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    Hello,

    Excuse the tittle but I wanted to get your attention! Any way, I just wanted to ask If I am the only one who has to wet their hair and has to keep re-wetting the hair in order to style it? And is it bad to keep wetting my hair everytime that I style it. I usually try to wear my hair in a protective style for 2weeks and its too cold for co-washes so I am not wetting my hair that often. It is very hard to style my hair after I let it air dry because it becomes very hard, course and shrunken no matter how I moisturize afterwards. Thanks for your advice in advance

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    I have the same problem, I usually wear protective styles like braids in the fall and winter because its too cold to wet the hair. When my hair is loose I must wet it often or and use a conditioner or the comb or pick won't go thu it. Also its less breakage when you wet your hair. Honestly I don't think anyone with natural hair will style it dry.

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    It sounds to me that you are not using the correct products on your hair. Yes, I do think there has to be some type of moisturizing done when styling, whether it is water or some kind of spritz mix. It does make for easier styling without the breakage.

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    Yes. I keep my hair damp, moisturized and stretched out in order to style it. I think this is the norm for most of us though as I watch youtube videos and physically see other people do their hair, plus as I have read over the years on here in regards to other people's routines.

    You should also try to stretch your hair with bands or clips or big braids or twists to keep it stretched out as you style. Trust me, this made ALL the difference.

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    Yes. I have to wet constantly. From my understanding i4b and 4c textured hair sucks water up like crazy. I do not style my hair without it being wet. Thats a no no! I've retained 1/2 inch thus far and won't risk breakage.

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    Yep. I echo ms-gg's response word for word. Trying to manipulate my dry hair is a big no-no.

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    Yep, I'm the same way. In order for me to even touch my hair without pain it must be at least damp.

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    Thx alot guys.
    ms-gg: u r correct about the keeping it stretched part because after I spritzed my hair with my water and oil mix, attempted to flat twist, which was a huge FAIL , took the twist down and after that my hair was soft, stretched, and moisturized. I think after I wash and condition my hair for now on I am going to immediately do some 2st or some flat twist instead of waiting for my hair to air dry and then re-wetting it and then twisting it. I just heard if you 2st the hair while wet that you will have major shrinkage but its a headache, literally, trying to do it on dry hair. It's all trial and error and I will get it right eventually cuz I love my hair no matter how many times it gives me trouble!

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    It sounds to me that you are not using the...

    Vetsnatural might be right here. You might not be using the correct products for your hair. Anyhoo, I too, wet my hair when styling. I don't have to saturate my hair - just kind of spritz it with water/conditioner so that its moist. It works wonders so that I don't hear that snap, crackle and pop (oh lawd!) when styling...I also love using light leave in conditioners that help make my hair supple and don't leave a white residue in the hair. My hair drinks it up with quickness, so I find that I am moisturizing in the morning AND before bed...but it's all good! ;-)

    Good luck, lady!

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    Well I am sorry to say that I do not stick to one product I have used shampoo with sulfates Example:Tresseme Moisture Rich, Aussie Moist and without for example Yes to Carrots, Everyday She from Whole Foods and natural conditioners like Aubrey Organics, Yes to Carrots and non natural like Aussie 3 minute miracle or Nexxus Humectress (grey top) and I use Giovanni Direct as a leave in and I get the same results after my hair drys, hard, snap crackle and pop hair like nicolett0 just said. I have used EVOO, EVCO, shea butter by itself and have even made my own sheloe mix after washing and conditioning and when my hair drys same thing. Im lost! Excuse any spelling errors Im about to leave work so I am rushing. Thx

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    I usually use my spray bottle mixed with oil and water in the morning and evening. Since my hair is always in a bun or in celie braids (four plaits), I've have been retaining a lot of moisture lately.

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    Hello,Excuse the tittle but I wanted to get your attention!...

    I dry my hair in twists, after sealing with either Qhemet Heavy Cream or Oyin Burnt Sugar Pomade. If I dried my hair loose, I wouldn't be able to do anything with it and it would tangle somthing fierce.

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    Yep, I'm the same way. In order for me to...

    IA, my hair is 4C and I cannot do anything to it with out loads of water/moisture and stretching, matter of fact stretching doesn't work unless I do string bun plats ( normal braids and twists don't work). And so far no styling product seems to acheive alternative 'style' options. I'm begining to think 4C hair doesn't grow past 15 cm coz mine hasn't for a whole 2 years !!!!! Hopefully some of you have had more success.

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    I have very 4b/4c hair (the kind where you don't even have to try for an afro, it's just there). I do not style on shrunken hair. My hair is always stretched. My hair was just shy of BSL a week ago when I gave myself a trim to get rid of some damage I'd sustained from rough, dry combing (yeah, I know. I was frustrated back then) over the summer.

    To restyle my hair, I dampen it just LIGHTLY with water, apply a protein-free conditioner to soften up my hair and then immediately apply a little castor oil to that section. Must be the weight of the oil, but that last part seems to keep my hair from drawing up on itself too much. Castor oil is also the only oil I have found that makes my hair noticeably softer.

