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I have hair like a bunch of dried out sticks

(40 Posts)
margaritasbythesea Fri 16-Jun-17 14:20:17

Can anyone help me?

I do the curly girl method, although have very fine hair so I condition every day. It looks even more of a mess if I don´t. I have tried silicone free hair masks but haven´t found a good one. I am loathe to waste any more money.

I have tried adding coconut oil to my conditioner which did nothing. I tried putting some normal conditioner on while still towel dried and leaving it there, which made it all flat and matted after the first 30 minutes or so. I have tried adding olive oil to my normal conditioner and using as an intensive treatment. This looked really nice until I put styling product on it (mousse). I need the styling product to keep the curl in, otherwise it drags out.

I live in a very hot country and it seems to have got worse since summer started although I am not out in hte sun much as I am a redhead. Could this be it?

Any more ideas would be gratefully received. I do need silicone free ideas. With silicones my hair looks nice for a couple of days and then drags out.

AnthonyPandy Fri 16-Jun-17 14:41:26

After washing hair, put a splash of baby oil in a bucket of warm water then lean over and put your head in. Rinse in that same water, then leave to dry???

Nettletheelf Fri 16-Jun-17 14:54:44

When mine did this, as a result of using wretched Elvive 'mirror shine' shampoo, I used a clarifying shampoo for a few days then put a silicone-free hair mask on. Worked brilliantly.

I think that the surfeit of silicone from the bloody Elvive made my hair go manky. It felt like dolls' hair.

burnishedsilver Fri 16-Jun-17 14:54:46

Philip Kingsley Elasticizer. Theres a reason its got a kind of cult status. It's amazing stuff.

margaritasbythesea Fri 16-Jun-17 16:02:13

That made me laugh Andy - it may well work but it won't be glamorous trying!

Nettle - may I ask what hair mask you used?

Burnished - I am tempted but I think it has silicones (amodimethicone listed in ingredients) so would probably only look good for a short while on me.

Nettletheelf Fri 16-Jun-17 17:01:30

Yes. It was a Theorie one from TK Maxx. Other hair masks are available (I've used Kerastase Oleo Relax in the past, and that is great too).

JennyOnAPlate Fri 16-Jun-17 17:07:26

I follow the curly girl method too.

Do you leave lots of conditioner in your hair? I leave loads in mine otherwise I end up with really dry hair.

coffeecakemum Fri 16-Jun-17 19:03:41

This worked well for me: I found a real difference with this. Feels similar to co wash. I have curly hair that dries with normal shampoo and conditioner. Probably because I straighten it once a week.

With oils i usually use them directly on hair and leave it overnight with a shower cap on and wash the next day.

Ollivander84 Fri 16-Jun-17 20:40:14

Have you done a protein test?

margaritasbythesea Fri 16-Jun-17 20:42:31

Thanks coffee cake I have tried that one but it didn't do much for me . Thanks for the shower cap tip. I will try that once the heatwave where I am is over. I can't really bear even my pants at the moment!

Thanks nettle

Jenny - I can't leave loads on or it matts. My hair is very fine. I can't use more than a little bit.

margaritasbythesea Fri 16-Jun-17 20:43:39

Olivander I have. My hair snapped instantly. I think it's definitely moisturise not protein. Also because coconut oil didn't do much.

Ollivander84 Fri 16-Jun-17 20:45:45

Yeah coconut mimics protein which suggests you're right. I'm similar, currently using lots of Shea moisture Shea butter conditioner and their low porosity one

thegoodnameshadgone Fri 16-Jun-17 20:45:53

I am using olaplex as my hair is really dry due to bleach damage. It's actually working. My hair is starting to feel much less dry and is growing properly without breaking off

StarHeartDiamond Fri 16-Jun-17 20:52:41

The good name - where do you buy tote olaplex from? Just looking at it online but some reviews aren't convinced they've got the real thing on a certain website.

StarHeartDiamond Fri 16-Jun-17 20:52:49


NomDePlumeReloaded Fri 16-Jun-17 20:55:20

I like the Joico leave in moisturising spray. Moisture recovery leave in conditioner. Don't know if it is 'cone free though. I have straw hair too.

NomDePlumeReloaded Fri 16-Jun-17 20:56:22

I use olaplex 3 too. I bought it from, reliable website. Not fake.

mummc2 Fri 16-Jun-17 21:01:15
I use this on my dd hers is auburn colour curly frizzy and is brilliant.
It's sulphate free and they do a matching conditioner.
I generally only wash twice a week and just wet and style inbetween with boots basic curl cream it's less than a pound!!

mummc2 Fri 16-Jun-17 21:03:18

Oops sorry shampoo isn't a pound it's about £6 but usually have an offer on and the curl Creme isn't on offer at minute so is £1.99

LilyMcClellan Fri 16-Jun-17 21:06:40

Olaplex is the answer. Don't buy a copycat, get the real thing, as it is patented technology.

If your hair is snapping, it's because the keratin bonds in the hair are weak. Completely different to both protein and moisture. Olaplex rebuilds the bonds by forming covalent bridges between free bond ends.

You should use it weekly for best results, and can leave it on overnight.

StarHeartDiamond Fri 16-Jun-17 21:06:59

Thanks nom, I have used lookfantastic and it's a great site.

I have fine straight hair that's coloured and prone to dryness and breakage (the full works!) would it work on hair like mine?

thegoodnameshadgone Fri 16-Jun-17 21:21:25

I've been buying it from eBay. I have to say it must be real as it's improved my hair like nothing else I've tried and I've tried all kinds in the last year.

Yvetteballs Fri 16-Jun-17 21:25:32

Can youpost a pic of your hair so I can visualise what the issue is.

Primadonnagirl Fri 16-Jun-17 21:29:51

Have to say I think most hair treatments are bollocks...your hair is dead apart from the very roots..the best " treatments" are ones that just coat your hair well.Ive learnt the hard and expensive way! Diet and avoiding heat are the better solutions

thegoodnameshadgone Fri 16-Jun-17 21:58:21

Star heart diamond - happy to send you a pic of who I bought off if you need it x

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