When I first started my healthy hair care journey in August 2011 I was trying out various oils, conditioners, shampoos and moisturizers. I went through a LOT of trial error my first year especially with finding a good moisturizer.
I have 4a/b-ish hair which anyone with this type of hair texture knows that it runs dry quite often. I live in Florida so our Summers are pretty humid which is great for my hair type but the Florida winters are on the dry side too. Since I started my hair journey at the end of Summer going into Fall I needed to get on the ball to get a good daily moisturizer.
I had searched up and down Bing and Google to see what moisturizers where good for 4 type relaxed hair. I had tried the Pink Moisturizer (yuck) and then Olive Moisturizing lotion (no thanks) in the past. I kept going back to those two since I did not know any better. Each time I never liked how my hair felt. It felt wet, weighed down and more dry once the wetness went away. I came to a conclusion that hair lotions were not for me. I came across a blog called Hairlicous by a beautiful young landy named Sunshyne and was beyound thrilled by all th information she has on hair care. To help even more she too has relaxed 4 type hair too. I have been a fan of her blog since and I am greatful for her social hair network Hairlista. On Hairlista there is a list of Top 10 Moisturizers which was the help I needed because I did not know where to start.
So among the list there was Wave Nouveau and S-Curl. I had knowledge of both of those products but I never would have though I could use them on my relaxed hair. I tried the S-Curl first since there was a lot of encouragement for this moisturizer. I guess I did not know for sure how I needed to apply it but I did not like it at all. I think I was applying it like I really did have an S-Curl because my hair was pretty saturated (LOL). I gave up on it and went to Wave Nouveau. Well that hung around for quite some time as my moisturizer. Then I discovered it had a small level of protein in the ingredients. It was not bad but I was mositurizing daily with that plus doing weekly light protein treatments. So, eventually I ended up with protien overload. Needless to say, it was time to re-think the products I was using.
I started stretching my relaxers up to 12 weeks which was tough since I still did not have a good moisturizer I was happy with. I started texlaxing in December 2011 which worked out great but I was still in need of a moisturizer. February 2012 was when I did my last texlax and since then I stopped using the Wave Nouveau and after much prayer and frustration I decided to give S-Curl No Drip another try. I had cut a majority of my relaxed ends in May so I have more natural texture then processed. I am sooooo glad I went back to the S-Curl! It has done wonders in keeping my hair moisturized. I could not be on month 7 of my stretch without it.
If anyone is looking for a great moisturizer I highly recommend S-Curl No Drip. It's light, it can be used as a leave-in and does not weigh the hair down. It works wonders on new growth while stretching. I spray it directly on my new growth and seal roots to ends with a pure oil and I'm good to go. If you are planning on flat ironing your hair I do not recommend using it prior. Since it is so moisturizing the hair will not smooth out with the flat iron.
I pray all is well with everyone this day and every day. As alway, stay near the cross. You never know who you may meet there. Be blessed Saints! :o)