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Old 05-31-2011, 01:53 PM   #1
 
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After a few tries with stretched styles to combat shrinkage (band-out on a WnG and twists on dry hair) that completely FAILED (my hair started out big and fluffy exactly how I wanted it, then it shrunk back to it's normal size)

Maybe it's the humidity here in NYC but I cannot seem to get my stretched styles to stay stretched and not shrink. I tried a twist-out on dry hair, which looked great...until I walked outside and it shrank to smaller than my normal WnG and tangled into something fierce.
So what I've been doing lately is putting (a lot) of conditioner in sections while my hair is dry, detangling piece by piece, putting it up in a baggied bun. I'll sleep on it, then when I wake up, take it down, shake, and go.

So far this has been the only way to keep shrinkage at bay. It clumps amazingly and I'm having the best hair day imaginable. I will have to tweak it some because there has been some flaking. I'm also a little worried about build-up so I may have to actually start shampooing my hair (I typically don't lol). But other than that I love the way my hair looks,

Have you guys tried this? If so, which conditioner do you use?
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Do you use a leave-in conditioner or do you just leave in a conditioner that you would normally rinse out?

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Do you use a leave-in conditioner or do you just leave in a conditioner that you would normally rinse out?

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A rinse-out. This time I used Tresemme smoothing something-or-other. I think it's best to use a really thick and creamy one. Aussie 3min miracle works too
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Thanx, I should try it out!

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I may have to try that for my next WnG. My hair tangles like crazy too.
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I may have to try that for my next WnG. My hair tangles like crazy too.
From what I gather, it works on dry hair. So I'll do a WnG one day and the next night once my hair is completely dry.


And I forgot to add in the first post, I only finger-comb while I'm distributing the conditioner
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I may have to try that for my next WnG. My hair tangles like crazy too.
From what I gather, it works on dry hair. So I'll do a WnG one day and the next night once my hair is completely dry.


And I forgot to add in the first post, I only finger-comb while I'm distributing the conditioner
Thanks for the heads up!
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I'm going to try this tonight.
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Update:

Just washed today and I'm really happy with this method!!

On the first day (as explained above) I put (a lot) of conditioner (smoothing tressemme ) on my hair in sections, gently finger detangled, bunned overnight and let dry the next day.

My hair has been so perfect and the 'style' lasted 3 days. I'm sure that it would have lasted a week had I not washed it today, but I had too bc I put waaaaaay too much conditioner in and it was flaking something serious, which was getting on my nerves.

My wash was amazing! I barely had any tangles (I guess the conditioner 'set' my detangled hair and it just kind of stayed like that) And my hair felt so healthy while the water was coursing through it. Tonight I'm going to add oil to the bottle just for fun. But I'm def not going to use as much conditioner as last time bc those flakes were no joke.

Another note: I've posted on this board before about how labor-intensive it is to saturate my hair with water under the shower stream. When I first rinsed today, the water was able to go straight to my scalp and my hair was wet almost instantly (this is a HUGE deal to me). So the theory I'm working on is that my WnG causes my massive amounts of hair to shrink together to form this impenetrable barrier that makes it hard for water to get through.

This literally has just made my life so much easier
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I did a variation of your method last night by saturating my hair with conditioner (Natures Gate Asian Pear & Red Tea) and sealed with an oil/butter blend) and baggying it. My hair was so soft this morning! I ended up putting it back in a bun for the Summer Bun Challenge in 3c.
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I did a variation of your method last night by saturating my hair with conditioner (Natures Gate Asian Pear & Red Tea) and sealed with an oil/butter blend) and baggying it. My hair was so soft this morning! I ended up putting it back in a bun for the Summer Bun Challenge in 3c.
Did the Nature's Gate give you any flakes? I may try that one
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I did a variation of your method last night by saturating my hair with conditioner (Natures Gate Asian Pear & Red Tea) and sealed with an oil/butter blend) and baggying it. My hair was so soft this morning! I ended up putting it back in a bun for the Summer Bun Challenge in 3c.
Did the Nature's Gate give you any flakes? I may try that one
No flakes. Though I did seal with an oil - that may have helped.
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I saw this lady on YT recently talk about how she put conditioner in her hair BEFORE she got in the shower to wash it.... I had read about this in the 2nd Curly Girl book and blew it off...cause I have high porosity hair..

Well I decided to try it.. wow..it really works well for detangling to put the conditioner in before you wet your hair.

