Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Struggling with Moisture, Come get the solution: September Giveaway

One of the biggest issues naturals and those on the road to becoming natural is moisture. Ive been lucky enough to figure out what works for me and how to retain moisture in my hair. Doing weekly treatments is my deep dark secret and ace in the hole. If my hair is feeling dry I dig in my stash for Darcys Botanicals Deep Conditioning Mask. This is one of the BEST deep conditioning masks I have ever tried. I am still working my way thru the jar and that says a lot because I have some uber thick hair. Well , to my followers I will be running a contest for the month of September.

Are you suffering from dry hair ? Are you looking for something to soften your transitioning hair ? Do you need an extra shot of moisture? Well A Happy Nappy Affair has the giveaway for you! Lysandra the owner and creator of Darcy's Botanicals has been generous enough to sponsor my blog for a giveaway. I will be giving away the Deep Conditioning Mask with the Organic Coconut Lavender Milk Cleansing Bar, NEW Shea Butter Curl Moisturizing Cream and a Palm Butter . The only stipulations is you MUST be a follower of my blog and please leave a comment on how you're struggling with any moisture issues and what you've did so far to try and up /retain moisture in your hair.


This giveway will run September 7-30,2010

43 comments:

SHworth said...

I am new in transitioning. But since the winter my hair has been drinking any form of moisturizer. I have tried Shea Moisture smoothie, my tranistion hair did not like it at all :0). Tried MIss Jessie's products, hair held some moisture after the shampoo. Uncle Funky's Thirty Curl not so much. I am still on the search for the ideal moisturizer.

Anonymous said...

Hey there,

Love your site and follow it weekly. My daughter & I just recently BC'd and we are having mad issues with dryness. I have started to do Henna glosses every two weeks to combat the problem. I would love to try Darcy's their products have been on my radar of items to try!

Shawnystheone said...

Anonymous, youre currently not showing up as a follower, did you sign in by any chance?

Thanks Shworth for commenting , do you have a hair album?

Amina said...

yay for the first giveaway..I am not sure if I qualify. My hair is very dry and I need to moisturize it twice a day. To retain moisture, I always seal with an oil. Lately it is jamaican black castor oil.

Pleshette_Rose said...

My hair doesn't seem to retain moisture for a significant length of time. I use leave in conditioners such as Herbal Essence Long Term Relationship leave or Alba leave in after co washing then I seal with coconut or olive oil. But after a few hours my feels dry. I'm still searching for the right products for my hair.

I follow you via GFC.

Shawnystheone said...

Thanks for commenting Pleshette, What type of conditioners are you using to cowash with ? Are you protective styling or wearing your hair loose after you seal?

Pleshette_Rose said...

I've been using Tresemme Naturals silicone free conditioner and Hello Hydration with orchid and coconut milk. Personally, I like the way Tresemme makes my hair feel after a cowash better than Hello Hydration. So I probably stick with that one when I run out of HH. I usually wash and go or do two strand twist out after I seal. My hair is only about 3 inches long right now.

Lakeisha said...

This is a great giveaway; I've heard lots of great things about this product! I typically seal my hair at night with either jojoba or sweet almond oil to help deal with moisture issues. I co-wash once a week and deep condition every 2 weeks using the heat therapy wrap.

Shawnystheone said...

Hi Lakeisha thanks for replying , to the lucky winner , its not one product but you will actually receive 4 products!

Pleshette, do you have a hair album I could take a look at?

julia said...

I love my hair most of the times, but Ive been having a hard time keeping it moist. Ive used sauve conditioner, nairobi conditioner, miss jessies, oyin handmade whipped pudding, coconut oil, and shea butter. some of these work but after a couple of hours my hair is dry again. So my journey continues :o)

Pleshette_Rose said...

Hi Shawny,
Unfortunately I don't have a photo album. I may start one though to document my hair journey.

Brittney said...

for whatever reason, my hair doesn't get that moisturized feeling for days after i wash it, even when i DC. i've been having a tough time lately-my hair is used to florida humidity and this NC dryness is taking a toll. really the only thing that helps is protective styling and the taliah waajid spray, which i haven't bought lately because i want to make the qhemet's that i bought ages ago work for me.

Shawnystheone said...

Julia, thanks for replying , what are you doing to your hair after applying these different products? Are you protective styling or wearing your hair loose?


