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    Ok so I have been lurking all day. Reading, scrolling, searching and I still have no idea where to start with my hair. ( I don't even know if I am posting this in the right place)

    The scoop: Last Chemical treatment: January 07
    Transition period: 6 months
    BC: June 16, 2007

    I have never used any professional products only what I can buy in Target. My hair is dry and hard to comb though so I only comb it once a week (hangs head in shame )

    I wash it with some random shampoo and condition it with whatever is in my shower at the time.

    I need direction towards product, routines & just general health & maintenance.

    Thank you in advance!

    I apologize if I am posting in the wrong area.

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    welcome to non lurk mode
    lucky for you there's good stuff for the hair to be had at your neighborhood grocery store:

    baking soda
    apple cider vinegar
    honey
    aloe vera (in the sunscreen aisle)
    olive oil
    V05 moisture milks
    bottled water
    sta-sof fro
    any of those curl products cus they have tons of glycerin

    there's a variety of different routines but for me what works best is keeping it simple plus my hair doesn't like oils that much so i don't use them too much. so my daily routine is :

    - lots of conditioner washes (where you use your conditioner as your shampoo). daily if i can.if i can't then i least do a plain water rinse
    - spray hair with my homemade spritz of water, glycerin, castor oil, and aloe (all of those products are humectants which means that they draw moisture towards your hair)
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    a tiny bit of mixed qhemet biologics hydrating hair balm + qhemet heavy cream



    by the way don't feel bad about not combing, i havent combed my hair in almost 6 months and my hair is doing great and no matting.

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    Galaxy Girl you are so sweet always willing to help a newbie out. I love that about you. :wub:

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    Welcome Sasha! Please click the link to the 'Natural Newbie Manual' in my signature. There's a lot of information in that thread.
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    As GG said, conditioner washes are good. In the summer, I do them just about every day and shampoo only once a week. Also, deep conditioning once a week will help with moisture as well. I like to mix my conditioner with honey and olive oil, wrap my head in a towel, and about an hour or so later, rinse.

    And, no biggie about combing once a week. That&#39;s what I do. When I co-wash, I finger comb to get rid of all on the large tangles. Then on shampoo day, I detangle with a wide tooth comb and paddle brush when my hair is full of conditioner.

    @Nelle, that manual is awesome. It must have taken you a long time to do. It has some great information in there that I think everyone can use. Thank you.


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    My hair is dry and hard to comb though so I only comb it once a week (hangs head in shame )[/b]
    I only comb my hair once or twice a week after a wash/conditioner wash while conditioner is in it if in the shower. It I am doing twists, I use a homemade moisturizing/conditioning spritz to make combing easier.

    In an 8 oz. bottle that I bought at walmart, I mix 2 tbsp or conditioner, glycerin, extra virgin olive oil and 10-15 essential oil drops (lavendar, chamomile, and rosemary). I mainly use the eo drops for fragrance but some eo&#39;s, such as rosemary, are said to promote growth.

    Also, I always add my initial moisture to soaking wet hair and seal with an oil. Throughout the week, I may spritz and add oil on top of the spritz to keep it moist.
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    Thank you so much ladies for the reassurance!

    GalaxyGirl: I was looking on the Qhemet website, is there a place I can buy the products ie: Sallys?
    Also I can&#39;t wash everyday, I have a 5 month old and some days I am lucky if I get a shower..lol

    Nappynell: I am about to check that manual out right now! Thank you!

    ledavis1: what kind of shampoo & conditioner do you use? (thank u about the wedsite)

    New2Napptural: Thank you for the spritz recipe, can I get those ingredients at the local hair shop?
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    Check out the link in my siggy about natural hair care.
    Um... As far as products go, keep in mind the ingredients so you can see what works and what doesn&#39;t for you. I like to avoid heavy oils (with the exception of castor) and -cone and -xane ingredients, along with protein. My hair does well with glycerin and water. Combing your hair once a week is fine, it&#39;s actually pretty standard

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    Thank you so much ladies for the reassurance!

    GalaxyGirl: I was looking on the Qhemet website, is there a place I can buy the products ie: Sallys?
    Also I can&#39;t wash everyday, I have a 5 month old and some days I am lucky if I get a shower..lol

    [/b]
    unless you live in the nyc or chicago area you&#39;ll have to order online. there are many people here who order from their safely. check the commercial products forum for reviews because there&#39;s like a zillion qhemet thread. if price is an issue (the full size containers are $17) then try the sample. but don&#39;t be afraid to order it because of the price. since she uses really good ingredients don&#39;t need to use handfuls of it. i bought my stuff back in april and i&#39;m not even 1/4 of the way through.. well except for the hydrating hair balm i was using that stuff on my feet for awhile :wub:

    if you can&#39;t do co washes daily, that&#39;s fine because you can always just use your spritz to refresh. don&#39;t forget that our hair :wub: moisture.

    also i think new2napptural forgot one ingredient in the spritz recipe: WATER :P

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    Also, give yourself a deep oil treatment. I don&#39;t have recommendations for specific oils to try, but I know that&#39;s what saved me when I couldn&#39;t comb my hair. Apply oil to your hair and put a plastic cup over it. You can sit under a dryer for half an hour or if you don&#39;t have one, just leave the cap on for a few hours. Then rinse out and wash your hair. Worked wonders for me. :blush:

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