This post answers two questions regarding how I deep condition (paraphrased because I can’t find the original messages…sorry!)
- When you deep condition with the Kerapro, do you use heat or no heat? And for how long do you deep condition?
- Several ladies apply their deep conditioner the same way you would a relaxer, do you do this? My hair is about the same length as yours and I wanted to know if you think it is really necessary.
Whenever I deep condition – regardless of the product, I use heat. 9 out of 10 times its my electric heat cap, for comfort (no hot air blowing on your ears or shoulders) and I also think it does a better job in aiding the conditioner to penetrate because the heat is closer to the hair. That is just my own personal opinion, there is no research that I know of to support that. With Kerapro specifically, when I was reviewing it, I tried three different methods: With heat for 10-15 minutes, without heat for 10-15 minutes and overnight without heat. I can say with certainty that deep conditioning with heat for 10-15 minutes gives by far the best results when using this product. For more info on Kerapro, please see my review and/or click the Kerapro tag at the bottom of this post.
I don’t apply my conditioner like a relaxer. I do think that is probably the most effective way to DC, but in all honesty I think I only did that once and that was the very first wash after starting my official HHJ!!! I just don’t mainly out of sheer laziness. I typically use my fingers or my Magic Star Jumbo Rake comb (review forthcoming) to make 4 horizontal parts to section my hair and apply the conditioner from root to tip. I always start at the back because I want to pay special attention not only to my nape but all of the “underside” hair…yes your ends rub against your clothing but that bottom area/layer of hair from your shoulders down is constantly rubbing also. So, I like to start there and be sure to apply the conditioner thoroughly. I think doing sections from side-to-side rather than the typical four quadrants is more effective. After applying the conditioner, I always massage my scalp and comb through with the jumbo rake comb to make sure it is distributed evenly. Then I add a bit more to my ends. This seems to work well for me so I doubt that I will upgrade to the small relaxer-type of sectioning anytime soon.
As always thanks for your questions!!!