Excessively Dry Hair

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Join Date: May 2011
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Hi ladies,

I need help with combating excessively dry hair. I can't seem to get my hair to stay moisturized all day. In the mornings my hair looks great, but once the day is almost over, my hair is really dry, and frizzy. My hair is always super soft after I deep condition or co wash. I thinking about trying out new styling products. I don't want to go product junkie crazy though. Any tips or product recommendations? Also my hair is starting to hate braid/twist outs. I also get excessive dryness + tangles from doing them. My scalp also gets very dry and itchy. Even when it's moisturized, still itchy. I've just been wearing my hair in a bun. I have reached the 3 month mark in my transition to natural hair. I just need a little boost of help in creating a new regeimn to work with. I will gladly appreciate any kind of input or advice. I'm really trying to be patient with this issue. Thanks!
Products I'm currently :
  • Karen's Body Beautiful Sweet Ambrosia (Vanilla Latte scent)
  • Shea Moisture Coconut & Hibiscus Curl & Style Milk
  • Certified Organic Coconut Oil
  • Karen's Body Beautiful Heavenly Jojoba Oil
Staple Deep Conditioners: Giovanni Direct Leave-in and Karen's Body Beautiful Luscious Locks Hair Mask

Recent newbie to the Curly Girl Method
6 months post relaxer. I will be 7 months post September 17 !!
Can you tell us what your current regimen is? What are you using to keep the hair moisturized in between washings?
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Join Date: May 2011
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I usually wash my hair with a sulfate free shampoo once a week. I co wash my hair once a week as well. I also deep condition my hair once a week. I moisturize my hair daily. But I'm starting to realize sulfate free poos are drying to my hair as well. I washed my hair with conditioner twice since this post. It's working pretty well at keeping the itching away. I use all natural products on my hair.
Products I'm currently :
  • Karen's Body Beautiful Sweet Ambrosia (Vanilla Latte scent)
  • Shea Moisture Coconut & Hibiscus Curl & Style Milk
  • Certified Organic Coconut Oil
  • Karen's Body Beautiful Heavenly Jojoba Oil
Staple Deep Conditioners: Giovanni Direct Leave-in and Karen's Body Beautiful Luscious Locks Hair Mask

Recent newbie to the Curly Girl Method
6 months post relaxer. I will be 7 months post September 17 !!
I had the same problem when I first started wearing my hair natural. I started using products without silicones and I saw a complete turn around in my hair. From what I understand, silicones are great when you are using heat because it gives protection against the heat. It's not so great for wearing your hair natural because the coating keeps your hair form getting moisture. I hope that helps.
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Join Date: May 2011
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I don't really use silicones. Only for straightening, which I've only done twice since I started transitioning. My scalp is fine since I began using conditioner only. I wash with a sulfate free shampoo when I feel my hair has build up or looks dull. My scalps is less dry. I don't have to apply oils/butters to it often. Maybe once a week now instead of daily.
Products I'm currently :
  • Karen's Body Beautiful Sweet Ambrosia (Vanilla Latte scent)
  • Shea Moisture Coconut & Hibiscus Curl & Style Milk
  • Certified Organic Coconut Oil
  • Karen's Body Beautiful Heavenly Jojoba Oil
Staple Deep Conditioners: Giovanni Direct Leave-in and Karen's Body Beautiful Luscious Locks Hair Mask

Recent newbie to the Curly Girl Method
6 months post relaxer. I will be 7 months post September 17 !!
Stop with the shampoo each week. Also, do more cowash and use your conditioner as your leave-in. You should consider saturating your hair with the cone-free conditioner, style or shape your curls, and then let it air dry.

Seal in the moisture with natural oils. I prefer virgin coconut oil because it's not as thick as olive oil and coconut penetrates deeper than olive oil.

Do this 4-7 times a week especially if you have dryer than normal hair. You can shampoo once every other week if you use natural oils to seal in moisture or at least shampoo once a month during your once a month detangle session.

You will be able to cut out the deep conditioning but maintain your protein treatments once a month for damaged hair or once every 2 months for naturally dry hair.


PRINCETON
Just a guy with long curly hair
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I agree with Princeton. Shampooing every week is alot for really curly hair. I cowash twice a week and deep condition with heat once a week faithfully. I also use a protein deep conditioner once every 4-6 weeks.
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Join Date: May 2011
Posts: 398
I agree also. Any type of shampooing is drying to curly hair. I have about 2-3 inches of natural hair and it gets very dry after using sulfate free 'poos. Sulfate shampoos are horrible for my hair. I'll try exclusively washing my hair with conditioner for the rest of the spring/summer season and see how that goes. Thank you both for the advice
Products I'm currently :
  • Karen's Body Beautiful Sweet Ambrosia (Vanilla Latte scent)
  • Shea Moisture Coconut & Hibiscus Curl & Style Milk
  • Certified Organic Coconut Oil
  • Karen's Body Beautiful Heavenly Jojoba Oil
Staple Deep Conditioners: Giovanni Direct Leave-in and Karen's Body Beautiful Luscious Locks Hair Mask

Recent newbie to the Curly Girl Method
6 months post relaxer. I will be 7 months post September 17 !!

Last edited by hippiedoll; 05-16-2012 at 09:31 PM.

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