Pleshette , if you do let me know . Id like to take a look at your hair to see how products look after applying

Brittney, same question for you as well . Are you protective styling or wearing your hair loose?


anyone doing deep treatments, section washing, henna, or ayurvedic methods?

Pleshette_Rose said...

I'm not familiar with section washing. Is that like shingling?

I want to try henna and some of the ayurvedic treatments I've read about on other blogs.

I use the Aztec Indian clay every two weeks. I mix it with any conditioner I have on hand. I really like the way my hair feels after those treatments.

And sometimes I leave my conditioner mixed with coconut oil on for a couple hours with a plastic cap.

SHworth said...

No I don't have an hair album...yet. Working on one shortly.

julia said...

I always start out with two strand twist when I do my hair. It seems to work for me and im still trying how to learn to style my hair in other ways. I leave the twist in for 3 to 4 days, somtimes longer. then I wear it untwisted for about three days (I love the three day old twist out, so big and fluffy with some definition). But I still cant keep it moist. I deep condition about once a week or after Im done with the twist out. I just ant ot be able to touch my hair any time of the day and feel soft and moist hair!!!!

julia said...

I cant get my pic to post under my name :o(

Camille said...

It was intresting to see that napptuals blog about such subjects, I have just literally started my transition process and am trying to learn about caring for my hair. Moisture is definitely a problem. So far I have used Cantu Shea Butter leave in Conditioner, but when I get up in the morning I notice my hair looks very dry and dead. I am not sure if it's because I just started transtioning and I have a lot of relaxed ends. All I know is my hair is struggling to get back to its healthy state. Any help or suggestions would be more than welcomed.

--Stay Nappy

Shawnystheone said...

Hi Julia, do you have a profile that you set up via blogger or google? That way you can set it up for your picture to show?


Hi Camille, I have found that the shea butter leave in conditioner from cantu to help a little with moisture but it has cones it in that builds up easily on the hair if not clarified out. It was a nice temporary fix but in the long run I had to stop using it. How are you wearing your hair for your transitioning process? How long do you think you will transition? Will you BC?

NaturalDezign said...

When I do braidouts the first day I take them down and maybe even the second my hair is nice and soft. By the 3rd day it starts to feel dry. I'm still searching for ways to make the moisture last longer. I was able to use Qhemet Biologics Burdock Root Buttercream and keep moisture up until my wash day but it seems like it's not working on my hair anymore.

Pleshette_Rose said...

I don't like Cantu Shea Butter. It leaves a white film on my hair.

Rhonda McKnight said...

I've been lurking on your blog for months and and am now following.

I Big Chopped on August 13th and have been doing wash and gos quite a bit. I have about 4 inches of hair (last relaxer May 2009). I haven't found the right moisturizer yet. I purchased several things that are okay, but hair is still a little dry. I've been experimenting with aloe vera juice in my spray bottle, using Giovanni Direct Leave-in and here recently I stopped using shampoo and switched to Dr. Bronner's Castille Soap for shampooing. I pre-poo with EVOO, but my hair has been a little dry and I'm wondering if it's the Dr. Bronners. I'd like to try some Darcy's Bontanicals or Aubrey Organics, but it's just not in my budget right now. My son going to college has broken me. It'll be a few months before I have some money for products, so winning would be a blessing.

Thanks for the great blog and the contest.

Blessings,

Rhonda

Nerissa said...

I've been natural for about 5 years now, unfortunately I have a horrible problem with moisture which contributes to my lack of length. I recently bought some Carol's daughter products because I was at a lost of what to do. I'm also washing my hair more often (from once a month to once a week) because dealing with tangles is easier when my hair is moist. Alas, I'm still struggling...

MyeAfroRasta said...

I have been transitioning for 8 months. I love it but it seems as if the middle of my hair is shorter than the rest of my hair. I have tried products from cantu to africa's best. I even made my my own egg, mayo and oil deep condition it still didnt help.I am still trying to figure it out. I need some help...

MzKandies said...

I have been transitioning for about 4 months =, and my new growth always seems dry and brittle no matter how much moisture I think I am giving it. In my fully relaxed days I only washed every 2 weeks, now I have upped it to every week and sometimes every 5 days. I also moisturize and seal my hair twice a day, yet and still it seems as if nothing is working. I think when I find my staple products all will be great in my world of napps =) Please enter me . Thanks a bunch.

