The top layers of my hair are very dry!

These days I've noticed how dry the top layers of my hair are! They look parched but they curl and as the rest of my hair. The thing that bothers me is how dry the hair feels and the frizziness! Is there a way to make the top layers healthier and less dry?

Please help :/
What is your routine? How long have you been CG?
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You've got FOTE listed as something you're wanting to try. Have you tried it yet? I only ask because it works for some but for me it's totally drying. I'm finding the even products with Aloe in them bother my hair.

I'd suggest finding a really good deep conditioner and do a good overnight DT. See if that helps. Also find a regular conditioner that's more moisturizing and use that just on the top dry layer. I love Aubrey Organics Honeysuckle Rose. I even use it as a leave-in watered down and honey added.
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I currently use VO5 conditioner (moisture milks), then i apply LOOB and AG Re:coil, and after that I plop for about 15 minutes. I apply some Garnier Fructis gel and i plop again for 5 minutes and finally, I diffuse for 5-10 minutes.

I've been CG for only a few weeks because I had to restart. There was build up and my curls became frizzier and all that

And no I haven't tried FOTE. I can't seem to find it.
I've never used AG:Recoil do don't know if that might be bothering you. LOOB (which I love) has the am-something-cone in it which is water soluable but it builds up on some people. Others can't use it at all. That could be your culprit. You might try to eliminate it for a while and see what happens.

You might just need a more moisturizing conditioner on your top layers. I do that all the time. I add more leave-in where I need it.

When I first started I was using a conditioner with the -xave cone in it and didn't even know it. I had to start CG all over again after thinking I was doing it right for 6 weeks. You'll eventually find what works for you.

Here are some photos of my hair before and after CG. You can see the straight super dry hunks of hair really well in my before. It does get better. Have patience.
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My top layers are like that when I go too long between trims or have been using too much heat on them. I tend to blowdry at the top of my head first - in the same spot each time.

The top layers are also the ones that get the most sunlight and UV rays are damaging to hair. Maybe a moisturizing products that has sunscreen in it?
I currently use VO5 conditioner (moisture milks), then i apply LOOB and AG Re:coil, and after that I plop for about 15 minutes. I apply some Garnier Fructis gel and i plop again for 5 minutes and finally, I diffuse for 5-10 minutes.

I've been CG for only a few weeks because I had to restart. There was build up and my curls became frizzier and all that

And no I haven't tried FOTE. I can't seem to find it.
Originally Posted by mayxstatic
LOOB with the Silicone and RECOIL with mag sulph could be causing you problems. You may want to lo-poo and DT. Consider rotating your products or finding more "natural" products instead. Also, StruttsWife has a web site with lots of helpful info to figure out what kind of products work with your type of hair.
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LOOB with the Silicone and RECOIL with mag sulph could be causing you problems. You may want to lo-poo and DT. Consider rotating your products or finding more "natural" products instead. Also, StruttsWife has a web site with lots of helpful info to figure out what kind of products work with your type of hair.
Originally Posted by DEL2C
As previously stated, the canopy is the most exposed and has a tendency to be dryer than the rest of your hair. I totally agree with DEL2C, it could be some of the chemicals in your products. The natural products have really helped my curl and volume.
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My top layers are like that when I go too long between trims or have been using too much heat on them. I tend to blowdry at the top of my head first - in the same spot each time.

The top layers are also the ones that get the most sunlight and UV rays are damaging to hair. Maybe a moisturizing products that has sunscreen in it?
Originally Posted by Speckla
I have the same issue.... When I DT I always lift up that canopy hair and add some extra product to that hair. It will eventually become more healthy and curl better; but the canopy really takes a beating!
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I agree with the others, the canopy really gets a lot more abuse cause it sits right on top and is more exposed to everything. My canopy is always drier than the rest of my hair but over time it has gotten a lot healthier with regular trims and lots of conditioning.
I would definitely look into the ingredients in some of your products. For me, mag sulfate which is in the recoil is very drying. I also found LOOB very drying and I can't use many proteins cause they make my hair feel dry and strawlike. The VO5 moisture milks have protein.
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I'm sorry - I meant to put that in my last post and hit send too soon. I also cant use the mag sulf products or the Loob - any cones, even water soluble ones, dry my hair out pronto.
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This may sound counterproductive, but try clarifying with a chelating poo like Redken Hair Cleansing Cream. I find it non-stripping (my hair is EASILY stripped) and it removes hard water minerals. Use a DT afterwards. I do this weekly and it helps a lot.
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Okay, i'm going to try eliminating LOOB and Re:coil to see if theres a difference.

Does anyone have any DT's that they can recommend? preferably the ones you can get at drugstores?

Thank you so much for all your help!
:'(

I tried deleting LOOB and Re:coil but i think it made it worse.

I don't know what else to try! HELP
:'(

I tried deleting LOOB and Re:coil but i think it made it worse.

I don't know what else to try! HELP
Originally Posted by mayxstatic
Yeah, but two days is probably too soon to see a difference! Did you clarify? Did you DT? What are you using instead of LOOB and Re:coil as stylers? We wanna help!



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The cone in LOOB is a peg one. But to me it sounds like that familiar mag sulfate.....baaaaaad stuff to many of us-gives you dry spider-webby frizz on the top layers.....yuck! I have never tried recoil but if it has that in it...try stearing clear of just that product for a while.
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Rinse out & Leave in: Suave Tropical Coconut/Garnier Triple Nutrition
Gel: Herbal Essences Set Me Up/Aussie Tizz No Frizz
I searched for a LONG time for a solution for this. Finally I found that a good leave-in conditioner is a MUST. I love Biolage conditioning balm and I use quite a good amount of it. (I heard that the knock-off of this at Sally's is just as good and cheaper) I apply it to wet hair and work it through very well or sometimes comb with a wide tooth comb if I want looser curls, then sometimes my curling cream (I like the pink boots or Mop C) and then some gel if I want some. When it is COMPLETELY dry I scrunch out the crunch gently. I never have dry hair even on the canopy anymore.

Coconut oil is also great for that. I sometimes smooth it only on the top layer when my hair is still damp.
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If it is the Mg Sulfate that's bothering your hair it may take quite a while to rectify. If I remember right it took me a week or more to undo the damage the Mag Sulfate in the Jessi Curl products did to my hair.

It's best to try to add or remove one product at a time to find out what's really bothering you. I know it's hard especially when you don't like how your hair looks. Hang in there! It will get better!
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Today I did my regular routine but I didnt use a diffuser and instead of VO5, I went back to the Suave naturals conditioner that I had left (coconut). My hair was A LOT better. One person told me that my hair looked "specially curly" today. Hahaha

I also took about a pea size of the conditioner and put it in my hair. I think this is considered a leave-in? Thank you everyone for your help! I feel at home.

And I'm on the hunt for a good DT. I definitely think my hair needs some moisture haha.

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