June 12, 2009

Happy hair?

Ever since I moved to Florida (three years ago now, it's hard to believe!), I have had quite the trouble keeping my hair happy. Growing up I didn't really need a conditioner and didn't have any problems with tangles or frizz. I've always had to wash my hair every day though, because it is not very thick. My hair was very manageable and easy to style. 
     So, the trouble emerged when I became a resident of the sunshine state. Although it is humid in Atlanta, it is much much much more humid in Florida. My hair is constantly dry and not as smooth as it used to be, meaning after I dry it if I don't do something to it, well, it just has a bit of frizz. This is not the problem though, I can deal with that.   
     The problem is TANGLES!! My hair is just tangle city because of the humidity and water I believe. Over the past couple years I have tried everything. I've tried deep conditioners, I've tried not towel drying it before I use the hair dryer, I've tried brushing it out before I get in the shower—I've tried everything. I've tried many different shampoos and conditioners, which I'll tell you about, as well as detangling sprays. Recently I got a new hair dryer with a mouth that was wider and that has helped me at least be able to style while I dry. I also have found that taking a quick shower at night and just using conditioner (and not drying it) has helped for when I shower and dry my hair the next morning. I use a wide-tooth comb by Phyto to comb it out. Maybe I shouldn't towel dry it before combing it out? I don't know, but then I'd never get it dry.
     Does anyone else have this tangle problems or know any solutions? My poor hair is a lot thinner now. 
     Here are shampoos I've used:   


I do have highlights so I used to use Frederick Fekkai technician shampoo and conditioner to protect my color. I like the smell of it, but it has a sticky consistency that can cause tangles.

I've also tried a Phyto deep conditioner mask, but it wasn't any better than regular conditioner. I do like their comb though!


My favorite that I've tried is Origins Knot Free. It has a light peach scent and has been the most helpful in managing my tangles. Not totally, but the best I've found.


This is the Knot Free conditioning rinse that I leave on for a few minutes before rinsing out. It makes my hair feel soft. 

I had heard of some of you trying Organix in the coconut variety and I though I'd test it out. I tried the cucumber yogurt shampoo and conditioner and so far I like it. It doesn't have sulfates or any bad stuff so I might try it for a while and see how it goes. My hair seemed to like it almost as much as the Origins.

What are your favorite hair products?

18 comments:

*kimmie* said...

I use Nioxin Cleanser and Scalp Therapy. (It is available for chemically treated hair). It really does help thicken your hair over time (I've used it since high school and will never go back!) And the Scalp Therapy really helps with the tangles. I have very fine, straight hair and even in the wind tunnel that we live in, I can run my fingers through my hair at the end of the day. The Scalp Therapy also has tea tree in it, so it's a real treat when you use it!

Prep-E Girl said...

I have the SAME problem. Sadly - my only solution is a ponytail! :(

Let me know if you find anything!

-E

Southern Belle said...
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Southern Belle said...

have thin, fine hair that tangles all the time. I really like Aveda's damage control. I spray it on before I comb it out. Also, I use the big, wide tooth comb from ConAir. It works for me.

Meagan said...

I'm sorry you're having such tangle issues! I just moved down to FL at the beginning of the year and I noticed a big difference in my skin and hair. My hair is much more dry and I think you're on to something with the water. To combat my tangles I have to brush before the shower, comb after conditioning, put my hair up in a towel to get rid of excess water (but I don't rub the hair to dry), take down and brush, and put back up in the towel to sit for a few minutes. I never rub my head with the towel cause if I do it means I'll have to get the scissors instead of a hairbrush, because I won't be making it all the way through! I've found that Garnier Fructis Sleek & Shine shampoo and conditioner are amazing!

Hope you can figure something out!

Family Life said...

I live in south florida too - West Palm Beach, and have the same problem. Believe it or not, I agree with Meghan, the Garnier Sleek in Shine is the only thing that works for me, plus it's 10x's cheaper.

tickledpink said...

I also use Nioxin and love it! My hair is thin, but got really thin when I was sick because of medication. I leave my hair wrapped in the towel as I do other things before blow drying it. Then I flip my hair and towel dry it a little, and then comb it out. I don't have as many tangels when I do that. I hope that made sense.

Jennifer said...

I am a Biolage girl. I use the VolumTherapy shampoo and conditioner because I have fine thin hair. I also use the HydraTherapy thick deep conditioning conditioner every so often when I feel like my hair has been dry or tangled. It usually ends up being about twice a week. Then I towel dry and comb with a wide tooth comb. I put blow drying serum in my hair. I think it is by Matrix Essentials and it is in a red tube. I blow dry, hairspray and then rub Biosilk Silk Therapy in before I leave the house. I cannot live in a humid climate without my Silk Therapy. It really helps seal in the shine and sleekness. It usually makes my hair look silky all day!

Petunia said...

Same here--I never used to even buy conditioner!! Since I have started getting highlights it is a must every day.
I like a light conditioner otherwise my hair is too coated and flat from the buildup. I never go away without my wide tooth comb--the only way to get the tangles out after shampooing and conditioning. I really like Matrix Biolage shamp & cond right now.

Kristen said...

I feel your pain! I have really fine hair and so I have to wash it everyday and change shampoos every few months! I just want more body to my hair!

Jules said...

I want to try the Organix line, because I really like the fact that it is sulfate free.

I get highlights too and have been using Dove color therapy for highlighed hair. I like it!

Erika said...

I find that I never have a problem with tangles as long as I use Herbal Essences. Before I began using Herbal Essences, however, I was a resident of Tangle City myself.

It's also helpful to use a hot oil treatment every 3-4 weeks. It says on the bottle to only leave it in for 1 minute, but I typically leave it in for 5-15 minutes to get optimal deep conditioning.

thepreppyprincess said...

Good for you on finding one that you like Miss Tutu, that can be s incredibly annoying. We use Bumble & Bumble, but then ours is just stick straight and boring. :(

Have a wonderful weekend!
tp

very married said...

I wonder what it is about locations. My hair used to be SO nice but then i moved to NYC and now it's fuzzy and not pretty. yuck!

Tales From My Empty Nest said...

We have had a lot of humidity too this spring and I am just now trying a conditioner on my hair to help with breakage and the "frizzies" on these humid days. Thanks for sharing your hair products. Love & blessings from NC!

Pink Maple said...

I just posted about hair products too :) I find that Aveda Damage Control works well as a detangler and has the added benefit of protecting your locks from the heat of the hairdryer.

Black Labs and Lilly said...

I love Soma shampoo and conditioner, I also find the "Penetrate" conditioner by Sebastian makes combing out my hair much easier then other products!

Perfectly Pleasant said...

I've lived in Florida my whole life and the water is very hard. Have you tried a leave in conditioner?

 
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