Like Candice just posted in her post, Happily Weave-less, she experienced EXTREME dryness when she removed her extensions. Her condition is a big problem that many will face. Adding weave or extensions to your hair sometimes causes one to forget that their own hair needs care too. In addition, certain types of artificial hair and human hair extensions can pull moisture from the hair shaft. The longer you have your weave, braids, or extensions installed the bigger chance you have for having some really dry hair when you remove your installation.
My hair is super-dry by nature so I must make sure to moisturize my hair when I have braids installed. My new and favorite moisturizer is Carol's Daughter Black Vanilla Leave-in Conditioner. A friend gave me the stuff as a gift. I'm not one to go ga-ga over name brand natural hair products, but this is one (of two) Carol's Daughter products I'd swear by (the other is the mimosa hair honey, I'll write about that later).
Usually I wouldn't be all gung-ho about a water based leave-in conditioner but a water-based conditioner is the best way to replenish dry strands underneath artificial hair. This kenekalon hair is plastic. You have to saturate each braid to make sure you real hair is getting care. What I loved about this stuff is the smell. I was told my hair smelled like cupcakes, pancakes, and vanilla pudding. Clearly, the vanilla smell is really potent in this mixture. My hair was super moisturized and the leave-in left my hair really pliable, not hard. If you are rocking braids, this is the best way to moisturize your hair, I guarantee it!
Here's the official list of ingredients: (No Parabens, No Petroleum, No Mineral Oil, No Artificial Colors)
Water (Aqua), Polysorbate 80, Glycerin, Panthenol ( Pro-vitamin B5), Sodium Hyaluronate, Sodium PCA, Butylene Glycol, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Flower/Leaf Stem, Lonicera Caprifolium (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Lonicera Japonica (Japanese Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Salvia Officinalis (Sage) Leaf Extract, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Hydrolyzed Wheat Starch, Hydrolyzed Corn Starch, Potassium Sorbate, Citric Acid, Caramel, Fragrance (Parfum)The price is a bit steep, $14 per bottle, but when have you ever known Carol's Daughter to be affordable. Try finding a bottle on eBay, you may find a better deal there. I'm telling you, it's a great investment.