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Old 07-09-2007, 08:36 AM   #1
 
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Default Very knotty hair

So my hair seems to be holding up...but when I comb out the knots in the shower arggggh it is a struggle. I put conditioner in my hair but not I find I am putting LOADS of it before I start combing through and it takes awhile.

It really adds time to shampooing hair and is an inconvenience. Sometimes my hands even get sore. Anyone else have this problem/ solutions?
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Old 07-09-2007, 08:47 AM   #2
 
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What conditioner are you using? You may just need a different one. It could be the comb.
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Old 07-09-2007, 08:49 AM   #3
 
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You need a conditioner with more slip. I reviewed over a hundred conditioners in the following thread. Maybe that can help.

http://www.naturallycurly.com/curlta...ic.php?t=91196

The best conditioners I found for detangling smoothly were:

Elucence Moisture Balancing
Devacurl One Condition
Activate Hydrating Conditioner (old formula, recently in the middle of a reformulation/repricing to over 3x the original price scandal)
Regis Scented Cherry Almond Moisturizing Conditioner

Do you have a Regis salon in your area of Canada? Their store brand Cherry Almond Moisturizing Conditioner was a very inexpensive, extremely effective detangler.

What shampoo and conditioner are you using now? If your shampoo is creating a "flash drying" effect (when your hair doesn't feel wet after shampooing and rinsing, before conditioning, despite having just rinsed the shampoo out), that could be the problem as well since your conditioner is having to create a moist/wet environment as well as needing a normal amount to detangle.
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Old 07-09-2007, 08:54 AM   #4
 
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Have u considering using a different shampoo and/or conditioner? It is possible that the shampoo is too drying and/or contains too much protein. I went to a Ouidad affliate salon and was told to go easy on the protein hair products as they can cause dry, brittle, and tangly hair when used too frequently on natural hair. It was suggested to condition with protein intensive treatments no more than 1 x month. I've had problems with tangling with either products. I like the MOP C-system hydrating shampoo and Bronner's Baby Mild Liquid Soap(you must dilute very well).

It is also possible that your conditioner is not providing enough slip/conditioning for your hair. I like the MOP C-system hydrating conditioner, Aubrey Organics Honeysuckle Rose conditioner, and Kinky-Curly Knot Today conditioner.

See the website for suggestions from some of the other curlyheads.
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Old 07-09-2007, 08:56 AM   #5
 
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What conditioner are you using? Sometimes a thicker conditioner can make a difference. I had to use like 1/4( ) of a bottle of Alberto VO5 conditioner when I started CG, but now it's more moisturized and easier to detangle since I started using Jessicurl's Too Shea! then Mane 'n Tail conditioner (not fully CG because of lanolin way down on the list but I still like it!).

But, I find that I have to use a lot of conditioner regardless because my hair is coarse, long, and thick. To make detangling easier, there are certain agents to look for in conditioner such as behentrimonium methosulfate (Too Shea! has it).

Some threads on this board list brands that have good detangling conditoners. Good luck!
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Old 07-12-2007, 07:02 AM   #6
 
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Originally Posted by laurabeth33
You need a conditioner with more slip. I reviewed over a hundred conditioners in the following thread. Maybe that can help.

http://www.naturallycurly.com/curlta...ic.php?t=91196

The best conditioners I found for detangling smoothly were:

Elucence Moisture Balancing
Devacurl One Condition
Activate Hydrating Conditioner (old formula, recently in the middle of a reformulation/repricing to over 3x the original price scandal)
Regis Scented Cherry Almond Moisturizing Conditioner

Do you have a Regis salon in your area of Canada? Their store brand Cherry Almond Moisturizing Conditioner was a very inexpensive, extremely effective detangler.

What shampoo and conditioner are you using now? If your shampoo is creating a "flash drying" effect (when your hair doesn't feel wet after shampooing and rinsing, before conditioning, despite having just rinsed the shampoo out), that could be the problem as well since your conditioner is having to create a moist/wet environment as well as needing a normal amount to detangle.
Sorry, I took waaay too long to reply. I am right now using Bath & Body Works Melon shampoo. But I even had this problem before when I was using Dove shampoo and I used it in the winter and no problems.

By more slip, do you mean creamier? The conditioner right now is less creamier and more "silkier and light." I don't think there is a Regis salon around here or that I am aware of. Thanks for the link it looks really informative.
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