I live in the plains and it's pretty dry there, at least compared to where I'm originally from (Texas). The highest dews I've seen there are around 60, and 40s/50s are more typical. My hair just doesn't curl as well as it does in high dews, and I'm assuming it's because there's not as much moisture in the air, which would lead me to believe that it's possible to get curlier hair in lower dews if I can moisturize and retain it.
So, how do I go about doing that? My properties are fine, normal, normal and dense. My hair is 2c-3aish (more 3a in those high dews!). Do I need a More moisturizing conditioner at home (currently using TN)? Do I need to deep condition more? Seal in the moisture somehow? I've noticed that it's easier for my hair to feel weighed down in low dews, so I have to be careful of the products I use. I'm also pretty sure my hair loathes glycerin in any weather.
I'm currently in south Texas with a dew point of 80 and my hair has never looked better. I need to figure out how to get this hair at home! Even if I manage to get my curls to their full potential at home, it doesn't last long - one day, if that.
For most of us, dewpoints in the 40/50s would be considered ideal, LOL! I live outside of Philly and the dewpoints were mid70s for a few weeks; however, they can fall into single digits in the winter. Your thoughts are on the right track. You do want to moisturize more and do something to retain it. You should be using more moisturizing products in every step.
Many of us rotate products. I wet, use a rinse out and style every day. Seldom let myself use any one product more then once in five days, if that. Looks like you're using the same product for almost everything--TN Raidiant Volume. Not sure adding castor oil to it would be considered a DT. Maybe you need to buy a product that's supposed to be a DT and start from that. In the winter, when we have low dewpoints, I do use a minute amount of a DT as my leave in (I have low porosity hair and have to be careful.)
Many folks on nc.com use the "Yes To" products with great success. If you need to do drugstore type products, some of them might be good choices for you.
I have SM deep treatment masque at home and have used it a few times, but i think there's something in it that my hair doesn't like because it feels very dry after I use it (even as I'm rinsing it out). That's my only experience with something that is marketed as a DT. I have the entire SM coconut and hibiscus line, as well as a lot of Marie Dean products. I also have some V05 and Suave Naturals. I play around a lot at home but have yet to find a routine or combination of products that I adore (whereas here in Texas, I'm consistently getting awesome results with the products in my signature).
Ill give the Yes to products a try. I'm not opposed to buying online, but in person it will have to be something available at Walmart (very small town). I'm really curious about Kinky Curly products, but I already have a mountain of stuff that I'm afraid ill never fully use lol, so it's hard for me to take the plunge.
The SM Coconut & Hibiscus products just sit on my hair. I have to wash them out. Not impressed by anything else I used from SM.
I really like the Marie Dean products. At one point, I had 23 or 24 of them. Even I don't need that many! I used one as my leave in or curl enhancer 5 or 6 days a week for 18 months. If you have them, use them.
Never used anything from TN, so can't respond to you about that.
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