Do you shampoo before deep conditioning treatment?

I have two options of deep conditioning products: coconut oil or regular conditioner. I am still undecided on which one to use, but when I decide, do I have to shampoo before DT, and then rinse out the DT product completely and then apply a leave-in conditioner? Because if I have decided to use coconut oil, it's too greasy for me and if I use it, I will have to shampoo twice to get the greasy oil out of my hair.

But during the deep conditioning treatment, I put the products in my hair for DT, put on a plastic cap, heat it up for a few minutes (high heat or low heat?) and then wrap a towel on top of the plastic cap (for how long? One hour?)

I just need help with what to do before and after the DT. Thanks a lot!

Btw, this is my first time doing deep conditioning treatment.
I have two options of deep conditioning products: coconut oil or regular conditioner. I am still undecided on which one to use, but when I decide, do I have to shampoo before DT, and then rinse out the DT product completely and then apply a leave-in conditioner? Because if I have decided to use coconut oil, it's too greasy for me and if I use it, I will have to shampoo twice to get the greasy oil out of my hair.

But during the deep conditioning treatment, I put the products in my hair for DT, put on a plastic cap, heat it up for a few minutes (high heat or low heat?) and then wrap a towel on top of the plastic cap (for how long? One hour?)

I just need help with what to do before and after the DT. Thanks a lot!

Btw, this is my first time doing deep conditioning treatment.
Originally Posted by curlesque424
Well, if I am using a regular store bought DT (and even some homemade types) i.e. creamy type, then yes I shampoo first, use the DT on wet hair, an hour is good, though if using heat I shouldn'tthink it would take that long, rinse it out then IF I need a LI use that. Though usually on days I DT, I find the LI is just overkill.
If I am using straight coconut oil, which I actually do almost every time I wash, then apply it to dry unwashed hair overnight and wash in the a.m. as usual and follow my usual routine.
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Last edited by swtndspcy; 07-25-2011 at 06:35 PM.
Same for me with the coconut oil. I put it in my hair at night then wash it out in the morning. Love it!
I have two options of deep conditioning products: coconut oil or regular conditioner. I am still undecided on which one to use, but when I decide, do I have to shampoo before DT, and then rinse out the DT product completely and then apply a leave-in conditioner? Because if I have decided to use coconut oil, it's too greasy for me and if I use it, I will have to shampoo twice to get the greasy oil out of my hair.

But during the deep conditioning treatment, I put the products in my hair for DT, put on a plastic cap, heat it up for a few minutes (high heat or low heat?) and then wrap a towel on top of the plastic cap (for how long? One hour?)

I just need help with what to do before and after the DT. Thanks a lot!

Btw, this is my first time doing deep conditioning treatment.
Originally Posted by curlesque424
Well, if I am using a regular store bought DT (and even some homemade types) i.e. creamy type, then yes I shampoo first, use the DT on wet hair, an hour is good, though if using heat I shouldn'tthink it would take that long, rinse it out then IF I need a LI use that. Though usually on days I DT, I find the LI is just overkill.
If I am using straight coconut oil, which I actually do almost every time I wash, then apply it to dry unwashed hair overnight and wash in the a.m. as usual and follow my usual routine.
Originally Posted by swtndspcy
What is LI?

So I shampoo my hair, put in regular conditioner (have decided not to use coconut oil), put on the plastic cap, heat it up, and then leave it for 15-30 minutes.

But when the DT is done, do I have to rinse out the whole conditioner? I really don't know because leaving in conditioner works really well for me, so should I rinse some of the conditioner out and then leave the rest of it in?

What I'm really asking is do I have ro shampoo and then condition my hair after DT?
Thanks again.

Last edited by curlesque424; 07-25-2011 at 07:11 PM.
Hi girls, I like to DT on dry hair. I feel that it gets deeper into your hair shaft. Right now I'm using Garnier Triple Condish overnight. I would like to try the coconut oil, but it's a solid isn't it. How do you apply it?
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You could mix the oil and conditioner together for deep condish. I too apply my deep condish to dry hair prior to shampooing. I apply shampoo to my scalp only. I find that dc prior to shampooing leaves my hair so soft and manageable.