    And if you're doing twists on wet hair and you're worried about shrinkage, have you tried twisting the twists overnight (you'll get a stretched, crinkly look), banding the twists, or wearing the twists in a bun or two? Any stretching method can be used on twisted up hair. My hair is too shrinky and durable for the "duck bill clips on the ends" method to have ever worked for me.

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    Thanks everyone. So from what I am reading it looks like I need to start using protein free conditioners and leave-ins because I think that they may be contributing to my hard hair issue. Also, I will begin twisting my hair while its damp and then banding the twist so that it doesnt shrink overnight while it is drying like maybejd said. Even though everybody raves about the Aubrey Organics conditioner and the Giovanni Direct Leave In, it looks like i need to give them up because to be honest I dont notice a big difference moisture wise. In fact when I used the Aussie Moist 3 minute miracle, which I dont think has protein in it, my hair felt and looked moisturized and curls were popping. I guess I need to stick to products that work whether its natural or not. Do any of you have any good recommendations for shampoos, conditioners, leave-ins and moisturizers for 4c hair? I know that what works for u may not work for me but I am willing to try anything because Im getting desperate! Thanks

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    I'm feeling your frustration with shrinkage and the re-wetting of my hair everyday. I have tried so many products in 4 years and i'm really wanting to have just a few staples that I know would work for my 4c hair.

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    I have 4b hair. I didnt do a PS this week so I have been co-washing or just tying my hair up at night. I struggled all week with my hair's moisture level for 2 reasons

    1. I did not do my weekly DC with coconut milk/honey

    2. I did not seal my hair with shea butter after spritzing.

    I'm not sure why it took me until last night to figure it out. It was almost like a light bulb going off in my head when I was staring at the dry unmoveable heap of hair on my head in the mirror. I spritzed my hair with the water, coconut oil mix that I always use and then sealed with shea butter. What a difference a product can make!! It's so much softer and looks/feels better than it has all week. This morning I was able to take the satin wrap off and push my hair back into a puff without any extra moisture maintenance

    Sometimes we can have everything down but if you miss one step or don't have that 1 extra product in there it can wreak havoc on your hair.

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    I usually manipulate my hair outside of wash times when its damp from the shower. This also helps my twists to hang (you can pull them into a ponytail or something so they won't shrink). At cleansing times, i style on damp hair. I just use a t-shirt to wrap my head while i get dressed and such and then apply my moisturizer and seal. I don't let it get too dry and sometimes i apply moisturizer to wet hair. I personally don't mind shrinkage on twists.

    as for products, I think sealing is key, I've been natural 10 yrs and i just learned this-world of difference! Just make sure your shampoo is not too drying, a condish with moisture.

    Qhemet Biologics is a good brand that gives moisture, some folks swear by Oyin, Mozeke Whipped Avocado Cream, i have purchased the giovanni direct leave in but have yet to use it...SheaMoisture

    For sealing i use castor oil based products (Hairveda Cocasta and QB Castor serum) HTH

    km

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    Yup. Gots to wet it. I made the mistake of doing it dry and it was sooo not the business lol.

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    So I wash and condish my hair preparing for tst. I spritz my hair with a glycerin, honey and oil mix. I noticed several sections had dried so I attempted to spritz again but noticed my hair was crunchy.Afterwards I began tst using shealoe mix. But my hair felt hard and kinda strange if that makes sense. Does anybody with the above ingredients or maybe its just me.

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    When I style my hair I like to keep it moist as well. Styling on dry hair for me is never a good idea unless I have a desire to see more breakage (which I don't)

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    Yes. I have found that my hair likes water. I keep my spray bottle full of water handy when I am finger combing and styling.

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    I wear protective styles during the week so I don't restyle daily. When I wake up on wash day, I put my hair in a puff. I can only do that after spritzing--It makes my hair more malleable so I don't get breakage.

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    Yes. I keep my hair damp, moisturized and stretched out...

    ITA. I only manipulate my hair while it is wet because it is more pliable that way and there is less breakage. Styling dry hair is a no-no for me unless it is already stretched and then I am only working with my fingers.

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    I have to wet mine too. Unfortunately the only styling I can do is finger combing (thanks to my clipper happy sister). My hair loves water. I am also a product junkie. I use different products depending on the look or smell I want. I have found so many different things that my hair likes so I give it something different each week (most of the time I change it everyday). I love variations. Also I have a few products that I am just trying to get through. (Dear Lord please don't let doing this ruin my hair). If my hair doesn't like a product I get rid of it (so far that has been some of the shea moisture products, and some of the aveda products -which did really well on my relaxed hair. Its funny when I wet my hair it gets big, then I put condish on it and the curls define. Then I put a sealant like coconut, castor, or olive oil and it draws up as tight as it can. It does it right before my eyes.

    I love my hair (today) I should make a video .

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