| gigglemey wrote:|
| z3inal3m wrote:|
This question may have been asked already. I apologize in advance if I did. If I do not want to use the botanical gel is there an alternative that can be used i.e. jojoba oil, coconut oil, argan oil, avocado oil.
I am two days in to my max hydration method and my hair is still feeling pretty stiff and brittle although I can see my hair is absorbing more moisture.
Hiiiii, I know I am not one of the elites on here lol but until they return, welcome =) From my understanding the gel is best for sealing in the moisture which is why it is recommended and flax seed is nice, cheap, customizable. I believe you can use oil to seal but it would not be as good of a sealant as a botanical gel because the gel forms that cast over the hair shaft sealing everything in. As for oils some are sensitive to coconut idk if you are... humectant oils like castor oil would have to be layered with another oil like olive oil. so it would be applied olive, castor then olive again so that the castor oil does not start drawing out moisture from your strands. Grapeseed can be used but for some it can be drying. I think as long as its not a humectant and not too heavy to where the clarifying steps cannot remove it you should be fine. I have also seen oil layered under a gel if you wanna try that option =)
Hey z3inal3m! Welcome! If I may, just wanted to cosign gigglemey's response
. Keep in mind that you are still at the beginning of your MHM journey so you are likely in a trial and error stage. I know I went through it. I say this to say, try to stick to the regimen as its laid out precisely. Making a few minor adjustments to technique/measurements could be all you need and not removing gel from your regimen.
If your hair feels crunchy, there are some simple things you can do to lessen the crunch or dryness. Here are a few tips of mine. I got them from watching vids, reading the commentary in the thread and basic trial and error. Hope you don't mind, I just cut and paste from a previous discussion.
1) Make sure my conditioner is adequately diluted and not over-diluted (it should produce slip when applied).
2) Make sure that I apply a little bit more water to my hair before steps 4 and 5.
3) Make sure that I squeeze out excess water from my hair after applying gel.
Make sure that when I squeeze out the excess liquid, I don't reapply it
to other parts of my hair (Yup, I'd love to save those precious drops,
after all Kinky Curly products are not cheap, but doing so never works
for me *shrug*).
5) Take a second to shake my head without hurting myself once my whole head is done.
6) Oh, and if you don't do this - do steps 4 and 5 at the same time.
Here are tips from Lovemycoils03 -
1) warm full strength conditioner in microwave for step 2 (no more
than 15 sec) and apply immediately to my hair, then sit under hood dryer
10-15 min. I stopped DCing over night as I experienced quite a bit of
shedding and frizz with that option.
2) No longer use the tea tree tingle shampoo, found it drying
3) Sleep with clay, saves time and improves the definition
4) Use watered down conditioner with slip in step 4. It makes the hair feel soft at least."
Hope these ideas help and I'm sure as you peek around the thread, you'll find some more tips that work for you.