Is my hair really THAT dry?

Well, curlies, I've been off the sulfates and 'cones but continued to use sulfate-free shampoo - and last night I actually used a sulfate one out of sheer frustration. Well, I gave my hair some extra time with my l'oreal conditioner to compensate, rinsed it out upside down and was pleased to see my hair spiraling up already. I then smoothed and raked in some HE TT gel, forming the wet hair into clumps that began to spiral up again. I gave each clump a gentle scrunch to make sure the gel was distributed and remove some water.

Then I scrunched a bit with a t-shirt, and the nice clumpy spirals morphed into a limp, unhappy mess. I was puzzled and plopped into the dry part of the shirt. When I removed it, my hair was limp and stringy and removing more water with paper towels only made it limper and stringier. I just said screw it and slept on my wet hair, but it occurred to me this morning, when my gelled hair dried in its stringy state and I dry-combed it to try to fix it, that my hair could be begging for water.

Do you think that my hair could be so dry that removing water is making it cry out for more? My hair didn't "flash-dry" - in fact it stayed wet for awhile, and looked great for that while - so I don't think it's a protein issue. But then, I could be wrong. I'm so confused!
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I am not sure I can help you but I can relate. When I first start putting products in it looks like my hair is clumping very nicely - no frizz!! But as I continue along my hair gets stringier looking and I can see frizz. I have been running a wide tooth comb through and then scrunching again - it gets all the hairs back together - then I scrunch and plop. That seems to help. I have also been airdrying the past 3-4 days - my hair looks more 2c when I dont diffuse - the curls dont even start for 2-3 inches from the root and it gets very limp very fast.

I don't know - I think it was easier when I just didnt think about it so much.
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I am not sure I can help you but I can relate. When I first start putting products in it looks like my hair is clumping very nicely - no frizz!! But as I continue along my hair gets stringier looking and I can see frizz. I have been running a wide tooth comb through and then scrunching again - it gets all the hairs back together - then I scrunch and plop. That seems to help. I have also been airdrying the past 3-4 days - my hair looks more 2c when I dont diffuse - the curls dont even start for 2-3 inches from the root and it gets very limp very fast.

I don't know - I think it was easier when I just didnt think about it so much.
Originally Posted by xcptnl
Boy, are you right about the bolded! And it's nice to know someone else has this problem, too. I'll have to try the combing next time.
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Are you sure that your hair is not overconditioned? Since your hair is not dry to the touch or extremely frizzy, but limp and coated, this might be your problem or maybe your using more product than you need.
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HG: Jessicurl Too Shea and Kinky Curly Curling Custard
Shampoo: nonsulfate shampoo and Suave Naturals sulfate shampoo when needed
Are you sure that your hair is not overconditioned? Since your hair is not dry to the touch or extremely frizzy, but limp and coated, this might be your problem or maybe your using more product than you need.
Originally Posted by multicultcurly
My hair actually isn't coated at all, and the limpness is really more of a curls-pulled-out kinda thing than a deflated thing, and only happens when I remove water, getting worse and worse as I remove more. Does it still seem like overconditioning?
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I have a whole different issue. The past couple of days I have noticed when I am putting in my products after my shower that it looks like the top of my head still has conditioner in it. I thought I was rinsing OK but was trying to leave some in. I kept trying to rinse better. Then yesterday I noticed flakes of white - so today I low poo'd and added in some baking soda and then conditioned - then rinsed like a crazy woman. I didnt notice any 'sudsing' today when I was putting my product in. I guess I cannot leave any condition in my hair - I have to rinse completely then add products.
Central Massachusetts

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Maybe srunching with the T-shirt and plopping are part of the problem? Have you tried stopping your routing after putting the products in and scrunching with your hands?
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Are you sure that your hair is not overconditioned? Since your hair is not dry to the touch or extremely frizzy, but limp and coated, this might be your problem or maybe your using more product than you need.
Originally Posted by multicultcurly
My hair actually isn't coated at all, and the limpness is really more of a curls-pulled-out kinda thing than a deflated thing, and only happens when I remove water, getting worse and worse as I remove more. Does it still seem like overconditioning?
Originally Posted by wild_sasparilla
I could be wrong, but the limpness and your curls being pulled out seems as if you're putting too much product in your hair. It could also be that your hair has become so healthy that you may not need to do as much to it as you used to. Have you experimented with leaving in less conditioner or styling products or Jaxie's rec about styling differently? I think if you changed your routine a little bit, your hair should return to normal. Judging by your hair's reaction, I don't think it is dry. Dry hair tends to have a hard time absorbing water; your hair still has the ability to become wet. Also from my past experiences, my hair becomes limp and flat when I repeatedly leave in too much conditioner or styling product. HTH.
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HG: Jessicurl Too Shea and Kinky Curly Curling Custard
Shampoo: nonsulfate shampoo and Suave Naturals sulfate shampoo when needed
Thanks for the suggestions! Hm, the problem is, I need something to keep my dripping hair away from me, and plopping at least seems to be better than a normal turban. I've wondered for awhile if plopping has stopped working for me, but so far comfort has won out over the possibility of fixing my hair's issues. I think that's probably the issue, since I left no conditioner in my hair and used just a bit of gel. However, is there any way I could not scrunch dry or plop and still not have dripping wet hair all over my shoulders? Thanks for listening, curlies!
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*slapping forehead* OMG, I'm an idiot.

It's protein.

That whole overconditioning thing just did not seem right, since my hair doesn't feel coated and would be fluffy if it were. So I felt my hair...and it made a dry ruffly noise just from me holding it in my hand. My conditioners all have proteins in them and I now believe I'm sensitive. Goodness gracious! I should have known since the PM the conditioner knock-off I bought gives my hair instant tangles when I put it in. Thanks again for all the help, curlies...turns out my issue is ingredient-based. New conditioner time! Knew there was a bright side.
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