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how can i keep my hair moisturized and soft after its dry

THICKBELLAFEMMETHICKBELLAFEMME Posts: 1Registered Users
ima about 5 months natural n i still cant find somethin that keeps my hair fully moisturized once dried. i find myself havin to walk around with some conditioner in my bag so i can quickly wet it while im in public cuz once my hair dries up its gets hard:sad11:... i have to either have my hair in a style (2 strands, braids etc...) or soaked in conditioner (meanin u can also see the conditioner in my hair):banghead:. someone help me plz cuz i would really like to wear my hair curly....




i believe i have 3c to 4b hair
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  • Bookworm08Bookworm08 Posts: 42Registered Users
    You probably need to seal in the moisture. I was having the same problem until I learned about sealing. After you put ur leave in conditioner in you put in a sealer like castor oil, shea butter, coconut oil, jojoba oil etc.. HTH
  • doubleteadoubletea Posts: 58Registered Users
    Agree with the above, oils post leave in conditioner are definitely your friend. Also making a vegetable glycerin/water mixture in a spray bottle is a nice way to keep your hair moisturized daily (in the summer).
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  • butterflyjubutterflyju Posts: 53Registered Users
    Yeah I recommend some Shea butter or coconut oil to keep ur hair moist. Oh and make sure you wear a hair bonnet or scaft at nite to prevent it from drying out
    Hair: 4b/c
    BC: sept '09
    Last relaxer: Apr '09
    Shampoo: 365 whole food brand
    Co-wash: Suave coconut
    DC: phytojoba or alter ego (I add a little EVOO and honey to both:sunny:)
    Twist outs: Miss jessies curly pudding
    Experimenting with: unrefined cocnut oil, infusium23 leave in, KCCC, and anything I can get my hands on :thumbup:
    (I plan on shortening this list as I find out what my hair likes!!!!)
  • dearheart15dearheart15 Posts: 177Registered Users
    I agree with all of the previous posters...you need to make sure you're sealing in the moisture with either an oil or butter. Also, make sure the styling products you are using aren't drying your hair out.
    last perm ~ late May 2009
    BC'd ~ July 1, 2009
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  • EkaetteEkaette Posts: 356Registered Users
    I came in to say use an oil or butter to seal in moisture but I see everybody else already mentioned it lol
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  • NoodleNapsNoodleNaps Posts: 463Registered Users
    Does everyone seal just the ends or the entire strand? I suffer from ridiculously dry hair too. Not so bad that I have to carry conditioner around, and recently its been generally much better moisturised (thank you summer, and Qhemets), but I still think it could be better. I tend to seal just the ends with castor oil, because I feel if I sealed the entire length of my hair it would be one greasy mess. But is this something I should be doing?
    Products in current rotation:

    Terressentials Pure Earth Mud Wash; Elucence MBC (now really just for cowashing, leg shaving or emergencies); Curl Junkie: Repair Me, Deep Fix, Curl Rehab; AOHSR (retiring); Oyin Handmade: Honey Hemp, Hair Dew, J&B; Qhemet Biologics: BRBC (retiring- prefer Oyin HD), AOHC, OHHB; Jojoba Oil for scalp; Castor Oil or Shea butter to seal; Henna & Ayurvedic pastes when I can be bothered.

    Still searching for the perfect stylers, but loving CJ CIAB over everything so far
  • dearheart15dearheart15 Posts: 177Registered Users
    I usually just seal my ends...interested in others' responses though.
    last perm ~ late May 2009
    BC'd ~ July 1, 2009
    fotki ~ last updated 2/2011
  • kaycookkaycook Posts: 40Registered Users
    I seal from root to tip.

