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MedusaWarrior 03-01-2013 03:05 PM

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Hi. My name's Francesca. I'm 18 from the UK.


Iíve recently joined this site, finding out about it through searching for more natural products to use on my hair. I have a few questions that I hope someone could help with.

I have 3a hair, low prosperity and high density. Itís really thick and coarse; the result of both parents having thick curly hair. My hair is quite dry although I recently used a honey and olive oil mask which seemed to moisturise it a little. My usual routine is to wash and shampoo with herbal essences and then apply some pure coconut oil while itís wet. I then sit by the aga to air dry. This usually takes 3-4 hours and then I go over it with the hairdryer to make sure the roots are dry. Then I loosely tie it in a ponytail and go to bed. By the next morning it has calmed down and isnít too frizzy.


I was wondering whether I should buy some sulphate free (or low sulphate) shampoo and some silicone free conditioner to use or try co-washing. Once I start using these products will they initially make my hair dry?


I was also wondering whether I should switch from coconut oil to some kind of gel in case my hair is protein sensitive.


Thank you. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. :)

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joseybird 03-01-2013 03:07 PM

*jaw drops*

Your hair is STUNNING!!! :shock:

MedusaWarrior 03-01-2013 03:15 PM

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Originally Posted by joseybird (Post 2129038)
*jaw drops*

Your hair is STUNNING!!! :shock:

*blushes*

Thank you :)

Lynaea 03-01-2013 03:30 PM

+1, your hair looks great!

If you aren't having issues other then dryness cowashing should help. I'm not sure if you're using silicones but if so you should do one last shampoo with a silicone free sulphate containing shampoo. Also, it looks like the coconut oil is working for you so I wouldn't assume protein issues until you try some. I would also question your having low porosity waist length hair that dries in four hours, especially if its also coarse. I am fairly new to this myself though so hopefully some of the veteran gurus will chime in.

Good luck

MedusaWarrior 03-01-2013 03:43 PM

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Originally Posted by Lynaea (Post 2129047)
+1, your hair looks great!

If you aren't having issues other then dryness cowashing should help. I'm not sure if you're using silicones but if so you should do one last shampoo with a silicone free sulphate containing shampoo. Also, it looks like the coconut oil is working for you so I wouldn't assume protein issues until you try some. I would also question your having low porosity waist length hair that dries in four hours, especially if its also coarse. I am fairly new to this myself though so hopefully some of the veteran gurus will chime in.

Good luck

Thank you for the reply! :)

Looking at my shampoo bottle the only silicone that I can find is Dimethicone. So I'm guessing I should buy a small bottle of another brand which doesn't contain any.

Is low porosity hair meant to take longer to dry or shorter?

My hair only dries because I sit right next to the stove which gives off a lot of heat, however the root of my hair still remains dampish.

Starmie 03-02-2013 01:26 AM

I have no advice as my hair is nothing like yours but just wanted to say hi as I'm another Francesca from the UK (though in Oz now)!

sammyantha 03-02-2013 01:49 AM

If you wanted to try co washing then my favourite is superdrug naturals coconut conditioner, and they are always buy 2 for £1.50 or something, your hair is beautiful!

MedusaWarrior 03-02-2013 02:49 AM

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Originally Posted by sammyantha (Post 2129312)
If you wanted to try co washing then my favourite is superdrug naturals coconut conditioner, and they are always buy 2 for £1.50 or something, your hair is beautiful!

Thank you :)

And thanks for telling me about the superdrug conditioner. I was going to try a body shop one which honestly just seems too expensive.

sammyantha 03-02-2013 03:53 AM

No they are amazing! So good as a cheap co wash or leave in if its too hand, my bathroom cupboard is full of them :p for some strange reason they aren't on the superdrug website though.


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