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rakhkovskaya 09-30-2012 02:59 PM

HELP: Desert-dry hair
Hi there, curly beauties! I am in need of some expert curly advice:

I have recently moved to the Southwest and the new climate is leaving my hair DRY and frizzy and, as a result, difficult to manage. :crybaby:I wash my hair every other day, and basically on the morning of day 2 it looks so dull, shapeless and dried out that I resort to putting in up and spend much time untangling it the next day =\


curl type: 2c, the Jewish explosion
texture: very fine
color: naturally light brown w/some gold & copper. I have been dying it chocolate brown or black to match my eyebrows and skin tone (I've tried to only use mostly natural dyes, like Aveda)
length: medium, 2-3" below the shoulders
styling: I put the milk in my wet or damp hair, brush it out w/my fingers, scrunch, let air dry almost completely, then diffuse.
products: shea moisture thickening shampoo, conditioner & milk from Target (I have been using their curl line, but have switched).

Another concern is that I have very sensitive skin: I have been hesitant in applying anything too oily in fear of breaking out on my face and neck. I would prefer all-natural products, but at this point anything goes! Please, let me know what you think!

Thanks a bunch


SaraNoH 09-30-2012 06:29 PM

Really the only things to do is load up on moisturizing products, seal with an oil, and avoid humectant ingredients, like glycerin and honey (those are the big ones). It's a tough battle, but personally I find an oily leave in is one of the only things that really, consistently helps. You said your skin is a bit sensitive, so my suggestion would be to experiment with plopping. I used to have really bad bacne until I started plopping consistently because my skin would not come in contact with hair products. My bacne cleared up really fast and hasn't been a problem since. This way you can include oils without breaking out or anything.

jsuzkelley 09-30-2012 07:05 PM

+1 to Sara's suggestions.

curlypearl 09-30-2012 07:20 PM

Another +1 to SaraNoH's suggestions.

Here's another idea: instead of shampooing every other day, on some of those days use a "no poo" instead. Deva makes a No Poo which many of us like. It is used instead of shampoo, or just rinse with a good conditioner. If you can get away with shampooing less frequently, your hair will be less dry.

You have a great smile in the last picture - best of luck!

mom23angels 10-01-2012 04:49 PM

I also am with The above suggestions. The only thing I would add is an ACV rinse. The desert tap water has a lot of minerals in it. The vinegar helps remove them. I use 2 tsp with 3 drops of lemon essential oil to 2 c. water. I use this after I cleanse and condition, pour it over my hair, massage my scalp a bit then rinse with cool water. I can use it every other day.

DepressedCurls 10-01-2012 04:53 PM

I have no new advice. But you are beautiful. Just had to tell you.

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NvmbrCurlss 10-01-2012 08:23 PM

I second all the suggestions above. Want to add that SM products break me out ( coconut oil and Shea) , I only use the milk, not all 3 and I am working on cutting the milk with kckt to disperse better. I know how frustrating sensitive skin can b when choosing products. Shout out to my hair twin jkells! :)

rakhkovskaya 10-02-2012 07:24 PM

Thank you everyone for the compliments and the helpful advice! I have armed myself with super-moisturizing styling products & some oil for extra ooomph. I'm also going to try shampooing once/twice a week. Take THAT, dry air!

wavyrachel 10-13-2012 07:14 PM

Protien treatments arn't really moisture related but if your hair likes it its a great idea. They can improve the texture and holding abilities of the hair.

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