need help moisturizing hair

I'm not sure whats going on with my hair but its dry, wont get moisturized, and has no slip. The same thing happened around this time last year. A few weeks ago my hair was fine but now I don't know what to do with it.

I thought my hair might have low porosity so i looked up some methods and tried doing conditioner and baking soda. it made my curls looser but didnt do much in helping my hair retain moisture. afterwards i put in leave in conditioner, grapeseed oil, and shea moisture curl enhancing smoothie and my hair still doenst feel very moisturized.

my usual routine is a cowash/oil rinse once a week, and other days i use water to dampen my hair and shea moisture to moisturize. I also have fine hair so i havent been able to find much of anything specific to my hair. oils are usually too much for my hair but im desperate to find something until i give up and put it in braids.
If my hair feels dry, I'll clarify (with a low poo or diluted shampoo) and do a DT consisting of cheap conditioner, coconut oil, and honey.
Salt & pepper wavy mix 2B/2C
Low to normal porosity, coarse, kinky, normal elasticity
Current favorites:
Low poo: Yes To Cukes Color Protection (the no sulfate one)
Conditioners: Renpure MPHIP, CJ Smoothing Lotion, AB LI, CJ Curl Rehab, CJ Argan/Olive, Darcy's Pumpkin
Style: FSG, BRHG
Pre-poo/DT: Conditioner with honey & coconut oil

iHerb discount code: PNQ285
Baking soda is very damaging to the hair & shouldn't be used on the hair. Your hair needs protein & moisture. Too much protein can dry out the hair & make it feel like straw. Should you need to clarify, purchase a clarifying shampoo. Suave & Giovanni have clarifying shampoo. The suave clarifying shampoo will not dry out the hair. Make sure you deep condition after you clarify. To combat dryness, you can add a leave in such as elucence moisture balance shampoo and some oils.
I'm not sure how you can say the Suave clarifying poo won't dry out the hair. I use it sometimes and it is stripping. I dilute it to make it less harsh. I also like KC Come Clean.
Salt & pepper wavy mix 2B/2C
Low to normal porosity, coarse, kinky, normal elasticity
Current favorites:
Low poo: Yes To Cukes Color Protection (the no sulfate one)
Conditioners: Renpure MPHIP, CJ Smoothing Lotion, AB LI, CJ Curl Rehab, CJ Argan/Olive, Darcy's Pumpkin
Style: FSG, BRHG
Pre-poo/DT: Conditioner with honey & coconut oil

iHerb discount code: PNQ285
Well I know Baking Soda is supposed to be used for getting rid of product buildup, but not for hair moisturizing. There's this line called Elasta QP and they have this mango butter and olive oil shampoo, that seems to get pretty good reviews. Maybe you could give that a try. Good luck
This is just my opinion, you can take it for what it's worth.

I would get rid of the baking soda and invest in a low poo or sulfate (for dilution if you wish) to clarify. Just because you may use a low poo or a sulfate once in a while, does not mean you have failed and should beat yourself up. CG is a guideline, not the Bible. Baking soda used on the hair needs an acidic solution to follow to close the cuticle back up. If you leave it open your hair will dry up so fast. I made this mistake back in the day using soap bars and ended up with a ton of damage to my ends.

Be careful and clarify when you need to so you can get the moisture back in
2c-3a - coarse - normal-high porosity - high density - growing out to donate