    (I learned the hard way on wash days when I would begin to detangle and the ends were so smooth and soft and the roots were dry!!!!)
  • pjjosephgisspjjosephgiss Posts: 643Registered Users
    I found that keeping my hair moist required effort on a few fronts. I learned to sleep with conditioner on my head. I also learned which leave ins and styling products leave my hair feeling dry. I also tried sealing with olive oil, and coconut oil, but that left me feeling dry and "crispy", so I usually use a butter type formula instead. I LOVE Qhemet's AOHC and BRBC. I scrunch that into my hair at night. In the morning, I use a veggie glycerin/water/condish spritz, and scrunch in some more. I also use KBB hair cream and deep conditioner. I just scrunch all over, so not sure what part of the strand I am sealing...ends definitely, everything else is kinda hit and miss. I had to find the right combo of conditioners, moisturizers, and styling prods that give maximum moisture. The veggie glycerin works wonders. What type of prods are you using on your hair?
    Hair type-BC: 2/2011-mix of kinks+ coils
    Wash-Bobeam Poo bars, As I Am Cleansing Pudding and Coconut Cowash cleansing condish
    LI/RO-Curl Junkie rehab, Shescentit Avocado condish, Oyin Hair dew
    DT-KBB Luscious Locks, Curl Junkie ANYthing, Shescentit Avocado condish
    Style- UFD, Camille Rose, Hello Curly, Kinky Curly
    Sealant- Jamaican Black Castor and Avocado oils, Qhemet Biologics Honey & Olive Hydrating Balm
    Will try any CG product at least once.
    Proud to be a PJ!
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  • DerbyCityNaturalsDerbyCityNaturals Posts: 422Registered Users
    You may want to check into protein. If you are using too much protein it can leave your hair dry and dry. Look into the ingredients in your conditioner.

    As for sealing I seal the entire strand.
  • ReekyReeky Posts: 1,323Registered Users
    i agree with the sealing.. my new love is Castor Oil! I cant get jiggy with butters on the length of my hair (they weigh me down & leave me greasy) but i can do oils (wierd)! I have fine porous hair and i mainly do braidouts.. i always start out with moisturized hair but as the day goes on it dries out.. which means i usually have to rewet & rebraid every night even if my hair still looks good.

    EVERY day last week I was able to keep my hair moisturized and soft all day, what? I recently got some Hairveda Cocasta oil (castor based) and all i used was that over my leave in and braided & my hair came out good every day! Im pretty sure that was the key to keeping in the moisture.

    & yes, i apply it to the entire length of my hair.. like I said my hair is fine, it wasnt greasy.. just soft. Which is suprising because castor is THICK!
    dense, fine & porous curls |

    Poo/Cowash| Bobeam, V05 Shea Cashmere
    DC| AOGPB, CJ Repair Me, BrownButterBeauty
    RinseOut| Mill Creek Keratin Conditioner, Ology Moisturizing Conditioner
    Leave In| Curl Rehab, Bee Mine Luscious Balanced Moisturizer, CJ Smoothing Lotion
    Moisturize|Oyin Hair Dew, CR Moisture Milk
    Gel| Kiss My Face UMG, Trader Joes Aloe Vera, KCCC
    Sealants| Aloe Juice, Whipped Shea, Cocoa & Mango Butters, Castor, & my Peanut Oil Blend =)
  • peachfuzzzpeachfuzzz Posts: 113Registered Users
    I loved oils, but don't use much because they caused me to started breaking out with acne!! (maybe it's just me). After washing and the leave-in, I let it dry about 50-75%, then I add a moisturizer like Qhemets AOHC or Afroveda Cocolatte. I typically apply my moisturizer in sections as I'm twisting up or what not. Lately, I've been using Jane Carter N&S to seal!

    When I DC, I add olive oil to it and sit under the dryer ~30-45min.

    I agree with the scarf/bonnet and/or satin pillow.
    Texture: Coarse?; Density: Med (?); Porosity(:confused3:?? Med-high); Wave pattern: 4B coils

    Poo:
    Elucence MB
    Deep Condish: GVP Conditioning Balm Moisturizer: Qhemets Amla Olive HC:love5:
    Sealer: QB
    Aethiopika Hydrate & Twist (I use this as a styler too)
    Stylers: ORS Twist and Lock
    (rarely use)

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  • SuburbanbushbabeSuburbanbushbabe Posts: 15,402Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    If your hair is hard when dried, it could be due to build up. What products are you using?

    Also a little castor oil layered right over my conditioner helps a lot. I focus on the ends. Another product that's been keeping my dry hair soft through day 2-3 is Karen's Body Beautiful Hair Nectar. I apply a little after conditioner rinse out and before a leave in and gel.

