Every natural has a set wash day where she spends probably anywhere from 1 to 3 hours cleansing her hair. For me, it generally takes anywhere from 2 to 3 hours to complete my regime. I do like to switch it up a bit every week depending on the state of my hair and today I need a good deep conditioning.
On deep conditioning days I usually start with a hot oil treatment with a mixture of about three oils before I wash my hair. This helps not only helps with detangling but it also preps my hair for the stripping effects of the shampoo. Today I’m going to use a blend of Castor Oil, Soy Oil, and Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO). Castor Oil is a good thick oil that stick to the hair follicles. Soy oil is good for moisture, protein, and it just has a really pleasant scent. And of course EVOO, the standard go to for many naturals, which is good for conditioning, vitamins E and A, and also helps with dandruff.
Today is the day where once a month I use a shampoo to thoroughly get rid of the build up of any product that I may have missed during my co washes. For now I am using Carol’s Daughter Monoi Repairing Shampoo but I am not using the Monoi Conditioner because I honestly do not like the way that it makes my hair feel after use. I’m going to stick to my Tresemme Naturals because it has more slip and makes my hair softer after use.
I like this particular brand because it:
- Provides excellent bounce for my curls.
- Makes my hair soft.
- I really, really like the smell.
I never really understood why it’s called “Nothing But” when half of the ingredients are obviously man-made. But it seems as though many companies view not having Petroleum, Mineral Oils, Parabens, or Phthalates as “natural”. If you’re one of those girls who is trying to go the all-natural route, then you should probably look into making your own deep conditioners because there are very few companies that make truly organic treatments. The first five ingredients listed in a product usually yield the largest concentration. Here are the first five ingredients listed in the Nothing But Intense Healing Mask:
- Cyclopentasiloxane — Provides a silky feel and shine without weighing hair down with a greasy residue.
- Dimethiconol — A non-greasy lubricant that adds shine.
- Cetearyl Alcohol — Derived from coconut oil, it provides creaminess to the product.
- Behentrimonium Chloride — Acts to combat frizz and static.
- Glycine Soja (Soybean Oil) — A natural moisturizer.
After rinsing out with cold water, I’m using Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie on partially dry hair as my leave in. To seal in all of this moisture, I’m going to my standard Castor Oil mixed with Soy Oil. I also add a bit to the edges of my scalp and to the nape of my neck to promote growth and strength. After my wash, I think that I’m going to go back to my two strand twists for the rest of the week. I sometimes leave them in for up to three days before I wear a twist out style to ensure that my hair is fully air-dried. I’m also a low manipulation chick and I try to minimize stress on my hair down to maybe three nights a week.
What’s your favorite deep conditioning treatment? Do you switch between protein and moisturizing products or stick to one product?