At wit's end with dry, snarly tangles

I am a botticelli curly, and so is my 6 year old daughter.

I am about to go off the deep end in frustration. Her hair (mid back length) is perpetually dry, snarly and a nightmare to comb, even with a ton of conditioner. I have tried CG methods (using Suave), Devacurl, and even tried Suave shampoo. The result is the same. Her hair won't wet properly, it's a nightmare to get knots out of, it flash dries, and the second I rinse the conditioner out, it's back to the prewash state.

My hair is having the same issue...

I am wondering if it could be high mineral content - our tubs have iron stains from faucet drips, and we get a lot of scale buildup on stuff. How do I deal with this? A household water softener is not an option - we are renting.

Help!
I am a botticelli curly, and so is my 6 year old daughter.

I am about to go off the deep end in frustration. Her hair (mid back length) is perpetually dry, snarly and a nightmare to comb, even with a ton of conditioner. I have tried CG methods (using Suave), Devacurl, and even tried Suave shampoo. The result is the same. Her hair won't wet properly, it's a nightmare to get knots out of, it flash dries, and the second I rinse the conditioner out, it's back to the prewash state.

My hair is having the same issue...

I am wondering if it could be high mineral content - our tubs have iron stains from faucet drips, and we get a lot of scale buildup on stuff. How do I deal with this? A household water softener is not an option - we are renting.

Help!
Originally Posted by aussieginnie
Hard water could be a potential issue – but have you considered your hair might be protein sensitive? Those issues sound very similar – do a search on the boards for more info re: protein sensitivity and how to find products that work. HTH!
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Last edited by poemaXX; 12-09-2012 at 07:13 PM.
+1 protein. I would start there.

Hard water can cause problems as well but that usually results in a waxy feel, I think.
remember, with all advice or suggestions for your hair, YMMV!!
My hair:
2b wavy, medium texture, low porosity, med-high density. Protein finicky.
My routine:
Cleansing: DCNP, every 4-5 days (occasionally use CJ cleansers).
RO: CJSC, occasionally use JCDC
LI: KCKT or CJSL
Gel: KCCC, CJCIAB for 2nd day hair (sometimes third)

Heat is my friend: warm water rinses, steam caps, and diffuse dry. I love CLU cloths and my Denman.
Of product, oils, etc on hair. That can cause similar problems.
Also, suave conditioners aren't super moisturizing, so maybe her hair needs a heavier conditioner and leave in conditioner.
Fine Texture, Normal Porosity, Normal Elasticity. Dyed to brown a few months ago.
Lowpoo:
Trader Joe's TTT Shampoo
Rinse Out:
Yes to Carrots, AOHR, Aubrey Organics Rosemary Peppermint
LI: Yes to Carrots
Stylers: Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie, LA Looks Sports, Suave Professionals Captivating Curls Whipped Mousse
If your water leaves stains that could be why. I know when I tried to wash my hair in New York it was all bad because I live in Memphis and we have soft water so my hair freaked and spent the rest of the trip in a bun.

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