NP/LP: KMF Whenever Conditioner/ YTCucs
RO/LI: Sevi Pumpkin Seed DC / CJ Argan & Olive Oil, KCKT, YTBbs
DT: Coconut Oil + scalp massage
OIL/STYLER: SM Elixir / KCCC
COLOR: henna, amla & indigo
I agree about dropping the baking soda. It's not good for your hair.
Salt & pepper wavy mix 2B/2C
Low to normal porosity, coarse, kinky, normal elasticity
Current favorites:
Low poo: Yes To Cukes Color Protection (the no sulfate one)
Conditioners: Renpure MPHIP, CJ Smoothing Lotion, AB LI, CJ Curl Rehab, CJ Argan/Olive, Darcy's Pumpkin
Style: FSG, BRHG
Pre-poo/DT: Conditioner with honey & coconut oil

iHerb discount code: PNQ285
a lot of people online have said that baking soda worked great for them. some people said it didnt work but i wanted to try since there were so many saying it did work for them. and after using the baking soda i co washed and rinsed my hair with aloe vera juice. i heard that baking soda is suppose to be good for low porosity hair by opening up the hair cuticle to allow more moisture to come in, hence why it works.

I washed my hair last week with shea moisture's african black soap shampoo. i usually wash my hair with shampoo every once in a while because shampoo is very drying for my hair. i usually just co wash and oil rinse (even after i shampoo) and my hair is perfectly moisturized. this hasnt been working which is why im lost. and this happens at least once a year and im not sure why
Baking soda is drying and damaging to skin and hair, if you want to raise the cuticle without drying use heat (cap, steamer).

Oils and butters are not moisturising (add or increase water) they are sealants/ occlusives/ anti humectants.
2a-2c, medium texture, porous/ colour treated. Three years CG. Past bra strap length heading for waist.

CO-wash: Inecto coconut/ Elvive Volume Collagen
Treatments: Komaza Care Matani, coconut/ sweet almond/ fractionated coconut oils, Hairveda Sitrinillah
Leave in: Fructis Sleek & Shine (old), Gliss Ultimate Volume, various Elvive
Styler: Umberto Giannini jelly, Au Naturale styling gelee
Flour sack towel, pixie diffuse or air dry.
Experimenting with: benign neglect
Depending on where you live, it could be the weather changes that are affecting your hair. I live outside of Philly and our dewpoints have really dropped.

My hair is fine/low porosity, too. Baking soda just makes it hard and dry--even if I use 1/4 t in a recipe that calls for a T! I can't use straight oil/butter, but can use them in well formulated products. The Shea M Coconut & Hibiscus line is way too heavy (I use really rich products, if you understand the difference), it just sits on my hair and needs to be washed out.

Some of the products in my signature might work for you.
3a (Corkicelli), highlighted, fine, low porosity
modified CG, since April '07
CG since 3/11/08

SE PA

HGs: Anything Sevi; Curly Kinks Satin Roots, Curlycue ReNew and Coil Jam; homemade FSG and okra gel; soap bars; UFD Curly Magic (now Hello Curly Curl Stimulater); Botanical Spirits Jellies, CJ Repair Me, Marie Dean Leave Ins and Curl Creams
Depending on where you live, it could be the weather changes that are affecting your hair. I live outside of Philly and our dewpoints have really dropped.

My hair is fine/low porosity, too. Baking soda just makes it hard and dry--even if I use 1/4 t in a recipe that calls for a T! I can't use straight oil/butter, but can use them in well formulated products. The Shea M Coconut & Hibiscus line is way too heavy (I use really rich products, if you understand the difference), it just sits on my hair and needs to be washed out.

Some of the products in my signature might work for you.
Originally Posted by kathymack

i think it might be the weather changing actually. im starting to realize that now. ive been in this city for 4 years and my hair is still trying to get used to it.

shea moisture is usually all that i need in my hair but occasionally, like now, its not enough. last night i added leave in and then shea moisture but now my hair is really oily. at least its not super dry, but i need to figure out the right combination of moisture.

thanks! ill check out your products
I have dry hair and I find that going into fall and winter it will be drier. I have started to use coconut oil for extra moisture. It doesn't weigh down my hair like leave-in conditioners do. Also, you might want to buy some sulfate and silicone free shampoo/conditioners and see how your hair responds to them. Those products are so bad for drying out hair.

Here's a website that discusses the bad things about sulfates and silicones.
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