Need some help! 2a-type, getting dry

spicecurlspicecurl Posts: 13Registered Users
Hi,
I'm a real novice at this! Been CG for about 6 weeks.
I have 2a, low porosity, medium density, medium width, medium length (just below shoulders).
It's curly underneath, front and sides kind of straight.
Suave Naturals conditioner left my hair dry! Protein seems to dry it out too (not sure, but a mask with egg really dried it out).
Oils helps, but very heavy.
Right now I'm doing okay with a sulphate free conditioner (Design Essentials, Almond and Avocado) and a conditioner from Curls.biz (picked both up at a discount store).

Any tips on other products to increase moisture and curl? Also, a good conditioner for a 2a to keep it smooth but not heavy? I seem to need shampoo (or maybe it was just the Suave...not sure).

I'm into keeping it simple and hopefully not too costly.

Thanks!
Spice

p.s. I color once a month with Daniel Fields ammonia and peroxide-free colors.

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  • MorrisonFan91MorrisonFan91 Curl Connoisseur Posts: 609Registered Users Curl Connoisseur
    hi, and welcome :) .

    if you list ingredients, i may be able to help you :) i am low-porosity too.
    and currently having to grow my curls and waves back out to progress their full potential after being bullied tons the past year. so been reading to learn more.
  • spicecurlspicecurl Posts: 13Registered Users
    Hi and thanks!

    Ingredients below. Is that alcohol in the conditioner a "no no"?

    I almost gave up on CG, but noticed that my hair does look pretty nice when I just air dry it. I think with a little of the right product (CG mouse or some spray) it could really shape up. I'm not going for perfect, just simple. :)

    Maybe I should try the Shea Moisture line. Not sure? I find all this a bit overwhelming to be honest! I probably need to read more about my hair type.

    I'm looking to tips and any directions.

    Spice



    Shampoo:
    Water (Agua), Glycerin, Methyl Gluceth-10, Polyquaternium-32 (and) Mineral Oil, Propanediol, Ethylhexylglycerin,Phenoxyethanol (and) Coprylyl Glycol, Fragrance (Parfum), Tocopheryl Acetate, Retinyl Palmitate, Sweet Almond (Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis) Oil, Tea Tree (Melaleuca Alternifolia) Leaf Oil, Avacado (Persea gratissima) Oil, Jojoba (Simmondsia Chinensis) Seed Oil, Hydrolyzed Keratin, Propylene Glycol (and) White Nettle (Lamium Album) Flower extract (and)Scots Pine (Prinus Sylvestris) Cone Extract (and) Burdock (Arctium Lappa) Root Extract(and Chamomile(Anthemis Nobilis) Flower Extract (and) Rosemary(Rosemarinus Officinalis) Extract Leaf (and) Watercress (Nasturtium Officinale) Extract (and) Garlic (Allium Sativum) Bulb Extract

    Conditioner:
    Water, cetyl alcohol, stearalconlum chloride, cetearyl alcohol, polysorbate 60, coconut oigardenia tahitensis flower extract, arnica montana flower extract, anthemis nobilis flower extract, methylheptyl isotearate, potassium sorbate, camellia senensis leaf extract, phenoxyethanol caprylyl clycol, frangrance.

    Cantu Coconut Oil Shine & Hold Mist (I use like 2 drops rub it in my hands and spread on ends)
    Indications - free of silicone, sulfate, paraben.
    Ingredients
    Water (Aqua, Eau), Glycerin, Fragrance (Parfum), Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea ) Butter, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Oil, Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Juice, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Extract, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Extract, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Mangifera Indica (Mango) Seed Butter, Macadamia Ternifolia (Macadamia) Seed Oil, Daucus Carota Sativa (Carrot) Seed Oil, Melia Azadirachta (Neem) Seed Oil, Argania Spinosa (Argan) Kernel Oil, Salvia Officinalis (Sage) Leaf Extract, Urtica Dioica (Nettle) Extract, Lonicera Japonica (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Laminara Cloustoni (Sea Kelp) Extract, Silk Amino Acids, Hydrolyzed Silk, Peg-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Polyquaternium-10, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin
  • MorrisonFan91MorrisonFan91 Curl Connoisseur Posts: 609Registered Users Curl Connoisseur
    spicecurl wrote: »
    Hi and thanks!

    Ingredients below. Is that alcohol in the conditioner a "no no"?

    I almost gave up on CG, but noticed that my hair does look pretty nice when I just air dry it. I think with a little of the right product (CG mouse or some spray) it could really shape up. I'm not going for perfect, just simple. :)

    Maybe I should try the Shea Moisture line. Not sure? I find all this a bit overwhelming to be honest! I probably need to read more about my hair type.

    I'm looking to tips and any directions.

    Spice



    Shampoo:
    Water (Agua), Glycerin, Methyl Gluceth-10, Polyquaternium-32 (and) Mineral Oil, Propanediol, Ethylhexylglycerin,Phenoxyethanol (and) Coprylyl Glycol, Fragrance (Parfum), Tocopheryl Acetate, Retinyl Palmitate, Sweet Almond (Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis) Oil, Tea Tree (Melaleuca Alternifolia) Leaf Oil, Avacado (Persea gratissima) Oil, Jojoba (Simmondsia Chinensis) Seed Oil, Hydrolyzed Keratin, Propylene Glycol (and) White Nettle (Lamium Album) Flower extract (and)Scots Pine (Prinus Sylvestris) Cone Extract (and) Burdock (Arctium Lappa) Root Extract(and Chamomile(Anthemis Nobilis) Flower Extract (and) Rosemary(Rosemarinus Officinalis) Extract Leaf (and) Watercress (Nasturtium Officinale) Extract (and) Garlic (Allium Sativum) Bulb Extract


    Conditioner:
    Water, cetyl alcohol, stearalconlum chloride, cetearyl alcohol, polysorbate 60, coconut oigardenia tahitensis flower extract, arnica montana flower extract, anthemis nobilis flower extract, methylheptyl isotearate, potassium sorbate, camellia senensis leaf extract, phenoxyethanol caprylyl clycol, frangrance.



    Cantu Coconut Oil Shine & Hold Mist (I use like 2 drops rub it in my hands and spread on ends)
    Indications - free of silicone, sulfate, paraben.
    Ingredients
    Water (Aqua, Eau), Glycerin, Fragrance (Parfum), Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea ) Butter, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Oil, Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Juice, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Extract, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Extract, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Mangifera Indica (Mango) Seed Butter, Macadamia Ternifolia (Macadamia) Seed Oil, Daucus Carota Sativa (Carrot) Seed Oil, Melia Azadirachta (Neem) Seed Oil, Argania Spinosa (Argan) Kernel Oil, Salvia Officinalis (Sage) Leaf Extract, Urtica Dioica (Nettle) Extract, Lonicera Japonica (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Laminara Cloustoni (Sea Kelp) Extract, Silk Amino Acids, Hydrolyzed Silk, Peg-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Polyquaternium-10, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin

    mineral oil if in product, can be problematic/irritate skin.

    the purple highlight is to show alcohols in the conditioner, are the beneficial kind. if product has prefix sub-denattured-40 or similar next to alcohol that is type of which t can be drying if used often.

    the dark-blue highlighted PEG-40 castor oil can sometimes be too heavy of product for some folks if strands are on finer spectrum texture wise..

    for me, i can't use anything with Polyquaterniums- 10, 7, 32, 55, since while they are technically designed to ease combing, i am allergic to them.

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