products for dry air

anyone have any ideas on what to use on hair in dry air? It's so dry now - my hair has no life. I'm not talking styling products but shampoo or conditioner that won't weigh down fine hair.
PW:curlyhaired

Natural hair color - dark brunette
Fine, thinish hair/3a, 3b
My hair seems to have more body when I use shampoo bars (I use: Dr. Bronner's Baby soap) and light condishes like suave or Trader Joe's Nourish. I try to use a super-rich conditioner every so many washes, so I don't feel too bad using light ones most of the time.

Also try mixing some aloe vera in your gel -- my gets really bouncy and curly with aloe!
2A/3A, high porosity, fine, normal elasticity.
Shampoo Bar: Dr. Bronner's Baby Bar
Condish: KBB Milk/Mop Top/TJ Nourish
Leave-In: See Above!
Curl Enhancer: KCCC/BB Gelee
Hold: Fuzzy Duck(med)/BRHG(strong)
2nd Day Hair: FOTE + Dab BRHG

Loving BB Gelee right now
my hair likes: protein, light gels/sprays
Fotki: pw=curly
If you use the "search the forums" link and search for "dry climate products" you can get some great ideas! It looks like you're not alone...
Currently on the shelf:
Cowash- suave coconut
condish- Biolage Conditioning Balm
Still experimenting with styling products-
BRHG, Kenra Moisturizing Condish (as a leave in), Mirra Gel and Mousse just added
Hair is getting healthier every day! Avoiding glycerin & alcohol for now.
I have fine hair that gets weighed down. I use Kinky-Curly Come Clean once a week or so for shampoo. For daily conditioners I use Jessicurl Too Shea! and Aubrey Organics Honeysuckle Rose. Every two weeks, I use Nexxus Emergencee (a protein treatment).

One thing that helped with my dry hair when I first went CG was Jane Carter's Hair Nourishing Serum. It is a lightweight oil that I would scrunch into dry, frizzy sections. It really helped my hair curl better. Now that my damaged hair is gone, I don't use it much, but it was a great product early on.
Loose botticelli curls and waves
No silicones/no sulfates since March 2008
C ~

I've tried using just a light/thin leave-in conditioner & found I'd have to slather it on so I don't look puffy & fly away. But all that does is weigh down my fine hair.

And I don't change out rinse-out conditioners or shampoos for the season anymore so I'm no help there.

But what I'm back to using is something that's listed in Aubrey Organics styling aid line: http://www.aubrey-organics.com/Produ...?productid=512

It doesn't have any hold ingredients, to my knowledge. I consider it to be more like a leave-in moisturizer. I get hair that doesn't feel the least bit dry & after what crunch it gives is scrunched out, it has shine. And it doesn't look or feel weighed down.

Whole Foods might have it, but if not, they can order it in so you don't have to pay shipping.
I struggle with the dry climate too! Sometimes I think we need sections on this forum entitled "dry climate curlies" and "damp climate curlies." Wouldn't that be helpful? I'm tired of, for example, reading about fabulous products and then I look at the ingredients and see that it's loaded with glycerin -- which wouldn't work here in the desert.

Anyway.... I've found that Aloeba is a great leave-in. It really helps my hair. Pricy, and I try to do CG cheap, but I only use 2-3 teeny tiny drops of it.

LVPNG can give me great hair days as well, as long as I don't use it very often (does the protein build up? who knows. I just obey when my hair rebels!)

Lazy Loops, I keep hearing about the Aubrey Mandarin Magic, and it always sounds right up my alley because of what you said. Moisturizing, adds shine... But it's just expensive! How long would you say that 8 oz. bottle lasts you? Like the Aloeba, it would have to last for a long time for me to justify.
Dry climate
2C/3A, fine texture, high porosity, medium-low density

For me, desert climate+porous hair+CG=inconsistent results!
Lazy Loops, I keep hearing about the Aubrey Mandarin Magic, and it always sounds right up my alley because of what you said. Moisturizing, adds shine... But it's just expensive! How long would you say that 8 oz. bottle lasts you? Like the Aloeba, it would have to last for a long time for me to justify.
Originally Posted by tendrilly
This is my first full bottle. When I originally tried it, it was a sample from another member. But it seems a little goes a long way. It spreads easily.
Tendrilly, isn't the primary ingredient in the Mandarin Jelly aloe vera gel? A lot of people use aloe alone or combined with an oil or their leave in, etc., on their hair. It's very moisturizing but it seems lightweight to me. Plus it's cheap. It doesn't have much if any hold on its own, but you can mix in some of your regular gel if you need that.

