Conditioning

Conditioning is used to replenish the moisture removed from your hair after shampooing.

Conditining is the easiest thing you can do to help your hair, just slap it on and make sure it coats all of your strands. 

Your hair type, texture, porosity other factors play a large part in how you should moisturize. If you have not yet, find out what your hair properties are in the first post of this series: Hair Basics.

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Why is Conditioning Important?

Type 4 hair is very coily and as a result is extra fragile. Dry hair has decreased elasticity, this means manipulation can exacerbate any split ends present.  Conditioning restores the products to your hair that were removed when you shampooed. If you were to skip this step, when your hair dried it would become brittle due to the lack of moisturizing products. 

You How Do I Condition My Type 4 Hair?

Start with a clean slate.
  • Shampoo your hair to remove excess product, follow with your conditioner. This will ensure that the product we add to the hair really gets into your hair and does not just sit on top of other products.
  • If you have been using a lot of heavy butters and oils, you should treat your hair with a clarifying shampoo to help remove excess product.
Dilute
  • I like to slightly dilute my conditioners with water to allow the product to easily spread throughout my strands. If you have an empty bottle on hand add water, conditioner then apply the solution. This way you do not have to worry about separating sections to coat every strand, just squeeze through.
Apply
  • Apply your moisturizer to your section. Pay special attention to your ends. Run your hands along the section smoothing and pulling the hair down to remove shed hairs.
  • Twist the section and move on to the next. 
Rinse
  • I personally do not rinse with cold water (I’m too chicken), but the science makes a lot of sense. I do just fine with my lukewarm rinse.  I don’t mind feeling just a tad of the product in my hair after rinsing, but I try to get most of it out (again, lazy).  
Oils 
  • I personally adore adding oils on top of my conditioners and other hair products. I never seem to have any scalp issues (I don’t apply directly to the scalp) and notice increased slip and elasticity. If you would like to add an oil to your deep condition regimen, I highly support it.
Drying
  • Wrap your hair in a microfiber towel or t-shirt to absorb excess water without causing frizz. 

Fro Tip: If you are low porosity like me, you may find that the hair does not automatically feel moisturized. That is okay! Our hair has to open up and accept the moisture we are applying to it. The warm water from your shower will help.

All Done! Remember that after you deep condition, you will still need to moisturize your hair. Wrap it in a microfiber towel to remove excess water then moisturize your hair while it is still damp!

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