Really dry hair

MsCuppyCakesMsCuppyCakes Registered Users Posts: 14
Hello everyone. I'm new to the board and very excited to participate.

I have been natural for a few months and have not been able to master maintaining moisture in my hair. I believe I am a 4a/b combo. I have a male pattern bald spot (it's getting better), that I've come to terms with. The products I've used to moisturize my hair are quickly absorbed and I'm left with dry, brittle hair. I need help. Any and all advice appreciated.

I wear a headband everyday to work and a little skull cap sometimes on the weekends. I'm stuck between shaving all my hair off (don't think I could really do this) and putting a texturizer on it.

The products I have at home (I have more):
Queene Helene - Cholesterol Hair Conditioning Cream
Mositure Maniac - shampoo and conditioner
Soft & Beautiful Botanicals
Lite Creme Moisturizer
3 in 1 Botanical oil
Carol's Daughter - purchased recently
Rosemary Mint Shampoo W/Sea Moss
Black Vanilla leave-in conditioner
Khoret Amen Hair Oil
QP Elasta - Recovery Moisturizing Crème Hairdress

Comments

  • SunRae84SunRae84 Registered Users Posts: 71
    Hey CuppyCakes,

    Thanx for responding to my "newbie" post. I'm just starting to get hair conscious now and upon research realized that there are certain ingredients in products that aren't feasible for curly-headed ppl like us. The only products I've tried out of the list u wrote was the MOISTURE MANIAC shampoo and conditioner. Those contain sulfates which I'm sure u heard strips the hair of much needed natural oils...it also contains alcohol, i believe.

    I don't know if u live in a seasonal climate where there's harsh, cold winters but I do and right now my head feels like steel wool. I bought some CURLS products and they really helped. I try not to use shampoo that contains sulfates and CURLS has something called CURLISIOUS CURLS CLEANSING CREME which cleanses your hair of any build-up, conditions and moisturizes...ALL IN ONE. It's great. I also use [buylink=http://www.curlmart.com/CURLS-Curls-Milkshake-p-884.html?utm_source=naturallycurly.com&utm_medium=text-link&utm_content=curltalk-post-text&utm_campaign=Curls-Curls-Milkshake]CURLS MILKSHAKE[/buylink] which is very light and moisturizes wonderfully...and everyday I spray in some [buylink=http://www.curlmart.com/CURLS-Quenched-Curls-Moisturizer-p-889.html?utm_source=naturallycurly.com&utm_medium=text-link&utm_content=curltalk-post-text&utm_campaign=Curls-Quenched-Curls-Moisturizer]QUENCHED CURLS MOISTURIZER[/buylink] (well, i try to moisturize everyday...it's hard and i get lazy...don't forget, I'm sill trying to get a good regimen going)

    Keep in touch with me, I think we have some of the same struggles here
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    LAST RELAXER: December 2006 -
    TRANSITIONED FOR: 1 year & 3 months -
    BC: March 28th, 2008
    NATURAL TEXTURE: 4a with some random 3c
  • Mo_Gemini22Mo_Gemini22 Registered Users Posts: 485
    Cuppycake I just joined too and my hair is dry also! Soaks up everything like a sponge! I am a super kinky 4b still transitioning. I orderd the "Transitioning Diva Kit" from Curls (www.curlsz.biz). It includes the Curlisious Curls Cleansing Creame, Curls Ecstasy asian hair tea conditioner, Quenched Curls Moisterizer, and the [buylink=http://www.curlmart.com/CURLS-Curls-Milkshake-p-884.html?utm_source=naturallycurly.com&utm_medium=text-link&utm_content=curltalk-post-text&utm_campaign=Curls-Curls-Milkshake]Curls Milkshake[/buylink]. I just started using the products and like them so far with exception of the [buylink=http://www.curlmart.com/CURLS-Curls-Milkshake-p-884.html?utm_source=naturallycurly.com&utm_medium=text-link&utm_content=curltalk-post-text&utm_campaign=Curls-Curls-Milkshake]milkshake[/buylink]. I need something a little heavier. They do have Curls Souffle and [buylink=http://www.curlmart.com/CURLS-Whipped-Cream-p-883.html?utm_source=naturallycurly.com&utm_medium=text-link&utm_content=curltalk-post-text&utm_campaign=Curls-Whipped-Cream]Curls Whipped Cream[/buylink]. I will probably be ordering the Whipped Cream soon.

    The prodcuts smell GOOD! :toothy7:
    Last relaxer - July 07
    BC - 8/2/08
    4B headband-holic
    Products in rotation (too many!):
    Shampoo - Giovanni Smooth as Silk, Giovanni Tea Tree
    Condish - Giovanni Smooth as Silk, Trader Joe Nourish Spa
    Leave in - Sheamoisture Curl Milk, KCNT, Giovanni Direct
    Deep Treatment - Apoghee Two Step Protein Treatment, Giovanni Nutrafix
    Moisturizers - Carefree Curl Gold Spray
    Stylers - Sheamoisture Curl Smoothie
  • E.B.E.B. Registered Users Posts: 158
    It sounds like your hair's porosity is too high since your products are quickly absorbed and your hair feels dry afterwards. This means that your hair's pH might be too high. If you saw your hair under a microscope you might see that the cuticles are raised on the strands. I think that an ACV (apple cider vinegar) rinse or a product like Roux Porosity Control conditioner might help.

    From http://www.mynappykitchen.com/modules/smartsection/item.php?itemid=14:
    Tip: You can determine the porosity of your hair by taking a lock of hair and let it float in water for approximately two minutes. If it sinks, your hair has high porosity.

    I agree with SunRae84 about sulfates. I recommmend using a moisturizing shampoo without sulfates (I like Creme of Nature Ultra Moisturizing Shampoo and Back to Nature Moisturizing Shampoo), moisturizing deep conditioner, and a leave-in. Check to make sure that your moisturizer doesn't have petrolatum or mineral oil.

    Sometimes if there's too much buildup in your hair from products or hard water minerals it can cause hair to feel dry. A good clarifying & chelating shampoo or an ACV rinse will remove buildup.
  • SuburbanbushbabeSuburbanbushbabe Registered Users Posts: 15,402 Curl Neophyte
    Welcome! Suggest you examine your product ingredients for sulfates (shampoos), silicones (anything anding with a -cone or -ixane) in conditioners and styling products -- and put those in your product graveyard.

    Shampoo suggestions above are good; try not to shampoo every time you cleanse your hair - use a cheaplie conditioner instead (VO5 Strawberries & Cream, Suave Toasted Vanilla & Sugar, Trader Joes Nourish conditioner).

    After cleansing and before conditioning, try an oil rinse with grapeseed oil - slather it on clean wet hair, rake through with your fingers (it's detangling) and rinse out with warm to hot water. Then condition as usual.
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  • MsCuppyCakesMsCuppyCakes Registered Users Posts: 14
    Thank you everyone, I appreciate your time in replying. Tonight I'm going to go over the ingredients of all my products and give the ones I shouldn't use away.
  • mixed_beauty85mixed_beauty85 Registered Users Posts: 421
    yes i somewhat have a similar problem, but i think it had something to do with the product i was using. i used [buylink=http://www.curlmart.com/Mixed-Chicks-Leave-in-Conditioner-p-279.html?utm_source=naturallycurly.com&utm_medium=text-link&utm_content=curltalk-post-text&utm_campaign=mixed-chicks-leavein-conditioner]mixed chicks leave in conditioner[/buylink] and let my hair airdry. while it did make pretty curls, my hair felt dry and not really soft.

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