Our Deep Conditioning Process

I am on the fence whether or not to make it a goal to deep condition Z's hair every two weeks or just continue to do it once a month as a part of her fall/winter weather routine. Nevertheless, I do know that the method can either be an overnight deep conditioning or a 30 minute deep conditioning using a warm towel. Yesterday, based on our time frame, I decided just to do a 30 minute deep conditioning session using Shea Moisture Organic African Black Soap Purification Masque and Coconut Oil.

When I deep condition Z's hair, I usually do not take down her hairstyle especially if her hair is styled in cornrows before conditioning. The purification masque is designed for dry flaky, itchy scalp so having her scalp exposed from the cornrows gives me great access to apply the product directly and thoroughly onto her scalp. For this session, I applied the purification masque on Z's hair and scalp without adding any water. I believe this process is considered dry deep conditioning, but I need to look it up to make sure. I usually spritz a little water on her hair prior to the application of the deep conditioner but wanted to see if wet/dry conditioning of the hair truly makes a difference. The masque product seems very moist already. I rather her hair in its dry state absorb more of the product than to have water already absorbed in her hair thus leaving little room for the conditioner and oil to move inside the hair shaft. Maybe it is all theory. Maybe it is science. What are your thoughts and experiences?

After the application of the masque, I added coconut oil to focus mainly on her ends, which are the oldest and most fragile part of her hair. The combination of the masque and oil was so lovely; her hair was like fragrant butter. I proceeded to add the following coverings over her hair to maximum the heat treatment (in the exact order):

  1. Plastic grocery bag--remember: reuse, reduce, recycle. :-)
  2. Warm hand towel--could be microwaved but our hot water gets HOT so I ran the towel under the hot water for as long as I could manage to heat the rag.
  3. Another grocery bag--to secure the hand towel over her head.
  4. Bath towel--to keep everything covered so that as much heat can stay under the towel instead of out. Also a great way to keep her seated in one place for 30 minutes...hehe.

After the 30 minutes passed, I removed her style from her hair and sectioned her hair into four sections in preparation for rinsing and co-washing. Her hair density (the amount of hair on her head) is starting to become really thick although her strands are fine. Therefore, washing her hair in sections is a great way to make sure I am gentler on her hair when it comes to detangling because I am able to finger detangle her hair more efficiently first before using a wide tooth comb through her hair.

As we know, life happens so we had to run some errands before having the chance to rinse out her deep conditioner and co-wash her hair. I just kept her hair in the four sections and over time, she had 4 awesome puffs. She really enjoyed the style because it is RARE for her to wear A puff, but now she had FOUR of them! :-)

When we returned home, I rinsed the masque from her hair thoroughly with warm water. I did not detangle her hair at all until I applied the Giovanni Smooth As Silk conditioner to her hair. I finger detangle and separated the four sections into smaller sections to be twisted into chunky twists to keep them detangled as I moved throughout her entire head. I did a final rinse with the twists in and our deep conditioning session was done.

Instead of using cloth ponytail holders, I chose to use African Threading to stretch her hair for her next style. In the following post, I will explain why I am starting to prefer African Threading over the cloth ponytail holders.

Be blessed!

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