Dry hair how to cope?

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No matter what I do lately, my hair always ends up in a dry tangled mess when I put it in a ponytail, bun, or braid out. My hair is funny. It can drink up lighter products but gets weighed down by heavier ones. The frizz is annoying as well. My only solution to this problem is to start a conditioner only method. I think my hair needs more co washing sessions as well. Please give me some 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 !!
What products are you currently using? What are your hair properties?
20 y/o lifelong natural {4a-O ; spongy ; porous ; coarse ; dense ; ~MBL stretched (2 inches from WL)}

products {'poo: TJTTT shampoo | RO: TJTTT Condish | LI/style: TJTTT Condish, SM Manuka Conditioner, homemade cocoa butter cream | DC: condish + ayurvedic powder(s), SM Manuka Mask | PT: condish + NPF | oils: castor oil, grapeseed oil | other treatments: probiotics, tea rinses, AVG rinse/spritz, oil rinse | sealing method: LOCO}

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There could be many factors that contribute to dry hair. Maybe there is a drying chemical in your shampoo, or maybe you are shampooing too much and it is stripping your hair. Maybe you should go with a thicker oil or try a solid grease. That usually works. And if that doesn't work, try a liquid moisturizer. What could really help is making sure hair is getting good oils - coconut oil for sure, castor oil, extra virgin olive oil, canola oil, lavender oil, rosemary oil are some examples. Just try different strategies until you find what works best for your hair.

Good luck!!!
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The products I use are:
•Shea Moisture Curl & Style Milk, Raw Shea Butter Retention Shampoo
•Karen's Body Beautiful Sweet Ambrosia, Heavenly Jojoba Oil, Luscious Locks Hair Mask, Juicy Shampoo Bar, Butter Love
•Trader Joes Jojoba Oil
• Kinky Curly Come Clean and Knot Today
•Giovanni's Tea Tree Shampoo and Direct Leave in

I don't use all the shampoos and conditioners every week. Sometimes I skip the poo and co wash with either Giovanni's Direct Leave in or KBB's luscious locks mask. Styling products and oils I use everyday.
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 !!
Those seem like good products. Have you tried mixing some of the oils and using the combination? That could help with dryness.

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I do mix the oils with the products. I think I go too long without washing. Washing once a week is something I've been doing for about 3 months now. When I was relaxing and at the beginning of my transitioning, I use to co washed 2-3 times a week and that worked fine for me. As my hair grew in thickness I didn't bother to listen to my hair when it was "thirsty". Plus build up makes my hair dull and sticky feeling
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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 !!
Could be protein overload...?
20 y/o lifelong natural {4a-O ; spongy ; porous ; coarse ; dense ; ~MBL stretched (2 inches from WL)}

products {'poo: TJTTT shampoo | RO: TJTTT Condish | LI/style: TJTTT Condish, SM Manuka Conditioner, homemade cocoa butter cream | DC: condish + ayurvedic powder(s), SM Manuka Mask | PT: condish + NPF | oils: castor oil, grapeseed oil | other treatments: probiotics, tea rinses, AVG rinse/spritz, oil rinse | sealing method: LOCO}

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+1 ^^ I was about to say it sounds like some kind of product build up. You might wanna try simplifying your regimen or routine. I have a staple of three or four products that I use and my hair is pretty happy. Simplicity is the key sometimes.


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Thanks for the advice everyone. I dont know if it's the silk protein in Shea moisture products or build up of products overall. I'm going to start back co-washing once or twice a week. My hair is usually soft after a low poo or co wash
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 !!
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