Could You Be Deep Conditioning Your Natural Hair Too Long?

Hello Loves:

Well today I returned to work after a 2 month break. I am a teacher and although I love what I do, I love blogging even more. Not to worry, I WILL manage some how some way to juggle both so I am not going anywhere. I may post a little later than but I will still post. I just wanted you all to know what was going on with me because even though I only see pictures of some and many I have never seen I feel a connection with each and every one of you and I hope that you feel the same.

Today I wanted to discuss a common misnomer in the natural hair community. “Overnight conditioning” Many naturals feel that the longer you condition the better it will be for your hair but this is not the case. I ran across this article by The Natural Haven:

Deep Conditioning: Effect of Time and Temperature/Heat

Increasing the time you leave conditioner on hair allows more of it to adsorb with a maximum adsorption at 20- 30 minutes.

When conditioner is heated to 35°C, at 10 minutes there is slightly more than 5% on hair and at 30 minutes there is slightly more than 10%. Therefore temperature increases adsorption. The rule however remains the same in terms of no further conditioner sticking to the surface after 30 minutes.

 

After reading this article I realized that leaving conditioner on beyond 30 mins wasn’t going to give me healthier hair or improve absorption. In fact it was more damaging to my hair in doing so:

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Why?

  • long conditioning time causes a change in the keratin that results in softening and weakening so don’t deep condition overnight or for hours on end. The obvious exception to this rule is treatments like henna, that require hours to take to the hair.
  • But for your everyday run-of-the-mill deep conditioner, it should begin to work instantly, and reach maximum capacity at around the 20 or 30 minute mark. If your deep conditioner doesn’t work after 30 minutes, it’s time to ditch it for one that’s more effective.

So how should you use deep conditioner?

DON’T…

  • Don’t use your deep conditioner to co-wash or as a leave-in conditioner. Deep conditioners are specially formulated to be effective at what they do which is to provide intense conditioning to the hair. Deep conditioners tend to contain higher concentrations of cationic surfactants (their primary function is to stick to the hair), and will likely lead to even more buildup if used as a co-wash or leave-in.
  • Remember that conditioners have a shelf life so you may want to store them in the fridge.
  • Don’t be fooled by the miracle conditioners that promise full bouncy curls after one application. Most deep conditioners have the same base ingredients and when looking at the label of your conditioner focus only on the first 6 ingredients because this is where the true benefits will be listed.

How long do you deep condition your hair?

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Must Have Products For The Curly Girl Method (CGM) And A 20% Off Coupon!!

Hello My Curlies:

I haven’t posted a curly post in a while but I really try to wait until I have something to say that hasn’t already been said by all of the other curly hair gurus or a new product. Today is your lucky day my curlies because I have a new product to tell you about that I am pretty sure you will want to grab. **Be sure to scroll to the bottom for your 20% coupon code**

Most of us transitioned to natural hair because we wanted to have healthier hair right? In order to have curly hair we have to be mindful of the products we use. I’ve stated before that I practice the curly girl method (CGM) which is only using sulfate and paraben free products and limiting shampoos to as needed. Otherwise I co-wash my hair with conditioner and I deep condition my hair once a week. These products were sent to me to  review and I’ve been using them for a little over a week now and I must say that I’m very impressed.

Maple Holistics Silk 18 & Aussage Gel

silk18-1editedThe company prides itself in a holistic approach. The definition of holistic is the identification of the theory that the focus is part of a bigger picture. For therapeutic products, a holistic approach would be to synergize natural properties to assist in all components within the entire problem as opposed to focusing on an isolated symptom. They also pride themselves in the following:

  • All products are backed by 100% quality guarantee
  • They offer a money back guarantee
  • They have a customer service line to call if you need assistance with any of their products
  • Only the purest and highest quality ingredients are used in each product

Silk 18 Conditioner

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Product Information

The formula has a gentle conditioning platform with 18 naturally derived silk amino acids. The results of using this conditioner on a regular basis are strengthening of your hair’s fibers and restoration of overall health to your hair. This is mainly due to the botanical keratin included in the conditioner that contributes to the overall composition of the hair. The Silk 18 elite formula ncludes shea butter, sea buckthorn, pomegranate, argan, aloe vera, jojoba, green tea, hibiscus, botanical keratin, and more.

