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February 18th, 2006, 01:35 AM
The last 6" or so of my hair is starting to get really dry:scared: I've got a ton of shea butter on it right now and I'll be washing in a little while but any effect I get from deep conditioning seems to wear off after a couple of days and it goes quite dry again:twisted: What do you recommend:flowers:
February 18th, 2006, 03:09 AM
Jojoba oil on the ends. When you get out of the shower just rub a few drops between your palms and then run through your length. Or make a mixture of mostly aloe and a few drops jojoba and run that through your hair. My hair absoultely loves this mixture. Brings out my curls and makes it nice and soft.
February 18th, 2006, 03:20 AM
Jojoba often makes my ends crunchy, so doesn't always work for everyone.
What my hair likes is water, and sounds like your might, too, nastasska, if your hair is fine for a couple of days after deep conditioning. I have to soak/condition mine every few days to keep it soft.
I'll be checking back to see what suggestions others offer. Good luck finding something that work for you.
February 18th, 2006, 03:38 AM
My ends are very dry too, but through much trail and error I have learned that my hair loves to be wet. Since it has been winter, and I cannot wear it in damp updo's, I mist it really well before bed with a distilled water/jojoba/sweet almond oil/AVG mixture and then bun it on top of my head for sleeping. I take it out in the morning, mist it, comb it, then wait for it to dry and put it in an updo. It's been much happier this way. HTH :flowers:
February 18th, 2006, 03:56 AM
I've been trying oils but am having average results.I've decided not to wash tonight but to leave the shea butter in for as long as possible.Isn't hair weird:silly:
February 18th, 2006, 05:04 AM
I have very dry ends too. Nastasska. I think it's one of the things that just comes with long hair territory. It's a constant battle to keep the ends moist and supple. One thing that's worked for me is applying an oil on damp hair. I like jojoba or sweet almond. And then apply shea butter over the oil. Then I'll bun my hair for the day. I do damp bun in the winter but I'll use the blow dryer on "cool" and just get the scalp hair drier. The hair that goes in the bun is still damp.
I try to do a SMT at least once a week. I use moisturizing cone free condishes for that. I do it with my heat cap and it stays on my hair at least an hour. I also do something that's a combo of CO and either SMT or a deep conditioner. I'll put the CO conditioner on the scalp area. Lots of it. Then I'll apply the SMT or a rich deep conditoner to the length and get cozy with the heat cap for an hour or so. The key for me has been doing the moisturizing treatments at least once a week. Twice a week is good too. Hair needs moisture so I'm not afraid to get it wet and let conditoner really soak in.
February 18th, 2006, 05:35 AM
I have to agree with wetting the hair more often. I thought I was doing my hair a favor by washing the length less frequently, but in the end I found that my ends respond better to a full length wetting about 3 times a week. I've switched back to CO 2x a week/shampoo & conditioner 1x a week, which is working well for now. I also use shea butter on my hair while it's wet before I wrap it in a towel. (It's too easy for me to overdo oils with wet hair.) And again, one more vote for damp bunning when possible.
I hope you find what works for you, nastasska. :flower:
February 18th, 2006, 06:17 AM
i have dry ends as well-not as much hair as you. But my hair is thick and very curly/coily- so last night i used a mixture of castor oil and glycerine and co-washed this am with curecare and my hair is soft and moist-no dry ends in sight.
February 18th, 2006, 08:21 AM
Wetting my hair seems to spring it back to life. The longer I go between washings the dryer and crapier my hair looks.
February 18th, 2006, 08:26 AM
I have to agree with wetting the hair more often. I thought I was doing my hair a favor by washing the length less frequently, but in the end I found that my ends respond better to a full length wetting about 3 times a week. That's exactly what I discovered lately Nastasska. Everyone around seems to be trying to go more days between the washes but what I found out is that I have a very dry scalp and dry hair so I swithced to doing CO everyother day and once in a while do CWC. I hope you'D get over the dryness as quick as you can. Loves :flowers:
February 18th, 2006, 08:31 AM
I like to put a lot of a nice, lotiony leave-in product on dripping wet hair, then braid it and leave it to dry. I don't blot really. I think the braid makes it take longer to dry, and a braid may be a problem if you don't wear yours in a braid or don't want braid waves.
February 18th, 2006, 02:06 PM
I second the moisture tricks...
My ends tend to get very dry and crispy...
Spritzing with water/oil or water/condish mix seems to help. So does dampening my hair and braiding or bunning it.
Like you - I get a few days of nice hair, then my ends get really weird... I delay the weirdness by the misting or damp braiding - then someimes do a water only rinse to really get my hair WET.