    I actually use product more frequently on dry hair since I only wash every 2-4 days. If I'm refreshing/fluffing up a wash and go or need to defrizz the ends - Devacurl Set it Free mixed with Botanical Spirits Avocado Coconut Milk Hair butter or QB Burdock Root Butter cream. I may touch up the ends with Botanical Spirits Soft curls cream or Afroveda Curl Define, both of which can be used on dry hair. If I dry twist or do dry bantu knots my hair likes Karen's Body Beautiful Hair nectar or straight Devacurl Set it Free, a few sprays per section. I use more KBB -- it sinks into my porous hair.
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  • pjjosephgisspjjosephgiss Posts: 643Registered Users
    doubletea wrote: »
    Agree with the above, oils post leave in conditioner are definitely your friend. Also making a vegetable glycerin/water mixture in a spray bottle is a nice way to keep your hair moisturized daily (in the summer).

    I love the vegetable glycerin/water/condish spritz, but what does one do in the winter???:shock:
    Hair type-BC: 2/2011-mix of kinks+ coils
    Wash-Bobeam Poo bars, As I Am Cleansing Pudding and Coconut Cowash cleansing condish
    LI/RO-Curl Junkie rehab, Shescentit Avocado condish, Oyin Hair dew
    DT-KBB Luscious Locks, Curl Junkie ANYthing, Shescentit Avocado condish
    Style- UFD, Camille Rose, Hello Curly, Kinky Curly
    Sealant- Jamaican Black Castor and Avocado oils, Qhemet Biologics Honey & Olive Hydrating Balm
    Will try any CG product at least once.
    Proud to be a PJ!
    :happy7::wave:
  • butterflyjubutterflyju Posts: 53Registered Users
    I usually just seal my ends...interested in others' responses though.


    I seal the entire length of my hair
    Hair: 4b/c
    BC: sept '09
    Last relaxer: Apr '09
    Shampoo: 365 whole food brand
    Co-wash: Suave coconut
    DC: phytojoba or alter ego (I add a little EVOO and honey to both:sunny:)
    Twist outs: Miss jessies curly pudding
    Experimenting with: unrefined cocnut oil, infusium23 leave in, KCCC, and anything I can get my hands on :thumbup:
    (I plan on shortening this list as I find out what my hair likes!!!!)
  • pwepwetepwepwete Posts: 8Registered Users
    I find that shampooing my hair with a sulfate-free shampoo every two weeks and then deep conditioning also leaves my hair moisturized. Co-washing doesn't do it for my hair (I guess because I use shea butter...build-up). Look into the products you are using, It could be product build-up
  • ReynaCRReynaCR Posts: 405Registered Users
    If your hair is hard when dried, it could be due to build up. What products are you using?

    Also a little castor oil layered right over my conditioner helps a lot. I focus on the ends. Another product that's been keeping my dry hair soft through day 2-3 is Karen's Body Beautiful Hair Nectar. I apply a little after conditioner rinse out and before a leave in and gel.

    I actually use product more frequently on dry hair since I only wash every 2-4 days. If I'm refreshing/fluffing up a wash and go or need to defrizz the ends - [buylink=http://www.curlmart.com/DevaCurl-Set-it-Free-p-259.html?utm_source=naturallycurly.com&utm_medium=text-link&utm_content=curltalk-post-text&utm_campaign=devacurl-set-it-free]Devacurl Set it Free[/buylink] mixed with Botanical Spirits Avocado Coconut Milk Hair butter or QB Burdock Root Butter cream. I may touch up the ends with Botanical Spirits Soft curls cream or Afroveda Curl Define, both of which can be used on dry hair. If I dry twist or do dry bantu knots my hair likes Karen's Body Beautiful Hair nectar or straight [buylink=http://www.curlmart.com/DevaCurl-Set-it-Free-p-259.html?utm_source=naturallycurly.com&utm_medium=text-link&utm_content=curltalk-post-text&utm_campaign=devacurl-set-it-free]Devacurl Set it Free[/buylink], a few sprays per section. I use more KBB -- it sinks into my porous hair.

