Leave-In + Moisturizer + Styler....Are We Over This?

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I have a question...what should I be looking for result wise with the leave-in? I've tried Knot Today, Darcy's Botanicals, & Giovanni Direct leave-ins and I didn't notice anything different. I would wash or co-wash, detangle with cond, put on Mozeke Sweet Almond Pudding to each section, then a leave-in, and then my styler to each section as I braid. I notice a slight difference with Giovanni's. My hair was a little fluffier and smoother. I just never really figured out what the purpose of the leave-in was.

Now my wash n go's I can never seem to keep feeling soft and moisturized. I was forced to wear one last week and used Beauty Without Cruelty's leave in and that made my wash n go so soft. I was shock.
Originally Posted by JahNaturalDezign
I think you expect different things from products if you're braiding/twisting or doing a WnG. I only do WnGs, and I have used some leave-ins that seem to make my hair frizzy, ie, it's not frizzy when I get out of the shower but as soon as I apply my leave-in it frizzes out! Also, I like my leave-in to have a little slip, but it doesn't need to have as much as my detangling conditioners, and play well with stylers...some conditioners react and leave a gross residue or a lot of white until your product dries, while some sink right in.
Originally Posted by ellepixie
i agree with this.

when i was doing a WnG, i had higher expectations. i needed all of what ellepixie mentioned above + getting along with ecostyler gel was a top priority. now that i hardly ever do WnGs it's just a moisturizer. i think i have just accepted my frizz cuz i don't give it much thought anymore!
LOIS (OS); cottony, TYPE 4 hair, fine/med strands; no cones bcz my hair hates them; last relaxer '98; now low porosity, ignores most natural hair rules; BC #8

faves: suave, v05 shampoo, conditioner (my own), raw shea butter, castor oil, peanut oil, aloe juice
Just a quick question on your routine here. When you apply the anti-frizz serum, is your hair wet, damp or dry?? Also, can you recommend some CG anti-frizz serums??

When I first joined NC, I saw a lot of posts with ladies leaving in a conditioner, then using a moisturizer (like AV Cocolatte or something), then applying gel or a styler. However, this felt like too many products for me, and I often had white head. I stopped using the extra moisture and was sure to stick to stylers that were moisturizing for me (ie, Califia Styling Pudding instead of Ecostyler) and use a good leave-in. If needed, I'd apply a bit of a moisturizer on top of my gel.

Recently, I've seen a lot of posts from ladies using the moisturizer as their leave-in (Cocolatte, BRBC, etc), the putting a gel on top of that. So what's up ladies? Are we over the 1-2-3 punch, or is this more of a seasonal thing? Just wondering, this is my first summer being fully natural (**raises roof**) and I know some change their routines up.
Originally Posted by ellepixie
All of these products these days have a mixture of conditioning and moisturizing (sealing) elements that you don't have to use as many products if you don't want. I find that my coilier and highly textured curly counterparts can get away with less product than I can because I need different elements to maintain definition and shape (moreso in my 3a/3b areas towards the front than 3c underneath). I'm not sure about in this particular room, but in NC.com at large the foundation remains:

LI, curl enhancer or moisturizer, +/-gel, +/- additional frizz protective serum.

Most of the products out are curl enhancers with gel type hold in one and others aren't and you have to layer. Some ladies with major frizz issues may need a tad more. Personally, there are few times I can use 1-2 things and get great hair. I need 3 products 8 times out of 10. Part of me being a PJ is constantly testing stuff to minimize this routine. Not that I don't like having all these 3 formula avenues, but if I could have more options of streamlining I def will.
Originally Posted by Naturalista
Medium texture
Normal porosity
Normal elasticity
can get weighed down with lots of oils
Co-wash-trying giovanni wellness
Rinse out: Garnier Body Boost, GVP
Leave-in: none right now, maybe a touch of SM curling souffle
Curl enhancer: AOMM and KCCC
Gel: Kiss my face gel
Low Poo: abba pure and natural, Giovanni Wellness
working on: getting rid of frizz from the get-go
seems like i answered so long ago. i no longer do wng but i do twist and am still doing the 1-2-3-4. i say 4 bcz i have added castor oil to my routine now. lol
LOIS (OS); cottony, TYPE 4 hair, fine/med strands; no cones bcz my hair hates them; last relaxer '98; now low porosity, ignores most natural hair rules; BC #8

faves: suave, v05 shampoo, conditioner (my own), raw shea butter, castor oil, peanut oil, aloe juice
I used to be a conditioner only or conditioner + oil wash n go'er daily. I would use gel like in bad weather or something but not often. I was on a flax seed gel kick but got tired of making it.

But man.. I was missing out on the conditioner+oil+gel method big time!!! I see why so many naturals like it so much for wash n go's. I found the trick for me is to make sure I use a gel that doesn't have a super hold. For instance pink Ecostyler with hold of 7. Now this is my go to hair routine and sometimes I skip the oil. I still wash n go daily but now I can get better 2nd day hair if I really want or need to for some reason by using a gel like the Ecostyler. And my hair is soft but I love that it has hold. Plus my hair is super porous and I feel like the gel gives my hair a nice support since it contains protein.
Ohhh! I have not had any problems retaining moisture, but like cowashing daily; I just like fresh hair. Is there a reason why you don't cowash daily? Honestly I have so many products that if I didn't use them daily I think they would all go bad, lol!

Oh how I wish I could cowash daily. If I did I would have one tangle mess to deal with at the end of the week.

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