I can't do the leaving conditioner in with the baggy and all that though.. my scalp will act a damn fool. It likes to breathe.
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I saw this lady on YT recently talk about how she put conditioner in her hair BEFORE she got in the shower to wash it.... I had read about this in the 2nd Curly Girl book and blew it off...cause I have high porosity hair..

Well I decided to try it.. wow..it really works well for detangling to put the conditioner in before you wet your hair.


I can't do the leaving conditioner in with the baggy and all that though.. my scalp will act a damn fool. It likes to breathe.
+1 at bolded. I also saw someone on YT doing that. Ever since that time I generally saturate my hair with conditioner section by section before washing and de-tangle each section.( I have low porosity hair) Then I wash my hair, DC, rinse and use my leave in. The pre-conditioning works wonders for me and I hardly get tangles.
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I saw this lady on YT recently talk about how she put conditioner in her hair BEFORE she got in the shower to wash it.... I had read about this in the 2nd Curly Girl book and blew it off...cause I have high porosity hair..

Well I decided to try it.. wow..it really works well for detangling to put the conditioner in before you wet your hair.


I can't do the leaving conditioner in with the baggy and all that though.. my scalp will act a damn fool. It likes to breathe.
+1 at bolded. I also saw someone on YT doing that. Ever since that time I generally saturate my hair with conditioner section by section before washing and de-tangle each section.( I have low porosity hair) Then I wash my hair, DC, rinse and use my leave in. The pre-conditioning works wonders for me and I hardly get tangles.

I recently started doing to that to my hair too and it works beautifully. I mix some sort of oil with my conditioners and let it sit for a short while before detangling. My hair is naturally very porous so it drinks it up. I end up using more conditioner because I condition or DT after washing as well, but its worth it.
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I have to try this on Sunday , why I'm I excited ?
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I saw this lady on YT recently talk about how she put conditioner in her hair BEFORE she got in the shower to wash it.... I had read about this in the 2nd Curly Girl book and blew it off...cause I have high porosity hair..

Well I decided to try it.. wow..it really works well for detangling to put the conditioner in before you wet your hair.

I can't do the leaving conditioner in with the baggy and all that though.. my scalp will act a damn fool. It likes to breathe.
I'm glad it works for you with washing! I know that dry hair will soak in conditioner better than wet. And, wetting hair makes it more prone to tangle...I feel like (slightly) more breakage will occur from wet detangling than dry+conditioner. Even if I don't continue with this WHOLE process, this detangling part will remain a staple in my routine.
But I don't baggy over my whole head. I put my hair up in a high bun and baggy over the bun. This way my roots get stretched out and once I take the baggy off in the morning my curls are clumped together really nicely.

BTW: Last night when I started over I mixed the Tresemme Smooth&Silky with Suave Coco, some coconut oil and some almond oil and NO MORE FLAKES thanks for the tip @greenandchic
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I saw this lady on YT recently talk about how she put conditioner in her hair BEFORE she got in the shower to wash it.... I had read about this in the 2nd Curly Girl book and blew it off...cause I have high porosity hair..

Well I decided to try it.. wow..it really works well for detangling to put the conditioner in before you wet your hair.


I can't do the leaving conditioner in with the baggy and all that though.. my scalp will act a damn fool. It likes to breathe.
+1 at bolded. I also saw someone on YT doing that. Ever since that time I generally saturate my hair with conditioner section by section before washing and de-tangle each section.( I have low porosity hair) Then I wash my hair, DC, rinse and use my leave in. The pre-conditioning works wonders for me and I hardly get tangles.

I recently started doing to that to my hair too and it works beautifully. I mix some sort of oil with my conditioners and let it sit for a short while before detangling. My hair is naturally very porous so it drinks it up. I end up using more conditioner because I condition or DT after washing as well, but its worth it.
I generally DC my hair BEFORE I wash. I put my DC on dry hair, leave it in as long as I want to, then finger detangle, rinse, cowash or shampoo, and then comb through my rinse-out conditioner. I do use loads of conditioner, but it works for me.

OP, I spend half my time in west africa and have to deal with the humidity shrinkage issues you mentioned, so I am going to try out this method and see how it works for me.
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Okay, so my hair wasn't stretched when I tried this (I tried it twice) but let me tell you, it's an excellent way to achieve better looking second day hair. I normally "can't" do second day hair but I was able to with this method.
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