In the past year I've experienced a problem with my hair after washing. I'm not sure how to explain this but every time I do a full wash (usually on Saturday morning) my hair feels kind of 'sticky' for a day or two afterwards. It's not pleasant. In fact, I dread combing it or doing anything with it. As if super fluffy hair after washing isn't bad enough.
I'm trying to determine the cause/s:
Shampoo? I use the same shampoo for scalp washes and I don't have this problem.
Conditioner? I wondered if it was the culprit and changed conditioners but I don't think it is. Mainly because the hair on my scalp is worse than my length and I rarely put conditioner on my scalp.
ACV? Maybe except again I don't have the same problem when doing a scalp wash.
Hard water? Again, why would it not be a problem when I scalp wash?
Drying technique? I air dry after scalp washes and full washes, the only difference being that I bun it after a scalp wash so it takes longer to dry. I do, however, use a microfibre hair turban that I lined with an old t-shirt after a full wash.
I'm wondering about using a diluted citric acid rinse to neutralise the hard water and see if it makes a difference. Oiling beforehand or not at all doesn't seem to make a difference. A good going over with a BBB once my hair is dry seems to make it less 'sticky', so I'm thinking it has to be something that is deposited in my hair during the washing process - either shampoo, ACV, or minerals in our water.
Anyone else have this problem or can offer some insight?
Hair Journey Began June 2006 ...
Hair Type: 2a/M/ii
Natural Colour: Mid-Dark brown with natural red and silver highlights (more silver than red nowadays); fringe/bangs (which I am always in the process of growing some out).
Starting length: 25"/62.5cm (BSL)
Initial Goal length: 36" (Tailbone)
Setback: Major shed in 2010 when at 38" while dreaming of classic
New Goal: Healthy hair that I'm happy with! (Preferably tailbone with thick hemline.)
Estimated Date: Mid 2017 for tailbone and then maintenance/beautification programme begins.
C = condition the length; W = wash the scalp using diluted organic shampoo or shampoo bars; A = acidic rinse, either ACV or citric acid; Frequency = once a week. In-between times, scalp washes as required.
Favourite Products: locally bought shampoo bars; A'kin shampoo; cone-free conditioners; avocado, olive, almond and coconut oils.
Other: Regular micro-trims; light oiling on dry hair a few times a week; BBB; wooden comb; Mason Pearson comb; hair sticks, Flexi-8's, Ficcare, and other hair friendly toys.
Latest Experiment: Washing with rye flour shampoo
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