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Old 08-25-2013, 11:01 AM   #1
 
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Default Just want healthy hair but suffering info overload.

2B, mostly med-fine texture with some corse thrown in for fun, med-thin density, not quite bra-strap length. Porosity? I'm thinking med-high. I haven't chemically treated my hair in over 6 years and I rarely use heat… maybe 3-4 times a year. But, when I shower it wets down quickly.

So, at this point I just want healthy, mostly frizz-free hair. I can worry about curl definition later. My typical routine regardless of what I'm using is to wash & condish about 3 times a week. Towel dry (I've switched to plopping into a microfiber towel) & gel (if I'm in the mood) then into a high bun over night and what ever styling I can in the morning. Oh, and I usually just finger comb in & after showering.
I went low poo about 2 months ago using the Shea Moisture moisture retention shampoo & co. Seemed to be working pretty well for about a month then frizz city! If I've read & understand right there are several humectants in that line which I think were contributing. I've tried to co-wash w/ SNCoconut but then by day 2 my hair looks dull and really dirty. I've tried both as leave ins too. My hair usually feels nice and makes it 2 days between but is still super frizzy.

I've tried all kinds of combos of what is already in my bathroom and no combo seems to make much difference. I've been reading/studying for weeks and I need direct suggestions. My head is swimming.
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Old 08-25-2013, 11:36 AM   #2
 
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Have you tried any protein treatments?
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Old 08-25-2013, 11:38 AM   #3
 
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Not yet. I was going to look up the gelitan recipe I keep reading about and do some grocery shopping. What about yogurt? I'm all about the easy/low maintenance options.
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Old 08-25-2013, 11:47 AM   #4
 
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Well low maintenance IMO is to key a beer go flat and put it in leave 5 min. Rinse out. Do it between the wash and the conditioner.

If you do the gelatin you should test a strand first.

The other thought is the Shea is building up. You could try a clarifying wash and then go back to your routine.

Is also back off on so much shea after that if it works.
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Old 08-25-2013, 03:33 PM   #5
 
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Curl definition comes along with frizz free to a large extent. Shea butter can build up, could that be the issue? Frizz control with conditioner only involves using a lot of leave in conditioner, right close to the roots - generally you wouldn't want to use something containing oils or butters for that or you get greasy hair. It's also tough to get day 2 hair with conditioner only styling.

AFAIK the proteins in yoghurt are too large to penetrate, you need the hydrolysed protein in gelatin or Colorful neutral protein filler.
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Treatments: Komaza Matani, coconut oil, Hairveda Sitrinillah
Leave in: Fructis Sleek & Shine (old), Gliss ultimate volume, Inecto argan
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Old 08-25-2013, 05:07 PM   #6
 
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Thanks ladies. I have (most of) a beer sitting in my bathroom waiting for my shower. I think Shea build up is part of it. Just need an alternative low-po then.
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Old 08-26-2013, 01:28 PM   #7
 
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Well, I tried the beer last night and my hair is now super soft & shiny. Less frizzy but that might be the leave-in I tried. Either way, it's better today. Less definition but overall healthier feeling/looking. Still some tangling w/ the frizz but it looks like a lot of that is actually shorter hairs. Ie: new growth.

And I'm attacking the whirlwind of info/ingredients by making a list of which ingredients do what.
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