Q: I live in Grovetown,Ga., and my hair is like a fuzz ball after a few minutes in the heat. I use Jojoba oil, Design Essentials Natural Hair. I have also tried Jane Carter , but it makes my hair dry. I use a lot of oils because I color the gray in my hair. Depending on what I see first in my arsenal it’s what I use. Please help me. I am having a hard time keeping my from turning into a fuzzball. Thanks in advance.
A: I have not using any of the products you have mentioned (besides jojoba oil), so I cannot comment on what’s in them or why you hair is getting fuzzy. Sometimes it’s really best to do your own research and experiment with different products. Here’s what I suggest:
- Examine all of the ingredients lists for the products you are having issues with. A lot of the time, formulations aren’t as different as companies would like us to believe, and there is often a common denominator. For example, when I first went natural, I was using some products that were great on my hair initially, but as the day went on my hair would get SO DRY. I thought that it was my fault and I wasn’t conditioning my hair properly. Then, I realized that glycerin was very high on the list for ALL of these products, and at the time it was super dry in my city (so dry that my hands looked like prunes 24/7 because I was not used to such dryness). In contrast, I also began to notice that many of the products I fell in love with had aloe vera very high on the list, and usually did not contain many heavy butters. Other ingredients that often throw people for a loop are emulsifying wax and/or beeswax, mineral oil, and non-water soluble silicones. And remember, when an ingredient is higher on the list, that means there is more of it in the product. You might have issues when something is the second ingredient, but not when it is the tenth.
- Play with the order in which you apply your products, especially when you are using an oil. Since oil is for sealing in moisture, you can assume that less moisture (some will still get in there) is going to reach your hair after you apply your sealer, which is why many people apply their sealer AFTER their leave-in conditioner, but before their styler.
- Pay attention to how your hair feels without any product in it. Yes, I love products, but if my hair feels dry/hard/gummy without anything in it, my moisture/protein balance is most likely off and I need to move forward accordingly, with a deep condition or protein treatment.
- Make sure you are washing/clarifying your hair, ESPECIALLY if you are using a lot of oils. One of the main reasons people get frizzy hair is because they have product build up, which makes it so the hair cannot get conditioned well because everything is just sitting on top of the hair. Think of it like if you never rinsed your toothbrush after applying toothpaste and brushing. That would get pretty nasty, right?
- Remember, oils do NOT provide moisture to the hair. They help you retain moisture, but do not provide it. Make sure you are pairing oils up with water-based (ie, moisturizing) products.
- If you color your hair, you need to be diligent about deep conditioning. Dye lifts your cuticle, which makes your hair more porous and it’s easier to have it dry out. At minimum, be sure you are deep conditioning once a week. When I dyed my hair in May 2010, it made my hair so dry! I think I deep conditioned my hair three times in one week so my hair felt normal again. Also, an apple cider vinegar rinse will help close your cuticle and make it more difficult for moisture to escape. This can be done in the shower after conditioning. Dilute the ACV by 50% with water and pour it over your hair as your final rinse.