Hair type and hair care for twa

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Hello everyone

I have just started my natural hair journey. I did a big chop about a month ago and I have no clue what my hair type is.
In terms of hair care I am completely confused and not sure if I'm doing it right. This is what I have been doing, please note I live in a very cold and low humid place (Iceland)
I wash once a week then deep condition with a moisturizing deep conditioner, then I use jojoba oil to seal or sometimes I use jbco. I wrap my hair at nights with a scarf, spritz water in the morning and then sometimes reapply oil to my hair at nights. But my hair is still very dry. Any suggestions. Also I use shea moisture line of products. Is there any tricks I can use to get more moisture from them?

Thank you so much for the help.
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I use to live there.

It's not that cold but never gets hot either. Temperature is suppose to range from -5 to 15 Celsius though the time I was there it was -3 to 20 Celsius. You do have a lot of humidity outside as it rains a lot but inside is very dry due to good heating. It's very windy so the temperature ignores the fact it's often feels 5-10 degrees colder due to the wind chill factor. Oh and the tap water smells (as in stinks) of sulphur.

I wouldn't worry about your curl type but concentrate on ensuring you use a leave-in under your oil to help retain moisture. As your hair grows you will find it gets drier at the ends and oil alone probably won't be enough. The LOC method is worth trying - http://www.naturallycurly.com/curlre...y-should-know/

Lots of posters use water as their leave-in but ideally your leave-in should be a conditioner with the first ingredient as water. It should contain some fatty alcohols and possibly a humectant but preferably not an oil or butter.

I would also try and work out your hair strand size, hair density and hair porosity. http://www.naturallycurly.com/texture-typing This will help you decide what combination of products to use on your hair. Particularly as you can get other products including humectants like aloe vera with little difficulty from the shops.

Be aware that Shea butter can build up on your hair so I would try:
1. Clarifying with a sulphate containing but silicone free shampoo
2. Conditioning (deep or otherwise)
3. Using the LOC method. Then spritzing with water then putting more leave-in conditioner and oil sealer as needed on your hair on the following days.
4. Every 3 days conditioner washing
5. Then washing with your low sulphate shampoo as needed.

If your hair isn't responding as normal after washing or conditioner washing then you need to clarify with a sulphate containing and modify your products. You don't have to use all the Shea Moist line just use a mixture of products that work for you.
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Last edited by Blueblood; 04-23-2014 at 07:57 AM. Reason: Now on laptop
Thanks so much for the reply.

It's nice to hear someone respond to me who actually lived here. I'm also wondering if the sulphur in the water can damage my hair?

Hair products are very hard to come by here and the taxes and shipping is a pain but I'm trying.

Thanks for all the links and suggestions.
The sulphur won't damage your hair though the wind can so cover your hair if it's wet and windy and you are outside.

When I lived there I used things like straight aloe vera and Jasons Organics conditioners. (Jasons shampoos are harsh.)

Unfortunately you are going to have to become an expert on reading product ingredients and understanding what they do. Luckily there are blogs like the natural haven and the sciencey hair blog, which explain things well

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