#1: Anyone find their hair can't handle much heat (including diffusing)?
Last week I had a house guest. I didn't want to walk around with wet then crunchy hair for 6+ hours so I diffused each morning. I kept my routine the same except each morning I was diffusing for about 5-10 min on low heat... Basically until my hair was 50% dry then air drying the rest of the way. This was giving me FANTASTIC volume and bounce.
But now my hair is SO dried out. I don't seem to have any breakage or split ends but it is seriously dehydrated. It's frizzier and is much more tangly than usual.
I know diffusing is still heat but I didn't expect it to be this damaging. Anyone have this issue with diffusing? I see a lot on here that people diffuse every time they style... I can't imagine how dry my hair would get if I kept it up.
Now, I'm doing a lot of deep conditioning treatments, coconut oil, and NO heat. Should I be staying away from protein while its still dried out (my hair generally loves protein but I've heard it can exacerbate dryness)?
2A/B. Mix of fine, medium, and coarse (mostly medium). Dense. Mix of normal and high porosity.
Your hair is high porosity, so the heat is likely causing it to lose moisture even faster than usual. My hair is normal porosity, and doesn't seem to lose much moisture even when I diffuse (which is only about every three days anyway). 100% air drying isn't effective for me in terms of frizz, so I have to diffuse.
I don't think you need to back off the protein as long as you're doing moisture along with it.
Yes, and you have the double whammy of high porosity and an arid climate--so your hair loses moisture easily plus your environment is dry. Have you tried using a sealer to help hold moisture in? Something like an oil or butter after your leave in? Anything you can do to slow moisture loss is going to help.
3a/b, F, normal porosity
Suave conditioner, LAL gel
Last edited by CurlyInTheFog; 07-25-2013 at 12:00 AM.
I have low porosity and even I can tell the difference. My second day hair just doesn't feel as soft and it's a lot more prone to tangling. I'm definitely going to limit my use of heat. It's just not worth it.