    That is a valuable piece of information.
    :queen: Reyna

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  • krwkrw Posts: 87Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    I too not only have trouble with retaining moisture, but a flurry of knots and sections of matted/twisted hair...which I assume are due to the lack of moisture and the strands curling around each other....very frustrating.

    So if following the recommendations of sealing, for example, those of you who use styling products like [buylink=http://www.curlmart.com/Kinky-Curly-Knot-Today-p-207.html?utm_source=naturallycurly.com&utm_medium=text-link&utm_content=curltalk-post-text&utm_campaign=kinkycurly-knot-today-leaveindetangler]KCKT[/buylink] and [buylink=http://www.curlmart.com/Kinky-Curly-Curling-Custard-p-778.html?utm_source=naturallycurly.com&utm_medium=text-link&utm_content=curltalk-post-text&utm_campaign=kinkycurly-curling-custard]KCCC[/buylink], when sealing at night with oils or other products and spritzing in the morning with glycerin/water mix, does that compromise the effectiveness of your styling products?
  • DerbyCityNaturalsDerbyCityNaturals Posts: 422Registered Users
    KINKY CURLY PRODUCTS DO NOT PLAY WELL WITH OTHERS!

    When using Kinky Curly I do not mix with ANYTHING because you will not get the same results. I have tried it and ended up with a bunch of white clumps. No ma'm it was not pretty. If you check the website it also states not to mix with oils or other products.

    However Kinky Curly is easily refreshed with just plain water. I did get wild once and used Rose Water but no oils, gels, glycerins, butters, or anything other than water or other KC products.

    At night time I spray with water and bun the hair. Else I just do nothing and do it in the a.m. By day four and five I will also spray some KC Spiral Spritz on my hand and apply to areas where the product is gone. If that doesn't work then I just add a touch of Curling Custard.

    There is a youtube video I saw this week I will try to find it and post it. My routine is similar except I think she uses lavender water or something like that.
  • krwkrw Posts: 87Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    DerbyCityNaturals,

    Thanks for replying and sharing the link to that video. I've done a variation of her routine but at night before putting on my satin bonnet I put on a plastic cap to lock in the moisture and then the satin bonnet. Tonight I'll try her method and see how my hair does in the morning.

    Any other curlies, both [buylink=http://www.curlmart.com/Kinky-Curly-Curling-Custard-p-778.html?utm_source=naturallycurly.com&utm_medium=text-link&utm_content=curltalk-post-text&utm_campaign=kinkycurly-curling-custard]KCCC[/buylink] and non-[buylink=http://www.curlmart.com/Kinky-Curly-Curling-Custard-p-778.html?utm_source=naturallycurly.com&utm_medium=text-link&utm_content=curltalk-post-text&utm_campaign=kinkycurly-curling-custard]KCCC[/buylink] users, do you find your moisturizing/sealing techniques compromise your styling products?
  • ReynaCRReynaCR Posts: 405Registered Users
    krw wrote: »
    DerbyCityNaturals,

    Thanks for replying and sharing the link to that video. I've done a variation of her routine but at night before putting on my satin bonnet I put on a plastic cap to lock in the moisture and then the satin bonnet. Tonight I'll try her method and see how my hair does in the morning.

    Any other curlies, both [buylink=http://www.curlmart.com/Kinky-Curly-Curling-Custard-p-778.html?utm_source=naturallycurly.com&utm_medium=text-link&utm_content=curltalk-post-text&utm_campaign=kinkycurly-curling-custard]KCCC[/buylink] and non-[buylink=http://www.curlmart.com/Kinky-Curly-Curling-Custard-p-778.html?utm_source=naturallycurly.com&utm_medium=text-link&utm_content=curltalk-post-text&utm_campaign=kinkycurly-curling-custard]KCCC[/buylink] users, do you find your moisturizing/sealing techniques compromise your styling products?


    idk bout alla dat... when I use my Kinky Curly products I mix swt almond oil with them and they work just fine if not better.. That leave in conditioner w/o oil does nothing for my hair.

    Another thing to remember is that with Kinky Curly, you may have to spend a ltitle time figuring out how much product to put on your hair to get your desired result.

