devin said:sista what did you do to get your hair moisturized again? i have freestyle braids right now, but i know i will need some serious moisture when i take them down. what type of moisturizer did you use and how often? also how long and how often did you deep condition? i think we have similar problems with our hair, b/c my hair craves moisture and can never seem to get enough moisture. it seems i have tried every product in the book. i really looove kenra too and have been using it for months. i am still struggling to find a good leave-in, moisturizer and oil(although i want to try kemi oyl). Thanks!
Hmmm, you taking me back . . . waaaay back. . . Let's see:
The first problem I had was that my hair looked swollen, puffy, and dry. Not a good look. What I did at the first wash after the color was wash with a neutralizing shampoo (low pH to help close the cuticles) and deep conditioned with Aphogee 2 min keratin reconstructor (for mild protein) mixed with my CON conditioner/ ATone Botanicals conditioner (moisture) mix for 30 mins with heat. This improved the swollen/puffy look, but the dryness... oh the dryness
I normally wash my hair twice a week, deep condition at one of those washes, and condition for 10 mins at the other wash. Well after the color parched my hair like it did, I had to increase the deep conditioning to both weekly washes. I deep conditioned with my Creme of Nature/At One Botanicals mix for 30-45 mins w/ heat twice a week. I moisturized twice a day with ORS olive oil and sealed with Vatika oil. I did not use heat, and I did not wear my hair out- even for braidouts. I treated my hair like it was in the hospital ICU. I will never get over how dry that Dark n Lovely made my hair.
It took about 3 weeks of this before my hair got right again.
While you are in braids, just make sure you keep them moisturized with a spray type moisturizer or your own water, conditioner,oil spray mix. Those are the best for keeping the moisture balance up and can reach places that creams can't reach. Most braid sprays are moisturizing (african pride/royale)-- and if you have Kenra Daily Provision, it doubles as a leave in spray and spray moisturizer. I love this spray! You can alternate the moisturizing spray with diluted Infusium to give you a protein boost along the way. That way it won't be so bad coming out of the braids.