Hair Breaking Badly, Shea Butter, Glycerine or Protein Issue? Product help.
Hello, This is my first post, but I've been a long time reader of Naturally Curly and lurker of Curltalk.
I have 3b - 3c-ish curls with what I believe is high porosity hair. I have some fine to medium coarse hair. I haven't dyed or chemically treated my hair in years. I'm just letting my silver hair grow in.
The LOC method has worked well for me in the past. I live in the Pacific NW so it is rainy/humid for 8 months out of the year. But in the summers, I seem to always have some hair breakage when it gets hot and dry. I am pretty sure it's from moisture loss, but I don't know if I need protein or if I have too much of it in my daily products. I think that my hair does well in the Fall, Winter and Spring (though admittedly it's still on the dry side), but in Summer it breaks off and I never seem to get length.
My understanding is that you don't want glycerin in dry weather or it will strip your hair of moisture. Ugh! I think this may be what is causing my hair breakage this time. I went to the beach (60 % humidity) and used Cantu Curl Activator in my LOC method and I had the best curls! It looked healthy and wonderful. Then, I came home from the beach and continued using it not remembering the glycerin—and now my hair is breaking all over the place! *facepalm* It's so hard to keep all the products straight. What's working when and what's not.
Now I need to do some damage control and I recently read that shea butter and coconut oil isn't good for your hair—that it can prevent moisture from getting in? I would think if you have moisture, then they would just seal it in, right? But I think I have high porosity hair according to the online information and quiz I took. I'm kind of at a loss for what products I should be using now to save my hair.
My usual routine Fall/Winter/Spring before this breakage (it seemed to be working, no breakage though leaning dry, all products have shea butter.):
POO: Shea Moisture JBCO shampoo
DC: SM Manuka Honey Mafura oil Masque (I use this every time I wash, but didn't use it the last few weeks because I was out, this may be contributing to my breakage as well)
LEAVE-IN: Usually alternate between SM Curl & Style Milk and SM JBCO. (I started using the Cantu Curl Activator last Fall and Winter and it was wonderful for rainy season!)
SEAL: Jojoba oil, SM Curling Smoothie
My routine just before and during breakage (that I believe contributed to breakage):
Shea Moisture Detox and Refresh Gentle Shampoo and Conditioner. (Since I ran out of my DC I borrowed my husband's poo and condit. to try out. Cleaned well, but no protein. Shea butter high on the list. Did this contribute to breakage?)
DC: I didn't DC for the last 2-3 weeks! (omitting this probably didn't help!)
LEAVE-IN Cantu Curl Activator (it's been hot and dry the last few weeks. High glycerin attack probably caused breakage.)
Seal: SM Curling Smoothie
So I think this last routine did me no favors!
I decided to buy the SM High Porosity Masque and hoping it will help me. I did a deep conditioning with it twice this week. Does anyone have an opinion on this line? I'm thinking of trying the High Porosity Co-Wash. Though I've never converted to COWashing as I liked the SM JBCO poo.
I also purchased the Camile Rose Curl Maker hoping to get some moisture in my hair since it has a lot of aloe juice in it, but it also has coconut oil! I have had good luck with coconut oil in the past, but didn't use it this time due to what I read. I don't want to create a bigger issue. I did an olive oil mask overnight last night instead.
I'm still having some breakage! How long does it take before one sees breakage stop? Wondering if the SM High Porosity Masque will help or hurt?
I am hoping to get some input on products that will halt breakage. It's pretty bad, I'm seeing 1-3 inch pieces snapping off. All over my bathroom floor. *crying* I don't want to cut off my hair. I do trims every other month and I really want hair growth. I'm hoping there is something I can do to strengthen what I have to keep my hair length. But the ends have thinned a lot!
Thank you in advance for any advice.
Pictures show my hair after shampooing with Dr Bronner's Castille Soap Peppermint, SM High Porosity Masque, Camille Rose Curl Maker.