Hi, it sounds like you have low porosity hair. Its more likely that instead of the moisture getting in and escaping, the moisture is actually not getting into your hair at all, just sitting on top and evaporating.
Like the other user said, stop using heat. You have fine hair, so you will get heat damage easily. I have experience with that personally. As for the breakage, it definitely sounds like your hair is so dry, that it lacks elasticity. This would cause you to have a lot of rips when you detangle in the shower. Stay away from protein and products that act like protein, like coconut oil. Low porosity hair hates that.
Secondly, stop using the comb. What you need is a conditioner that has a lot of slip and is very thick. I recommend kinky curly knot today or trader joes tea tree tingle. Detangle your hair in thin horizontal sections clipping other hair out of the way as you move up your head. Smooth, pinch, rake, separate, and handle you hair gently.
I remember looking up the mixed chicks conditioner a while back, i think it has glycerin, but i will double check. Many ppl who live in dry climates just can't use glycerin, it pulls moisture out of the hair, and it has natural astringent properties. As for your leavein, which kinky curly product are you using? Is it the spray of the conditioner. The conditioner would make a better leave in.
like the other user said, just because you use a leave in conditioner doesn't mean you are finished yet. you need to be sealing in that moisture, or else it will just evaporate with out your hair having benefited from it. So don't end your routine at just a leave in. Since you also have low porosity hair, you will need to make methods of opening your cuticle before you deposit moisture. Otherwise your hair isn't going to be moisturized.
Look at this regimen the Max hydration Method
It is specially created for type 4 low porosity hair. You would probably make a dramatic turn around in a week doing this method for the first 7 consecutive days, since your curl pattern is looser. After that you can stretch the regimen 1-3 days or twice a week.
Let me write some steps i recommend for you:
Step 1. Baking
soda mixture(above) leave in hair 30 mins - 1 hour. This btw will not
strip the hair or change the texture. baking soda doesn't have the
chemical ability to alter the curl pattern, it just temporarily lifts
Step 2. Deep condition with the watered down conditioner mixture Go to sleep.
Step 2: Continuation. Finger detangle your hair in sections as
you rinse out the conditioner from the night b4. You should have enough
slip to do so, and your hair will be soft and pliable.
Step 3: Bentonite clay step. Mix about 1 cup on bentonite clay,
1.5- 2 cups of water, and a tablespoon of honey, a tablespoon of olive
oil. Any oil will actually work-- just stay away from glycerin and
As you go along, section by
section(section your hair in horizintal rows, starting from the nape and
smooth/pinch and rake/separate so that the product gets evenly
distributed from root to tip. The reason you do these steps section by
section, is so the conditioner doesn't dry up before you seal it with
gel, rather then applying conditioner to your whole head, and then
applying the gel after. Total time: 25-35 minutes :
Step 4. Leave in conditioner.
This will be the same conditioner you use in all steps. It will be
watered down the same way. Smooth it in root to tip, especially ends.
Step 5. Gel. Apply MHM approved gel as
you go section by section. Smooth, rake, pinch, separate. As if you were
finger detangling. Finger coiling will not be necessary.
Second day hair(after first 7 daily applications of regimen
). rewet and shake. Will look exactly like first day hair.
What happens when you do the regimen:
Root to tip definition ON PRODUCT FREE HAIR
Root to tip definition in wash and gos
Moveable shakable hair, even when dry
- Hair feels softer even when dry without product
Length retention, easily
- Less breakage
Set styles last longer and come out more defined and easy to separate
Soft, pliable hair
Detangling is easier
single strand knots & split ends rarely occur
- all Styling
is much faster
Edited by pinkecube - May 02 2014 at 9:06am