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Highly confused with hair type, need tips please!

HunicoGotThisHunicoGotThis Posts: 4Registered Users
First off, i don't even know what could classify my hair, if someone could please tell me. I first started letting my hair grow two summers ago starting in June 2012 but eventually cut it all off as i didn't know how to take care of it. I've been sporting this short of a style for a long time now and i want to attempt to grow my hair again as i have more knowledge, but i feel like my hair dries way too much . I don't shampoo everyday, i always condition and if i don't, i water my head down with cold water. I'm constantly going to the sink and running water with my fingers through my hair as i can't stand seeing my hair not maintaining moisture angry9: Really hope someone can help me out here.
I pulled down a strand so it can be seen how it is, this is shortly after i applied water to my hair.

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  • hcole98hcole98 Posts: 15Registered Users
    im not sure but your hair type looks to be a 3a/3b
  • lolo918lolo918 Posts: 729Registered Users
    What products are you using on your hair- what is your routine?
    3C/4A, fine texture, low-medium density, and low porosity
    CG since November 2013.

    Pre-Poo: infrequent now, Coconut Oil overnight
    Shampoo: Curls unleashed/for occasional sulfate wash when needed, everlasting sunshine.
    Conditioner: Suave Naturals Everlasting Sunshine and GVP's conditioning balm.
    Styler: iagirl's flaxseed curl cream or gelatin gel/conditioner mix. <3
    PT: iagirl's gelatin treatment 3-4 times a month, with conditioner/honey/avj
  • OmissOmiss Posts: 16Registered Users
    Maybe try the LOC method, it really slowed down moisture loss for me.

    My Dad used to wet his 3a curls down every time he used a bathroom, he actually thought curly hair was supposed to be wet all the time. I am not recommending that, just saying.
    3a BSL (usually styled to look 2 b/c).
    Fine, dry, very dense (thinned and I like it). Kinks and fairy knots.
    Allergies, fragrance issues.
    Long term hair dyer - henna and chemical dyes.
    LOC - Not CG

    Currently liking Be Unique (UK made range), Au Naturel, and Curls Unleashed bits.
  • CGSince2002CGSince2002 Posts: 1,073Banned Users
    Oh man, I LOVE your hair! What you probably need is a better CO, what are you using right now?
    Joined Curltalk 1st time in early '02 shortly after starting CG. I'm a non-practicing Cosmetologist.
    Hair: color-treated, mostly 3A.
    CO-wash: VO5 K&L
    RO: SpaHaus Salon w/OO, VO5 Shea Cashmere, W.R. Trop. Coconut, Daily Defense Moisturizing & others.
    LI: Beautiful Curls w/Shea Butter & C.O., Hollywood Beauty OO Creme, VO5 K&L, Aveda Be Curly Curl Enhancer.
    Gels: LAL Wet Look, ORS Lock & Twist.
    Oils: Jojoba, EVCO & Africa's Best Ultimate Herbal Oil

  • HunicoGotThisHunicoGotThis Posts: 4Registered Users
    lolo918 wrote: »
    What products are you using on your hair- what is your routine?
    Oh man, I LOVE your hair! What you probably need is a better CO, what are you using right now?

    Thanks! I rarely use any products, I sometimes i use L'oreal overworked hair putty, or Ouidad climate control as of recent. I conditioned with Tresemme but now I use Suave conditioner and i use Aussie deep conditioner. I shampoo like every week and half for anti-dandruff.
  • CGSince2002CGSince2002 Posts: 1,073Banned Users
    Ok, thanks for the details. I think you'd benefit from adding a bit of oil to your CO, I'll recommend VCO (virgin coconut oil) as it has many benefits and can cure dandruff when massaged on the scalp and left on overnight to be washed the next day. Also, you could switch entirely to co-washing, you'd be surprised how most shampoos actually create the conditions for fungal dandruff to develop, and those OTC anti-dandruff shampoos are a joke, they only contain a minimal amount of the active ingredient to barely "control" it a little bit but never cure it so you have to keep buying it over and over again.

    Other things that can cure stubborn cases of dandruff are vinegar rinses and washing with a solution of borax, the last one is the most effective. I've used both myself in different occasions and presently I've been completely flake free for months after having one small patch "sprout" on one of my temples during the winter. Even washing with baking soda, which is antifungal, can cure dandruff too, but it can be very drying due to its high pH, so counter-measures must be taken when using it, like following with an acid rinse and using a moisturizing CO on the hair.

    If you're interested in knowing more about any of the above let me know so I can give you specific amounts to use.
    Joined Curltalk 1st time in early '02 shortly after starting CG. I'm a non-practicing Cosmetologist.
    Hair: color-treated, mostly 3A.
    CO-wash: VO5 K&L
    RO: SpaHaus Salon w/OO, VO5 Shea Cashmere, W.R. Trop. Coconut, Daily Defense Moisturizing & others.
    LI: Beautiful Curls w/Shea Butter & C.O., Hollywood Beauty OO Creme, VO5 K&L, Aveda Be Curly Curl Enhancer.
    Gels: LAL Wet Look, ORS Lock & Twist.
    Oils: Jojoba, EVCO & Africa's Best Ultimate Herbal Oil

  • HunicoGotThisHunicoGotThis Posts: 4Registered Users
    Ok, thanks for the details. I think you'd benefit from adding a bit of oil to your CO, I'll recommend VCO (virgin coconut oil) as it has many benefits and can cure dandruff when massaged on the scalp and left on overnight to be washed the next day. Also, you could switch entirely to co-washing, you'd be surprised how most shampoos actually create the conditions for fungal dandruff to develop, and those OTC anti-dandruff shampoos are a joke, they only contain a minimal amount of the active ingredient to barely "control" it a little bit but never cure it so you have to keep buying it over and over again.

    Other things that can cure stubborn cases of dandruff are vinegar rinses and washing with a solution of borax, the last one is the most effective. I've used both myself in different occasions and presently I've been completely flake free for months after having one small patch "sprout" on one of my temples during the winter. Even washing with baking soda, which is antifungal, can cure dandruff too, but it can be very drying due to its high pH, so counter-measures must be taken when using it, like following with an acid rinse and using a moisturizing CO on the hair.

    If you're interested in knowing more about any of the above let me know so I can give you specific amounts to use.

    So after a few weeks of switching to co washing, i found little results. I've also tried using oil based products and some frizz balms. However it just doesn't seem to be improving and i'm just baffled by how bad my hair is everyday. I wet my hair a bit and patted it down and it ended up as such in the first attachment. (Last haircut was July 17th). Despite cutting my hair every month, it will always comes back the same way.

    Though my last haircut involved a new barber at the usual place i go to, he was pretty aggressive using a regular brush on my hair an so i have no idea if that could have effected it
  • OmissOmiss Posts: 16Registered Users
    You could try using a leave in conditioner, or just leaving some rinse out conditioner in your hair, or try the LOC method, and if you live in a hard water area, rinse your hair in filtered or bottled water. A bristle brush will frizz my hair like nobody's business (unless I have dried my hair straight), but the harm is not permanent, it will be gone in one wash or rinse.
    3a BSL (usually styled to look 2 b/c).
    Fine, dry, very dense (thinned and I like it). Kinks and fairy knots.
    Allergies, fragrance issues.
    Long term hair dyer - henna and chemical dyes.
    LOC - Not CG

    Currently liking Be Unique (UK made range), Au Naturel, and Curls Unleashed bits.