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Old 01-15-2012, 02:14 AM   #1
 
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Default 4a/b coarse, protein sensitive hair in need of help

I've been natural for about two years and I have yet to find the right products that actually work for my hair and leave it feeling moisturized and soft and I'd really like some advice.

Obviously my hair is low porosity but aside from that it is also extremely thick, coarse, and does not like protein. I have tried almost every product you can think of: Darcy's botanical leave ins and milks, Aussie moist conditioner and deep conditioner, herbal essences hello hydration conditioner, all of qhemet biologic, all of bee mine, Garnier frutis moisture contioner, oyin's hair dew, Aubrey's honeysuckle conditioner, Giovanni smooth as silk conditioner, yes to cucumbers conditioner, elasta qp dpr11, the hair mayonnaise that you can get from the beauty supply (thinking my hair might need protein), bed head's moisture maniac conditioner, sauve coconut conditioner, Shea moisture's leave in conditioner, Jessiecurl's wdct, and finally KBB luscious locks hair mask. I've also tried a homemade version of the caramel treatment but all that did was define my curls.

Now most of these products feel good of decent when I first put them on my hair (always freshly washed) but once I rinse it out and begin to try to style it my hair no longer feels soft and moisturized. And when I use the leave ins they only make my hair feel good for about 10-30 minutes max. Then it goes back to feeling dry and hard.

I've also tried different oils and ways to try to seal in products or even just water. I've tried Shea butter, olive oil, coconut oil, and castor oil. My hair doesn't really get along with coconut or olive oil and I learned that they are basically protein that strengthen the hair. Shea butter feels great when I first put it on but after about half an hour my hair feels dry and hard again. My relationship with castor oil is only slightly better. I find that its the only oil that works best with my hair. It doesn't leave it feeling very moisturized but it does last the longest on my hair plus I love how it makes my hair so bright and shiny looking. I've also tried not sealing at all and end up with the same results as when i do use oils only faster.

So basically I've tried everything on my hair but nothing seems to work. I'm so fed up with it that at this point I hardly even bother with it and just tie it with a scarf and leave that on for the day. I even thought my hair might not be low porosity and tried the strand test and even after 6 hours, the strands were still merrily floating at the top. It might have lasted longer but my mother saw the bowl and threw away the water not knowing what it was.

Right now the products I am using are Shea moisture's raw Shea butter soap to cleanse (this stuff is amazing and leaves my hair feeling like butter when I rinse it out), just started using neutrogina triple moisture daily deep conditioner and like it so far even though once my hair starts to dry it feels dry and hard but no longer brittle which is a plus, and as a leave in/moisturizer I use olive oil hair lotion or s-curl. These are the only things that don't make my hair feel too bad though that doesn't mean it's even close to being considered in healthy condition.

So I'm asking you fellow curlies; any advice for this poor girl who is officially at the end of her wits?

P.S. I wrote typed this on my phone so please excuse any errors.
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Old 01-15-2012, 06:13 AM   #2
 
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Only thing our hair has in common is low porosity--mine is fine and LOVES protein. I am an admitted product strumpet and rotate a lot of products. My new love is Curly Kinks - Natural curling gelly & products for kinky curly coily hair types. I won't use a product more then every five days (although I wet and style everyday.) I count the time before I can use these again.

I did a review on them Curly Kinks They are protein free and very moisturizing.
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Old 01-15-2012, 05:34 PM   #3
 
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I have noticed that a lot of the girls with low porosity have fine hair which is disheartening because I feel like an oddball for having such different hair especially when most products that everyone raves about end up doing absolutely nothing for my hair.

Thanks for your recommendation. I'll check out the curly kinks products.
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Old 01-15-2012, 05:43 PM   #4
 
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Actually, most curly hair is fine. Not sure, but I think the % I read is about 70. A lot of curlies think they have coarse hair, when it's just dry.

I actually use natural soap bars to cleanse. I think those with low porosity like them better then most others. The biggest issue is probably protein.

Some other lines you may want to try, in addition to the Curly Kinks, are Komaza and Marie Dean. They both make richer products. Curl Junkie is also very popular. A lot of folks who are sensitive to ingredients in other products seem able to use CJ. Marsha, the owner, would say that it's all in the formulation.
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Old 01-15-2012, 06:48 PM   #5
 
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It's funny that you mention that about hair textures. My mother is constantly telling me that my used to be fine and curlier but after my aunt permed my hair when I went to visit her for a summer, it changed became coarse and has been that way ever since. Even when looking at some of the pictures of when I was younger my hair looks much healthier and it looks like the strands were fine. Even now I have a few fine strands so I think it's mostly damage from relaxers, heat styling tools, and improper moisture that makes my hair so dry. But no matter what I try nothing seems to really penetrate and last for even a few hours.

I am in love with the shea moisture raw shea butter bar because it leaves my hair so soft. I have found that lots of sulfate free shampoos I use seems to leave my hair soft and manageable, it's the conditioners and leave ins that never seem to work for me.

I've been tempted to try CJ but I've spent so much money on other products already and they always seem to not live up to the hype. I've been cynical about ordering more things online especially when shipping is so expensive and I'm just a poor college student
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