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    Posted: Feb 10 2014 at 12:42am
Have you consult any hair specialist? May be there is some problem.
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Hi there Loves2Laugh. It sounds as though you are doing too much to manage your hair. Specifically I believe that you are having problems because you are cowashing and not removing the build up from your hair with a clarifying shampoo. Cowashing can cause product build up and this can make your hair feel dry especially when you try to add more product in order to counteract the dryness. I know some people prefer to cowash their hair instead of shampooing and that's ok but it isn't for everybody.  I believe in your case you will need to re-evaluate why you are cowashing your hair since it appears to be part of the problem.

In order to correct the situation I would say you should revamp your regimen to include shampooing even if it is only to remove build up from time to time. Here is a list of some things that your may want to consider:

1. Shampoo your hair with a clarifying shampoo to remove build up. The excessive dryness should stop and your hair should be able to moisturize properly once the build up is gone. If you do not want to use a clarifying shampoo then you may want to do an apple cider vinegar rinse (ACV) at least once a month and remove the build up that way.

2. You are over moisturizing your hair by baggying it too often. You need moisture but not that much. Too much moisture without protein will weaken your hair to the point of breaking. Perhaps reserve baggying for when you deep condition and make that about once or twice a week. Like with cowashing baggying isn't for everybody.

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Protein is necessary for healthy hair. Whether you are receiving protein trough your diet, add it to your hair or both you still need protein. Maintaining the proper moisture-protein balance in your hair will stop the breakage and dryness. Even though you have said that you hair is protein sensitive I feel that once you remove the build up you should be able to do a protein treatment with success. This should workout as long as you give your hair the proper amount of protein when you need it. We all have limits to how much protein our hair can handle at one time. Too much protein will cause breakage because it will build up in the hair making it brittle and then break off. Moisturizing your hair will keep your hair supple while the protein strengthens it. Another reason why your hair will not moisturize properly is because protein is necessary to allow the hair strands to absorb moisture. You cannot have moisture without protein and you need moisture in order for the protein to work effectively. Try doing a light protein treatment like Aphogee 2 Minute Reconstructor or Aubry Organics GPB Conditioner once every 2 weeks to once a month. The frequency of which you will need these treatments will depend upon how often you cowash and moisturize your hair. The more you moisturize the more often you will need to add protein.

4. You may need to shampoo your hair regularly. If you are experiencing itching when you apply products to your hair that may be because the cowashing is not removing the bacteria from your scalp. The only time I have ever had an itchy scalp was when I did not keep my scalp/hair clean. If I added oils or certain products to my hair my scalp would itch like crazy. Now that I wash my hair twice a week and make sure that my scalp is clean I don't experience itching anymore. If you do not want to shampoo your hair then consider using a cleansing conditioner as opposed to a regular one. These conditioners have surfactants (detergents) that are designed to cleanse without stripping your hair. As I am Coconut Cowash is a good one that I have used but it's has left my hair feeling dry. I have found that I need to deep condition after using it but it does clean very well. The objective is to apply cleansing products to your scalp and roots as well as your hair. It's easy to add product to your hair and think that the scalp is covered but sometimes it is not. Try making a conscious effort in directly applying cleansing products to your scalp. You can do this by washing your hair in sections so that you can apply the product easier.

5. Growth aids are not really necessary at this point. Right now you have to find the source of your problem and correct it in order to allow your hair to grow healthier. Using growth aids without clearing up these issues may prove to be futile. A solid foundation of diet and healthy hair practices are necessary before any growth aids can benefit you. You don't have to be on a DIET but try to eat more wholesome, unprocessed foods instead of junk food and take out if that is your thing. Eating better quality food will nourish your hair and help it grow faster than when it is not being properly nourished. Also a poor diet deficient in protein and other nutrients will make your hair weaker and more susceptible to breakage and falling out.

Things you can do to help yourself get started:
-First get your regimen down, washing, cowashing and all that so that you are able to moisturize your hair and stop the breakage.

-Next work out your protein usage. Remember to start out slow and then increase the number of protein treatments as needed.

-Third other growth aids may not be necessary. The oils that are in your current regimen have already been proven to affect hair growth and quality. Olive oil, grapeseed oil and almond oil have been said to increase growth rates (with in a person's genetic limitations of course). Almond and olive oil are particularly good at strengthening hair and stopping excessive shedding. Coconut oil moisturizes, softens and works as and excellent prepoo treatment to prevent dry hair after shampooing. Experiment with them and choose the ones that suit you best and apply them once to twice a week making sure to get it on your roots and scalp where they will work best.


That's all for now. Constructing a good regimen takes time and practice. You may be doing a lot of trial and error before you get it right but you will get there. A few important points that will help you on your way.

-Always use moisturizing products before you use protein ie. wash with a moisturizing sulfate free shampoo before doing a protein treatment. Do this especially after you clarify or do an ACV rinse. This will help your hair uptake moisture better.

-When you do a protein treatment follow it up with a deep conditioner. If you use Aubry Organics GPB conditioner then this won't be necessary but it is with necessary with Aphogee products. Some protein products will also moisurize your hair at the same time while others will not. You may not know which one until you use it.

