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Help?????

OK, I have a question, and I may not ask this with the correct terminology, but here goes…….

How do you keep your hair healthy so that it accepts moisture from conditioners????

Whenever I start using a product, it will work great for a while, and I can feel my hair soaking up the conditioner. I have a few weeks, of wonderfully feeling hair which curls well & feels very healthy.

And then, all of the sudden it’s like my hair stops accepting moisture. It starts to feel slippery & smooth & doesn’t soak up the conditioner like it used to. And once it’s done that then my hair doesn’t look full anymore, it will still curl, but it’s more lifeless…..

I don’t know if that makes any sense, but it’s frusterating the heck out of me.

I noticed it this time right after I got my hair colored. They don’t use shampoo there, but they do use an herbal seal on my hair, which is supposed to seal in my color. Could it be sealing down my hair enough so that it won’t take the moisture from the conditioners? I shampooed once after that to see if it helped at all, but there has been no change.

Or could it be a buildup from the acone that’s in the G & F leave in conditioner that I’ve been using?

Help! I’m getting so frustrated. I’ll have great hair for a few weeks & feel like I finally have this all figured out & then it’s like my hair & the products have a disagreement & decide they won’t play nice anymore. And then I’m back to the drawing board to find new products.

Any wisdom from the wonderful ladies on this board?????

Comments

  • gotcurls?gotcurls? Posts: 41Registered Users
    OK, the more I think about this, I think that I need my cuticle to opened up some.

    I'm wondering if it's really not the products that I'm using that's causing me problems, but instead that once a month my hairdresser is using a herbal sealer on my hair, which closes up my cuticle & then my hair can't soak up the conditioner anymore.....

    Ok, here is my evidence/theory
    When the cuticle is open, my hair soaks up conditioner, has lots of wonderful volume, but tends to tangle somewhat (which doesn't bother me).

    Now, after my hairdresser uses the herbal sealer, my hair won't soak up conditioner, my hair feels slick/slippery, doesn't have volume & won't tangle at all.

    Does my theory make any sense?
    So, anyone know how to open up your cuticle?
  • Koukla72Koukla72 Posts: 1,680Registered Users
    Edited due to a cyberstalker. Sorry, guys. :(
  • gotcurls?gotcurls? Posts: 41Registered Users
    Yes, I can and plan to do so. In the meantime I need to use something to open the cuticle back up again.

    Any ideas on how to do that?
  • lushaholiclushaholic Posts: 2,180Registered Users
    Try doing an ACV rinse (about 1 part apple cider vinegar to 2-3 parts water, I do 2 parts myself, so say half cup ACV to 1 cup water, distilled or spring is even better) and see if that helps, and then follow with a good moisturizing conditioner. I usually pour the mix in a bowl that is big enough for me to dip my whole head in, that way I can let the lengths of my hair sit and swish aroud in it for at least a good minute.
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  • Koukla72Koukla72 Posts: 1,680Registered Users
    Edited due to a cyberstalker. Sorry, guys. :(
  • meriellynmeriellyn Posts: 1,135Registered Users
    I agree that a fairly strong ACV rinse might work well for you. As an added bonus, ACV leaves your hair nice 'n shiny in addition to added volume of a clean slate.
    Baking soda rinses work well for some people but they can be harsh and leave your hair more roughed up than ACV.
    Lemon juice + conditioner can be a good clarifier as well. I'd put it in between ACV and BS on harshness.

    Definitely ask you stylish to skip that treatment next time and you might want to lay off that leave-in and try something lighter w/o silicone for a while to see if that helps.
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  • gotcurls?gotcurls? Posts: 41Registered Users
    Thanks for the suggestions! I'll try an ACV rinse tomorrow morning & see if that helps.

    As far as the other recipes go, anyone know if they affect the color of your hair? I think I read that the lemon rinse can cause your color to fade - is that true and would the baking soda recipe have a tendency to fade your hair as well?

    I'm really hopeful that the herbal sealer is what's causing the problem. It would be an easier solution than trying to figure out why hair products all of the sudden stop working for me!

    Keeping my fingers crossed for tomorrow morning......
    Thanks for the advice!
  • meriellynmeriellyn Posts: 1,135Registered Users
    Lemon and BS can be harsh on haircolor but I haven't found that to be true with ACV.
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