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My Regimen: Co-Washing And Deep Conditioning My 4A/4B Hair
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Hello Everyone!! I'm back again with another hub for you. Yayyy!! lol This time I wanted to share with you all how I co-wash and deep condition my hair. To start, I wanted to share a few things with you, as you saw in my last hub i shared how i detangle my hair, I just wanted to say that i usually detangle my hair before I shampoo and condition, but this is not my week to shampoo and condition its my week to co-wash and deep condition. I'm saying this because I just wanted to clarify, in case you're reading this and wondering about what kind of regimen I had. (hope you guys understand what I'm saying lol.) So let me get started!!
Co-Washing: What is it?
Co-Washing like Shampooing is a way to clean your hair, except no shampoo is involved, only conditioner; hence the name. It is said that Co-washing is actually better for one's hair than shampooing, because many shampoos have ingredients or chemicals in them that strip the hair of its natural oils; thus leaving the hair dry and frizzy. Co-washing actually helps to keep one's hair moisturized and healthy.
Side Note: While I do agree that co-washing is great for your hair, I do find also that i still shampoo, but i only do it every other week, which amounts to usually about twice a month. I still shampoo my hair because i find that although my hair benefits from co-washing, it doesn't cleanse my hair as thoroughly and as effectively as I would like so I still need a shampoo to cleanse it. Plus there are really great brands out there that don't have the ingredients or chemicals in them that can strip your hair of its natural oils.
Deep Conditioning: My Favorite Part!! :)
In case you may not know what deep conditioning is, Deep conditioning is a process of treating your hair that help to retain and restore moisture to hair that is damaged due to styling products and environmental factors, as well as, hair that is naturally dry. These treatments are usually applied to the hair and left on for anywhere from 5 to 40 minutes depending on the specific brand of deep conditioning treatment you use; most of these treatments when applied may also require you to apply heat. The best benefit that deep conditioning can offer for your hair besides restoring moisture to your hair is that it strengthens your hair, when part of a regular regimen, and prevents split ends and prevent damage to hair when using heat to style.
Things You Will Need:
- A Good Conditioner: I personally use Shea Moisture's Organic Yucca and Baobab Volumizing Conditioner for fine/thin hair and I'm using the last bit I have of their Coconut and Hibiscus Curl and Style Milk for thick/curly hair. Side Note: I do not have fine/thin hair, my hair is thick, but I find that Shea Moisture's conditioner for fine/thin hair is a great conditioner for my hair because I can work it through my hair really well and it also helps it to further detangle it too! :)
- A Deep Conditioner: I usually tend to use a mix of Shea Moisture's Organic Raw Shea Butter Deep Treatment Masque and Alikay Naturals Honey and Sage Deep Conditioner. But this time, I'm actually trying a different product, Still Shea Moisture, but it is their Organic African Black Soap Purification Masque for dry/itchy scalp. I hope it works because I have been having issues with dry/itchy scalp and have tried so many things and they just seem to not work so hopefully this will go well for me!
- An Oil to Mix, Perhaps?: Normally, when deep conditioning my hair, I do not tend to add oils to the treatment but I wanted to try to add an oil to see what the effect would be for my hair. The oil I am going to mix with the purification masque is apricot oil, and this oil works specifically for those with dry hair like me.
- Plastic Cap: To cover your hair once you have applied your deep conditioning treatment.
- To Heat or Not To Heat?: This is really up to one's own personal preference, I say like many have said before me, it would probably be best to go by the instructions listed on your deep conditioning treatment product, if it calls for heat use it, if not then don't. It's still up to you, do what works best for your hair.
How I Apply My Products?
I pretty much use the same method I use for detangling my hair. I section my hair into four sections, do some light finger detangling, put each section into one big twist. Then I go to my shower and proceed to co-wash my hair. Once in the shower, I take my conditioner and would work it through like I would if I were shampooing my hair. Note: I do not take the big twists out per se, while washing my hair, I keep it in, I only take it out to work the product through & to rinse it out, other than that i keep it twisted to keep my hair from getting tangled. I also do the same thing with applying the deep conditioner and after I have worked it through and twisted it back up into big twists, I put a plastic cap over it and let it sit for anywhere from 30-40 minutes. After I let it sit, I wash it out, I apply a moisturizer and apply a daily moisturizing lotion and style it!!!! Well, I just wanted to share this with you! I hope it helped or at least gave you some ideas! If you have any feedback feel free to leave a comment or ask a question! Thanks!