In the 4 years since I started caring for my hair on my own, I’ve never deep conditioned outside of my weekly wash days. Well all that changed this week. I came home after a big cardio day at the gym and my hair, especially my new growth was a frizzy, dry mess. Simply moisturizing, sealing, and doing something to tame my edges just didn’t feel like it would be enough so I decided an emergency deep conditioning session was in order.
I applied Kenra Moisturizing Conditioner to my hair and sat under my Secura steamer (review here) for 15 minutes. After rinsing out the Kenra MC, I applied Paul Mitchell Super Skinny Daily Treatment for a few minutes and then rinsed. After wrapping my hair in a towel, soaking up all the excess water, I tied my edges with a silk scarf and air dried my hair. As for detangling, I used my fingers to work out any tangles while my hair dried. Once my hair was dry I moisturized with Darcy’s Botanicals Coconut Lemongrass Transitioning Creme (review here) and sealed with a little grapeseed oil.
|Air drying my hair|
I’ve come the conclusion that I’ve been doing my hair a disservice. My emergency deep conditioning session was exactly what my hair needed. My new growth is soft and once again manageable and presentable. I don’t know why it never crossed my mind before to deep condition twice a week, when possible, but I’m not surprised I didn’t think about trying it before. I’m a creature of habit and once I have a regimen that works, as you see Wash Day post after Wash day post haha, I’ll repeat it with little variation. You’d be surprised what little changes I’ve made over time that actually took me weeks to build up the nerve to even try… my weekly (and now beloved) tea rinses to name one.
If I have the time and if it’s necessary, planned not-really-emergency deep conditions might be in my future. It would be a great way to use up a few conditioners and give my new growth, as well the rest of my hair, a boost of moisture. If I continue to deep condition twice a week, I wonder if I’ll experience even less breakage at the line of demarcation. I assume I’ll have to moisturize my new growth less often, which means I won’t have to part my new growth as much during the week, which means less breakage from manipulation. Would I need to use protein more often to prevent moisture overload?… many things to keep on eye on.