I'm pretty much in tears here, absolutely HATE my hair the last few weeks.My problems are all a bit newbie, except I've been half heartedly at this for TWO YEARS so really should have made more progress!!!
I *think* my hair is 2b, colour treated/ porous, neither coarse nor fine, can be really soft and glossy when happy, ends have had some serious chemical and mechanical damage, never flat ironed, bra strap length, recently trimmed, greasy roots. In the UK so don't understand dew points at all but it's nothing special.
Most of the time lately it looks like I brushed and/ or towel turbaned it, or am naturally a 1b - flat, stringy, vaguely wavy. Clarifying plus protein treating made that worse, deep treating for six hours has done absolutely nothing.
Been sulphate free two years which is non negotiable - atopic eczema/ contact dermatitis - and mostly silicone free the same period.
Have mostly been using
Inecto coconut for CO-wash
Garnier Repair & Shine for leave in (same as Triple Nutrition, now reformulated with 'cones so have to switch)
Coconut oil for intensive - hope to reduce porosity
Komaza Care protein - occasional
White vinegar - dilute for occasional rinses
Boots purple gel - occasional, good curl if I use a crazy amount but very drying (need to switch)
Microfibre turban towel - modified plop.
Shampoo based on coco betaine - hair hates it so just for clarifying.
Curl Keeper - kills poofy flyaways, does not activate any curl unless I diffuse, makes my hair super soft but stringy
Rockin Ringlets - on order so not tried
Curls Milkshake - not rich enough
Curls Coconut Sublime - not rich enough.
Problem is gel sucks the colour off my hair and makes my hair so dry
which is the last thing it needs so I only use it when I need to look nice, would much prefer to use gel regularly. I also cannot diffuser regularly, I have a sweating issue so must air dry all summer. So I need products that encourage curl and don't weigh the hair down BUT are super moisturising.
I'm happy with my CO-wash product, that's it. I especially need a gel that has firm hold and is moisturising at the same time, does that even exist?? I wonder if I need one with a low pH to keep the cuticle closed, wondering if that is why gel dries my hair out and leaches out the dye??
Technique wise I'm struggling too despite watching YouTube obsessively. Trying to rinse out only half of the rinse off conditioner, by the time my roots feel clean the ends feel stripped. If I scrunch in enough leave in conditioner for my lengths my roots end up looking filthy!
Tried working with much wetter hair which does give slightly better clumps whilst sopping wet, but those vanish the second I scrunch the water out or plop. Also the weight of the water pulls even more curl out and seems to leach product off the ends where I need it most. Basically I really don't understand how to get more product on the mid to ends of wet hair than on the roots??
Should I replace my microfibre turban towel? I'm open to that if I can get better curl or clumps.
Thanks for reading, sorry it is an essay.