You might also look into making flax seed gel (which you can mix with aloe or not), which is also very moisturizing and seems light on my hair. There are lots of threads about it and the recipe is very simple and easy (and again, it's very cheap). I'm liking it a lot so far.
2-something? Coarse, medium underneath. Mid-back. On CG since 5/9/07.
Washing COs: VO5 Blackberry, Suave Cherry
Detangle and leave-in: Sally's GVP Conditioning Balm -- I found my HG CO!
Seal with camellia oil
Leave-in: Aura cherry almond
Gels: Homemade FSG, Eco-styler
Plus: SOTC or smooth with camellia oil, JC Nourish & Shine
Homemade food-based DTs
RC color
Tendrilly, isn't the primary ingredient in the Mandarin Jelly aloe vera gel? A lot of people use aloe alone or combined with an oil or their leave in, etc., on their hair. It's very moisturizing but it seems lightweight to me. Plus it's cheap. It doesn't have much if any hold on its own, but you can mix in some of your regular gel if you need that.
Originally Posted by RozettaStone
It seems as if AO's website is having technical difficulties, but I found these ingredients elsewhere & hope they're correct since my bottle of such is upstairs:

Water, Panthenol (Vitamin B-5), Aloe Vera Gel, Tragacanth and Gum Arabic Blend, Ginkgo Leaf, Ginseng Root, Chinese Magnolia Blossoms, Chinese Angelica, Chrysanthemum, Earth Smoke, Morus Root, Mandarin Orange Peel, Aubrey's Preservative (Citrus Seed Extract, Vitamins A, C and E).
ETA: I guess it is. I also found it on Curly Nikki's blog (by the way, Happy Belated B-day, Nik!):
http://www.curlynikki.com/2008/10/au...ic-ginkgo.html


Aloe alone, for me, felt like it was sucking the moisture right out of my hair. I now only use it for skin conditions; bug bites, scratches, sun or kitchen burns...

Last edited by lazy loops; 05-15-2009 at 12:06 PM.
In the winter (ie dry air) I had great success with the Chagrin Valley SOAP bars and a light rinse out. I did a weekly ACV and DT.
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Tendrilly, isn't the primary ingredient in the Mandarin Jelly aloe vera gel? A lot of people use aloe alone or combined with an oil or their leave in, etc., on their hair. It's very moisturizing but it seems lightweight to me. Plus it's cheap. It doesn't have much if any hold on its own, but you can mix in some of your regular gel if you need that.

You might also look into making flax seed gel (which you can mix with aloe or not), which is also very moisturizing and seems light on my hair. There are lots of threads about it and the recipe is very simple and easy (and again, it's very cheap). I'm liking it a lot so far.
Originally Posted by RozettaStone
Yes, this is one of the frustrating things. In theory, AVG should be my best friend. I tried and tried, but could never get aloe vera gel (FOTE is what I was using) to do anything good for my hair. It actually left it dry and as frizzy as ever, and kind of coated feeling, go figure.

As for the flax seed gel, I have played with that and made a few batches and tested it a lot, but have left it on the back burner for now. I would still get frizz by afternoon just like with other things, even though that is supposed to be moisturizing too.

So far my best gel is KCCC. It defines and clumps unlike other gels, though I still get some frizz. He doesn't even know this, but the days that my husband compliments my hair always happen to be KCCC days!
Dry climate
2C/3A, fine texture, high porosity, medium-low density

For me, desert climate+porous hair+CG=inconsistent results!

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