Vida Starr said...

I have been natural for a while now but my hair is unfortunately really really picky. I tried a lot of regular store bought products and the moisture wouldn't hold. So I switched to some online products such as Darcy's Botanicals and Curls By Sisters Smith and my hair fell in LOVE with them! But then with shipping costs, I couldn't afford to keep buying their products all the time (Of course the PJ in me still does from time to time). So I learned how to whip up my own hair moisturizers and stylers!

Kristen said...

I often have issues with moisture because well, my hair is locked tighter than Fort Knox. With my low porosity hair, butters often sit on top of my hair, while conditioners are moisturizing, but not heavy enough to style with alone, and often mix funny with my gel. My hair despises cold water rinses - heck, it despises cold products when I have them in the fridge! The best way my hair has been able to get moisture is by doing a baking soda treatment with yogurt, baking soda and amino acids to slightly open my hair cuticle. I know some people are against using baking soda and say it dries the hair out, but my Izzy simply loves it. Also, steam works well for me with a good conditioner. I am looking for a deep conditioner to use this winter after I purchase my steamer (so excited!), because right now I'm "fake steaming" with my clothes steamer. Seems weird, but it actually works - I can see the conditioners melting into my hair when I steam. I hope to find a HG deep conditioner this winter, all of my DCs I currently own I prefer as leave-ins.

Nicki Valcius said...

Hi! I'm not struggling so much as having a hard time figuring out when my hair is moisturized. I don't have the moeny to try out too many new products so as long as a product doesnt make my hair break I keep using it... Only time (and lots of trial and error) will tell if i ever find THE perfect product :)

CocoT said...

I also struggle with moisture issues. Although I have found shampoos that get my scalp clean and moisturizers and stylers that make my hair feel really nice, I have not yet found an excellect deep conditioner. I like Aubrey Organics HSR, but with my thick and coarse hair I go through it pretty quickly. I use it to detangle and deep condition but it takes me using almost the entire bottle in one session. That's not very cost effective. I've been experimenting with others at the moment and I have had my eye on the Darcy's Botanicals deep conditioning mask for a while. The only thing preventing me from purchasing is the price. I can't really pay $25 for a deep conditioner that I don't even know will work for me, but the ingredients look really good. I bet it would work well with my steamer :).

Please pick me!!

Felicia said...

My hair which is a mixture of coils, curls, and waves could always use MORE moisture! It has taken a while to get my moisture levels up in my hair which seems to be attributed to wearing my hair stretched. I stumbled upon this by accident really..i had a week old wash n' go in and decided i wanted to try and do a braidout. Well to make things short, it was an epic fail. Then i decided to try and twist it for a chunky twistout..also fail. I did notice however that my hair was hanging more and more and i had recently gotten a hairzing so i found it easier to twist my hair up and use it. So every morning/afternoon i would mist my hair with my spray bottle which is water and a little bit of the old donna marie honey and aloe jelly then i sealed it with ohm sweet hair pudding. Then i would twist it into a bun either in the hairzing or without and i noticed my hair started retaining moisture like crazy!

So for me after wearing a wash n' go for some days i stretch my hair in some way..buns or bantu knots and keep repeating this nightly each day i take them out. Everything is all good!

Kerry-Ann Patricia said...

In terms of my struggles with moisture it seems as if I have pretty much tried everything. I have bought a steamer and got rid of it because I didn't feel that it worked, and tried what seems like every product under the sun. I finally get the moisture I like with Rhassoul clay and twists with the ghee from Qhemet's and KCCC. Though the problem is that even with these combinations my hair still dries out so I am not retaining any moisture and I really have no products to give me moisture for 2nd much less 3rd or 4th day hair. And I definitely have not found a shampoo that does not dry out my hair. This is problematic because on wash days I have to go into crisis mode to put the moisture back in.

Shawnystheone said...

Hey Kerry, what type of shampoos have you used? The best shampoo I ever tried was Blended Beautys Soy Shampoo. It is a little expensive but seeing how I only wahs once a month with shampoo , it worked out well over a period of time.

Have you every tried Bendonite clay as a cleanser as well? Omg that stuff is the talk of legends, it removes all the buildup and yucky stuff from the hair giving it a clean bill of health

KCCC doesnt provide any moisture for me as for as twists, its more of a set the style , if I want to have moisture stay in my hair , I need to add moisture to the hair , then twist with the KCCC and then seal with a little buttery product ontop. My hair stays moist as heck that way. A great sealant from Qhemets is the Amla pomade. A little goes a long way, if thats too expensive castor oil works wonders.