-Maintain moisture throughout the week up until wash day. This means moisturizing and sealing with oils/ baggying or what ever you use daily to keep the level of moisture in your hair until it is time to wash again. If you plan to continue cowashing then you may not need to do much but if you do shampoo then make sure that whatever you do your hair does not become dried out. Dryness makes it harder for your hair to become re-moisturized. Keeping a steady level of moisture in the hair will prevent dryness on wash day and maintain moisture in the future.

-Finally if you choose to use shampoo stick to a sulfate free shampoo unless you are going to clarify your hair. Sulfate shampoos can be drying over time which can make it harder to keep your hair moisturized. Try to avoid them if you can (with the exception of clarifying shampoos). Sulfate free shampoos will help you retain moisture better. If you use a clarifying shampoo use that one first then wash with a sulfate free one right after it to add the moisture back to your hair and remove any sulfate residue left behind.





Whew that was a lot to type! Ouch Dead These are the things I do to help me combat dryness and breakage. I hope it works out as well for you as it is for me.

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@Benni: Thanks for your message, but as you can see the protein hasn't been working out for meLOL. It was the Pimento and Castor Oil caused my hair to get crispy and fuse together about 6 weeks ago... and I was finger detangling at the time.
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Well, I've decided that I definitely won't be using regular protein DCs. Although, I used very small amount of UBC deep conditioner last Sunday (and believe me I was really stingy) and my hair was not as dry /hard / crispy as it had been in the past, when I took out my plaits on Saturday night, my hair felt as it though it was fused together. Confused

It's kind of hard to explain but it was as if each section of the plait was fused together. I had to pull apart and / or dig my fingers in between the sections in order to loosen them. I used my EVOO/ Jojoba/Grapeseed/Sweet Almond/ Crude Almond/Amla oil mix on my hair before unbraiding. I've had dry, hard hair with protein products before, but the crispiness and 'fused togetherness' -yes, I'm inventing new words - has only happened once before, with my Jamaican Organic Pimento Oil with Castor Oil (and some other stuff).
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I hope you find a solution Loves2Laugh. I have had similar problems recently that seem to be resolving with frequent deep conditioning, and finger detangling instead of using a comb and my Denman.

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I was just thinking this. I can see I'm gonna have to go back to the hair care basics on everything and build up regime from there.
 
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A shed hair strand will have a (white(-ish)"bulb" at the beginning of the strand, that's how you'll be able to tell the difference between shed hair and a broken strand.
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Originally posted by bebe88 bebe88 wrote:

Keep ENDS moist and products off your scalp.
Stop towel drying, use an old t-shirt
@bebe: sorry I didn't actually mean a towel - I use soft cotton tops, which I press against my hair to absorb as much water as possible, then I wrap it around my head to dry it a little more.

Originally posted by bebe88 bebe88 wrote:

Also wear a satin cap between your hair and that wig. The scalp of that wig can cause unnecessary friction.
@bebe@ I'll definitely do this. I completely forgot to pick one up when I got my shampoos yesterday, but it's a No1 priority for tomorrow.@

@krisviola: that is my problem too, not having enough silky scarves / bonnets so they run out before I can wash them again. Also, re the pics, I did my hair this morning, but I'll try & take some next wkend when take out the braids again.

Thanks :)


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Originally posted by imfunsized imfunsized wrote:

Breakage equals a distribution in retention. It had nothing to do with hair growing from the scalp. She most likely is not properly moisturizing her hair especially her end where breakage occurs. You can take all the growth aids you want but of you are not properly moisturizing your hair you are not going to have length retention. It has nothing to do with growing but you practice good moisturizing techniques.
I do moisturise regularly - I smooth the moisturiser from root to tip, then about half way down, and then the ends. I do this in sections a number of times depending on how ' 'unmoisturised' my hair feels.

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Originally posted by krisviola1 krisviola1 wrote:

Originally posted by Loves2Laugh Loves2Laugh wrote:

@ Krisviola: ... But I would've thought that those things would contribute to breakage, not lack of hair growth. ...

Breakage=lack of growth.  Do you have hair color or some type of chemical in your hair that would easily let you know which end of your hair the slow growth rate is coming from?  As naturals, it's very difficult to tell if the hairs out of our scalps are growing if it's breaking off at the ends.  Women with relaxed hair have this part easy.  They can tell exactly how much hair is growing from month to month.

Take a photo of your hair today.  As a matter of fact, take a few.  At the beginning of November after you've taken some of the advice you received in this thread, compare your hair to the photos.

Buying a satin pillow case or a bonnet is a great place to start if you want to reduce your breakage.  I have to admit I haven't been doing that for the past few days.  But it's because my bonnets need to go into the washing machine before I put them back on my head. 
To be honest I'm no longer sure if the hair I'm losing is breakage or normal shed hair. I assumed it was mainly shed hair because most of the breakage I experienced  previously (except once before) was hair that was a mixture of long, short & medium pieces. Plus there would be loads of hair in my hands after moisturising or in the bath after shampooing / rinsing. Now, there's rarely anything in the bath or in my hands. I just don't know.Confused. But although, I originally said I don't think my reggie is too bad, I am tweaking it to see if I can get better results.

Thanks again :)


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