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best moisturizers and sealants for thick, coarse 4a hair

curlyiniecalicurlyiniecali Posts: 17Registered Users
I'm new to the curly world so I'm spending time reading the boards and trying to learn. It sounds like thick coarse hair tends to have a lot of protein, so you should focus on trying to use more moisturizing products? So I should look for products w/o protein? It seems like it's hard to find these kinds of products.

Are there some products that thick coarse curlies love?

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  • curlyhaleycurlyhaley Posts: 38Registered Users
    Uh.. Although it does seem coarse hair has more protein, you can't assume that this means that YOUR hair does too. Basically you have to find out what YOUR hair likes and dislikes.

    My hair HATES protein. Even the slightest amount. But yours could love it. You just have to experiment.

    And an AMAZING sealant for like, 95% of curly peepz is pure, unrefined african shea butter. Or castor oil.

    Moisturizers vary though. Right now I'm using shea moisture's moisture milk or whatever.

    The best moisturizer is water, sealed in with something like shea butter or a thick oil.

    Good luck!
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  • SaSSyClaSSySaSSyClaSSy Posts: 96Registered Users
    I'm new to the curly world so I'm spending time reading the boards and trying to learn. It sounds like thick coarse hair tends to have a lot of protein, so you should focus on trying to use more moisturizing products? So I should look for products w/o protein? It seems like it's hard to find these kinds of products.

    Are there some products that thick coarse curlies love?

    You should use products that content and equal amount of protein and moisture. If you are unsure of the percentage, you might want to do a light to medium protein treatment once a week, then moisturize through out the week with a mostly moisturizing product. I use something like AO GPB, or another light protein deep treatment, then moisturizer with my Oyin Handmade juices through-out the week.
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  • Precious CurlsPrecious Curls Posts: 448Registered Users
    The first thing you might want to do is figure out your hair's porosity. Take a strand of your hair and place it in a bowl of water. If it floats for a very long time, your hair most likely has low porosity - it resists water from entering the strand. If it floats for a long time and begins to lower in the water a little, your hair probably has normal porosity - it does not resist water as much. If your hair sinks, it has high porosity - it lets in water very easily, but also loses water just as easily. Another test is to run your finger down the strand of your hair. If it slips down very easily, then your hair has low porosity; slides down the strand moderately, normal porosity; does not slide too easily and catches on itself, high porosity.

    Protein is used to strengthen weak spots in the hair strand. Figure out if your hair is very porous, because if it is, you may want to look for protein treatments. These are typically done every 4-6 weeks. Thickness and coarseness don't necessarily determine your hair's need for protein. For example, I am a thick coarse curly with normal porosity, so I find that protein isn't too necessary, although my hair doesn't mind it. Too much use of protein in the hair can cause it to be brittle, hard, and easily broken.

    Like curlyhaley said, the best moisturizer is water. I use a mixture of water and Califia Moisturizing Spray from Komaza. You can seal in the water or moisturizer with an oil like olive oil or coconut oil, or, since I'm assuming your hair is thick and coarse, a butter like shea butter or cocoa butter is a good sealant that shouldn't weigh down your hair too much. Mixing butters with oils (olive, coconut, almond) makes them easier to apply to the hair. Hope that helped!
  • chebabychebaby Posts: 143Registered Users
    oyin handmade dew is a wonderful moisturizer.
    i also use shea butter or shea butter mixed with oils as a moisturizer/sealant.
  • curlyiniecalicurlyiniecali Posts: 17Registered Users
    Thanks for the input. My question was just a general question as I am trying to learn about curly hair. My hair seems to dislike protein and is low porosity (I wasn't assuming that everyone's hair is the same). It just seems that it is hard to find products without protein and I was trying to see what others use.
  • jr.mint12jr.mint12 Posts: 101Registered Users
    have you been to curlmart on this website...on curlmart there is a button you can press for protein-less product.
  • msamuelsmsamuels Posts: 113Registered Users
    Have you tried Castor Oil, Hemp Butter, Pumpkin Seed Butter, Soy Butter, etc?
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  • blueberry2118blueberry2118 Posts: 145Registered Users
    Shea Moisture has wonderful products with get moisture benefits and I am beginning to love this product line. Also, water and glycerin are two of the most best moisturizer, but in the time of season it doesn't work out the best. My S-curl has those two ingredients and is working wonderful this winter. I heard wonderful things about Qhemet Heavy Butter Cream.

    Good Sealants
    :Castor Oil, Shea Butter, Olive Oil, Coconut Oil, and etc.