Need a quick-fix, help!

My hair is a mess. I was trying to go back to no-'poo after using H&S for about a month...I hit that really greasy stage and couldn't handle it, so I caved. When I caved I caved bad, and used biosilk, which fried my hair. Before using the H&S, I was no'pooing quite well, with just ACV/ BS and some essential oils.

Today, I am havent shampooed for 5 days. I have no shampoo in the house. I am planning on using BS/ ACV or Dr.B's today. Anyway, my hair is frizzy beyond belief, my hair is breaking and splitting like mad, it feels like broken straw, and the ends are much lighter in hue than the rest because it is so dry!! I have tried an avocado/ honey masque, and coconut oil all day everyday.

I am trying to grow it out waist-length this year. It is right below my shoulder-blades currently (curly). I really don't want to have to do any major chopping. However, if I have to I will. But I need a fix for right now, like today. Any recommendations? (I know it could be some hormonal issues, but I know it is not a nutritional issue. I am a real-foods nut, and could pontificate on that aspect for days )

TIA!!
2c canopy/ 3a undercarriage, low density, very breakage prone lately.

Currently looking for new routine, nothing is working!! Help!

Mother to two curlies- "Rapunzel" (Honey- hued TB-length 2A) and "Adonis" (Golden-hued SL 2c/3a)
What is H&S and Biosilk?
What is H&S and Biosilk?
Originally Posted by rmc2
Sorry, not up on all the abbreviations yet.... Head and Shoulders, BioSilk is a shampoo made by Farouk (Chi products) that is super-awful for curlies.
2c canopy/ 3a undercarriage, low density, very breakage prone lately.

Currently looking for new routine, nothing is working!! Help!

Mother to two curlies- "Rapunzel" (Honey- hued TB-length 2A) and "Adonis" (Golden-hued SL 2c/3a)
Looks like you may a need protein treatment to help restore damage to your hair (assuming one of these products you are referring to are
Hair color). Google treatment for colored/fried hair.
Hmm. If these products have sulfate, and on top of that you wash hair too often and don't condition it often, I would suggest you stop using shampoos with sulfate. I think head and shoulder has sulfate and is known to dry hair. You should use sulfate free shampoos and silocone free conditioners. This is the CG (Curly Girly) method. Actually the CG method I think relies on conditioners to wash/Cowash hair. Try trader joe tea tree tingle Conditioner. My favorite cleaning and detangling conditioner. For deep Conditioner, try believe it or not Shea moisture curl enhancing smoothie. Not too good as a styler (at least for my 4a hair) but excellent as a deep Conditioner.
Yeah, the BioSilk is sulfate-free. I guess I didn't explain myself very well! When I do shampoo it is once or twice a week, and I do cowash with silicone-free conditioner. But that biosilk really got me for some reason.... I think you are right about the protein though....I need to research that. Part of the damage was color, although that was like 7 months ago, just once.
2c canopy/ 3a undercarriage, low density, very breakage prone lately.

Currently looking for new routine, nothing is working!! Help!

Mother to two curlies- "Rapunzel" (Honey- hued TB-length 2A) and "Adonis" (Golden-hued SL 2c/3a)
Sorry. Only after my last comment did I realize you already know the CG method and that you had used it earlier. I hear that when one switches to
CG, it may take a few weeks for hair to adapt so maybe this is why your hair was feeling greasy
Based on your description of hair breslin and feeling like straw, I think the protein treatments may help. I don't know much about it all but you ll get good info online.
Check this link specifically section 5 regarding Deep Conditioning (which includes protein (ie keratin).

http://www.hairboutique.com/tips/art...=tip000159.htm
Breaking not Breslin
Maybe your conditioner isn't moisturizing enough. Are you using a conditioner, or just coconut oil, avacado, and honey with vinegar after baking soda? Do you use a leave in? Are you trying to go pretty much product free, or just shampoo free? I know that my hair does better when I use hair products made with several moisturizing ingredients instead of just a single oil. Coconut oil would not be moisturizing enough alone for me to use it on my hair. Also, apple cider vinegar and baking soda are really stripping to hair (at least them are for me. Baking soda is more stripping to me than many sulfate shampoos.). It can cause damage to use bs/acv (together or separately) more than like once or twice a week.

Can you describe your hair care routine from start to finish, and all the products you use?

