such amazing slip (And is all-natural w/out protein). It is, however, expensive for the amount you get and it may not be the best LI if your hair tends toward dry.
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Last edited by Korkscrew; 12-13-2012 at 03:02 PM.

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