How to moisturize and define type 4a/4b hair without gel or silicone products?
My hair is very dry and Arizona weather makes it no better. I co wash once a week and style once a week when using gels. If I try to use conditioner only, it looks moisturized while wet but when dry I looks dry and feels crunchy. If I add oil to the conditioner, the oil makes the conditioner create small white balls on my hair and flakes when it dries. Any suggestions for regimen, products, and technique?
Are you open to stylers? Kinky curly has a wonderful leave in conditioner and a curling custard that are all CG(chemical free) I use Ag cosmetics ReCoil and curl keepr as styler and I sometimes use a nice gel from Herbal essences(all CG) for my hair and I get great results. I only use products that are CG approved as I do not want an extra chemicals in my hair. I do deep treatments twice a week on my hair and sometimes make my own with avocado and honey and conditioner. I use my rinse out conditioner as a leave in too. I sometimes have to scrunch out the crunch in my hair
Have you tried the Curl Junkie products... she makes some great butters and stylers. I love her leave-ins.
I agree with Kinky Curly products. Oyin Handmade and SheaMoisture are also good options. natural products!
I really like EDEN BodyWorks Coconut Shea Curl Defining Crème. You can finger style (apply product in a circular motion for a short, short afro). You may be able to try shingling with a Denman type brush, a comb or smoothing your fingers like this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g02R7n77kHQ
Thanks ladies for the help, I found simplicity was key. My wonder products are simply herbal essence conditioner naked for moisture and extra virgin olive oil for my sealer.