Soooo this may seem like a very silly post title especially for all of the advanced Hair Lovers who can shampoo, deep condition and even flat iron with their eyes closed! But we all get caught up in the activities of life [busy, busy, busy!], and often tend to find quick fixes/shortcuts when it comes to Haircare, which to our surprise may actually be a bigger waste of time than we actually know!
For many years I was of the school of thought that whatever you smother onto your hair, better well penetrate right through the shaft and fix any rusty nuts, bolts, perforations, heat damaged black holes that were in existence. However, truth is in most cases your average Deep Conditioner has just a few, dare I say 3 or 4 ingredients, that can actually penetrate your hair. In most cases the other 5, 10, 15 ingredients are purposed to serve another very important role during the deep conditioning process; which is to help smooth down the surface of the cuticle, keep hair moisturised and also soften the outer strands of our hair, otherwise known as adsorption.
So what does this mean and what habits may be preventing you from benefiting from adsorption and penetration???
This may just be a reminder to myself of my past time lack of knowledge [so take no offence if you’ve never done this!], but if you’ve ever been one to expect penetration from Oils which you’ve heard penetrate e.g Coconut Oil, and are doing this on wet hair post shampooing… waste of time! Oil repels water so there really is no hope for the Coconut Oil molecules [forgive my lack of scientific terms!] to penetrate past the barrier of H2O molecules. Hence why using penetrable Oils on dry hair is when you can enjoy their full benefits…
Secondly, if your ultimate goal is penetration, picking the cheapest DC for convenience may not be the best idea. Looking at this not so very long list of ingredients that can actually penetrate, may be a great start in your search for products to look for when “Deep Conditioner for penetration” shopping:
– Hydrolysed Wheat Protein –
– Coconut Oil –
– Cetrimonium Bromide –
– Caffeine –
– Panthenol –
– artificial Peptides –
– some Silicones or Amodimethicones
– Hydrolysed Palm Oil –
– 18MEA –
[please note this list is subject to hair typing i.e natural, relaxed etc. Will post research links at the end for Hair Nerds like myself ^_^]
1) Shampoo –> Deep Condition –> Rinse
2) Deep Condition –> Shampoo –> Rinse
3)Deep Condition –> Shampoo –> Condition–> Rinse
4) Pre-poo–> Shampoo –> Deep Condition –> Rinse
It would be wrong for me to say either of the wash day methods above are wrong or the only way to deep condition, however, having experimented with all I believe and find Step 4 offers the most benefits for both penetration and adsorption. Let me share the reasons why:
– You treat your hair to some Oils or beneficial Pre-Shampoo treatments e.g. [my Staples List] before shampooing which help reduce Shampoo stripping effects.
– You Restore the necessary ph balance in your hair by counteracting the negatively charged Shampoo with positively charged Conditioner.
– You then finish by rinsing this out to prevent any product build up and to commence with styling.
Looking at method 1 this would be a joint 1st place as sometimes let’s be real there simply isn’t enough time to pre-poo. As for method 2, not finishing with Conditioner will leave hair dry and with the wrong ph. Finally step 3 does not seem harmful, but there’s a whole extra post that would need to be dedicated to the topic of hygral fatigue a.k.a causing our hair to expand too much… let’s leave that for another day shall we or check out the research links below!
I could go on forever guys but I’m sure this is a long enough read as it is! I was sent the HairTherapyWrap some months ago and have used this religiously on wash days for deep conditioning, especially if I pre-poo with Coconut Oil which did you know can take up to 16 hours to penetrate?!!