What's the best way to moisturize dry hair?

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Oh I'm so annoyed with curltalk because I typed up this long response and poof it disappeared, and then I tried again and AGAIN it vanished. Grrrr.

ANYWAY I think I posted that your non-processed hair sounds like it's low porosity and I would advise you to use LOTS of a leave-in conditioner that isn't "heavy," (meaning heavy in oils, butters or waxes). Low-po hair doesn't usually do that great with oils, but oils can be present in products in lower concentrations. Look for fatty alcohols & cationic surfactants that will condition the hair.

A low-porosity, fine board member used to rave about CJ Curl Assurance Smoothing Lotion. I think using a lot of a product like that, followed by gel, is going to give you the results you want. The leave-in will soften the gel, and the gel will define where the leave-in may leave something to be desired. You can use your fsg for the gel, or even a hard hold and the sotc... usually hard gels can turn out very soft after the crunch has been properly scrunched, and leave-ins help soften them too. Hope this helps!
fine - normal porosity*?- medium density - normal elasticity. Hard water. SoCal.
*Used to be low-porosity, but I lightened my hair 1-2 shades, so I may be normal-porosity now.

New climate! Current favorites:
Low-poo: CJ Gentle Cleansing Shampoo, Giovanni SaS
RO: V05 Kiwi Lime
Styler: UFD CM (old formula), FSG + CNPF
PT: CJ Repair Me, IAgirl's gelatine

Experimenting with: JC Confident Coils, JC Rockin Ringlets, CJ CIAB, gelatin gel

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Hi Utopianoawa. Your symptoms I can really relate to, as I have low porosity 4b 4c hair, with a little 4a. I have fixed the problem though. Take the time to look at this link. It's called the max hydration method, basically a more strict method than the cg method, as you avoid all products that could possibly be drying for your low poros hair. There are testimonials, and plenty of pictures showing results on type 4c hair getting root to tip definition, easily. The clumps just happen. Check it out.

The MAX HYDRATION METHOD(from my other post) - Black Hair Media Forum - Page 9

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