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    You're very welcome, tntsmom!

    All right curlies, question: What are you changing in your hair care routine to combat winter dryness?

    And for the curlies who are in the Southern Hemisphere: what are you changing in your hair care routine for summer?

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    Well, I sometimes use aloe vera in my hair to define curls (usually mixed with coconut oil).

    I don't do this in the winter, though, because from what I understand about humectants, they take either impart or take away moisture according to the level of humidity in the air. Since winters are usually very dry, especially in heated houses, I avoid humectants in fear of drying out my hair more.
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    I'm late to the party. But definitely a curly/wurly creature.

    As for winter routines... I really don't change much. I don't worry about CO/rinse outs having humectants, since they're only used in steamy shower situations. I do avoid glycerin, panthenol, propylene glycol, etc. in my leave ins though. I actually use Aubrey Organics Honeysuckle Rose as my main leave in year round, I just get more heavy handed with it in the winter (and I know this has some aloe in it, but it doesn't bother my hair /shrug). However, I also top off my LI condish with a 50/50 mix of coconut oil and raw shea butter, and I think that goes a long way to keeping my hair happy. I really don't use gel/styler type stuff much, so I have no idea what products would work well in the winter in that category.

    I also try to DT more. Once a week at minimum, more if my hair wants it (and no, my hair does NOT understand the word "over-moisturized").

    Fun reading if you wanna get more info on dew points/humectants:
    Pittsburg Curly: Dew Points
    --Humidity, Humectants, and Hair
    No Poo Jillipoo: Cold Weather Hair Care
    She also has a post on aloe vera, where no one quite seems to agree about how it acts on hair. /shrug Like all things hair, it seems to be personal. Nebraska winters get VERY dry, but like I mentioned the aloe in AOHR doesn't bother me - however I think that might be because there are so many oils in the conditioner that pretty well offset it.
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    Welcome, Kaijah! Thank you for all of the links.

    I agree that AVG is one of those things that varies from person to person. My hair seems to work well with it, though I can't seem to use the right amount. My hair normally hates humectants.

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    After reading this thread, I now consider myself a cwurly. I've noticed that over time, my hair has grown more curly and less wavy. When I first found the hair boards 10 years ago, my hair was just wavy. Now, it has definite curl in it.

    I had to learn to love my hair the way it is. I bought a flat iron once to straighten it, but it didn't work. Lesson learned. My hair is the boss of me. It would've been very bad for my hair, anyway.
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    Welcome to the thread, cowgirllong! I'm glad to hear your cwurls have finally come out of hiding!

    I know exactly what you mean by your hair being the boss. I think that once we learn to love our hair for what it is, it becomes a lot more manageable.
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    I have a question for my fellow curlies and those with wurls how do you measure your hair wet or dry? i find it really hard to get an exact measurement when dry so lately i have measured it when wet because thats when its at its straightest and easier.
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    When I do lenght measurments I do it wet. When I do body marker measurments I do it dry. Honestly those are two very different measurments.
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    I don't ever actually "measure." I prefer to go by body markers. "Waist length" is an easier visual than "29 inches." And I go by the length it is when it's dry. That's the hair that everyone's going to see when I take length shots My hair is much longer when it's wet, it's already past hip, but I don't count it because I'm not exactly walking around with wet hair every day and I would feel like it's cheating to claim that length.
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    I measure dry, but I try to do it on days when my hair is "straighter" -- this usually means close to wash day, since that's when my curls get pulled out from brushing/oiling.

    I prefer to go by body markers, too, but I like to measure as well, because then I can get a rough estimate of how many more inches my hair has to grow to reach a certain body marker (although with my curly ends -- of course they're the curliest part! -- it makes it tough to even get a guesstimate. ).

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