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Why did my hair harden after I put leave-in conditioner?

ncqsncqs Posts: 6Registered Users
I used the Raw Shea Butter Moisture retention shampoo, then waited until my hair was a bit damp, then applied the raw Shea butter conditioner that can be used as a leave-in. But after a few hours, I felt one of the spots where I applied the conditioner on and it felt hard...similar to how your hair feels when you use hairspray. What could have been the reason for this?

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  • Firefox7275Firefox7275 Posts: 3,750Registered Users
    Shea butter overload? It is a fairly hard ingredient and cannot penetrate hair.
    2a-2c, medium texture, porous/ colour treated. Three years CG. Past bra strap length heading for waist.

    CO-wash: Inecto coconut/ Elvive Volume Collagen
    Treatments: Komaza Care Matani, coconut/ sweet almond/ fractionated coconut oils, Hairveda Sitrinillah
    Leave in: Fructis Sleek & Shine (old), Gliss Ultimate Volume, various Elvive
    Styler: Umberto Giannini jelly, Au Naturale styling gelee
    Flour sack towel, pixie diffuse or air dry.
    Experimenting with: benign neglect
  • chupiechupie Posts: 5,270Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    As a 2 I would not use straight Shea. Something like SMCES and only in a tiny amount.
  • ncqsncqs Posts: 6Registered Users
    Shea butter overload? It is a fairly hard ingredient and cannot penetrate hair.

    How do you know if a product can or not penetrate your hair?
    chupie wrote: »
    As a 2 I would not use straight Shea. Something like SMCES and only in a tiny amount.

    The shea butter shampoo I use supposedly has argan oil and sea kelp also. I noticed the shampoo/conditioner makes my hair "flat" or decreases the volume of my curls when it is wet. Not so sure when it is dry. I will look SMCES up, thank you. :-)
  • Firefox7275Firefox7275 Posts: 3,750Registered Users
    ncqs wrote: »
    Shea butter overload? It is a fairly hard ingredient and cannot penetrate hair.

    How do you know if a product can or not penetrate your hair?

    Research the ingredients: with oils and butters the fatty acid profile can be Googled. Lauric acid and oleic acid can penetrate because they are small, straight chain molecules so can slip under the hair cuticle, other fatty acids are too large or awkwardly shaped to penetrate. Shea is solid not liquid so can solidify on hair.
    2a-2c, medium texture, porous/ colour treated. Three years CG. Past bra strap length heading for waist.

    CO-wash: Inecto coconut/ Elvive Volume Collagen
    Treatments: Komaza Care Matani, coconut/ sweet almond/ fractionated coconut oils, Hairveda Sitrinillah
    Leave in: Fructis Sleek & Shine (old), Gliss Ultimate Volume, various Elvive
    Styler: Umberto Giannini jelly, Au Naturale styling gelee
    Flour sack towel, pixie diffuse or air dry.
    Experimenting with: benign neglect