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New member looking for advice

Hi. My name's Francesca. I'm 18 from the UK.


I’ve recently joined this site, finding out about it through searching for more natural products to use on my hair. I have a few questions that I hope someone could help with.

I have 3a hair, low prosperity and high density. It’s really thick and coarse; the result of both parents having thick curly hair. My hair is quite dry although I recently used a honey and olive oil mask which seemed to moisturise it a little. My usual routine is to wash and shampoo with herbal essences and then apply some pure coconut oil while it’s wet. I then sit by the aga to air dry. This usually takes 3-4 hours and then I go over it with the hairdryer to make sure the roots are dry. Then I loosely tie it in a ponytail and go to bed. By the next morning it has calmed down and isn’t too frizzy.


I was wondering whether I should buy some sulphate free (or low sulphate) shampoo and some silicone free conditioner to use or try co-washing. Once I start using these products will they initially make my hair dry?


I was also wondering whether I should switch from coconut oil to some kind of gel in case my hair is protein sensitive.


Thank you. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. :)

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This is my prayer. That I'll die living just as free as my hair.

Comments

  • joseybirdjoseybird Posts: 90Registered Users
    *jaw drops*

    Your hair is STUNNING!!! :shock:
    3a - Fine, thin, non-porous hair - boo! :(


    Shampoo: SM shampoos

    Clarifying Shampoo: KC Come Clean

    Co-Wash: L'Oreal Cleansing Conditioners, As I Am Co-Wash

    Hair Gel: L.A. Looks Sport, KCCC, SM Curling Souffle

    DT Conditioner: SM Raw Shea Masque, SM Raw Shea conditioner + coconut oil, GVPCB

    LI Conditioner: Tresemme Naturals, KCKT, VO5 shea + SM baby oil

    Curl Enhancers: L.A. Looks Beachy Waves, Organix Moroccan Sea Salt Spray. AG re:coil
  • MedusaWarriorMedusaWarrior Posts: 66Registered Users
    joseybird wrote: »
    *jaw drops*

    Your hair is STUNNING!!! :shock:

    *blushes*

    Thank you :)
    This is my prayer. That I'll die living just as free as my hair.
  • LynaeaLynaea Posts: 394Registered Users
    +1, your hair looks great!

    If you aren't having issues other then dryness cowashing should help. I'm not sure if you're using silicones but if so you should do one last shampoo with a silicone free sulphate containing shampoo. Also, it looks like the coconut oil is working for you so I wouldn't assume protein issues until you try some. I would also question your having low porosity waist length hair that dries in four hours, especially if its also coarse. I am fairly new to this myself though so hopefully some of the veteran gurus will chime in.

    Good luck
    :nemo: 2A / F / MD / LP / ?E / BSL --- CG since Dec. 2012 :nemo:

    This is what I'm happiest with right now.
    Co-wash: CJ DailyFix
    Lo-poo: DermOrganic low-poo
    RO: SS Caitlin's co
    Leave-in: SheScentIt Okra Repair condish
    PT: SS Caitlin's + SS PT
    Stylers: Volumax Mega Gel, Max Green Styling Gel, DermOrganics Spray Gel
    Techniques: Plopping & Pixie Diffusing.
    :thumbdown: glycerin, honey, oils & butters :thumright: Protein!
  • MedusaWarriorMedusaWarrior Posts: 66Registered Users
    Lynaea wrote: »
    +1, your hair looks great!

    If you aren't having issues other then dryness cowashing should help. I'm not sure if you're using silicones but if so you should do one last shampoo with a silicone free sulphate containing shampoo. Also, it looks like the coconut oil is working for you so I wouldn't assume protein issues until you try some. I would also question your having low porosity waist length hair that dries in four hours, especially if its also coarse. I am fairly new to this myself though so hopefully some of the veteran gurus will chime in.

    Good luck

    Thank you for the reply! :)

    Looking at my shampoo bottle the only silicone that I can find is Dimethicone. So I'm guessing I should buy a small bottle of another brand which doesn't contain any.

    Is low porosity hair meant to take longer to dry or shorter?

    My hair only dries because I sit right next to the stove which gives off a lot of heat, however the root of my hair still remains dampish.
    This is my prayer. That I'll die living just as free as my hair.
  • StarmieStarmie Posts: 6,681Registered Users Curl Connoisseur
    I have no advice as my hair is nothing like yours but just wanted to say hi as I'm another Francesca from the UK (though in Oz now)!
    3b in South Australia.
  • sammyanthasammyantha Posts: 77Registered Users
    If you wanted to try co washing then my favourite is superdrug naturals coconut conditioner, and they are always buy 2 for £1.50 or something, your hair is beautiful!
  • MedusaWarriorMedusaWarrior Posts: 66Registered Users
    sammyantha wrote: »
    If you wanted to try co washing then my favourite is superdrug naturals coconut conditioner, and they are always buy 2 for £1.50 or something, your hair is beautiful!

    Thank you :)

    And thanks for telling me about the superdrug conditioner. I was going to try a body shop one which honestly just seems too expensive.
    This is my prayer. That I'll die living just as free as my hair.
  • sammyanthasammyantha Posts: 77Registered Users
    No they are amazing! So good as a cheap co wash or leave in if its too hand, my bathroom cupboard is full of them :p for some strange reason they aren't on the superdrug website though.