Conditioner is a curly girls hair care NECESSITY.
Type 3 and 4 hair is unique in that it often does not hold its natural oils and without natural oils, hair becomes dry, potentially leading to significant hair follicle damage.
You may already be aware that conditioner can make your hair softer, shinier, and more manageable. But you might not realize that the type of conditioner you use and how often you apply it can also make a big difference.
There are four distinct categories of conditioners - rinse out conditioners, leave-in conditioners, protein deep treatments and moisturizing deep treatments. But what are the differences? Let's battle them out and see who reigns supreme.
Rinse Out Conditioners vs. Leave-In Conditioners
The classic rinse-out conditioner is applied to wet, freshly washed hair and rinsed out after a minute or two. The main purpose of a wash-out conditioner is to close the cuticles of the hair follicle and restore any moisture that may have been lost after shampooing.
Leave-in conditioners are applied to damp hair and left in the hair, without rinsing, to retain moisture. They may seem like an extra, unnecessary step in your arsenal of products and many naturals choose not to use them at all however they actually serve many purposes.
A good leave-in conditioner will help
define your curls and gives you immense shine as well as replenish and boosting your hairs moisture especially in between shampoos.
So, can you use your rinse out as a leave in? Yes, rinse out conditioners can make a good alternative when you've run out of your leave-in and don't have time to pop down to Sallys, however we wouldn't recommend making this part of your regular wash day routine.
The reason being each conditioner is formulated differently and serve different purposes. Rinse out conditioners are often made with heavier ingredients which you don't normally find in leave in conditioners because they weigh the hair down too much and can result in a build up of product when used excessively.
Unfortunately, too much of a good thing can be a bad thing. So take the time to invest in both a good rinse-out and a leave-in conditioner.
Protein Deep Treatments vs. Moisturizing Deep Treatments
Deep treatments are not a new technique and if there's one tip stressed in the natural hair world it's the importance of deep conditioning. We won't bore you with why you should use a deep treatment, but do you know the difference between a protein and moisturizing deep treatment and do you really need both?
Our hair needs a healthy balance of both moisture and protein to thrive, retaining strength and elasticity. Figuring out whether your hair needs protein or moisture can sometimes be a little confusing, especially if you are just starting out on your natural hair journey.
If you have color treated hair or your tresses feel limp, stretchy or you're experiencing breakage you may be in need of a protein treatment. Our hair is made up of protein and protein treatments can help strengthen weak strands from heat styling and increase the elasticity of our natural hair and appearance.
If your hair is feeling dry, dull or straw like and your curls won't clump together it's time for a moisture boost!
Hair strength depends on cuticle integrity and amount of water in the fibres. Without water, your hair becomes dry and brittle and much more prone to breakage. Moisturizing Deep Treatments help attract and balance water levels in the hair fibres to improve strength and elasticity.