Growth Update!
Monday, February 08, 2010 | 6 comments

It's been two months since the last update! Sorry for the hiatus, lovelies. We'll be updating more frequently now. Anyway, I am one month away from my first year ful...

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Deep Conditioning is a must when it comes to Black hair care. DC'ing is especially imporant for stretchers and transitioners. Since relaxed hair is weak, extra care is needed. This is the point of deep conditioning. I deep condition every week with ORS Replenishing Pak, which is a light protein and moisturizing conditioner. I also use Silicon Mix, a Dominican product which is considered a moisturizing conditioner. Anyway, DC'ing the right way is VERY important. What's the technique? Well, there are many ways, but the following, in my opinion as well as members of BHM and LHCF, are the BEST.

Deep Conditioning Wet Hair With A Plastic Cap
This technique is pretty much self-explanatory. Wash your hair with a shampoo of your choice and condition with an instant conditioner (Suave, V05, Aussie, etc). Rinse hair with warm water. The warm water will open up your cuticles to help the deep conditioner penetrate well. After, apply a quarter size (or more which I don't recommend) to the roots, hair shaft, and ends of your hair. Your ends are the oldest part of your hair and need more attention! Put the plastic cap over your head making sure not to allow the elastic band to sit on your hairline (This causes breakage to edges!). Sit under a warm hooded dryer for 45 minutes and rinse with cold water. Apply a leave-in.

*SIDENOTE- I've used a blow dryer for deep conditioning when my hooded dryer went M.I.A and it works just as well.*

Deep Conditioning On Dry Hair
A very popular way of DC'ing among BHM and LHCF members is this one. Start by applying the conditioner on your roots, shaft, and ends. Put a plastic cap on and let your hair sit under a hooded dryer for 15, 30, or 45 minutes. Rinse and apply a leave-in. The reason why, in my opinion, this works is because the hair's dry and is dampened by the conditioner so it penetrates well.

*SIDENOTE- This technique is best for those who can't get protein to work with their hair.*

There are many more ways to DC but these two are by far the most popular since they work. The one thing to remember when DC'ing is that your ends are fragile so they need the most attention. This is extremely important for those trying to grow their hair. Anyway good luck and HHG!


Anonymous says
July 26, 2008 at 1:11 PM

I recently discovered DCing on dry hair and I must say it has been a huge difference than when i used to DC on wet hair..I love it.
Question: does sitting under the drier make a difference than just letting it sit on my hair for a little longer??

Anonymous says
November 4, 2008 at 11:53 AM

Can you use an instant conditioner as a deep conditioner by leaving it in loner and applying heat?

Belle Cheveux says
November 4, 2008 at 3:18 PM

It would depend on the ingredients of said conditioner and/or what you add to the conditioner. For instance, if you add Nettle, Rosemary, and Aloe vera extract to a moisturizing conditioner, you can DC with that. Or if you add an egg to an instant conditioner, it becomes a good protein conditioner.

Anonymous says
January 6, 2011 at 5:32 PM

Hi, I hope you can still get back to this. I see this is an old post, but why nettle, rosemary & aloe vera specifically -for a moisturising conditioner? I've been looking everywhere for if essential oils make hair soft on its own says
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