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The Case for Conditioning...

IbisIbis Posts: 11Registered Users
I have a friend who has been natural for a long time now, years and she's still hasn't gotten a regimen in place. We've been talking over the weeks about her lack of a routine and her extremely dry hair. She does not condition at all. Never. Yet she laments nothing works.

I'm a minimalist, lazy natural and my routine works for me. She's tried everything in my arsenal...except conditioning. I feel like her hair will improve if she started conditioning/deep conditioning regularly. Am I crazy to think so? Is there anyone out there who does not condition?

Bah...

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  • Flower princessFlower princess Posts: 608Registered Users
    Actual conditioning is a must, even if it's just a plain conditioner that works.As far as a deep conditioning i've realized that some people can successfully live with regular conditioning instead.But the summary of all is whatever the way..it must have a frequency to make it work at least in the initial state to recover from dryness.HTH:)
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  • pulchri2dinouspulchri2dinous Posts: 1,014Registered Users
    I have been practicing a conditioner free regimen and my hair has been doing fine. My situation may be different for a few reasons:

    1. I wear my hair in two strand twists 100% of the time because I got tired of detangling my hair.
    2. I shampoo and do a rinse with apple cider vinegar 2x week.
    3. I do water rinses very often, maybe everyday or every other day.

    I used to prepoo, shampoo, condition, ACV rinse then moisturize, but I wanted to see if I could make things even simpler. I had been studying Nonie's regimen on Long Hair Care Forum for a while and decided to modify it slighly. She baggies daily (I think), but baggying doesn't work for me.

    I am sure that my hair would be drier than a desert if I wasn't washing/rinsing it more often, so maybe that's the case with your friend? I do think that she should definitely try out conditioning just because it made a real difference for me when I had no idea how to handle my hair. As the previous poster said, some conditioning should help her hair recover from its current state.
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  • belwillcoilybelwillcoily Posts: 303Registered Users
    Ibis wrote: »
    I have a friend who has been natural for a long time now, years and she's still hasn't gotten a regimen in place. We've been talking over the weeks about her lack of a routine and her extremely dry hair. She does not condition at all. Never. Yet she laments nothing works.

    I'm a minimalist, lazy natural and my routine works for me. She's tried everything in my arsenal...except conditioning. I feel like her hair will improve if she started conditioning/deep conditioning regularly. Am I crazy to think so? Is there anyone out there who does not condition?

    Bah...

    Tell me, does your friend have something against conditioners? Why doesn't she want to try it at least? Just curious...

    Conditioner sure made and makes a difference for me but then everybody's hair is different. Maybe your friend had a bad experience with conditioner once and she's gun shy? :dontknow:
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  • IbisIbis Posts: 11Registered Users
    I don't condition every wash but I know my hair well enough to gauge what I can get away with. Deep conditioning I play by ear as well.

    We talked the other day, I was harping about the conditioner and she finally told me that she was using a conditioner after her wash, a rinse out, that she is leaving in. I don't know why she omitted that very important tit-bit.

    So it looks like we have breakthrough... Now, to help her find a suitable leave-in!
  • BlackAngelPlayahBlackAngelPlayah Posts: 1,419Registered Users
    This doesn't help, but it makes me remember my sister having a conniption fit when I put conditioner in her hair! I don't know what caused the break down, but she just burst into tears! LoL! Maybe it was because she knew I would have to wash it out and she hated having her hair washed.

    Anyway, of course conditioner would help her hair if it's dry. However if she's protein sensitive, she has to watch out because a protein condish may make her hair hard and crunchy.

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  • Flower princessFlower princess Posts: 608Registered Users
    Ibis wrote: »
    I don't condition every wash but I know my hair well enough to gauge what I can get away with. Deep conditioning I play by ear as well.

    We talked the other day, I was harping about the conditioner and she finally told me that she was using a conditioner after her wash, a rinse out, that she is leaving in. I don't know why she omitted that very important tit-bit.

    So it looks like we have breakthrough... Now, to help her find a suitable leave-in!
    Good, see is improving.Hope she finds a good suitable leave-in (make sure it's not more on the protein side).
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