C.J. said...

My crown area is notoriously dry, and because of this I've been having more breakage. To combat this I have upped my steam treatments to twice a week for 30 minutes. I have also gone back to adding a glycerin based spray to my hair prior to applying my leave-in conditioner/styler. So far the results have been good but I'm still on the lookout for the perfect protein/moisture balance.

SA said...

My hair has been uber dry this summer and I don't really know why. So I've upped the deep conditioning, from one every two weeks to once a week. I've also eliminated proteins from my routine, and that's helped a little. And I've added honey to my co-washes and my deep conditioners, whether they're homemade or one that I bought. Seems to add just that little bit of kick I need.

My hair is still dryer then I prefer, but it's getting better.

Carla said...

Maintaining moisture is always a challenge for me. I do co-washes using VO5 Moisture Milk Strawberries and Cream conditioner, TRESemme Naturals Conditioner and Yes to Carrots Deep Conditioner/Mask.

Sealing with jojoba oil and a combination of shea butter and coconut oil helps too. I'm always looking for the "perfect" leave-in conditioner/butter though.

Tanishia said...

I've been natural for almost 4 years and like many others who transition to natural hair it has been a JOURNEY to find a product/technique/regimen that makes my hair soft. Maintaining moisture has been difficult because my hair is bone dry after 24 hours even if I've moisturized while wet. After 20 years of having a perm, rediscovering your hair and learning how to listen to it has been an interesting experience.

I've tried product after product, spending hundreds of dollars trying to find that miracle deep conditioner or that miracle moisturizer. I've read so many reviews, watched so many youtube videos, each person touting the great results of this or that product or this regimen. And every time I buy something or try a different technique I'm disappointed. The moments when I think I've found my holy grail have been short lived and I always come back to square one. It's a frustrating experience, one that has brought me to the brink of relaxing my hair on a few occasions. But I'm always reminded of why I went natural and why having healthy hair is important.

Kinks, Curls said...

as my hair grows longer it likes different things and what worked last year are not responding as well this year so i am open to experimenting.

LaToya said...

What a wonderful giveaway! I am currently transitioning from a texturizer. My hair is twa length and very dry! I wash and dc once a week and then cowash once in between. I use shea butter as my moisturizer.

Eve said...

Wow this is exactly what I need. I have been natural for 2 years, and I am contemplating going back to the creamy crack or just cutting of my hair all over again. It is extremely damaged. I mean most of the strands have mid-shaft plits, knots, and split ends. It breaks easily, it feels like hay and it is always dry. I mean there is nothing that seems to work. It is for 4c and I just dont know what to do anymore. I have tried using the shaeloe and honey/water/glycerin spray that I made, and nothing seems to work.

sharon said...

I am growing out a texturizer, and have ALWAYS had very dry hair.
In addition, my hair is colored, and that makes it even dryer...for now, what works is moisture day and night with Qhemet's Amla Olive Heavy Cream and Burdock Root Butter cream during the day, and Honey Olive Balm at night. I also use a spray bottle with water, conditioner, and castor oil as needed. I find that if I use a moisturizer BEFORE the shower, then shower with a plastic cap, then my hair is very moisturized when I get out of the shower, and styles easily. Deep conditioning also helps...love the KBB Complete Conditioner, as well as ALL Aubrey Organics, and Shea Moisture....it's getting better, but still a process....

ibria said...

Hey, Iv been natural for almost 2 months and everyday im always fighting dryness.My hair gets dry very quickly and everyday im still learning what works and what doesnt. :/ I cant seem to find a ideal product for my hair.So its very frustrating, and time consuming trying out and doing these things to my hair just to get that moisture i want. This product would be so great on my hair. :)

SHworth said...

Still fighting the dryness. Trying protective style Coil twist. They were cute the first couple days...now they just look DRY. Not quite sure what product will give them life without causing them to unravel.

Committed to Yeshua said...

I think this is a wonderful contest and it such a blessing for Darcy's Botanicals to sponsor it. I have not had the opportunity to try these particular products. For moisture I normally just spritz my hair twice a day with a concoction of aloe vera juice, conditioner, water and oil and seal with coconut oil.

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