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OP, I'm a newbie here but if I may:

Water binds to the protein structure and fibers of the hair and therefore, in the case of natural hair especially, moisture is extremely important. Curly hair types are generally more porous and can soak up and retain moisture (and anything else), hence the tendency of the curly hair types to shrink when faced with humidity. 

Outside factors (ie. styling methods, chlorine, chemicals/color) are what leech moisture from hair and place us in a position to have  to ensure that we replace the moisture. Of course, besides lifestyle, the degree of curliness will also affect moisturization needs. 

The problem is that dry hair does not have the elasticity that moist hair has. Therein lies the danger of skipping moisturization altogether, especially if you like to style your hair. Poor elasticity is the perfect set-up for hair breakage. 

To answer your most recent question, since curly hair tends to be porous, whatever you are putting in it, in addition to oils is also being absorbed and that could be part of the issue with why your hair is not keeping its luster from one day to the next. 
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Originally posted by lalaLeslie lalaLeslie wrote:

No, I've never tried those. 
I use a cream and oil to moisturize my hair after I wash/co-wash or spray with a water bottle. 
I could just be being paranoid, because I always hear that dry hair = breakage but my hair isn't crunchy, like, it's still kind of soft, but it doesn't look all shiny and bouncy(I suppose) as when I first do it, so basically my question how do I keep it that way? It's not like completely dry like it feels like a yellow piece of dead grass, but it's not how it looks after I moisturized it in the morning. I was doing some research, and I see girls using the eco styler gel, maybe that's how they get it to stay that way?

Also, I cannot wait for it to grow longer, because I do feel like it'll look better. I tried to wear my hair out today and some girl told me I didn't comb the back out enough. I tried but the curls in the back are super tight, so basically the front was sticking high up and so the little fro I tried to pull off today didn't work =[
Aww, not the misshapen fro. It happens to the best of us.LOL
Try twisting your hair the night before in big twists to stretch out your hair before wearing a fro. The next morning, undo them and your hair should be stretched. All you have to do is pat & shape it into a cute shape. That way you don't have to try getting a comb through dry hair.

Depending on how our hair strands bend and curl, light may not be able to reflect off of the surface giving it a 'dull' look. That might be a reason why your hair doesn't look shiny. Kinky/curly hair does not always shine but it is still quite healthy and soft like you have found out with your hair. You can try using oil to give a little shine but it doesn't always work.

Gel usually locks the pattern in but not softness or bounciness. In order for my hair to bounce, it has to be soaked with water. Once it dries after moisturizing,sealing and styling it does not bounce but it is not dry/breaking either.
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Originally posted by onthewaytoWL onthewaytoWL wrote:

OP, I'm a newbie here but if I may:

Water binds to the protein structure and fibers of the hair and therefore, in the case of natural hair especially, moisture is extremely important. Curly hair types are generally more porous and can soak up and retain moisture (and anything else), hence the tendency of the curly hair types to shrink when faced with humidity. 

Outside factors (ie. styling methods, chlorine, chemicals/color) are what leech moisture from hair and place us in a position to have  to ensure that we replace the moisture. Of course, besides lifestyle, the degree of curliness will also affect moisturization needs. 

The problem is that dry hair does not have the elasticity that moist hair has. Therein lies the danger of skipping moisturization altogether, especially if you like to style your hair. Poor elasticity is the perfect set-up for hair breakage. 

To answer your most recent question, since curly hair tends to be porous, whatever you are putting in it, in addition to oils is also being absorbed and that could be part of the issue with why your hair is not keeping its luster from one day to the next. 

agreed!
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