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carrie.colli 12-25-2012 03:49 AM

Sage Advise Please, Hair Guru's
I think I've blown a few neuron's trying to search for answers on this forum. It is a GREAT source of information, but it's very overwhelming. So I'm going to lay what I've got going on out there and hope one of you awesome ladies can rescue me.

I've got wavy hair on my crown that changes to ringlets underneath. It is fine hair evenly mixed with hair that is as thick as wire. My hair is very dense as well, meaning there are two to three follicles per pore. It gets very oily. To the point where it looks wet close to the scalp by evening. Oh, and it's just past the shoulders.

Here's where I'm having trouble. I've recently had to stop using commercially made shampoos and conditioners due to scent allergies. I had been using Panteene for 17 years and my hair was as gorgeous as the commercials. I tried baking soda washes which made my hair brittle feeling and very tangled. There was a shampoo bar made with tea tree oil and jojoba that made my hair feel gummy and impossible to brush or comb. I tried an olive oil mask which wouldn't wash out, and the next day my hair was crunchy and looked like it had a lot of gel in it. As far as I could tell the olive oil didn't penetrate at all, it just stayed on the surface. It does seem to like apple cider vinegar rinses. It makes my hair SO slippery.

I've been at this for three months now, trying something different every week. I've never had this much trouble with my hair and really need a clue which direction I should be trying.

mhen76 12-25-2012 08:29 PM

Welcome, carrie.colli! It can be very overwhelming at first. Don't despair! It will all start to fall into place! Finding the right products can be frustrating and time consuming. This link helped me when I was first trying to figure all of this out: Live Curly Live Free - Curly Hair Basics

Once you know your hair properties, you can narrow down the products that will work best. My hair is fine and the porosity is on the low side. I need to shampoo regularly (at least twice a week), but I'm careful not to use sulfates. Finding products that won't irritate your allergies may be tricky and I don't have specific recommendations. :sad1: Did you follow up your baking soda washes with a conditioner? There are tons of recipes here that you may want to try as you can adjust them to your needs: Curl Recipes Search -

Keep reading and keep experimenting!

Aqua_Lily 12-26-2012 02:09 AM

Welcome!! :)

carrie.colli 12-26-2012 02:42 AM

Thanks for that link mhen76. I tried the baking soda wash today to open the cuticle, then used a deep conditioning Carotene bar and finished with an apple cider vinegar rinse to seal it all back up again. It worked great! My hair didn't start to get frizzy til late in the evening. If it keeps working, I'll need to find a hair gel to tame the evening frizz, but for now *fingers crossed*.

mhen76 12-26-2012 05:41 AM

Homemade flax seed gel (FSG) is cheap and really simple to make. It takes me less than 15 minutes from start to clean-up. I can add glycerin when I need it for frizz control or honey when I need it for moisture. I've added protein when I needed an extra boost. Totally adaptable to your individual needs and the time of year. Keep us posted on how you're doing!

atx_eve 12-26-2012 11:31 AM

Welcome, carrie.colli! I definitely understand your frustration. So many links... hahah

looks like mhen76 is steering you in the right direction (thanks mhen76!). We don't have similar hair textures, but I always recommend clarifying the hair just to start off fresh. CurlySuzy Q&A: Looking For a Clarifying Shampoo

Be sure to keep us updated! :)

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