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My sister's hair has a little bit of a looser curl pattern than mine and her hair is more soft and spongy while mine is dense but coarse textured. By lazy I meant I am not into really styling or doing much with my hair. I dont use chemicals or heat because the upkeep would be too much for me. I pretty much just wash, towel dry and go. Yeah but I thought that I should use a mask as a conditioner because I never deep condition my hair. When I use the mask though I never put it anywhere near my roots just on the length. I always thought being low maintenance with your hair was a good thing.
Low maintenance is a great thing but what you just explained is very different from how you came off before. Like before, since your sister has a different curl pattern you have to find a regime and solutions that work for your hair. Deenellie mentioned some sites to do a little research. Seek or at least talk ( call or ask for a free consultation) from a dermatologist or your doctor concerning over production of oil. I know on some sites I've read say to fight oil with oil. Maybe try adding a little oil to your conditioner or shampoo or even incorporating oil in a pre- poo routine.

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My hair is coarse, dry and dense as well w/ tight coils. I would say my hair is a 4 combination of A B and C and it can be difficult to handle with the various textures.  If you don't want to co-wash w/ conditioner. there are cleansing creams out there that mositurize and cleanse gently. 

 

I use one called coconut cleansing cream or a cleansing pudding by As I Am.  I really love it.  So if I need to cleanse a bit during the week, I use the cleansing cream and it gently cleanses and moisturizes my hair very well.  There are other brands as well.  From what I understand, Pantene has come out with a "Natural" line of products and they have a cleansing cream.  If you can get that in your store, then maybe try that.  Shea Moisture is another good line.

 

If you're hair is dry, then concentrate on conditioning the hair and try to keep it off the scalp.  I've never heard of oily scalp and dry hair.  So as Ms. T says, if all else fails, you should see a dermatologist.  Co-washing and cleansing creams work well for me.  I use the cleansing cream more than I co-wash. 

 

On wash day, I pre-poo, shampoo & condition and deep condition.  You really need to deep condition with coarse hair, once a week.   It really helps soften & moisturize coarse hair.  Also the other important thing you must do at night is either use a satin pillowcase to sleep on or wrap your hair in a satin scarf.  The cotton pillowcases draws and absorbs moisture form the hair.  Satin pillow cases don't, therefore your hair should'nt feel dry.  I've found since using the satin pillowcases, I don't wake up with a brillo pad on my head. You can find them in most beauty suply places or of course on-line.

 

I also think you're using way too many different types of products on your hair.  Alot of the products you mentioned, may not be good for or working on our texture hair. They could be drying your hair out.  You should stick with a certain brand and see if it's working for you.  If not, then stop using them until you find the right combination; the process of elimination.  Carol's Daughter makes good products, I would work with that for now.  Read the ingredients on your products.  Make sure the first ingredient is water and stay away from products with alcohol, silicones and parabens if you can. They cause dryness.

 

 

Keep us posted.

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My hair is coarse, dry and dense as well w/ tight coils. I would say my hair is a 4 combination of A B and C and it can be difficult to handle with the various textures.  If you don't want to co-wash w/ conditioner. there are cleansing creams out there that mositurize and cleanse gently.  I use one called coconut cleansing cream or a cleansing pudding by As I Am.  I really love it.  So if I need to cleanse a bit during the week, I use the cleansing cream and it gently cleanses and moisturizes my hair very well.  There are other brands as well.  From what I understand, Pantene has come out with a "Natural" line of products and they have a cleansing cream.  If you can get that in your store, then maybe try that.  Shea Moisture is another good line. If you're hair is dry, then concentrate on conditioning the hair and try to keep it off the scalp.  I've never heard of oily scalp and dry hair.  So as Ms. T says, if all else fails, you should see a dermatologist.  Co-washing and cleansing creams work well for me.  I use the cleansing cream more than I co-wash.  On wash day, I pre-poo, shampoo & condition and deep condition.  You really need to deep condition with coarse hair, once a week.   It really helps soften & moisturize coarse hair.  Also the other important thing you must do at night is either use a satin pillowcase to sleep on or wrap your hair in a satin scarf.  The cotton pillowcases draws and absorbs moisture form the hair.  Satin pillow cases don't, therefore your hair should'nt feel dry.  I've found since using the satin pillowcases, I don't wake up with a brillo pad on my head. You can find them in most beauty suply places or of course on-line. I also think you're using way too many different types of products on your hair.  Alot of the products you mentioned, may not be good for or working on our texture hair. They could be drying your hair out.  You should stick with a certain brand and see if it's working for you.  If not, then stop using them until you find the right combination; the process of elimination.  Carol's Daughter makes good products, I would work with that for now.  Read the ingredients on your products.  Make sure the first ingredient is water and stay away from products with alcohol, silicones and parabens if you can. They cause dryness. Keep us posted.
Thanks but I think I will stick to shampooing every other day. I just feel gross and dirty not to shampoo my hair at least once in two days and my stepmother got pretty grossed out when i tried to just do cowashing. I like the hair products I use because they don't make my hair greasy. My texture is probably looser curled than yours so all the extra steps are unnecessary. I never tie my hair down or pre poo or do any of those things and my hair grows pretty fast as long as I eat properly. Thanks for your help though. The oily skin/scalp is most likely genetic because my Dad is the same way.