All else fails? Time for another CO....
February 18th, 2006, 02:15 PM
Great suggestions:flowers: I've still got the shea butter in contact Guiness I'm going for a record:lol:
CurlyBrunette can you re apply SIAS to dry hair or should I wet it first
Dulci I get waves anyway:lol:
February 18th, 2006, 02:42 PM
This is going to sound a little strange, but sometimes I get "dry" ends that aren't really dry - it just needed an ACV rinse.
Anyhoo, I hope you find a solution that works, Nastasska :flowers:
February 18th, 2006, 04:04 PM
I get dry ends too, and I often redampen my hair in the shower on days I don't wash. I use my hand to smooth over and even finger comb through my hair at my scalp, and then smooth more water over my length. I then completely wet the bottom three inches of hair. Out of the shower I smooth gel or oil (or both today) over my hair--kind of glazing it. I put more on the bottom. You could even scrunch at this point. I started doing it to refresh my curls, but I've really noticed that it moisturizes the ends nicely! You could also do this with some condish or leave in (I just don't usually use those).
February 18th, 2006, 04:30 PM
I wet my hair in the shower everyday. If I don't wet it everyday like this, my hair gets dry. This is what I do almost everyday: CO, put a leave-in condish, comb, wear it down until it is 70% dry, then put oils and mist with aloe, braid it, put satin cap, go to sleep, wake up, unbraid, comb, brush scalp, mist again, and then put in an updo. I also use a mild shampoo on my scalp and use the shampoo diluted on my length. I like to switch conditioners all the time to help with build up and I also clarify once a month or longer.
February 18th, 2006, 05:23 PM
I would guess it would be best to dampen/wet the hair before putting on any leave-ins or oils, since the water is moisture...
I hope one of these suggestions works for you!
February 18th, 2006, 05:40 PM
Isn't hair weird:silly:
It is indeed. I length-washed tonight, after almost 5 weeks - and my hair felt and looked like less than 3 weeks. :rolleyes:
Jojoba, sparingly applied is my best suggestion too. :grin:
February 19th, 2006, 12:59 AM
I also wet down my length and/or ends regularly. I saturate my ends with water, and apply some water to the rest of the length till damp. Then I put some leave-in, aloe, or oils (or more than one). I've applied leave-in to dry ends before, which left them funky, tangly, and crunchy. It's the water that's key. If you have hard water, you will probably want to use distilled to wet down your hair.
February 19th, 2006, 02:49 AM
Wow, great advice in this thread already!
One thing i'd add, i've started recently at the end of my wash getting a jug, putting a dollop of aloe gel, glycerin and some EO in the bottom, then filling the rest up with water. Then i dip my length in and swish it about, then slowly pouring the rest over my hair. I find it realy helps with softness and leaves it quite moisturised. I do also apply some oil to my hair once i step out of the shower too.
February 19th, 2006, 10:10 AM
Sounds like you've gotten some good advice. I didn't read all the responses, so I apologize if this is repeat advice, but sometimes my ends seem dry when I've over-conditioned or oiled, oddly enough. A vinegar rinse usually does the trick.
February 19th, 2006, 10:20 AM
I had the same problem (my hair is exposed to a lot of dry heat), but switching to CO made my hair much more moisturized. A guru here shared with me what she had done as a newb that got good results, so I've just started using SMT every time I cleanse my hair. It really is making a difference, even after two CO's. It seems like that is getting my hair into better and better condition.
By the way, jojoba makes my hair crunchy too, but fractionated coconut oil leaves it soft and silky.
February 19th, 2006, 03:57 PM
By the way, jojoba makes my hair crunchy too, but fractionated coconut oil leaves it soft and silky. Same here....coconut oil works much better for me. Also a CO wash once a week helps a lot. Since I have very hard water, I rinse with distilled water and use Giovanni Direct Leave-In.
I truly hope all this helps you, nastasska. Best of luck to you ~ Tasarwen
February 20th, 2006, 01:58 AM
Thank you all:flowers: I've got a list of things to try now.I washed this morning and the ends felt quite good after two days of shea butter then I put SIAS in:grin: I wonder how long before it starts to feel dry again funny thing is there are not really alot of split ends:silly: I've thought of another thing that could be contributing I like hot showers even in summer:lol: I'm trying to use cooler water when I put my hair under but it's hard when you're cold:lol:
February 20th, 2006, 02:14 AM
I love hot showers too unfortunately...But lately i found a remedy (i think :P )! When I get from under the shower I rinse my hair with cold water under the tap again, I hope this is good too :)
I'll try to get accustomed to colder showers when summer gets here :)