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You're probably not using the right products on your hair. Depending on your strands' porosity you may have to start using lighter/heavier products and a new technique in applying it. The first thing you should do is to start from scratch - try clarifying your hair as to get rid of any buildup from conditioners and other styling products that contain silicone. Silicone is great for shine but it also builds up on your hair strands and can actually end up blocking out moisture. After that, before putting anything in your hair try and collect a few shed strands to do a porosity test. The porosity test is fairly easy to do; just get a bowl of room temperature water and place a few strands of you hair in and see how long it takes to sink to the bottom. If the hair completely sinks within the first 2 mins of being put in, then your hair may be high porosity. If it doesn't completely sink very quickly, then your porosity is normal. If it doesn't sink at all within 5-10 mins, then your hair is low porosity and that is the hardest type of hair to moisturize because the cuticles along the shaft of the strand are very compact and dang near completely watertight. Another way to go about trying to figure out your porosity is to watch your hair's behavior in the shower. Does it take very long to get wet? (If it gets wet within a reasonable amount of time (according to you) then you may have normal porosity hair.) Does it get soaked in seconds? (If it does, then that means that your hair might have high porosity because the cuticles are open and absorb everything fairly quickly.) Does you have to squeeze water through your hair in order for it to actually feel wet?(If water beads up in your hair and you have to section it out to even get water to penetrate your hair then you have low porosity.)

I'm guessing that you have either low or high porosity hair since by your description your hair feels dry rather quickly. In the case of high porosity hair, the cuticles are lifted, so the water that was originally taken in tends to evaporate in no time. If that's the case, try going ahead and using a creamy leave-in followed by a touch of hair butter to trap the water in the shaft. If your hair is low porosity (like mine), you may have to go through a few products and different techniques. The thing with having low porosity hair is that your cuticles are gonna be closed and lay really, really flat (like the tiles on the roof of a house). That being said, you'll have to get into the habit of manually lifting these "tiles" to get anything into the shaft. One way of doing that is to shower with a bit of warm water (not hot, that'll dmg your hair). When you get out, you can then either leave a bit of diluted conditioner or some creamy leave-in in your hair and then add some light oil/butter to seal in the moisture. This method is called Liquid (water mostly), Oil, Cream or LOC for short. It doesn't have to go like that all of the time as sometimes the LCO (liquid-cream-oil) method works better for some ppl.

In my experience (as a low porosity girl), I've noticed that I need to avoid products with too much protein or risk getting brittle hair. High porosity ladies may benefit more from protein treatments. Keep on deep conditioning because it really does wonders. Also, since I try to avoid using conditioners with silicone in them as I don't need my hair to get any buildup. Using products with humectants is also a good idea but I wouldn't get into that right now because I really still don't know how to use them correctly.

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Okay, so I deep condition EVERY week and i co-wash. When i get out of the shower my hair is unbelievable nice and soft and bouncy and it's beautiful. But once my hair starts to dry (i air dry) it all goes away. the bounciness goes away and the extreme softness goes away. Cry What can I do to stop this? 

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