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RozettaStone 04-05-2009 06:07 PM

Adding moisture to dry hair
OK, so I've been doing DTs and using lots of oils and oil-rich stuff in my hair for quite a while now (which it likes), and though my hair has made huge progress since I went CG, it's still quite dry, especially in one section (sadly, it's the top central layer in the back so very visible, of course!).
I had thought that all the oils were "moisturizing," but now I understand that apparently, they aren't, but they will help seal in any moisture that is there.
So how do I get my hair moisturized?? I mean, beyond just getting it wet in the shower! I am CG.

CurlyCara 04-05-2009 06:31 PM

Honestly if you are already doing DTs. I wouldnt know what else to suggest other than, try doing an AOHR DT. Becareful though as alot of people become overconditioned on it.

RozettaStone 04-06-2009 12:25 AM

Well, the thing is, the DTs are mostly oil, and as I understand it now, oil doesn't actually moisturize your hair. Some oils like coconut and olive do penetrate it and strengthen it.
What I'm asking is, what sorts of things do I need to use to actually get moisture into my hair? Oil apparently just helps to seal in moisture but doesn't bring it to the hair, if that makes sense. Oil also smooths and lubricates it, so it feels less dry, but my hair is still dry. I don't worry about overconditioning, I don't think that's a problem with my hair yet, but I am using some protein products and doing a protein DT every now and then as well as the oil-rich DTs.
Hope my question is clear now. Anyone have suggestions for me?

kathymack 04-06-2009 01:45 AM

I use more natural products that are very moisturizing in and of themselves. Many are in my signature. I stopped doing DTs since starting with this regime.

Greatcurls 04-06-2009 08:11 AM

For me, to do a DT on my very dry hair, I put on my conditioner, plastic cap, then sit under a hooded dryer, using low or medium heat, for approximately 35 minutes. I then rinse with tepid to cool water. I have tried other methods with heat, but this one works 100% of the time for me. I no longer have a problem with dry hair, including the ends.

I also use a moisturizing leave-in prior to other products and styling. And, I wear a satin cap to bed.

If you would like to try heat with your DT, start with 15-20 minutes. Try sleeping with a satin bonnet or silk (or satin) pillowcase, if you prefer. See how your hair feels afterwards, including the next day. You'll then know if you need a leave-in conditioner.

You have some wonderful suggestions so far; I'm sure you'll receive some more. With some trial and tweaking of the ideas, your dry hair days will be over soon!

jillipoo 04-06-2009 10:50 AM

I was having the same issue, RozettaStone, and then I discovered aloe vera gel. It moisturizes my hair like nothing else, and my theory is that because my hair is fine as well as porous, it can't take much butter or oil (weighs it down) and it needs real moisture, which only aloe vera seems to deliver.

There are a million threads around here about aloe vera and you will no doubt feel overwhelmed at first as you peruse them, but you should check them out anyway. I'll summarize some high points:

- Lots of people don't like putting aloe vera gel in wet hair. I am one of them. I often mix it into my regular gel, though, and that seems to work very well.

- Don't buy an aloe vera gel that contains alcohol. Might wanna steer clear of the ones with a ton of preservatives, too. Lily of the Desert and Fruit of the Earth are the most common ones. I also like Trader Joe's version.

- Feel free to experiment with aloe vera juice that you can get at any health food store. Some people have mixed a little of it into products or mixed it with water to spray on their hair. I haven't had much success with aloe vera juice but I tend to be a real spaz when it comes to homemade concoctions.

- Buy products with aloe vera in them. It has made a big differnce for me.

- Sometimes, when the temperature is high and the dew point is low, I will scrunch in a bunch of aloe vera gel into my dry hair, let it get crunchy, and then scrunch it out. I have been amazed by how quenched my hair gets after doing this.

Good luck!

WurlyLox 04-06-2009 10:59 AM

ITA with Jillipoo. I almost always use a generous amount of FOTE AVG first thing out of the shower, before my leave-in or styling product(s).

ETA: I usually use KBB old version glycerin-free hair milk as a leave-in after the AVG, which, in theory would lock in some of the AVG's moisture because of its oil. I think that may be why I didn't like KBB so much as a rinse-out - my AVG was no longer getting inside the hair because of the oil already coating it. I know others like it as a rinse-out, but for me it works better as the leave-in it's actually intended to be.

mpgirl 04-06-2009 11:09 AM

To play the opposite side, aloe of any kind does nothing really special for my hair, wet or dry. My dry, med-highly porous and fine-med-course hair, needs a moisturizing DT once a week either with heat, left on most of the day or slept in overnight. I use JC WDT religiously once a week.

Once I started using more natural products, I stopped doing regular DTs. I thought my hair was well moisturized. Woke up one day, did the hair strand test and my hair snapped immediately! So, back to the DTs for me.

Now I do hair strand tests every couple of weeks to monitor its condition. This helps me to know when my hair needs moisture as opposed to protein.

Heather0kay 04-06-2009 05:07 PM

Komaza Aloe Conditioner; you can use it as a DT, a regular conditioner or it works great as a leave-in. It makes my hair nice and moist. Aubrey Organics Mandarin Magic gel is fairly moisturizing also.

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