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Wait, so anti-humectants are good for wavy hair?

meowwmeoww Posts: 11Registered Users
I'm confused, because i thought wavies need moisture to keep the frizz away and calm down our hair. and i'm also even more confused because i have low porosity hair, so i'm recommended "humectant products". can someone please educate me?

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  • multicultcurlymulticultcurly Posts: 5,132Registered Users
    Not a wavy but curl pattern is irrelevant when choosing hair products. Coarse hair needs humectants; fine hair needs protein and medium strands need a little of both. Low porosity hair can be any texture but it is often coarse. Low porosity gets coated easier and it's hard to penetrate the strands with moisture. You should find put your hair's texture and that will help determine if your needs humectants.
    3b/c, medium-coarse, low porosity, high density
    HG: Jessicurl Too Shea and Kinky Curly Curling Custard
    Shampoo: nonsulfate shampoo and Suave Naturals sulfate shampoo when needed
  • jakrussel3jakrussel3 Posts: 423Registered Users
    This is my basic understanding of it...

    Humectants draw moisture to them, which generally is a good thing. In normal and high dews, they will draw moisture from the air to them, adding moisture to your hair. However in low dews, there may be more moisture in your hair than in the air, so the humectants will suck moisture out of your hair instead.

    Anti-humectants basically seal your hair, so the moisture in it cannot escape. However, that seal blocks outside moisture from getting into your hair too.

    Pretty much all of my hair products have glycerin or some other humectant in them. Someone here suggested sealing with an anti-humectant (such as olive oil or grapeseed oil) after using my rinse out conditioner but before applying styling products to seal in the moisture from my rinse out and seal out the glycerin so it can't suck moisture from my hair.

    Did I totally confuse you?
    [SIGPIC][/SIGPIC]
    Hair Properties: 2A/2B, Medium-fine, Normal porosity, Normal elasticity, Medium density
    Low Poo: DevaCare, Yes to Cuc's
    Rinse Out: DevaCare One Condition, Yes to Cuc's
    Cowash: Suave Naturals Lavender, Yes to Carrots Scalp Conditioner
    Curl Cream: AG ReCoil, Organix Moroccan Oil Curl Cream
    Gel/Mousse: Sweet Curls Elixirs FSG w/ Mag Sulfate added, Sweet Curls Elixirs hard hold gel, DevaCurl Frizz Free Foam, Aquage Uplifting Foam
    Protein: Spiral Solutions Protein Spray for daily use
  • meowwmeoww Posts: 11Registered Users
    jakrussel3 wrote: »
    Pretty much all of my hair products have glycerin or some other humectant in them. Someone here suggested sealing with an anti-humectant (such as olive oil or grapeseed oil) after using my rinse out conditioner but before applying styling products to seal in the moisture from my rinse out and seal out the glycerin so it can't suck moisture from my hair.

    Did I totally confuse you?

    hmmm no that makes sense to me! so does it matter if you use a product that is anti humectant in the shower? i figure that's where you'd need it most since the heat from the shower would open up the cuticles in your hair. also, how do you keep it from weighing your hair down? is there like a certain product routine i'm supposed to do? sorry i'm bombarding everyone with all these questions i'm just so overwhelmed with all this information i have no idea where to start lol :P
  • multicultcurlymulticultcurly Posts: 5,132Registered Users
    That only pertains to glycerin. Other humectants don't do that. I live in the arid Southwest and because I have coarse low-porosity hair, I need to use humectants. However, glycerin makes my hair drier because it takes moisture from the hair and gives it to the drier air.
    3b/c, medium-coarse, low porosity, high density
    HG: Jessicurl Too Shea and Kinky Curly Curling Custard
    Shampoo: nonsulfate shampoo and Suave Naturals sulfate shampoo when needed
  • HairObsessedHairObsessed Posts: 138Registered Users
    Helpful articles from the curl chemist. :)

    Humidity, Humectants and Hair

    What are Humectants?
    Wave Pattern: 2A
    Hair Properties: Normal/Low Porosity, Medium Density, Medium Texture w/Fine Straight Underlayer
    Co-wash: Suave Naturals, Cure Care
    Low-poo: Renpure Brazilian Keratin
    Rinse Out & Leave In: Tresemme Naturals
    Gel: LA Looks Mega Mega Hold Gel, Garnier Fructis Spray Gel
  • jakrussel3jakrussel3 Posts: 423Registered Users
    Meoww, no worries! :) My shampoo and conditioner both have glycerin in them. I figure most of it washes out, so I don't really worry about it. Most of my styling products have it too, but so far using a leave in with olive oil and no glycerin is working just fine to seal so the glycerin in the styling products isn't frizzing out my hair. It hasn't been weighing down my hair either. I use probably a nickle to quarter sized blob of it. If you use straight oil, start small. lightly coat your hands and run them through your hair like you would with your products. Experiment a bit until you find the right amount for you. There are probably you tube videos on how to seal hair using oil.
    [SIGPIC][/SIGPIC]
    Hair Properties: 2A/2B, Medium-fine, Normal porosity, Normal elasticity, Medium density
    Low Poo: DevaCare, Yes to Cuc's
    Rinse Out: DevaCare One Condition, Yes to Cuc's
    Cowash: Suave Naturals Lavender, Yes to Carrots Scalp Conditioner
    Curl Cream: AG ReCoil, Organix Moroccan Oil Curl Cream
    Gel/Mousse: Sweet Curls Elixirs FSG w/ Mag Sulfate added, Sweet Curls Elixirs hard hold gel, DevaCurl Frizz Free Foam, Aquage Uplifting Foam
    Protein: Spiral Solutions Protein Spray for daily use
  • dresdendolldresdendoll Posts: 435Registered Users
    Hmmm...
    My new styler is full of humectants, which used to dry me hair out during the winter months last year. Now, though, I seal my hair with argan oil after each shower, and it seems like that fixed it :) They seem to balance each other out in my case.

    Also, it depends on the weather. The Frizz Forecast here on NC.com is great for advice about whether to use humectants vs. anti-humectants depending on the dews and the day. For instance, today it recommended I use humectant products. Usually, though, to not have to worry about it on a day to day basis, I just seal with an oil to balance out humectants just in case, haha.
    2c/2b with some 2a, coarse, dense, thick, low porosity
    Growing out a CL bob. Currently at APL.
    CG again as of 7/20/12 :laughing5:


    Cleanser: BRÖÖ Smoothing I.P.A. Shampoo
    RO: Trader Joe's Nourish Spa Conditioner
    LI: Kinky-Curly Knot Today
    Styler: Beautiful Curls Gel for Wavy to Curly Hair

    :love4: all-natural products, light moisture, humectants, argan oil
    :pukeright:silk protein, synthetic ingredients, heavy oils/products, cowashing