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My hair is coarse, dry and dense as well w/ tight coils. I would say my hair is a 4 combination of A B and C and it can be difficult to handle with the various textures.  If you don't want to co-wash w/ conditioner. there are cleansing creams out there that mositurize and cleanse gently.  I use one called coconut cleansing cream or a cleansing pudding by As I Am.  I really love it.  So if I need to cleanse a bit during the week, I use the cleansing cream and it gently cleanses and moisturizes my hair very well.  There are other brands as well.  From what I understand, Pantene has come out with a "Natural" line of products and they have a cleansing cream.  If you can get that in your store, then maybe try that.  Shea Moisture is another good line. If you're hair is dry, then concentrate on conditioning the hair and try to keep it off the scalp.  I've never heard of oily scalp and dry hair.  So as Ms. T says, if all else fails, you should see a dermatologist.  Co-washing and cleansing creams work well for me.  I use the cleansing cream more than I co-wash.  On wash day, I pre-poo, shampoo & condition and deep condition.  You really need to deep condition with coarse hair, once a week.   It really helps soften & moisturize coarse hair.  Also the other important thing you must do at night is either use a satin pillowcase to sleep on or wrap your hair in a satin scarf.  The cotton pillowcases draws and absorbs moisture form the hair.  Satin pillow cases don't, therefore your hair should'nt feel dry.  I've found since using the satin pillowcases, I don't wake up with a brillo pad on my head. You can find them in most beauty suply places or of course on-line. I also think you're using way too many different types of products on your hair.  Alot of the products you mentioned, may not be good for or working on our texture hair. They could be drying your hair out.  You should stick with a certain brand and see if it's working for you.  If not, then stop using them until you find the right combination; the process of elimination.  Carol's Daughter makes good products, I would work with that for now.  Read the ingredients on your products.  Make sure the first ingredient is water and stay away from products with alcohol, silicones and parabens if you can. They cause dryness. Keep us posted.
I'm now going to check out the as I am because lately it's all people are talking about. The hair typing thing is weird but I might take the little assessment test to see what it says. Soon I'll be able to try carols daughter but my money is limited right now. I have seen the Pantene version but I use to use that line back when they first started but they have since changed the formula.... Bad. I can't stand that. Have you heard or tried curls unleashed or curly kinks? I've been debating whether to take the plunge and just try the curly kinks.

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I tried the curls unleashed sulfate shampoo,  my hair didn't like it.  Felt really dry afterwards.  I tried CK curl jam.  I have to say I was really impressed with how quickly my curls defined.  It was really crunchy though.  As I am would be a great investment.  But as we know everyone's hair responds differently to products.  If you go to As I am's website, at one time you had the option to buy a sample pack of all their products.  That would be a good way to test.  It was reasonably.priced.

 

I'm trying not to use real commercial products like Pantene.  I used to use it back in the day also.  I received free products of the Natural brand.  So I'll try it.  The only issue I have with the product is it has silicones in it.  But from what I've been reading not all silicones are bad?  I don't know.  I'm going to try their cowash.  I also have samples of Dark & Lovely Naturale.  I have an anti shrinkage gel.  I'll let you know what I think.

 

Lemeno products you're interested in.  I'm swimming in samples and if I have what you want I'm happy to share.  I have other natural stuff you might want to try.

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Originally Posted by Mss T View Post

 

 

I'm now going to check out the as I am because lately it's all people are talking about. The hair typing thing is weird but I might take the little assessment test to see what it says. Soon I'll be able to try carols daughter but my money is limited right now.

I have seen the Pantene version but I use to use that line back when they first started but they have since changed the formula.... Bad. I can't stand that. Have you heard or tried curls unleashed or curly kinks? I've been debating whether to take the plunge and just try the curly kinks.

curls unleashed are my holy grail items.  i like their boosting jelly and their second day curl referesher b/c it keeps my curls intact.  i got them as a gift. 

 

i'm unfamilar with curly kinks though

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I tried the curls unleashed sulfate shampoo,  my hair didn't like it.  Felt really dry afterwards.  I tried CK curl jam.  I have to say I was really impressed with how quickly my curls defined.  It was really crunchy though.  As I am would be a great investment.  But as we know everyone's hair responds differently to products.  If you go to As I am's website, at one time you had the option to buy a sample pack of all their products.  That would be a good way to test.  It was reasonably.priced. I'm trying not to use real commercial products like Pantene.  I used to use it back in the day also.  I received free products of the Natural brand.  So I'll try it.  The only issue I have with the product is it has silicones in it.  But from what I've been reading not all silicones are bad?  I don't know.  I'm going to try their cowash.  I also have samples of Dark & Lovely Naturale.  I have an anti shrinkage gel.  I'll let you know what I think. Lemeno products you're interested in.  I'm swimming in samples and if I have what you want I'm happy to share.  I have other natural stuff you might want to try.
I will let you know. Having an abundance of products for natural hair is so new to me. I went natural when there was just the Jamaican locking products and and softsheen spray, lol. I'm loving the variety of choices.
curls unleashed are my holy grail items.  i like their boosting jelly and their second day curl referesher b/c it keeps my curls intact.  i got them as a gift.  i'm unfamilar with curly kinks though
I found it by just scrolling through curlmart. It has a few positive ratings but .... I'm just not sure. I'm becoming a little more judgmental of what products I want to invest in.

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Yeah!  You're right to avoid buying alot of products.  Alot of us got caught up in that.  I highly recommend As I Am cleansing cream.  I tried the Pantene cleansing cream.  I have to say it was better than expected. hmmmmmmmm

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Yay for being natural! 

 

I had a mix of Senegalese and kinky twists in for the past 8 weeks, and I took them out today. Seeing my natural hair for the first time in 2 months...wow!

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I have always had naturally curly hair. I have never used dies or anything like that because I was afraid it would just ruin my hair. I have had enough issues with it being naturally curly and frizzy already, I didn't want to risk losing my hair, as well. I began taking a daily supplement which has really helped improve the quality of my hair. I really have to be careful in what I eat or my hair will pay the price and I have found that making sure I get enough vitamins and minerals that I really need can be very challenging at times. I do know that my hair and skin pay the price when my body is out of sync.

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