Returning to CG
I have been a member here for a loooong time but migrated to the non-hair discussion after I "figured out" my hair years ago. Now a few years later I've fallen off the CG wagon slowly but surely and now my hair needs help... I'm a little overwhelmed with all the new stuff you guys are talking about, but as far as I can tell I have fine, highly porous, thin density hair, 3a-b-ish curls. I live in an area which has very high dew points, especially lately.
I started coloring my hair, and using aerosol hairspray, and I'm sure many other unspeakable things... Now after a stint at a very stressful job, I have lost most of my hair (at least 50%) and what's left breaks like crazy. I dread showering because I hate to see how much hair is in the drain. My hair is pitiful :-(
I am overwhelmed and don't know where to start. I know I need to wash with a sulfate shampoo one more time and then start using the right products, but there is just so much to choose from and the methods of choosing products based on hair type is intimidating. From what I've read, my hair should love protein, but if I remember correctly from years ago when I first did CG I thought my hair hated protein. My hair doesn't seem to hold style very well, hence the addition of hairspray to my life. I only wash once a week and I hate having decent hair for one day and a frizzy fluffy limp mess for the rest of the week.
Have you seen your family doctor or a dermatologist? Are you eating a nutrient dense anti inflammatory diet and getting your 10,000 steps every day?
One thing that comes to mind is that you mention several things that can irritate or damage the scalp and contribute to shedding - hair dye, sulphate shampoos, hairspray for example. You might choose your products for scalp health as much as, if not more that, hair health.
Is there any reason you cannot wash your hair more than once a week? That would remove any sebum which can be irritating to the scalp, and an extra chance to condition and treat your hair. Beneficial ingredients for damaged or porous hair include hydrolysed protein, coconut oil, ceramides and panthenol.
Thanks for your reply. I've read some of your other posts and you seem very knowledgeable about the chemistry behind all this!
I wash my hair once a week for convenience reasons mostly, as my hair usually looks acceptable for that amount of time. I always thought that washing too frequently would dry my hair out, and lately I've been dreading my hair wash days due to the amount of hair I've been losing each time...
What methods would you recommend for delivering the
hydrolysed protein/coconut oil/ceramides/panthenol? Look for a product with the above ingredients? Conditioner, spray, styling product? Rinse it out or scrunch it in?
My doctor is aware of my hair issues and has checked me periodically for thyroid problems. I have started taking a multi-vitamin just to be sure, and may start taking a biotin supplement as well. I definitely get my 10,000 steps a day-- I'm a physical therapist and am on my feet and active all day at work.
ETA the CG products I have on hand: Himalaya Botanique Volumizing Shampoo, Himalaya Botanique Amla and Holy Basil Conditioner, Suave Naturals condish, Beautiful Curls shea butter deep conditioning treatment, Jessicurl Aloeba condish, Jessicurl Too Shea, Curl Keeper, L'Oreal Out of Bed, Jessicurl Rockin Ringlets, jojoba oil.
Panthenol and ceramides are best in a leave in product if possible be that spray or conditioner. You can also of course use hydrolysed protein or coconut oil within leave ins but you may find the oil too heavy.
Washing too frequently is not healthy for hair but neither is not washing frequently enough - you will be missing opportunities to deep treat, condition, keep your scalp clean and detangle. Twice a week should be fine, it doesn't need to be daily or anything.
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