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    Beginning your Hair Journey V - Conditioners 101

    Conditioning is extremely important for highly textured hair. Conditioning helps prevent damage from heat styling tools and replaces moisture and vital proteins into the hair shaft. It is particularly important for those with damaged or chemically treated hair. While you can not repair damaged hair, you can restore luster, shine and strength while the damaged hair grows long enough to be replaced.



    How Conditioners Work

    Our hair is comprised of three layers: the medulla, the cortex and the cuticle. The medulla is the innermost layer of the hair shaft and is merely a hollow canal of protein. All of the other layers are formed around the medulla. The cortex is the second layer. The color forming pigments that determine your hair color as well as the bonds that determine the shape of your hair are located in this layer. The cuticle, or outermost layer, shields the cortex by forming a protective barrier of overlapping scales, sort of like shingles on a house. When the cuticles lay flat, they reflect light and make the hair appear shiny and healthy. Conditioners try to artificially re-create the appearance of healthy hair by using special chemical agents to penetrate the cortex and seal the cuticle.


    Instant Conditioners

    There are three main conditioners; instant, deep penetrating and leave-in. Instant Conditioners are applied to the hair and then rinsed out after a few minutes. They attempt to smooth the cuticles and coat the hair shaft to make the hair look shiny and healthy. They work by coating the cuticle with a microfilm coating, usually a wax, that fills in or lays down the cuticle to make it shine and/or easier to detangle.

    However, artificially laying down the cuticle will only provide a temporary fix. If you really want results, you need to deep condition with a penetrating conditioner. Deep conditioners use natural body heat or artificial heat from a hood dryer to lift the cuticle and penetrate the cortex.


    Deep Penetrating Conditioners

    There are two main types of deep or penetrating conditioners; moisture and protein.

    Protein based conditioners are designed to increase the diameter of the hair with a coating action. This will strengthen the hair and add body.
    Hair that is severely damaged will need a concentrated protein conditioner. These conditioners are designed to pass through the cuticle, penetrate the cortex and replace keratin lost during chemical services. They are designed to equalize porosity, increase elasticity and improve overall appearance. Because the hair is filled with new keratin, it will feel hard after use and should be followed with a moisturizing conditioner to soften and lubricate the hair shaft. Concentrated protein are NOT recommended for use after a chemical treatment like a relaxer, color or perm. These conditioners will disrupt the desired rearrangement of protein bonds formed by these chemical services.

    In addition, to protein based conditioners, there are moisturizing deep penetrating conditioners. These conditioners contain humectants that attract moisture and are absorbed into the hair cortex. The difference between instant and deep moisturizing conditioner is that deep treatments contain a quaternary ammonium component included in the chemical formulation of moisturizers so they are able to attach themselves to the hair fiber and provide longer lasting moisture.

    Which Conditioner to Use

    An excellent deep conditioning treatment will be a little bit of both. High quality deep conditioners usually contain a concentrated protein in a heavy cream based moisturizer. This will provide deposit moisture and strength into the hair shaft. When used consistently, this deep conditioning treatment will reduce cuticle roughness, strengthen the strands and make the hair more manageable and shiny. This is why it is important to deep condition once a week every week.

    As a general rule of thumb, deep penetrating conditioners will instruct you (on the back of the bottle) to leave the product on for 10-20 minutes.


    Leave-In Conditioners

    Leave-in conditioners are designed to protect the hair from styling and day to day handling. Leave-in conditioners work by placing a positive buildup on the hair shaft which will add elasticity and act as a band-aid on damaged parts of the hair strands.




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    I love deep conditioning I do it twice a week. It has done wonders for my hair. I love consitioners. THis is a big part in maintaining healthy hair.
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    Thanks for the Info!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by munchy View Post
    Thanks for the Info!!
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    Awesome info!!!!
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    Regimen:
    Wash and condition weekly.
    Allow to air dry.
    Apply oils to hair and scalp.
    Gently brush through and wear a simple style.

    Pointers:
    -I allow my hair to dry almost completely before styling, brushing or combing (aside from shower detangling).
    -I trim only when absolutely necessary.
    -I only wear like one or two oils. Products are too complicated sometimes.

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    You are a WEALTH of information and blessing. Thank you!

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    I always thought the difference between a regular conditioner and a DC was heat and how long it stays on. This could explain why in winter even after a DC my hair still felt dry. I guess I should look for a proper DC to achieve desired resultsThis has been an eye opener. Great information!!! Thanks!
    Last edited by Tall, Black Canadian; 11-20-2008 at 09:47 PM.

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    Great thread. I read posts where some deep condition with an instant conditioner that is pretty much solely for after washing or cowashing. I worry if they really understand the difference.
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    Great info!!!
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    I just went out and bought a ton of conditioning stuff for my hair. I have never deep conditioned my own hair and I really need it now.

    I'm learning so much from this site and others about what to do to take care of my hair. I had no idea that conditioning was my problem. Everytime I would complain about my hair being dry my mom would say 'Put some grease on it!' lol

    I'm going to try out my own deep conditioner with a mix of things I bought. I have really thick 4a/b hair and in January I tried the Aphogee products but that just made my hair too too dry! And it's winter time too so now my hair is really brittle.

    I have also put off hair relaxing. I haven't had a relaxer since either late October or early November. (can't exactly remember the date). So I have lots of really tight coils springing up all over my head and they are stiff and kind of hard. So I really want to do the deep conditioner to soften up this new growth to get it on the right track instead of having it break off later.

    One thing that I have been using also is tea tree oil. That stuff makes my scalp feel so good after I wash my hair.

    Some of the things I bought were:
    Nexxus Humectress Ultimate Moisturizing conditioner
    Neutrogena Deep Recovery Hair Mask
    Neutrogena Silk Touch Leave In Cream
    Garnier Fortifying Cream Conditioner (Length and Strength)
    Shea Butter Oil Moisturizer by Fantasia (smells SO good)
    Hollywood Beauty Olive Cholesterol Deep Conditioning Creme (it was on sale with the creme hairdress for $3 so I thought why not)

    And finally bioinfusion Olive Oil moisurizing hair lotion

    Oh! And I looked at the labels to make sure that water was listed first in the ingredients for all of them
    Last edited by Maraquinn; 02-23-2009 at 06:45 PM.

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