My Review

  • When your hair is frizzy and unmanageable it is normally due to lack of protein and keratin so this conditioner does the job. My hair is so much softer and manageable. It’s like a love affair each morning after I wet my hair and put the Silk 18 on, my hair does its magic and gives me no problems.
  • The smell is amazing!! A smell of vanilla and honey is the closest that I can attribute the smell to. I use it as a leave in everyday after I wet my along with the Assuage gel do the work needed.

Assuage Hair Gel

assuageProduct Information

We all know that some gels can be harsh on natural hair due to the alcohol level but this gel contains soft and nourishing ingredients including Ginseng Root Extract, Sage Leaf Extract, Golden Jojoba Oil, and Bergamot Oil. It contains no artificial fragrances, no artificial coloring, and is sulfate-free.

My Review

This gel smells so good. It smells like lemongrass oil and it’s lightweight. This is not the type of gel you would use if you wanted a styling gel because it isn’t heavy enough for that. It also is not an edge control gel. I just put it on after I use the Silk 18 and scrunch my hair all over and it makes my curls perfect without the dry feeling. My curls are soft, shiny, and bouncy.

silk18-4natural hairThe company was gracious enough to provide all of my readers with a 20%off coupon code use this code at checkout: MAPLEPRO

** Disclaimer** I was contacted by this company and asked to do a review. The products were sent to me at no cost and this review is based on my own words and experiences with the products. I will always be honest about any product that I am asked to review. The company also has a bath and body and skin care line as well as many other hair products. Visit the site here.

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What’s The Most Important Thing Most Curlies Forget To Do?

Hello Curlies:

Today I had an epiphany as I was trying to style my naturally curly hair. I noticed that my curls seemed limp

image courtesy of YouTuber Tootsie Time

image courtesy of YouTuber Tootsie Time

and almost fragile which was out of the norm for my hair. I realized that the only way I could identify a problem with my hair was because I have learned my hair and I know what it’s saying to me. When you first go natural you spend months maybe years trying to learn your hair, its texture, and what products your hair responds to best. There are no one size fits all in natural hair. What works for me may not work for you so this is a journey you will have to walk and experience solo. Of course we take and make suggestions which is fine, but don’t hang your hat on others recommendations unless you are 100% sure it is working for your curls.

The fact that my hair seemed limp let me know that I need to do a protein treatment to strengthen my hair bonds. I deep condition my hair weekly with a good deep conditioner and sit under a hooded dryer but sometimes your hair needs more and you have to listen to it.

Reasons your hair may need some extra TLC

  • your hair is color treated with peroxide or henna

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  • Sometimes our hair’s lack luster is due to using a flatiron or a protective style gone wrong

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    image courtesy of blackgirllonghairdontcare

  • the environment and change in elements leaves your hair feeling and looking dry like tumbleweeds. I live in Georgia and we are experiencing high humidity which makes the temp feel like it is in the triple digits so my hair needs a lot more moisture because the sun is basically sucking all of the natural oils out of it.

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  • water conditions- sometimes hard water can be harsh on natural hair by leaving iron deposits so a clarifying rinse may be in order.

What are the benefits of protein treatments?

Hair is made up of over 90 percent of the protein best known as keratin. When our hair gets damaged by normal weathering, chemical treatments, sun exposure, pollution, washing, drying, combing, and styling heat use, it can be only temporarily mended by protein. A protein treatment works by filling in gaps present on your hair strand and forming a temporary bond. In order for a protein treatment to be effective it must contain hydrolyzed proteins, which just means the size of the protein must be small enough to attach to the hair shaft. Because the mending of your hair is only temporary, you can’t do just one protein treatment a year. Your hair will thrive if you regularly incorporate protein treatments in your hair regimen. I suggest anywhere from 1-6 weeks depending on the condition of your hair and the type of protein treatment you are using. There are many types of protein treatments and the kind you need is based on the condition of your hair.

So in a nutshell if you are natural then you need to incorporate a protein treatment into your natural hair care regimen!

Do you incorporate protein treatments in your regimen? Which are your favorites?