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Old 01-04-2012, 03:27 PM   #1
 
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Default LP Concerns!

Not really concerns, but just questions.

About my hair: When I BC'd it was majorly dry! It took about a month of consistent deep conditioning, heavy baggying, and moisturizing to soften and get it more moisturized. Water beads on my hair, my hair never gets thoroughly wet, and takes half the day to dry, and I only have 3.5" of hair. I can never apply a creamy product without it just sitting there.

This morning, I was determined to have a successful wash and go, so I cowashed, and then just sprayed an Aloe Vera+water+jojoba spritz and went. I had no residue or anything. It's completely dry (not wet) right now, and it is sooooo soft! No rough spots or anything.

My questions are:
How can DT effectively?
Are oils really THAT important, like when I was relaxed, I had to moisturize and seal daily, but now that I'm natural, do I still have to do that?
Since I'm LP, now that I've got moisture in my hair, will the moisture stay?
Is build-up easy to get?

Thank you!
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Deep Condition: Aubrey Organics Rose (1-2x a week)

Co-wash: Aubrey Organics Rose (2x a week)

Protein: Mega Tek (bimonthly, I'm sensative)

Leave-in/ Moisturizer: Vegetable Glycerin-Rose Water Spritz and/or conditioner (daily)

Sealant: Shea butter-coconut oil mixture (daily)

Hair type: 4a/4b?-0S, cottony, thick
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Old 01-04-2012, 07:54 PM   #2
 
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My questions are:
1. How can DT effectively?
2. Are oils really THAT important, like when I was relaxed, I had to moisturize and seal daily, but now that I'm natural, do I still have to do that?
3. Since I'm LP, now that I've got moisture in my hair, will the moisture stay?
Is build-up easy to get?

Thank you!
1. Apply your DC after you've thoroughly wet your hair with warm water. This ensure that the cuticle is opened so that it can receive moisture. Put a plastic cap or bag over your head and place some source of heat over it (handheld or tabletop hair dryer). DC for at least 30 minutes. You don't have to have the heat on your head that whole time (I have a handheld dryer, totally lazy about that).
2. It's still important to moisturize and seal. Or at least seal, since water is moisture. My hair is healthy and I forgo moisturizing after conditioning. Low porosity hair does mean that the moisture doesn't leave your hair as quickly, but you still want it to stay in there!
3. Build-up is very easy to get. As you mentioned, creamy products sit on top of your hair. Choose lighter products (some of Shea Moisture's conditioners are very light) and oils to prevent build-up. Heavy products will weigh your hair down and over moisturize your hair, which can lead to breakage.

Extra credit: After washing and conditioning your hair, let it dry without any product for 15-30 minutes. This cuts down the time it will take to dry when you do apply your moisturizer and/or oil.

Hope this helps!
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Hair type: 3c/4a, fine, dense, low porosity, color treated.

Low poo: Suave cowash once a week, DC weekly, protein treatment bi-weekly. Shampoo every few weeks with AO Swimmer's Shampoo. Minimal build-up due to product choice.

Favorite product(s): Coconut oil, peppermint oil, Organix and Shea Moisture conditioners.

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Old 01-12-2012, 08:39 AM   #3
 
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Originally Posted by Afrochika View Post
My questions are:
1. How can DT effectively?
2. Are oils really THAT important, like when I was relaxed, I had to moisturize and seal daily, but now that I'm natural, do I still have to do that?
3. Since I'm LP, now that I've got moisture in my hair, will the moisture stay?
Is build-up easy to get?

Thank you!
1. Apply your DC after you've thoroughly wet your hair with warm water. This ensure that the cuticle is opened so that it can receive moisture. Put a plastic cap or bag over your head and place some source of heat over it (handheld or tabletop hair dryer). DC for at least 30 minutes. You don't have to have the heat on your head that whole time (I have a handheld dryer, totally lazy about that).
2. It's still important to moisturize and seal. Or at least seal, since water is moisture. My hair is healthy and I forgo moisturizing after conditioning. Low porosity hair does mean that the moisture doesn't leave your hair as quickly, but you still want it to stay in there!
3. Build-up is very easy to get. As you mentioned, creamy products sit on top of your hair. Choose lighter products (some of Shea Moisture's conditioners are very light) and oils to prevent build-up. Heavy products will weigh your hair down and over moisturize your hair, which can lead to breakage.

Extra credit: After washing and conditioning your hair, let it dry without any product for 15-30 minutes. This cuts down the time it will take to dry when you do apply your moisturizer and/or oil.

Hope this helps!
This!

And to add another tip, after applying my LI (which is the final step for me) I always air dry part of the time with using the scarf method (this helps the LI to get inside our notoriously hard to open hair cuticles and help with moisturizing) and then air dry completely uncovered.

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