Before I started a healthy hair journey, I only knew about one kind of conditioning. That type was the one that followed behind shampoo, lol, and that was it. I have heard of deep conditioning and leave in conditioners, but I have to admit, it was one of those things that I thought that took a lot of knowledge before actually doing because you do not want your hair to fall out. Yeah, I was that lost. Lol. Anywho, I have learned so much since being on this journey, and I wanted to share my information about conditioners.
One thing I learned about rinsing out conditioners is that it is best to wash it out with cool to cold water. It is best not to strip the moisture and nutrients out of your hair. How do we wash dishes? With hot water, hopefully, lol. In my opinion, hot water cleanses more than cold water. If hot water rinses the conditioner out, it is rinsing out all of the moisture you put in your hair. Isn’t that wasting conditioner? I would think so. I don’t know about anyone else, but I hate wasting stuff that I have paid good money for. Another fact about cold water, it closes your cuticles in your scalp and hair where hot water from shampooing has left opened. This keeps your scalp cleaner by closing your cuticles. So, I am a big believer in rinsing with cold water.
Who use to like soaking their hair in globs and globs of conditioners? *waves* ME!!! Lol. Boy, I remember those days where a bottle of shampoo can last three times longer than a bottle of conditioner. One day long ago, I bought a brand new bottle of conditioner. I washed my hair one time and half the bottle was gone. I was in dire need of some knowledge. Did you know that it could be really unhealthy to put a lot of conditioner on your hair? Research states that too much conditioner on the hair could “smother” the hair, or too much conditioner will not allow the hair to absorb a healthy amount. How do one know how much conditioner to use. Bottles say dime size and quarter size. However, one can use up to two and three quarter size amounts. Research also says that the time you leave conditioner on could be unhealthy. Some research states that hours and hours of conditioning could be “smothering”. Since leave in conditioners are not wash out conditioners, it is important not to use that much leave in conditioner because you do not want to over moisturize your hair and not allow your hair to reap the wonderful benefits.
One thing I learned that there was something called a protein conditioner. Now, I always thought that was an oxymoron, you know, opposites. However, when I learned how to work a protein conditioner, I could really tell a difference. The protein conditioner of my choice is ORS replenishing conditioner. Boy, do it smell good?! I use this as my protein conditioner, when my hair feels really straw-like. I apply a package of this good stuff on with twenty minutes under a dryer. My hair feels like butter.
It is a lot of information, but I really can get used to changing my conditioning ways around.