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  • Dry hair - tips and tricks, ladies?

    The last few weeks I've noticed my hair is suuuuuuper dry - not sure if it's related to some other systemic issues I'm dealing with or just regular polar winter dryness, but it's making me a bit nuts.

    I have curly, just-past shoulder length fine hair, but there's a ton of it so it's thiiiiick, and freakin' dry especially at the ends. I shampoo rarely (once every two weeks at most) and I don't heat style more than once or so a week, preferring to leave it as its natural, untamed awesomeness. Except it's been less than awesome as of late.

    Any of you out there have treatments, regular daily conditioning favourites or other tips to share? I'm on the hunt for a reliable daily conditioner (thinking of going back to my old standby, Biolage Conditioning Balm) and a once- or twice-a-week treatment to try and get some moisture back into my mane. I tried coconut oil last week (which has worked for me before) but was left with a giant, staticky mess instead. Seriously, it was full of static while the oil was on my hair. Feel free to try and explain that one.

    I'm also making sure I'm getting plenty of water to drink during the day as I know I let myself get pretty dehydrated over the holidays...oy.

    Many thanks!

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    Thick, fine, dry curlyish gal here.

    A humidifier in your bedroom. Some non-primal products (Redkin smooth down works for me). A "treatment" at the salon. Slick pillowcases (like satin, faaaaancy).

    Mostly, though, a ponytail holder for inside and cute ear warmer a for outside.

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    • #3
      Regular hair cuts, and I use coconut oil on the ends (middle to end of hair) -- put it on in the shower, and you have to rinse a fair bit, but it does work to decrease dryness. Mine was like cotton for a while there. Split ends, dry hair. Hair cut plus coconut oil as conditioner worked well.

      I also only wash my hair once a week -- vinegar rinse, then coconut oil after that.

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      • #4
        I have waist length thick coarse hair thats pretty easy care, I usually wash once every 5-7 days , scrunch a lil bit of oil through ,and let air dry.
        Coconut oil screws up my hair royally.. it makes it downright brittle and dry.
        I prefer emu oil (also good for skin ) or Argan oil.
        I'm actually thinking of going shampoo-less soon & just using a good conditioner to "wash" with. my hairs been kinda dry lately with the 50mph winds & salty air (I live right by the north sea, weather is not the best in winter)

        I actually worked a large dollop of Emu oil into my hair this morning as a conditioning treatment & will wash it out tonight.. That usually works quite well to super condition & moisturize my hair.
        Every time I hear the dirty word 'exercise', I wash my mouth out with chocolate.

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        • #5
          I have pretty thick, wavy hair and mine gets really dry at the ends too. In the winter, I try to deep condition every few weeks. I dampen my hair, load it up with conditioner, wrap it in a bun and throw on a shower cap and let it sit for like, 30 minutes. If I'm feeling especially motivated I'll blast it with a blow dryer on warm for a few minutes before rinsing it out. I have to be careful not to put too much on the roots or else it'll be a greasy mess.

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          • #6
            Microwave coconut oil. Apply to hair. Put on a shower cap over it, and run a hair dryer through the outside for a few minutes. Shampoo thoroughly.
            F 28/5'4/100 lbs

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            • #7
              The only thing that gives me relief from my hair this time of year is a bun. A braid is second best. A ponytail is third. My hair is so full of static I can't even run my hands along it. I put jojoba oil on it but I don't see much difference.
              Female, 5'3", 50, Max squat: 202.5lbs. Max deadlift: 225 x 3.

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              • #8
                I'm a big fan of Lush hair products and Weleda's Rosemary Hair Oil. Together, those have brought my hair back from a recent bleaching disaster.

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                • #9
                  Another thing that helps, after washing your hair, finish by rinsing in cold water.. As cold as you can stand! (and remember to switch the temp back to warm on the shower so you dont hear hubby screaming in shock when he takes a shower later )
                  Every time I hear the dirty word 'exercise', I wash my mouth out with chocolate.

                  http://primaldog.blogspot.co.uk/

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by DinoHunter View Post
                    Another thing that helps, after washing your hair, finish by rinsing in cold water.. As cold as you can stand! (and remember to switch the temp back to warm on the shower so you dont hear hubby screaming in shock when he takes a shower later )
                    Well that just takes all the fun right out of it!

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                    • #11
                      How to: Avocado Hair Mask Tutorial (Repairing hair mask) - YouTube

                      maybe food in your hair?

                      there are several different recipes, some have honey. this is just the first on the search list
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                      yeah you are

                      Baby if you time travel back far enough you can avoid that work because the dust won't be there. You're too pretty to be working that hard.
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                      • #12
                        I second the avocado hair mask idea! I'll sometimes thrown 1/2 an avocado into a blender with 1tbsp each of honey and olive oil. Apply to dry hair, leave for 20 or 30 minutes, and then shampoo and condition as usual. My hair looks and feels GORGEOUS after I do this! Thanks for the link, bloodorchid - I think I'll play with using egg yolk next time I do this.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Sasha the Cat View Post
                          - I think I'll play with using egg yolk next time I do this.
                          Make sure to use cool water to rinse it out..
                          Scrambled eggs are a complete b**** to get out of hair.
                          Every time I hear the dirty word 'exercise', I wash my mouth out with chocolate.

                          http://primaldog.blogspot.co.uk/

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by DinoHunter View Post
                            Scrambled eggs are a complete b**** to get out of hair.


                            Thanks for the replies, ladies!

                            I'm curious if avocado oil would work the same as the blended avocado itself...?

                            As for the recommend for argan oil, I was using a hair oil with argan in it over the summer/fall and it did wonderful things...I suppose I'll be tracking some more down!

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                            • #15
                              My hair is so fine that I can't add oil to it as it just weighs it down. I am curious to try the avocado trick though. Have any of you ever tried to use mayo or castor oil to try to regrow hair?
                              Georgette

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