Swamp Curls

Hi! I'm over here from where I've been lurking on the Long Hair Community
This was my hair around the Holidays. It was happy that day! I wish I remembered what I used! But, it tends to be happier in winter... It is longer now (elbow length?) It curls and frizzes like crazy and I'm hoping to get some clarity on how to make my curls happy rather than a frizzy dull mess.

As for specifics- I'm still learning the lingo around here but I'm pretty sure that I have:
2a Wavy Swavy
Low porosity (doesn't sink in water)
iii - 4 1/2 inches circumference ponytail
Medium width & Medium density(I think?)
Long (I knew that!)
Sulfate and Gluten sensitive
Allergic to Pomegranate (which is in SO many things!)
I live in Louisiana. Swamp Country. In summer(Mar-Nov), the humidity stays around 90% and the dew point around 75* so basically, we need gills to breathe LOL. The UV also stays very high/extreme almost year-round.

I've been doing the CO wash thing since I realized that sulfates make my scalp itch and my neck break out, but having problems with build-up, so I had tried the Organix shampoos but they were still too harsh, so I'm looking for a low-poo to get build-up out.

I'm trying to figure out what to look for and what to avoid... humectant, emollients, proteins, anti-humectants, silicones, oils?

About humidity & humectants:
Humidity, Humectants and the Dew Point
"When the dew point for your area is at 60°F or above, it might be a good idea to apply some product with anti-humectant properties."
And this says that the idea is to have very moisturized hair and use anti-humectants when the dew point is high (which is "usually" around here)
So, I'm thinking humectants are bad year round and anti-humectants are good for summer....

I'm starting to understand about -cones: They build up and are hard to get out with sulfate-free products so only use anything -cone when I'm planning on using low-poo to get them out. ttp://www.naturallycurly.com/curlreading/curl-products/whats-the-scoop-on-silicones

Proteins:
Low Porosity and Gluten sensitivity makes me think that I should avoid proteins.
"Low porosity hair is also prone to build-up from protein-rich deep conditioning products, which can leave it feeling stiff and straw-like. Stick to protein-free conditioners" "Proteins are generally hygroscopic, meaning they attract water molecules from the air, so they also act as humectants." This also goes on to say that humectants are good for low-porosity but I've decided against that because I live in high-humidity, high dew point climate. How Does Hair Porosity Affect Curly Hair?

So, avoid proteins because I have low porosity hair and live in high dew point climate.



Wow, that was confusing...



I'm thinking my problem has been silicones I didn't notice and proteins I didn't know were bad for me... in my conditioners (Garnier Fructis Triple Nutrition's new formula, and vo5 Moisture Milk Passion Fruit) They're sneaky... but I hate to waste, so I'm going to use GFTN for shaving and give the protein one to my mom who has fine hair LOL





Conclusions:
*All the time- no sulfate, gentle surfactants, no wheat protein/gluten, no pomegranate
*Avoid- proteins, humectant, cones
*Look for- Antihumectant, UV protect
*After using cones or protein, use low-poo with cocamidopropyl betaine or cocobetaine to remove residue

Also looking for a anti-humectant, UV protection "finisher" with no silicones or protein, preferably not thick (and inexpensive?) since my hair is so long... but maybe spray, serum or mousse? Having trouble with the search feature... maybe they don't exist?

But, theoretically I could use -cones mousse or spray if I use a low-poo with no sulfates but with cocamidopropyl betaine or cocobetaine...Right?

Considering Renpure Organics - Argan Oil Luxurious Shampoo (16 oz for $6 FTW!) as a low-poo
Keeping my VO5 Blackberry Sage Tea Therapy Revitalizing Conditioner for CO wash
Keeping my TRESemme - Naturals Vibrantly Smooth Conditioner for conditioner which says silicone free and I think is also protein free, but it's not listed in the products section here Water/Aqua/Eau, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Stearyl Alcohol, Cetyl Alcohol, Stearamidopropyl Dimethylamine, Fragrance (Parfum), Caprylyl Glycol, Lauroyl Lysine, Brassica Campestris/Aleurites Fordi Oil Copolymer, Aspartic Acid, Distearyldimonium Chloride, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Benzyl Alcohol, Citric Acid, Alcohol, Isopropyl Alcohol, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Leaf Extract

I'm also going to try the plopping method with a t-shirt and shower-conditioner combing, looking in to getting a satin pillowcase... but I kinda like my hairbrush for second day oil distributing, which is a Sonia Kashuk boar hair blend very much like this Sonia KashukŪ Hair Brush : Target

I also want to say THANKS for all the science help on here! This site is awesome!
Welcome, SugarCaned! You're off to a great start! There's so much to learn and so much comes down to trial and error. Sometime, what "should" work for me doesn't and what "shouldn't" work, works like a charm. You've figured out far more than I did when I first came here!
3B, fine, normal to low porosity
Modified CG since June 2010
HGs: FSG, anything with glycerin, Tresemme Naturals conditioner, Curls Like Us cloths, satin pillowcases.
Welcome, Sugar!
Gretchen
NaturallyCurly.com co-founder
3A

You are beautiful!
Love the part where you said you 'needed gills to breath' I so understand what you mean. I live in NC but the dew points are usually in the 70s most days. Sometimes I think cones would be nice to fight the frizz but I refuse to give in! It sounds like you already know a lot..it has took me over 2 months of stalking these forums daily to learn what you already know!
Thanks for the welcomes! I'll be posting more here than I have on LHC, lol

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