on Oct 08, 2007 @ 07:26 pm|
Any suggestions for my multi issue hair. It is fine and color treated and lately it has become dry and dull. I don't use a heat styling tool and blow dry it occassionally. There are so many shampoos, conditioners, and styling products out there it makes my head swim. Is there any one product line that will take care of my issues or do I need to mix and match?
|I'm no expert... on Oct 08, 2007 @ 09:26 pm|
but I'd suggest perhaps trying to use silicone free products. There's nothing "wrong" with silicones - they leave a coating on the hair that prevents moisture from getting out but at the same time prevent moisture from getting IN as well. So I'd try going 'cone free (V05 has some nice conditioners that are 'cone free and they're super cheap) and in addition to that I would oil the length and ends. Jojoba oil, coconut oil, and sweet almond oil are popular ones as well we extra virgin olive oil if you don't have anything else but in my experiences evoo is just too hard to wash out. I prefer the sweet almond oil, for me it's lighter than the rest plus it's something I always have on hand. You just use a VERY small amount of the oil (1-2 drops if it's liquid; solid oils like coconut oil I've heard you only need to scrape off a bit no bigger than your pinky finger nail) and rub it between the palms of your hands then distribute it evenly from the ear lobes down. I prefer to oil on dry hair but you could try on damp or wet hair as well and just see what works best for you.
Something else to try is diluting your shampoo with some water before washing to minimize the harshness of the sulfates - they're stronger than a lot of people realize. Or you could try washing with conditioner only, which is what I do using a V05 conditioner. You use more conditioner this way - I have very thick almost bra strap length hair and I use two or three big handfuls of conditioner. I "lather" it in the same way I would for shampoo (don't pile your hair up on top of your head... I don't know why but you're not supposed to do that; easier to cause breakage that way maybe? Maybe someone else here knows?) then let it sit for 5 to 10 minutes (some suggest letting it sit for at least 40 minutes to an hour) then rinse first with warm water then gradually cooler water till I feel I've gotten most of the conditioner out. I usually leave just a little for a "leave in" to help keep my hair moisturized. There's also a method in which you condition first, then use your shampoo and condition again after that. Never tried that way myself but a lot of people like it.
Be gentle when handling your hair; sounds like you already do well with avoiding heat damage. Really, there is no one product or routine that's going to work for everyone. You just have to try out different things (one thing at a time, and being sure to give it enough time to really know whether or not it is going to work for you - generally two or three weeks) and see what works best for you and your hair.
Gee ain't I a know-it-all? :p
|oops on Oct 08, 2007 @ 09:27 pm|
I can't type tonight.. ignore my typos please.. :p
|Thanks on Oct 11, 2007 @ 11:26 pm|
Thanks for the advice. I seem to run into this problem in the spring and the fall. Same thing happens with my face and skin. Usually it is oily but suddenly it gets dry.
Scents Of Peace
|See my post on Oct 12, 2007 @ 10:21 pm|
in "Tips for long healthy hair" on 10/12/07 for make-your-own styling gel.
I have hair past my butt and it's quite healthy considering it's braided frequently.