I Neeeeeed Moisture. Help!

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Ok. So I'm about to be 7 months post (Jan 1st. yaaaay me!). I really enjoyed the 1st 6 months of my journey. I've been protective styling it in Box Braids (my fav), French Braids and Bantu Knots. But now that I'm headed into the 2nd half I <i>reeeeally</i> want to give my hair a break from the box braids and start wearing my hair out, but im a little scared because my hair doesnt hold any moisture. I've noticed that my hair sucks up sooo much moisture. I can put a good amount of castor oil on my hair and by the time I turn around my hair is dry again. It feels dry and wiry (I guess that's because my texture is course) I do hot oil treatment and use castor oil to grease my scalp. What else can I do or use to preserve some moisture in my hair. I don't want my hair to break because of the lack of moisture.
Water water and more water. Natural hair loves this stuff. Spray you hair with water and the put the castor oil.

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What are you actually using to moisturize your hair?? Castor oil is great as a sealant, but what is it sealing?

What kind of deep conditioning do you do? What leave-in do you use prior to the castor oil? That's only to be key to helping you retain your moisture. It can be as simple as spritzing your hair with water and layering the castor oil on top; for me, I have a homemade spritz that I use prior to oiling.

Just remember, as a general rule oil does not equal moisture. The oil should be used to help retain the moisture, but doesn't provide it by itself (there are a few small exceptions to the rule).
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What are you actually using to moisturize your hair?? Castor oil is great as a sealant, but what is it sealing?

What kind of deep conditioning do you do? What leave-in do you use prior to the castor oil? That's only to be key to helping you retain your moisture. It can be as simple as spritzing your hair with water and layering the castor oil on top; for me, I have a homemade spritz that I use prior to oiling.

Just remember, as a general rule oil does not equal moisture. The oil should be used to help retain the moisture, but doesn't provide it by itself (there are a few small exceptions to the rule).
Originally Posted by Ronnieaj
Well now I see what the problem is. I don't use any hair grease to grease my scalp. I used castor oil as my grease. NOW I SEE!!! I use Shea Moisture's Deep Treatment Masque as a deep conditioner. I mix it with some olive or coconut oil so I can get a real deep condition.

My mom just pressed my hair yesterday and it feels Aaaamazing because it's well greased. She lightly used some Indian Hemp and I sealed it with castor oil. I used to grease my scalp all the time when I had a perm but now that I'm going natural, I find myself pushing grease away. 1 reason for that is I was reading some natural hair forums and they were saying that hair grease clogs up the pores in your scalp and stunts hair growth. Which scared me because I want my scalp to breathe. But I have to start greasing it again because I HATE when my hair is dry!!!
Well, grease won't impart any real moisture either... Since grease is really a solid form of oil. You need a water based moisturizer before you seal with an oil based product. Sent from my T-Mobile G2 using CurlTalk App
After you wash you need to use a water based leave in conditioner (my favorite one right now is Darcy's botanicals transitioning cream), then seal in the moisture with an oil based product. You can use castor oil for that. Right now I'm loving Qhemet's Honey and Olive Hydrating Balm. These two steps are enough for me but some use a moisturizing cream over the leave in and sealer.
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