    Perhaps people get so much of that problem because of the amounts they use? Whenever I got the issue with white stuff/flakes/whatever.. I just rinse my hair and start over again using less oil. I try and use everything as little as possible.. like if when I put the oil in my hands, I only use as much to get my palms oily. It might sound like a little but it surely helps. :hello1: Hope I helped someone!

    Ya'll have a blessed day!
    :queen: Reyna

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  • rachelolivia2010rachelolivia2010 Posts: 372Registered Users
    I use Mozeke's Sweet Almond Pudding on my wet hair, then I seal with coconut oil. MY HAIR IS SO SOFT. :) And it's very springy. :D I agree with sealing.

    And I seal from root to tip. :)
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    Leave In Conditioner: KCKT & seal with shea butter.
    Gel/Styler: KCCC or EcoStyler for edges.
    I think my hair likes cones... :)
  • anonymous_26815anonymous_26815 Posts: 65Registered Users
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  • auntcurlyauntcurly Posts: 234Registered Users
    I have naturally hard hair, coarse and wiry, like steel wool. The thing that has helped the most so far is the leave-in tip from kimmaytube. Of course, I adapted it to my own liking. I now mainly use AVG with castor oil, and jojoba oil with a little bit of almond oil. I may add a bit of conditioner like [buylink=http://www.curlmart.com/Kinky-Curly-Knot-Today-p-207.html?utm_source=naturallycurly.com&utm_medium=text-link&utm_content=curltalk-post-text&utm_campaign=kinkycurly-knot-today-leaveindetangler]KCKT[/buylink] or Giovanni LI or a bit of Shea Moisture LI. I follow this with conditioner using Teri's method of leaving conditioner in my hair. I picked my own conditioners not from her list.

    These are what I have tried so far:

    Taliah Waajid Herbal Enhancing Conditioner
    Lustrasilk Organic Cholesterol w/Argan Oil
    Queen Helene Cocoa Butter Smoothing Conditioner

    TW herbal conditioner really does soften.

    I was uncomfortable with the idea of leaving conditioner in my hair, but I've gotten used to it. I now use less product. I still seal with shea butter and almond oil, which btw is very softening for me, more than EVCO.

    I've also used a bit of QBAOHC with this method.

    I tend to not overdo the oils and mixing them with shea butter seems to work better.

    My hair is a lot softer with this method. It has a nice sheen.

    UPDATE:

    My hair has really been soft with this method. I also started putting SheaMoisture LI on my dry hair in the mornings with a couple of drops of Almond Oil mixed in. I work it in gently, then spray with plain water a tiny bit. Then I put on a plastic cap for just 2 minutes. Longer messes things up. Then let my hair air for several minutes before applying anything else. I find my hair is softer than I believed could be possible and is even showing signs of texture.
  • nuberiannenuberianne Posts: 11Registered Users
    I used to be frustrated with my hair. It would be dry and hard to the point that I grew another set of locs. This time around I found what works for me. I deep condition every time I shampoo and use LongAid curl gel activator. The gel activator keeps my hair soft and moisturized. Just be careful not to overdo it or else you end up with greasy hair.
  • dancer527dancer527 Posts: 1Registered Users
    How often do you wash your hair? I am just starting to wear my hair naturally, and I started off washing it daily but then I was told that washing it daily dries it out... and I could feel it starting to dry out! I have a 3b or 3c hair type.
  • anonymous_26815anonymous_26815 Posts: 65Registered Users
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  • BlackAngelPlayahBlackAngelPlayah Posts: 1,419Registered Users
    nuberianne wrote: »
    I used to be frustrated with my hair. It would be dry and hard to the point that I grew another set of locs. This time around I found what works for me. I deep condition every time I shampoo and use LongAid curl gel activator. The gel activator keeps my hair soft and moisturized. Just be careful not to overdo it or else you end up with greasy hair.

    And I always use too much!!! I love Long Aid. It is the best moisturizer and works best alone. :)

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  • IbCurlEIbCurlE Posts: 47Registered Users
    thanks but i wash weekly. i've been doing the 'greenhouse' method & my hair has been moisturized & shiny ever since. love it!
    Last relaxer/texturizer: September 2009

    Chop: July 20, 2010 :salut:

    Hair type: 4a/fine/normal porous but I still don't know what I'm doing so I look like :happy5:
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