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Old 08-19-2012, 03:29 PM   #1
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Question Putting DT on dry hair?

I put my henna on dry hair, and was thinking would a DT work on dry hair? Dry hair probably doesn't absorb conditioner as well, but would it be ok to apply a DT to dry hair? I'm thinking more along the lines of when it gets colder and I don't want to walk around with a wet head. What if I mix a little water and honey in with it as I sometimes do? Would it work or would my hair not be able to absorb it much at all?
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Old 08-19-2012, 07:41 PM   #2
 
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a) I *think* dry hair would absorb things better than wet hair, especially if you have low porosity
b) I *think* conditioners work on the surface of the hair mainly, so absorption isn't the intention.

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I agree with Jo somebody. The hair absorbs the conditioner better when you put it on dry hair. When your hair is wet it has already absorbed some of the water but when your hair is dry it isnt already water logged and can absorb more of the conditioner.

I do a dry dc when I really need moisture.
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I also agree. The water in your hair just dilutes your dc. Who wants a diluted treatment? We need all the concentrated good stuff in our deep conditioners. Well, at least I do.
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Why does it always say in directions to apply it to damp hair? It usually says to apply it after shampooing but I never do that b/c it's a big hassle. I mean who wants to apply it after your shower and have to wait around 30 mins, get wet again. I usually do it as a pre-shampoo treatment. That's a pain too because I have to lean over the bath to wet my hair use a separate towel walk around with a wet head. I guess some people don't do their DTs as long, maybe just use it in the tub while taking a bath, but I don't get the point of using it for a few mins when they always say at least 15.

I wish I would've known this. I think I'll do my DTs on dry hair from now on. What I have heard as well is that warm water opens the cuticle - anyone hear this? And cold water seals it. That's why some people do cool water rinses. If that's true I wasted my DT yesterday b/c I didn't want to wait for the water to warm up before watering my hair down.
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Why does it always say in directions to apply it to damp hair? It usually says to apply it after shampooing but I never do that b/c it's a big hassle. I mean who wants to apply it after your shower and have to wait around 30 mins, get wet again. I usually do it as a pre-shampoo treatment. That's a pain too because I have to lean over the bath to wet my hair use a separate towel walk around with a wet head. I guess some people don't do their DTs as long, maybe just use it in the tub while taking a bath, but I don't get the point of using it for a few mins when they always say at least 15.

I wish I would've known this. I think I'll do my DTs on dry hair from now on. What I have heard as well is that warm water opens the cuticle - anyone hear this? And cold water seals it. That's why some people do cool water rinses. If that's true I wasted my DT yesterday b/c I didn't want to wait for the water to warm up before watering my hair down.
Heat aids absorption, doesn't have to be from direct water. Can just be your head heat, a heating cap, a woolly hat, a hooded dryer, a steamer, going in the sauna after the gym, etc. For *me* warm water from the shower is the worst way to aid absorption. How long do I have to stand there before my cuticles 'open'? The running water is washing away the conditioner! If I run my hair under the water before adding the conditioner, then my low porosity hair is 'full' like a very wet sponge and won't have any 'room' to take up the conditioner.
(some words in apostrophes because I know that's not exactly how hair works).
My faves methods are steamer or head heat (plus time).
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