Luster/shine I hit a dead end

I've hit a road block on this transitioning journey. I am reaching the 6 month mark and everything I was so excited about a few months ago is causing me much frustration. One of the biggest things for me was finding products that not only work well on my hair but work well in conjunction with other products. My other issue was the constant shedding. I did expect my hair to experience some shedding but I lost a lot of my relaxed ends at a rapid rate...so I cut them off a few times a week. Right now I am wearing my hair in a protective style but my hair is not cooperating. Can anyone suggest a product (s) that would add luster and shine to my new growth? My hair is looking so dull.

Thanks in advance


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Do you mean shedding from the roots or breakage? What are your hair properties and full routine at present?
2a-2c, medium texture, porous/ colour treated. Three years CG. Past bra strap length heading for waist.

CO-wash: Inecto coconut/ Elvive Volume Collagen
Treatments: Komaza Care Matani, coconut/ sweet almond/ fractionated coconut oils, Hairveda Sitrinillah
Leave in: Fructis Sleek & Shine (old), Gliss Ultimate Volume, various Elvive
Styler: Umberto Giannini jelly, Au Naturale styling gelee
Flour sack towel, pixie diffuse or air dry.
Experimenting with: benign neglect
Sorry it's breaking and not shedding. I am not sure what my hair properties are bcus I was told I would not be able to know that until I am all natural.

I just started doing protective styles in my hair before that I woild style my hair every day. I wash weekly and alternate btwn deep conditioning and protein treatments. I did one cassia treatment at the beginning of August that I loved and will do another next weekend. I also moiture with water mixed with KBB moisurizer, KBB conditioning creme and seal with coconut oil every morning and night. I also just started taking multi vitamins and increased my water intake.

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Depending on your natural hair type it won't shine regardless of what you put in it. Simply because curly hair doesn't reflect light like straight hair. If it's very curly and kinky it will not shine at all. This means you can think your hair is dry and unhealthy when it is not.

This is part of understanding the difference between curly hair and straight hair.
Sorry it's breaking and not shedding. I am not sure what my hair properties are bcus I was told I would not be able to know that until I am all natural.

I just started doing protective styles in my hair before that I woild style my hair every day. I wash weekly and alternate btwn deep conditioning and protein treatments. I did one cassia treatment at the beginning of August that I loved and will do another next weekend. I also moiture with water mixed with KBB moisurizer, KBB conditioning creme and seal with coconut oil every morning and night. I also just started taking multi vitamins and increased my water intake.

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Originally Posted by Kimley13
Your hair properties are the porosity, elasticity and coarseness of what you have on your head now. They may well change with time as you grow out the damage so you should reassess regularly. It's your natural curl pattern that you won't see for some months.

Ideally you would choose your ingredients and products based on your hair properties and dew points/ humidity: wetting and sealing your hair twice daily could be overkill and lead to weakness or build up of oils/ waxes/ butters which will dull the hair.

Try eating a balanced, varied nutrient dense diet instead of popping pills, no supplement substitutes for poor dietary choices - the body needs essential fatty acids, antioxidant phytonutrients, protein and fibre as well as vitamins and minerals.
2a-2c, medium texture, porous/ colour treated. Three years CG. Past bra strap length heading for waist.

CO-wash: Inecto coconut/ Elvive Volume Collagen
Treatments: Komaza Care Matani, coconut/ sweet almond/ fractionated coconut oils, Hairveda Sitrinillah
Leave in: Fructis Sleek & Shine (old), Gliss Ultimate Volume, various Elvive
Styler: Umberto Giannini jelly, Au Naturale styling gelee
Flour sack towel, pixie diffuse or air dry.
Experimenting with: benign neglect
Thanks ladies.

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I think the first step to getting shine is obviously to get moisture in your hair. Dull hair is usually the result of 'thirsty' hair.

Do you deep condition one per week? If not I'd recommend it as the added moisture will add some shine (hydrated hair looks healthier and shinier than dry, brittle hair after all!).

I'd also say to pre-poo with a penetrative oil like coconut or olive oil to protect your hair before you wash, but also to really moisturise your hair.

You may even want to try the LOC method: LOC Method: The Routine EVERY Curly Should Know

With the breaking issue - again, coconut oil as a pre-poo works wonders (try leaving it in overnight).
Finger-detangle instead of combing.
Also, don't pull on your hair (make sure your protective styles aren't too tight).

Hope some of that helps!
3A with some 3B thrown in. Medium porosity. Medium Thickness. High density.

Pre-poo: Organic Virgin Coconut Oil
Low-poo: SM Coconut & Hibiscus shampoo / ElastaQP Créme Conditioning shampoo
Conditioner: Jason Moisturising Aloe Vera Conditioner

D/C: Experimenting!

Leave-in: Baptism rinse
Styler: Ouidad Climate Control Heat & Humidity


UK curly. CG since October 2013.
Aiming for WL curls (eventually)
Yes that definitely does help. I believe my issue was that I wasn't listening to the signs of my hair. Deep cinditioning weekly and knowing how to apply moisturizing aids that my hair likes has improved the appearance and the texture of my hair. I wasn't being patient and I was becoming very overwhelmed.

Thanks again ladies for the advise.

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