I have itchy, flaky scalp issues, and I use the tea tree version of Dr. Bronner's, btw. It helps a lot. I follow it with Yes To Carrots conditioner.
Fine Texture, Normal Porosity, Normal Elasticity. Dyed to brown a few months ago.
Lowpoo:
Trader Joe's TTT Shampoo
Rinse Out:
Yes to Carrots, AOHR, Aubrey Organics Rosemary Peppermint
LI: Yes to Carrots
Stylers: Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie, LA Looks Sports, Suave Professionals Captivating Curls Whipped Mousse

Last edited by rainboe; 01-23-2013 at 10:19 AM.
well, I am right in the transition from changing my routine, so my old thing is out. Ideally the only product I would be using on my hair (other than natural stuff) is condish.

I have been using Cortex Intl Argan Oil Moisture Repair w/ Organix Moroccan Argan Oil Condish. I used to do Suave Coconut, which worked so wonderfully, I have no idea why I changed it up. A pretty new bottle or something? I dunno. I comb with a wide-tooth comb in the shower, usually plop or softly wring and go. I abhor using gels and mousses. Especially gels. I like having big hair, just not frizzy.

I also have flaky scalp, I am planning on mixing TTO with Dr.B's today.
2c canopy/ 3a undercarriage, low density, very breakage prone lately.

Currently looking for new routine, nothing is working!! Help!

Mother to two curlies- "Rapunzel" (Honey- hued TB-length 2A) and "Adonis" (Golden-hued SL 2c/3a)
Before I was taking care of my hair and going curly my aunt gave me a huge bottle of the Biosilk shampoo which she raved about. I don't think mine was sulfate free. I used it once and it was one of the worst shampoos I have ever used on my hair! It left my hair dry, stripped and I didn't care for the salon like smell. That bottle was thrown out.

I would suggest that you stop shampooing for a while. Deep condition as much as you need even two times a week if your hair can handle it and use a good quality really moisturizing conditioner. Use heat and a plastic cap when you do the treatment, for me it makes a huge difference in how the conditioner moisturizes my hair. If you have a hooded dryer, dryer cap or a steamer it will help with your treatments. You can even mix your deep conditioners with oil. Use a leave in conditioner after you shower I like the curl enhancing smoothie and the kinky curly knot today but you can use whatever you like and focus on the ends. You can even add a bit of oil to your leave in. I'd also suggest that you don't use any heat or dye until your hair recovers.

For me personally my hair is always really moisturized and soft when I co-wash every day with a moisturizing conditioner like the Giovanni smooth as silk deep moisture.

I read that coconut oil is a natural remedy for flakes and dry scalp...so if you haven't tried it yet you can try massaging your scalp with that and see if it helps.

Last edited by Ericachristina; 01-23-2013 at 02:32 PM.
i would suggest maybe checking out some of waterlily716's remedies and tips for a dry flaky scalp (i'll link some videos below). also if your local target sells it or you're able to order online shea moisture's black label has a spray with salicylic acid and moisturizing ingredients to combat the harshness.


DIY Hair Care: Exfoliating Sugar Scrub for Dry Scalp/Dandruff - YouTube
DIY Hair Care: Coconut Oil Moisturizing Dry Scalp Treatment - YouTube
Getting Rid of Dandruff & Dry Scalp - YouTube
mod-cj, 3b/3c (spring factor of 5inches), high density, medium thickness and porosity.

the usual / hg: tressme naturals, pm the conditioner, sm smoothie, sm souffle, kccc, aussie freeze.

Thanks for all the ideas ladies! The scalp-exfoliant is a great idea! I find that when I deep condition my hair absorbs waaaaay too much and I have flat, greasy, clumpy hair for like a week.

Yesterday afternoon I used Dr.B's with added TTO (good kind), then combed through conditioner a million times, ice water rinse, plopping, and for the first time ever- sealed my hair. Had no idea how fabulous that was! I happened to have jojoba oil, so I just left some of my lighter-weight condish on and sealed with the JO. What a difference that made! I haven't managed a good 3a curl in months, and low and behold there are my curls! I wish I would have taken a before shot yesterday, I know after a few weeks of back on CG, my hair will be lovely.

I do have some salon shears, so I plan on snipping curl-by-curl if I can sit still that long today. The crazy ends got to go.

Thanks so much for everyone's input. So nice to find a forum of nice people who get it!
2c canopy/ 3a undercarriage, low density, very breakage prone lately.

Currently looking for new routine, nothing is working!! Help!

Mother to two curlies- "Rapunzel" (Honey- hued TB-length 2A) and "Adonis" (Golden-hued SL 2c/3a)

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