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Thursday, February 5, 2015

Hair Tests | Vol. 1.6 Moisture And Protein Balance Part 2

Hair Tips | Deep Conditioning Natural Hair Is A Must
Product Review: Indian Hemp Masque
"Are you kidding me?!?!?!
My hair is breaking here, there, and everywhere! Every time the wind blows, I see 100 pieces of hair flying in the wind too! What am I suppose to do?"

Believe me when I say that I have been there before. My hair was always dry and I did not know what was going on. First of all, I was not using a moisturizer never-ever-ever and I was using oils to "moisturize" my hair. BIG OOPS! And I never heard of a deep conditioner or anything else I would need for healthy hair. So here I am 2 years later from actually caring for my hair to help you with your BIG OOPS. First test out your hair to see where you are at in moisture and protein balance:

What does "balanced" hair mean?

Moisture and protein balance refers to the balance of the strength and the retained moisture in the hair: The correct levels of protein to moisture are important. If one is off with the other, this causes the hair to be brittle and break off or make the hair limp and tough to work with.

Check for your protein and moisture balance:
  1. Take 5 strands from your head (top, middle, left, right, and bottom)
  2. Wet each strand of hair
  3. Hold each end of the hair and stretch it
    1. Balance - Hair stretches slightly and returns to normal length
    2. Heavy Protein - Hair stretches and continues to stretch a little more then breaks
    3. Light Protein - Hair stretches and stretches and stretches with no breakage
    4. Deep conditioning - Hair is stretches then breaks immediately
    5. Need Moisture - sounds crunch or raspy when touched, see small pieces on everything, no bulbs on the ends of fallen strands
    6. Need Protein - looks limp and feels mushy to the touch

A deep conditioner is a product that gives ample moisture back into the hair strands with moderate heat usage (body heat, hooded dryer, beanie over plastic bag).


Why should I do deep condition my hair?

Every once in a while your hair will feel dry and brittle, even with the use of daily moisturizers and washing every few days. Your hair needs that TLC to add the ample moisture it needs to keep the hair from drying out and to balance with the protein in your hair.

How often do I do a deep conditioning treatment?

It really depends on your hair. I suggest that the kinkier your hair, the more you should do a deep conditioning treatment. Every week to every two weeks is recommended. Naturally curly, coily, and kinky hair tend to dry out more than other hair types and adding deep conditioning in your hair regimen will help your hair to remain healthy with moisture.

Is rinse-out conditioner enough to use instead of a deep conditioning treatment?

A rinse-out conditioners are for temporary moisture hair care. Deep conditioners have a higher level of fatty alcohols (stearyl and cetyl alcohol), which are conditioning agents to help moisturize the hair during a long period of time. You are also adding moderate heat to raise the hair cuticle to allow the moisture to get in. Then once you rinse the deep conditioner out, then your hair cuticles will be back to flat with the ample moisture it needed to remain healthy.


What ingredients should I look for in a deep conditioner?

Try to look for:
Queen Afro Puff
Moisture And Protein Balance
  • Natural ingredients like aloe vera, wheat germ, olive oil, shea butter, coconut oil, and palm oil
  • Moisturizing alcohols like cetearyl, lauryl, myristyl, cetyl, and stearyl
  • Light proteins like wheat protein, soy protein, silk amino acids
  • Humectants like honey, propylene glycol, and glycerin
Try to avoid:
  • Waxes and drying alcohols (isopropyl, propyl)
  • Silicones like cyclomethicone and dimethicone (coat the hair cuticle "smooth appearance")


What deep conditioners would be best to try?

Well, these are my favorite! So try these:

Is MY hair balanced?

My hair is ABSOLUTELY balanced! I deep condition every wash day, which is once a week. I also do a protein treatment twice a month to ensure my hair is balanced (and my hair is thin in texture). My hair was so disgusting, gross, and very unhealthy when I actually started taking care of my hair.

Always Desire Your Natural,


Christina J

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