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Ok, I'll need to go to the Health and get some coco. oil. I was using EVOO, but I dont like the smell..yuck. Thx...
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i don't think any oil alone is a good deep conditioner. if your hair likes it, i would use it as a pre-wash conditioner on days when you are not deep conditioning.
i would wash hair first, then deep condition, then, depending on which deep conditioner you used, rinse all of it or some of it out. you can leave some of them in as a leave in if you want to. some do not work well as leave ins, some do work.
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Ruthie11 - when you use DC on dry hair - is it clean dry hair (shampoo'd or co-washed)? Or do you use it on "dirty" hair pre-wash?

Also re: coconut oil. It is solid at room temperature but melts when you rub it in your hands. Or you can put the bottle in some warm water to melt it.
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Unless you feel like your hair is oily or weighed down by the DT then no, you shouldn't have to wash again.
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Ok thanks so much for all the answers. I have decided to use a coconut oil as a pre-washing treatment (have always done this since I was young) and will use regular conditioner as a deep conditioniner.

I have another question. When I went for shopping a few days back, I was on "look-out" to buy a plastic cap but couldn't find one so I bought a satin bonnet cap from Wal-Mart. Can I use this for deep conditioning treatment?

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i bought a pack of 100 plastic caps for conditioning from sallys (i rinse them and use them over & over, so this will last forever!) for like $5. i don't have a sallys near me, so i ordered online.
i don't think a satin bonnet is good as it might absorb the conditioner.
you can buy goody pack of 3 plastic caps in rite aid, cvs, etc....
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+1 to the Sally's caps. I don't reuse mine (don't know why I didn't think of that!!), but I bought my package of 100 in January and am just now getting down to the last 4 or 5 in the package. I'd say even without reusing, 8 months' worth of treatment caps for $5 is a bargain!
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yes, the sally's caps are the best deal.
i just noticed i had one left in my conair pack, it was not goody's. and it was 4 for 2.99 -- not bad, but the sally's is much better.
i rinse them as i use them daily -- i put in my rinse out conditioner, then put a shower cap on to keep it out of my eyes and it gives the conditioner a little boost, then rinse out very end of shower. and, since all my products are cg, the water rinses them right out.
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Suprisingly, there are no Sally's store in my areas but in some of the drugstore areas in Canada, they do sell some of Sally's items. One time, I was walking down the makeup aisle in a drugstore store and my eyes were wandering around, and finally got a glimpse of Sally's items hanging on the wall. I got my hopes high, and was quickly looking for the plastic cap and dammit! They do not sell plastic caps here in Canada. There are neither CVS nor Target stores here.

Do you think putting on a silk bonnet and then wrap a towel around it would compress the bonnet, penerating the conditioner into my hair effectively? Are there other alternatives with items that I can obtain from home? This is all the items I have for deep conditioning treatment: a satin bonnet, a hair dryer and a towel.
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Originally Posted by cleve_gryl
Ditto, and plastic grocery bags. I just tie them as tight as I can around my head and wrap in a towel.
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In a desperate pinch, I've wrapped my hair with saran wrap before DCing.

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Originally Posted by cleve_gryl
Ditto, and plastic grocery bags. I just tie them as tight as I can around my head and wrap in a towel.
Originally Posted by swtndspcy
So it's fine to put on the satin bonnet as long as I wrap a towel atop the bonnet to compress it?
I would not use the satin bonnet at all. Do your deep condish, place the plastic on it (either shower cap, saran wrap, plastic bag, whatever you have on hand) and THEN put a towel on top of it. I like to throw my towel in the dryer so it is nice and hot. HTH!

The satin is fabric so it may soak some of your deep condish off of your hair, the plastic will not do that, IMO.
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